Verizon bloat found on Galaxy Nexus

Verizon bloat found on Galaxy Nexus
The day that we've all been dreading has come, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is not quite the pure Android experience we hoped it would be. Verizon bloatware has been found on the device. The icons for the bloatware were found in the new intro video that Google released showing the new Ice Cream Sandwich homescreen, app drawer and widgets.

Admittedly, it is only two apps that have been found at this point: My Verizon Mobile and VZ Backup Assistant, but even those two are likely to draw some rage from users. Of course, the My Verizon Mobile app seems like a perfectly reasonable piece of bloat to have, because having quick access to your Verizon account is definitely handy. On the other hand, the VZ Backup Assistant is absolutely unnecessary since Google automatically syncs your contacts for you. 

Still, this should be a good test for the new app removal tool that Google built into Android 4.0. Since it's only two apps that we've seen, that may be a pretty quick removal process to get back to a plain vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich. Or, if you prefer the nuclear option, we're sure the fastboot unlock, root and remove option will be pretty easy on the Nexus. 

source: Google

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61 Comments

1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First. Wow, two apps. What a lot of bloat that is.

8. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Yeah, 2 apps that people will actually use to their advantage. Not everyone uses Google to store their contacts and you can check all kinds of good info on your account with My Verizon.

22. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Yes you are correct 2 apps is nothing to be whining about especially when they are apps that can benefit a Verizon customer. Im just wondering if were going to see Verizon adding additional applications to the Nexus....if they do thats fine as long as we can remove the applications from the device.

31. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Agreed, as bloatware goes, that's lean

36. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Two apps that we know of... I agree that the apps can be useful to people, but I can go to the market and DL Verizon Mobile if I want it ,even on my custom rom. Back up assistant I couldn't find on my custom rom but I just exported from Verizon site and imported to my g-mail account, so I don't care about it anymore either,,, but I can see it being pre-loaded as it will come up in the initial set up to quickly add your contacts if you haven't moved them to Gmail yet. All in all, I just hope that's all, or whatever they do put on there is removable.

55. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Miz... are you actually not jumping on the opportunity to complain about bloat on an Android device? *checks outside to see if it\'s raining parallel universe drops* Nope. Okay. I agree, actually. The two apps are not surprising, and actually, if someone were to get the Nexus and eventually decide to switch to a non Android phone (but stay with Verizon) Backup Assistant is perfectly reasonable to have on the device. Also, the My Verizon app keeps track of your data usage and you can put the widget on your homescreen. Both apps are very useful, and I think Google has enough clout at this point that if they don\'t want VZ to put bloat on the Nexus, VZ will probably comply.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

People are getting carried away..... :shakes my head: The pure Google experience is boring anyway.

3. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

"... the horror, the horror.."

4. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

these apps actually help out the people that need it. Its not that bad. its better than some random demo of a game.

5. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Two apps is not horrible considering the amount of bloatware they normallly put on phones. On my current vzw phone I have at least 10-15. I can't wait for ICS to start spreading to phones so I can turn them off. I'm not confident enough to try a root haha

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Don't be too hasty Michael. I wouldn't call the backup assistant completely useless. For returning android users, hell even ios or wp7 users yes its pointless. But for people who have not owned a smartphone, and the even fewer who don't have their info deeply integrated with google, this is the best way to go from say a regular flip or even a blackberry to the nexus and take all ur contacts. But for the most part, you are correct, "the VZ Backup Assistant is absolutely unnecessary"

23. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

The silly thing is that if you go into the People/Contacts app on a lot of the new phones it has a selection for BA so having an icon is a waste.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

michael, the backup assistant is far from useless if you are a first time android user. theyve been using that service for years on all phones, so if your coming from say an Envy to the nexus (or any other android device), your contacts are already synced. And for many that did the transition already to a G-phone of some sort, the BA would still be the primary source of phone number backing up, as gmail doesnt normally pull phone numbers from other lists than "phone". Its livable. As long as we dont see bing or vznav, i think its forgivable. :)

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I was thinking that VZ Backup would be a handy way to move contacts from say, a BB to a RAZR.... Of course, I haven't had a BB in a while, so I couldn't test out my theory. But, if my theory is correct, VZ Backup would be a compelling value proposition for BB owners looking to jump ship.

58. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'll certainly appreciate having Backup Assistant pre-loaded. I've used it to migrate from my old Rogue and my replacement Rogue, and then to my Alias 2 due to the muting of Rogue #2. Even if I just use it and delete it, I won't complain. On the other hand, my Rogue troubles (broken Bluetooth, broken speaker) make me hesitant about another Samsung device. But the Ice Cream... I needs the Ice Cream!

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Evil corporate! Lucky we have the disable apps feature :D

10. BarneyDroid

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

My Bionic came with 17 BS apps that are pointless! One of the two that are on the Nexus I consistantly use to moniter usage... I can deal with this

11. harvardale

Posts: 51; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Both of these apps can be installed from the Android Market by any Android Verizon user. All they did was pre-load these on the phones. Nothing outrageous.

12. Glorfindale

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

While I agree that these two apps are the least area of concern, I do see how this could be upsetting, because of the principle of the matter. A Nexus model is supposed to have a purely unmodified software in any way by anyone, short of the Dev team for the actual Icecream Sandwich software. It\'s like bying a Droid brandname phone and finding Bing on it. There is just a certain expectation and branding that comes with the name of the phone.

13. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Exactly what I was going to say. For example, the iPhone doesn't have Backup Assistant or My Verizon standard, but I downloaded both on my phone by choice. They are useful apps, so: Meh.

14. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

Is it me or does Michael H. seem to be hating on this phone A LOT? Seems like every article in which he writes about the Gnex is negative.

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I think he's more mad at Verizon for not releasing it yet...

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I don't see it like that, He is just demanding the best there could be from The nexus, if you where to hear me talking about Motorola like crazy you wont believe I actually like blur, I see things that are wrong with nexus and gives his personal opinion on how it could be better. not "Hating on it" I think the nexus is an awesome device, so far Reviews have backed up that statement and it could be the best selling Nexus Ever. Now lets see his lately complains -Don't try to rush it to compete with apple: worried about a buggy device half cooked he gives arguments if why ICS should be let its time to be the best Update ever, and so far this went well -Give us a date: they announced it some promotion and release date would help sales and make this phone more mainstream. -No bloat on Nexus: Nexus is a pure ICS experience that gets quick updates. anything that lessens the experience (delays updates or such) should not be welcomed, what others you have in mind?

27. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Check back later. I'm working on coalescing my thoughts on the Nexus. I will say that I'm conflicted about the device, but definitely not hating.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its you. Im pretty sure its going to be his next phone. He, like many of us are very leary of VZW's bloatware practices. The nexus has always been a google controlled bloatware free device. I think i get where he is coming from by making an article out of it, since it does kind of throw a little dirt on the Nexus name.. but these are apps that a lot of verizon customers actually need, especially the backup assistant app. As long as we dont see the usual bloatware and control suspects on the phone though, its a small compromise that actually helps users.

15. Bethistopheles

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

The headline angered me far more than the content of the article. As others have stated, backup assistant will be useful for those of us migrating from a "dumbphone" to the Nexus. I also have no qualms with being able to access my account information from my phone, so..... Whew.

16. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

Rage? Seriously? From two apps that 1) a lot of people use and 2) have productive value behind them. Being that data is not unlimited for everyone being able to check that as well as the number of minutes and texts use can help people save a lot of money. As for VZW backup what is wrong with having another means of backing up contacts and other information on your phone? Your headline is overkill, you take your time getting to the "Admittedly, it is only two apps that have been found at this point" explanation and overall you basically try to turn a non-story into a "down with Android and Verizon and the Galaxy Nexus" campaign. It must be a slow news day in Nerdville.

21. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

Oh and in the Android Market My Verizon has 85k+ installs at 3.5 of 5 stars. Backup Assistant only has 1,600 and 3 stars but still. There is much MUCH worse bloatware out there. Just ask TMobile GS2/Amaze owners (I happen to be a G2S owner but I rooted and flashed Eagle's Blood so I am good).

18. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Those are thee exact 2 I put on my iPhone.

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Bloatware sucks. If its only these two apps its not so bad, but this is a bad precedent.

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