Samsung criticized for planning to pre-install government app on the Galaxy Note 7 (in Korea)

Samsung criticized for planning to pre-install government app on the Galaxy Note 7 (in Korea)
The Galaxy Note 7 has already garnered a record number of pre-orders in South Korea, Samsung's home country, but not everything is a bed of roses for the company there.

According to The Korea Herald, Samsung plans to pre-install a government app, dubbed Government 3.0, on the Note 7, so users will have it by default on their brand new smartphone when they buy it. Reportedly, the app, which will also be released for iPhone users via the App Store, provides easy access to various government services, including online tax services. "The new version of Government 3.0 app will offer public services frequently used by the people and it only takes 1.2 megabytes (of storage) for installation," said an official from the Home Affairs Ministry.

Although users will be able to uninstall the app if they don't find it useful, politicians from South Korea's main opposition party have criticized Samsung's plans, arguing that the app would "unilaterally propagandize the government’s work" instead of actually providing convenience to people. Civic groups in Korea have also voiced their dissatisfaction - against both the government, and Samsung, for wanting to "force" Galaxy Note 7 owners to get the app.

Given the backlash that Samsung is currently facing, it's not clear if the company will indeed pre-install the government app on the Note 7. After all, plans can change.


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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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7 Comments

1. PapaJi

Posts: 60; Member since: May 15, 2016

And still record pre-bookings for Note 7...

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Quite sure that other gubmints have spyware installed on various smartphones (one is likely called 'Facebook' of which can't be totally deleted).

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Carrier bloat is one thing...the government shouldn't be allowed onto our phones by default.

5. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Please, this isn't necessarily bloatware, the app provides government services. While everyone may not want to use government services in this manner, it shows many people who may not know there is an app for that, that there is and encourages easy use of government provided services, which are there to be used... And its not like it can't be uninstalled, unlike carrier bloatware, which cannot be uninstalled unless you root your android device...

6. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Why would you mention Apple in Samsung news? Are you implying Apple's the first? It's so unfair you didn't put the word "Samsung" on every Apple news for comparison.

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

sounds like something the government is testing... This is SK after all where people are required to take old food to special garbage cans that weight the waste and charge a "fine"

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well that' just an app. The US Gov't wanted Apple to completely make an OS with a backdoor so they can unlock any users phone with a court order or warrant. An app that provides local Gov't services, I don't see as bad especially since it can be uninstalled completely. if you had a Gov't OS, you only have the option of not buying the phone at all.

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