What do you make of Verizon's bloatware apps deal with Samsung?


Well, well, well, Verizon, what you are doing with Samsung behind closed doors? Remember Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo? That one resulted in the Oath platform that folded the previous AOL acquisition for one big happy conglomerate of news, sports and various digital media undertakings.

Since people are consuming more and more of said media directly on their mobile devices, Verizon's Oath department had to find a way to place its wares (and ads) front and center before the eyes of users. What do? Slap bloatware on the most popular Android phones du jour, of course.

Verizon has entered into a distribution agreement for Oath’s Newsroom app, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, and the Go90 mobile video app to be installed on its Samsung phones, starting with the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Thus, when you purchase those and other Samsung handsets from Verizon, the whole Oath suite will come preinstalled on them, with arguably little recourse to ditch them if you aren't in the mood to entertain Verizon's media acquisitions. What do you think about Samsung's distribution deal with Big Red, given these comments of Oath's CEO Tim Armstrong in a recent interview:


What do you make of Verizon's bloatware deal with Samsung?

Not buying it, it's a stealthy way to serve ads
84.62%
Those Oath apps are good, I don't mind getting them preinstalled
2.06%
Who cares
13.32%

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21 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Verizon has been a cancerous company forever.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4256; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If you choose Verizon, you deal with this crap. Your own fault.

11. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It looks like this article says it is just Verizon phones. I read another article which said it was all samsung phones, not just the one's sold through Verizon.

19. cmdacos

Posts: 4256; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It was confirmed afterwards (on a real tech site I believe, not a comedy blog like PA) that it's Verizon only.

3. all4dom

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

I called coporate yesterday & am waiting to see they call back. But it's not only apps installed on the phones, it's the Huffington compost being added to Bixby. I'm thinking of just getting rid of all my samsung devices & going a new route.

13. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Apple has a nice ecosystem for you.

18. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Just disable Bixby for now. Google Assistant is a decent alternative.

4. all4dom

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

I would recommend any Verizon customers reading this to call coporate. Hoping if.enough of people complain maybe the apps will be made uninstallable instead of just disabling them.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1923; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Personally, I hope this kills sales of Samsung devices on Verizon. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of the general phone buying public read these types of sites. So no one will notice until it's too late.

6. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As I said before, you expect these kinda deals from companies that are struggling to make money, not from a tech giant like Samsung. Stock Android might be boring, but it's looking more and more tempting every time I buy a Samsung phone only to notice that Samsung added more bloatware to their already heavy skin.

7. theot14430 unregistered

I learned long ago to stay away from Verizon and their high prices. Just not for me.

8. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Where is the: "I'm European so i don't care" option?

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4256; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Same for us Canucks

9. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

So you already get : 11 bloatware Samsung apps + 6 bloatware apps from MS = 17 Bloatware apps. And now add this 4 verizon apps which = Congratulations you get 21 Bloatware apps. Samsung is killing some reason to even get their unlocked phone with 17 Bloatware apps.

10. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

l o l just delete it, or go with Apple ;)

12. umaru-chan

Posts: 369; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

LoL, you pay for premium price yet Samsung give you the s**ttest s**t you didn't ask for. Full of bloatwares that include bloatwares from the first, second and third parties. Now a days Only Idiots buy Samsung flagship phones. Clearly Pixel is the way to go for Android lovers in U.S. Samsung phone doesn't provide the experience with their hefty asking price. Now Pixel needs to provide a better screen with better STB ratio and a better design to fully eclipse samsuck's latest flagship.

14. darkemperor666 unregistered

Verizon only cares about Verizon. You can send all the emails and calls you want, but is not going to change a thing. Verizon just wants to make money here is the email to Verizon's CEO lowell.mcadam@verizon.com. This company has laid off a lot of employees to save money. If this company doesn't care about the employees do you think they care about customers. Verizon needs to disappear.

17. Xavier1415

Posts: 207; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Don't everyone wants to make money? Even you I hope? Lol

15. Jrod99

Posts: 757; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Screw you Verizon. Never again. Shame on you Samsung. Don’t crawl in bed with those crooks.

16. Xavier1415

Posts: 207; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Meh who cares I have the best of both worlds Verizon and Samsung.

21. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

"Verizon has entered into a distribution agreement for Oath’s Newsroom app, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, and the Go90 mobile video app to be installed on its Samsung phones, starting with the Galaxy S9 and S9+." A lot of you are placing the blame on Samsung for this. This is a Verizon deal. Samsung may not have very much say so, because we all know Verizon puts their own crap in a phone once they receive them from the manufacturer anyways.

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