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Sprint says bloatware issue on the BlackBerry KEYone requires an update to fix

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Sprint says bloatware issue on the BlackBerry KEYone requires an update to fix
Just a few days ago, we told you how the Sprint branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone was suffering from an issue involving the bloatware that the carrier added to the Android OS flavored handset. Nothing sinister there; most carriers in the states will add some of their own branded applications to a new handset. The problem with the KEYone was that the SprintID system app would go through the bloatware listings like clockwork, and re-install some of the bloatware that was just removed by the phone's owner. It also enabled bloatware that was disabled.

In our original article, we said that either SprintID had a bug, or the carrier was being nasty by continuously replacing and re-enabling bloatware that owners of the phone were trying to remove. Today, Sprint reached out to us to let us know that it does have a issue with its Mobile ID on the KEYone, which prevents it from working as designed.

While Sprint is working with BlackBerry to deliver a software update that will eliminate the problem, the carrier did provide us with a workaround for KEYone users to follow. This will uninstall updates to the BlackBerry Launcher and prevent the issue from taking place:

  • Select Settings
  • Select Apps
  • Select Blackberry Launcher
  • Select View Details in Play Store
  • Uninstall
  • Restart Device


If you have a Sprint branded BlackBerry KEYone, hold on. Hopefully, the aforementioned software update will arrive soon enough to remove this constant re-cycling of removed and disabled bloatware.


source: Sprint

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