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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: 2865; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


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

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 15:19 5

5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1542; 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, 15:27 2

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


google will make money the way they have on android for the last couple of years. no need to shove it in everyone`s face

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, 15:34 5

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


"Well that is unfair."

Why? They don't pay a cent for the OS. And if they don't like it, there is always Android without the apps.

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, 15:43 3

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


it is still an unethical thing to do. force it on every OEM, and shove it in every consumer`s face

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, 16:00 1

30. Scott93274 (Posts: 5161; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


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

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:02

31. Scott93274 (Posts: 5161; 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, 16:04 3

32. Pattyface (Posts: 1645; 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, 16:07 1

33. Scott93274 (Posts: 5161; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Like how Microsoft is forcing Google off of it's platform? I find that very unethical. I think that what Google is doing is alright as they're offering their platform to others to use with 0 licensing fees. If there happens to be a condition to use the OS then I say that's perfectly acceptable. After all, how many billions of dollars have companies like Samsung, LG, and HTC made off of Google's Android?

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, 16:09 1

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


Dude, no one is holding a gun to Samsung or anyone else to use Android. If they don't like it Tizen and WP are just around the corner.

And if you don't like it, you can buy an iphone and have icloud, safari, mail, apple maps be the default apps whether you want it or not.

Or you can go to WP and have only IE as a rendering engine, xbox games, maps from MS which is just another skin over here maps, xbox music, and outlook email featured and no option to change default search providers anywhere, UNLIKE GOOGLE.

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, 16:12 3

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


you can use google as the default search engine. and MS also doesn`t charge a licensing fee anymore.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:13 1

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


you can change the search engine, FYI

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:15

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


Not anymore in WP 8.1!

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:17 4

44. Scott93274 (Posts: 5161; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Really? I read several articles saying that Microsoft was stripping Google search as a default search option. Are you saying that is a lie then? I honestly can't say first hand as I've actually never used a Windows Phone. I could probably find a few links to back my statement up though.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:18 3

45. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Unethical? There aren't people dying here..

It'll definitely alienate some OEMs, although not to the point where they'll leave Android. I'd rather have preinstalled Google services on a device than Samsung's (for example) lower-quality alternatives.

My point being: Google's ideas for Android generally make more sense than the decisions of OEMs.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:18 4

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


I'm on WP 8.1 and i can use Google as default search provider.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:18 2

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


I am honestly not even going to argue with you because it seems you didn`t actually read what I wrote in the first place and you seem like too much of a fanboy to listen to logic

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:20 2

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


it is just they are in a position of power over these OEMs and they are abusing that power. That isn`t fair or a good thing to do, ethically or business wise in the long run

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:22

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


Yeah, on a couple, not all. and again, I am not going to argue with you, for the same reasons I said to sprockkets

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:22 2

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


Unfortunately they can and they will.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:23

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


Prove it. Microsoft removed the option to do so on WP 8.1 GDR 1

http://www.phonearena.com/news/In-certain-markets-Google-disappears-as-search-option-with-GDR1-update-to-Windows-Phone-8.1_id58916

I cannot change the provider on my Lumia 630 either.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 16:26

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


yes. sad, but true

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!

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