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Google may require 20 preinstalled apps as part of Android contracts

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Google may require 20 preinstalled apps as part of Android contracts
While Android is open source and free for anyone to use, by far the most popular version of Android is the Google version; and, getting to use Google Android comes with a number of requirements in terms of hardware and software. A new report claims that Google may soon tweak those requirements to ask manufacturers to have more Google apps preinstalled on Android devices.

As of right now, Google requires the preinstallation of 9 Google apps in order to get certified for Google Play services; but, The Information is claiming that Google wants to raise that number to 20 preinstalled apps. It is unclear what apps are part of these packages, but we would assume the current roster of 9 apps includes staples like the Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Search, and Calendar, whereas the expanded package might add in things like Books, Music, and Translate (which already come preinstalled on many devices anyway). Beyond requiring certain apps, Google is reportedly going to mandate where the Google Search bar is placed, and how the apps are ordered in a dedicated Google folder to be displayed on the homescreen of new devices. 

This change would follow other requirements, like having the latest version of Android installed on a new device, promising to update to the newest version of Android released within 18 months of the device launch, and of course paying a relatively small fee to get Google apps and Play services.

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posted on 26 Sep 2014, 15:12 8

1. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Well that is unfair. Google is controlling OEMs and putting their services on everything. OEMs are just going to get sick and tired of it and use their own version of android or maybe windows

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 15:15 10

3. bucky (Posts: 3075; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


how else are they going to track and sell every piece of your life?

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 18:07 6

97. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Oh stop bucky. You're making too much sense.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 19:03

110. UglyFrank (Posts: 1906; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I found out they have a map that has a line, the gps knows everywhere you have been and keeps it on record

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 21:04 4

118. Scott93274 (Posts: 5287; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Oh crap! Google knows you went to that my little pony convention, the truth is out! You're a brony!!! Where to you get your information from buddy? Mad Magazine? The Onion maybe?

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 06:11

135. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3421; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Only if you have location history on and don't clear the history in between.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 22:22

120. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Everyone just complain about anything. Hey complain just to say something.

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 16:49

155. CellPhone (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Just like everyone complain on Apple?

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 15:19 5

5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


a) Windows does exactly the same or even worse, as they install anything they want and the OEMs can´t change that.
b) Where do you think Google makes money out of Android if it´s not for the ability to give priviledge treatement to their apps? Otherwise Android is free.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 15:24 14

9. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


A. You can remove every and i mean EVERY FREAKING bloatware in a WP.

2.Google makes most of it's money from advertisements.

C.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 15:33 8

11. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Try removing IE or outlook email sometime.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 15:41 9

18. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


You should look up the word "Bloatware" on beloved google.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:00 5

29. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Oh, so we can't remove built in apps on WP just like Android?

What is bloatware to me isn't bloatware to you. Glad you got the point.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:04 3

32. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Regardless does that make it okay that Google may add another 10 that can't be removed

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:08 7

34. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Why will you remove Gmail from your android?
Why will we remove Outlook from our Windows Phones?

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:28 4

54. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Then why are you complaining about Google or MS putting in apps we use!

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:38 4

61. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I don't think anyone complained here.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:02

31. Scott93274 (Posts: 5287; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Lets just admit/agree that there's crap on both OSs that everyone wishes that they could change and can't.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:00 1

30. Scott93274 (Posts: 5287; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I can't help but feel that you were distracted when you posted this...

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:10 3

36. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


A. Did that on purpose.
2. Don't know a single preloaded app on WP that i will put on my crap list.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 17:48 4

93. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2095; Member since: 29 May 2014)


And I don't know a single app from Google's Android that I would put on my crap list. What's your point?

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 18:25

100. Scott93274 (Posts: 5287; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


This is a very valid argument. What say you Doge?

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 18:24 1

99. Scott93274 (Posts: 5287; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Internet Explorer?

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 01:15 1

125. fatexo (Posts: 221; Member since: 21 May 2010)


Why do you use A. and 2. instead of A B or 1 2 ?? :P

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 04:39

132. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


A. It's my choice.

2.Anything else?

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 02:26

126. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


You can´t remove ANYTHING that comes with the OS in WP, like IE.
And you can remove pretty much any of those applications that comes preinstalled (like maps, google mail, etc).
2. And that advertisement comes from the pre-installed apps. So you are just justifying my point.

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 04:38 1

131. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


But those aren't bloat god they are part of the OS.
Ok you can root and do anything you want on Android.

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 05:22 1

133. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


You can use the same argument to defend all Google applications, so it seems you just have double standards depending on the operative system.
By the way: YOU CAN REMOVE MOST OF THEM IN ANDROID. Which you can´t in WP.
EG: you can remove Gmail and Chrome, you can´t remove IE or Outlook. See the difference there?

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 05:28 1

134. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


But they dont forcefully put 20 apps to use services.

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 08:15 1

138. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Do you want the list? It´s probably bigger than 20, it´s just that you count them as "not bloatware" and "part of the OS" lists.
Including OneDrive, bing, IE, OneNote, Outlook, etc
You just don´t realize of that.
And at least in Android you can remove (most of) them.

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