Starting this summer, AT&T's Android phones will come with Uber pre-loaded

Starting this summer, AT&T's Android phones will come with Uber pre-loaded
AT&T has worked out a deal with Uber for the company's app to be pre-installed on all Android phones sold by the carrier, starting this summer. For those unaware, Uber is a company that provides you with a private driver on demand, and operates in more than 100 cities and 30 countries. Using the Uber app, you can request a ride and within minutes, your driver will arrive.

The app provides quotes on different vehicle styles and sizes, and you can pay with PayPal, Google Wallet, or with a credit card that is added to your secure Uber account. You don't even have to know your address to be picked up. And once a driver is on the way, you can follow his progress toward you by using the app.


In the U.S., the service is available in 60 U.S. cities and the company is hoping that the deal with AT&T will help them expand. Earlier this month, Uber support was added to Google Maps. This way, you can check on how long it would take you to get to a destination in a Uber arranged ride, as opposed to taking public transportation. If the Uber ETA is okay with you, one click will take you right to the Uber app so that you can order up your ride.

AT&T will pre-install the Uber app on its Android phones this summer
AT&T will pre-install the Uber app on its Android phones this summer
AT&T will pre-install the Uber app on its Android phones this summer

AT&T will pre-install the Uber app on its Android phones this summer


source: PCMag

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18 Comments

1. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

If you can delete it, fine. If not, it's bloatware.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

At&t add so much bloat ware as much as verizon does. Just glad I buy my phones unlocked from now on

2. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

More bloatware, yay! *Not that I own a carrier branded phone. Also rooted. Still for people that are not in my position. Yay with sarcasm.

3. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Go away! We don't need those on our phones. We have enough bloatware from my ATT which I'm always forced to root and freeze/uninstall them. I hope Google will release next iteration of Nexus so I can just switch to it. Buying GPE is actually same price from ATT un-subsidized phones as well.

4. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Please explain how "Bloatware" effects your phone? I have an ATT Note 3 which has nothing more than ATT apps. I have no lag, memory issues or problems. All the "Bloatware" apps didn't require root for me to disable and remove.

6. Blazers

Posts: 700; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Without root, you can only disable those apps, not delete. I know cause I'm stuck on crappy unrootable 4.4.2 on my Note 3. And the tethering shortcut can't even be disabled, so I'm forced to hide it in a folder.

8. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Well I guess my experience is different from yours. My Bloatwares have been secretly running on the side which usually drain my battery silently without you knowing it. And they don't show up on the battery meter that they are the culprit ones, specially some of the ATT ones. When disabled some of them will still run on services. Only freezing will work or removing them for me and I see a big difference in prolonging my battery for extra hours per day. Carrier IQ are one of the things on ATT that cannot be disabled without root, unlike tmobile and others.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Same experience here. The bloatware/spyware services either cannot be turned off or will turn themselves back on in a minute or two if I turn them off. I've learned from this and will never buy a locked down phone again.

5. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I am so sick of these preloaded apps. There is no time I can think of when I would actually use this.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Oh boy, if I were still with AT&T, I will feel realllllly bloated.......there a little better

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

More bloat ware, more annoyance...

10. HASHTAG unregistered

I find this to be quite useful actually.

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yes, but you could just go to Google Play and install it if you find it useful. Like this, 90% of people will not find it useful and it will be annoying, uninstallable bloatware. AT&T is just doing this for the money with no regard for the customers' satisfaction...

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"I find this to be quite useful actually." Because supporting Goldman Sachs and forcing US taxi cab drivers out of a job makes you feel good?

17. HASHTAG unregistered

Being a little over dramatic?

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Not really. Uber has cost a lot of people their jobs and is a Goldman Sachs company.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Shudders at thought of carrier boat in addition to OEM bloat. Nightmarish.

16. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Droidblots... gosh might as well just put audio commercials in between your phone conversation... NOW THAT is marketing

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