Following lawsuit, Chinese users will be able to uninstall bloatware from Samsung phones

Following lawsuit, Chinese users will be able to uninstall bloatware from Samsung phones
It looks like some Chinese smartphone users made a win in court today, as Samsung (as well as local mobile maker Oppo) were successfully sued by the Republic's customer protection committee for preventing users from deleting preloaded apps. Samsung was ordered to make amends and is going to provide software patches in August, which will enable Chinese users to get rid of what they might consider bloatware.

More specifically, the committee established that only 24 of 44 pre-installed apps on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are required to actually use the smartphone. Should Samsung fail to deliver on its promise, the committee will continue with the "legal tussle".

Although Samsung's latest software and devices has less redundant apps and content than ever before, you'd be forgiven if you wanted to take a load off your new Galaxy S6. But it looks like only Chinese users will have this freedom, as the lawsuit is localized strictly in China and there are no global repercussions to be had. Are there any apps and stuff on your Samsung device that you'd love to be able to get rid of?

via Android Authority

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57 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This should be not just be in China... But all over the world! Not everything they think is good for the phone is good for us.

11. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I think the EU, and other part of the world should start suing this company too.

28. Shocky unregistered

They get a lot more bloatware than we do but I agree we should have the option to remove them regardless.

33. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Definitely a slippery slope when it can be argued that certain bloatware contributes to much needed profit for the manufacturer. There are two sides to every story, and I'd have preferred to let the consumers decide in the marketplace rather than the courts decide (which is NOT to say that I think I am an expert in Chinese law by any means.)

2. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

tell me about it samsung is heavy with bloatware unnecessary crap on these phones

13. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

...........

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

This should be applied to every countries around the world. If I ever get a Samsung device, S-Voice would be the one I would get rid of first. Yeah, its a voice assistant, but it's none other than a crappy laggy useless voice assistant, I'll call it a bloatware.

14. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

agree with you... I dissable 38 item in my galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition such as tripadvisor, weather, yahoo finance, twitter, dropbox, storyalbum, samsung link, samsung push service, samsung account, samsung apps, samsung apps widget, s voice, s translator, s planer widget, polaris office, nytimes, line, chaton, bussinessweek+, blurbcheckout. I really hate to say that I'm not gonna use all those above and having it constantly using the RAM and battery life driving me nuts.

4. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Samsung please listen to this and remove all the bloatware on your phones.

5. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I have a samsung galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition Here is an apps that can't be deleted that eating away RAM & storage Blurb Checkout Businessweek+ ChatOn DropBox DropBox OOBE Email Evernote Exchange Services Flipboard Internet (Web browser) Line NYTimes Picasa Uploader Polaris Office 5 Qua tang Galaxy S Translator S Voice S Planner S Planner Widget S Finder SNS Samsung Push Services Story Album Story Album Widget TripAdvisor Twitter Unified Daemon (EUR) VOV ban do giao thong Weather Yahoo! Finance

7. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

At least it came with 32GB, twice the memory as other tablets. You can always disable them.

9. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I did, but not all can be dissable

38. MedLEB unregistered

At least we pay for the memory they put in the device as well.

8. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Not to mention.. Market Feedback Agent Samsung Backup Provider Samsung Calender SyncAdapter Samsung Cloud Data Relay Samsung Cloud Quota Samsung Contact SyncAdapter Samsung Content Agent Samsung Hub Samsung SNote3 SyncAdapter Samsung Suncadapters Samsung text-to-speech engine SamsungHub Updater

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They all cant be using RAM if they have never been used or opened. Removing widgets automatically disabled them. Dropbox isn't running if you don't set it up. In fact most of the ones you listed do nothing but hog space. The Note 10.1 has a root available so you could easily remove most of that. If you cant remove then you can install a ROM that still has all the features but has the apps removed. The S apps are required because they support a specific feature of the tablet. Dont like S-Voice? Turn it off. But why does it need to be removed? It doesn't. Exchange services? Dont you use email? So how do you expect to use POP or SMTP email? Again many of what you listed are needed. You just dont understand what you're doing. EMAIL IS NEEDED for people whop need to set up a work email. it shouldnt be removablr just because you dont need it. It isnt an app, it is a service which allows you to set up multiple emails accounts, like yahoo or other emails.

32. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Bro the end-users won already. Samsung lost. RTFA will you? Stop defending Samsung like you're the son of a janitor that works there.

34. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Irony coming from you is beyond funny. http://i.imgur.com/tySss7Ah.jpg

36. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

That's probably a topic for a different article but where's the lawsuit and court order for Apple to fix the issue?

40. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

You still said "Stop defending Samsung", but on the other hand maybe you're a son of a janitor that works at APPLE. O.o Lawsuit, you want a "court order for Apple to fix the Bendgate issue"... APPLE basically owns the courts in the USA, but I wonder if Apple had as many bent iphones in China as Samsung's bloatware phones, would a court order or refund order come down in China. I think so. O.o

42. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Nothing either happened with antenna gate, their official response: "You are holding it wrong". Suing Apple in America is like suing Kim Jong Un in North Korea, it aint gonna end up well for you.

43. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I rather have a 32GB internal memory with bloats than a 16GB without bloat.

46. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

If you think that iPhone doesnt have bloat you are wrong

48. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Hey! You are copying my line. BTW, where is SuperNova?

49. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

@Home watching K-Drama and listeing to some K-POP. He's then off to the internet cafe to play Starcraft.

57. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

DropBox, SNS (facebook), twitter, bussinessweek, nytimes, flipboard DO RUN and USE INTERNET regularly. I know this, because I go to DATA USAGE and see those apps eating away the internet in my sim card internet. Yes, I turn it down (most), but other user who were not aware of this might just wasting their precious data. E-mail/Exchange is not needed if you use Google GMail account.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You can't disable them? I've got most I'd those disabled on my Note 4.

58. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Some of it can't be dissabled.

61. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

The iPhone has just as much "bloatware that's not uninstallable also... Calendar, photos, notes, compass, mail, message, safari, voice memo, clock, app store, calculator, camera, contacts, itunes store, health, reminders, xe currency, weather, videos, stocks, game center, tips, passbook, newsstand, facetime, ibooks, podcasts, maps, apple watch... And a few others, that CAN'T be uninstalled! I know that some of these ARE needed to run IOS, but quite a few are BLOATWARE Apps. O.o

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

They get money for bloatware so what if they offer a more expensive bloat-free version?

10. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

No... bloat-free version don't have to be more expensive. The become greedy and GET MORE money, MORE PROFIT...

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