Verizon Messages will come on the Moto X+1, but you will be able to remove it

Verizon Messages will come on the Moto X+1, but you will be able to remove it
Earlier tonight, Evleaks gave us all a retirement gift of images. He sent out press renders of the Moto X+1, and there was quite a bit to learn from those press renders including a possible release date for the device on Verizon. There was also an odd app shown on the home screen of the X+1: the Verizon Messages app.

The inclusion of this app sent off alarm bells here at PhoneArena, because one of the most impressive features of the original Moto X was its lack of carrier bloatware. So, having bloat on the X+1 would be a troubling change. However, we have checked with our source and have been told that while the Messages app will be pre-installed on the Verizon Moto X+1, it will not be baked into the system. This means you will be able to uninstall the app if you want. 

It is obvious why Verizon would want the app on the device. Verizon Messages is Verizon's attempt to copy apps like Moto Connect, Hangouts, and iOS 8's Handoff, which allow you to answer calls or reply to texts through your PC rather than using your phone. However, it is unclear why Motorola would allow this app to be put on the device, especially since (as we just mentioned) Moto Connect does the same thing. 

Either way, it is an annoyance, but it begs the question: is it still bloat if you can easily remove it?

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16 Comments

1. mturby unregistered

verizon, y dont u make ur own damn phone and stop frustrating ur own customers with ur stupid/retarded/boring and fu***ing modifications and apps.

6. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Tell us how you REALLY feel

2. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Verizon pls stahp

3. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yes it is bloat because it is one more thing to keep track of to remove. If I want that app then I'll go to the Play store for it.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I will never understand why Verizon always feels the need to add their logo on the front and back of their phones. Don't even get me started on the amount of bloat pre-installed on a phone.

10. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Their logo is by far one of the most ugly logos ever - and they make the phone seem so crowded cause then you have logos here, there and everywhere -_-

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Verizon wants to see and read what you are doing with your texts/pics i don't blame u for VERIZON controlling everything u do on your phone. I recommend buying phones UNLOCKED.

14. FrenchTea

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

No, AT&T is MUCH worse with their crap and software. Every time I turn on my Note 2 it lags like hell because of all of AT&T's crapware auto updating.

15. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

How many smart phones can you purchase and use on Verizon's network that have no bloatware? Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it is zero. With AT&T I can buy a Nexus, OnePlus One, Moto G, Sony Xperia, Asus Zenfone, etc... All unlocked, no bloat, and most of those with LTE.

5. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

If it's Verizon, then it has to have their bloatware installed.

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeah right...

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

How is this an "Exclusive" when Evleaks posts it on his feed?

9. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I happen to like the app. It has additional features over the stock app and is the same experience from phone to phone..

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

why are we just now noticing this? Verizon has done the exact same thing with every phone pre-loaded with Kit Kat including the S5, the M8 and the G3, it's the default option out of the box but it's still just that, an option. anyone with any basic Android knowledge will know how to disable this and is certainly welcome to and for other users it gives text messaging a consistent, hassle free experience across any Android device they get on Verizon now and in the future and they can also use this from any Android Tablet. this is one thing i don't really knock Verizon for.

13. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Leaving Verizon for AT&T was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I wouldn't be using this fine ass OnePlus One if I hadn't. Not an ounce of boat on it!

16. Telej

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

Verizon Messages isn't just a desktop app. Yes, you can have it on all your devices; iphone, android, PC etc, but it's pretty good SMS app as well. It lets you message on wifi or cell connection, back through the Verizon network. You can be on Wifi in a hotel lobby in Mexico and text someone in Kansas. They don't need to be on Verizon and they don't have to have a special app. They could have a Cricket flip phone and it works.

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