Verizon is testing a bloatware removal feature on its LG G3

Verizon is testing a bloatware removal feature on its LG G3
Carrier-specific pre-loaded apps, commonly known as bloatware, are among the most despised aspects on our smartphones. Bloatware does not only affect performance in a bad way, it also eats up precious storage space, and just like anything enforced, is pretty tedious to deal with. Well, we already told you how to remove unwanted apps, regardless if your device is rooted or not, but why should we be going through all this in the first place? Have you ever wished that you could choose what apps to get pre-installed during the setup process of your new phone?

It seems that Verizon is on the right way, as the carrier just announced that it's rethinking its modus operandi towards bloatware. The largest US carrier is currently procuring tests of a bloatware removal feature on its LG G3. As per Big Red, it will allow users to completely remove most of the pre-installed apps once the initial setup process has finished. The apps will appear in your app drawer and you'll be able to get rid of them in a jiffy.


Although it sounds like Big Red will allow users to delete all of the pre-installed apps, certain ones, such as Verizon's own app suite, are not removable just yet. Still, we are talking about a feature that is still being trialed, mind you – things might change as time goes on. Let's hope that apart from the G3, Verizon will offer the future to a wider range of devices.

source: Droid-life via BGR

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15 Comments

1. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Way to go carriers

3. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Make it a vote

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How bout not putting any BLOATWARE PERIOD.

9. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

That's the one thing I don't get, why did they even both making bloatware apps, wasting time and money developing them, when they know their apps are clearly inferior to the apps that were part of the phones OS to begin with? The second part is why only Android phones suffer through this and not iPhones?

13. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I do like the one that lets you manage your account. That's it. If only Samsung would get a clue...

4. atlvideoguy

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I've never had to deal with carrier bloatware :)

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Next please stop putting the Verizon logo EVERYWHERE on the phone.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Good first step, and then all we will be left with is the Google/Apple/Microsoft/Blackberry bloatware. Seriously, I bought your phone, but that doesn't mean I want to be stuck with all of those extra programs. Those should be easily uninstalled, as well.

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

But Samsung Push Service is SO AMAZINGLY USEFUL!!! You haven't experienced life until you've tried Samsung Push Service.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Samsung is king of bloat ware. If Apple want to attack Samsung make an Ad about their bloatware.

7. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Wow, hard to believe Verizon is taking to lead on this.

8. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Nice, but what about a Verizon branding removal feature? I mean, while we're in the process of removing things.

10. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Why does this require a trial?

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

As much as I hate them, I can understand SOME carrier-installed apps. Account apps, for example. But nobody in history has ever used Verizon Navigation over Google Maps. And NFL Mobile? I don't give an airborne fornication about football. Why force this garbage on your customers?

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Proof will be in lack of flies in pudding. May other carriers copy at once.

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