Google may require 20 preinstalled apps as part of Android contracts

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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164 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 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

3. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

97. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

110. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

118. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 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?

135. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

120. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

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

155. CellPhone

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Just like everyone complain on Apple?

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

9. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Try removing IE or outlook email sometime.

18. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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

29. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

32. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

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

34. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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

54. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

61. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I don't think anyone complained here.

31. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

36. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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

93. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 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?

100. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

99. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Internet Explorer?

125. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

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

132. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

A. It's my choice. 2.Anything else?

126. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

131. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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

133. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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?

134. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

But they dont forcefully put 20 apps to use services.

138. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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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