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Verizon is testing a bloatware removal feature on its LG G3

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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.

“Verizon is trialing a new service on the LG G3. Pre-loaded applications will install in the background during the activation and set up process. Once setup is complete, the applications will appear in the applications folder as though they have been traditionally pre-loaded. However, there IS one key difference; the applications can be completely and entirely uninstalled by the customer via the standard uninstall process. Customers will not incur any data usage or charges for the download and installation of these applications,” the carrier revealed. 

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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posted on 25 Jul 2014, 07:14 7

1. CoastCity (Posts: 257; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

Way to go carriers

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 07:37

3. spin9 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 May 2014)

Make it a vote

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 07:27 3

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

How bout not putting any BLOATWARE PERIOD.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 12:36 1

9. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 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?

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 14:54

13. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 07:48

4. atlvideoguy (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 07:51 4

5. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:08 1

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 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.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 14:15

12. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 19:44

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Samsung is king of bloat ware.

If Apple want to attack Samsung make an Ad about their bloatware.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 08:42 2

7. zinger69 (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 10:02

8. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 356; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)

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

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 12:42

10. Jason78 (Posts: 280; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)

Why does this require a trial?

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 14:03

11. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 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?

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 15:37

14. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Proof will be in lack of flies in pudding.

May other carriers copy at once.

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