Want to delete pre-installed apps without rooting your smartphone? Move to South Korea

Want to delete pre-installed apps without rooting your smartphone? Move to South Korea
We’re pretty sure that there’s no smartphone user out there who thinks that pre-installed apps are cool. You can’t delete them without rooting your handset, and they just take up space, although you don’t really need them. Luckily, things might change in the future.

Come April, South Korean mobile users who buy new devices will be the first in the world to be able to delete apps pre-installed by carriers whenever they want. According to Yonhap News, South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning is enforcing new guidelines for carriers, these allowing users to conveniently remove bloatware from their smartphones. Only “four necessary apps” will remain non-deletable starting April - these are related to the app store, client center, Wi-Fi connections, and NFC.

Reportedly, SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest carrier, is a bloatware champ, pre-installing no less than 25 apps on smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4.

A Korean ministry official was quoted as saying that the new move will “normalize an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players." Abnormal it is - we all know it. So here’s hoping that authorities in North America and Europe will follow soon with similar regulations.

source: Yonhap News (registration required to view the full article)



1. Xperia_droid

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

i got excited for a moment :D

9. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Me too

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Windows Phone can do this since WIndows Phone 7

15. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Nice. It's still useless, though.

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

Fastest mobile speeds in the world too. Lucky bastards. They get everything.

3. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

And people (even me, too) thought that Verizon and AT&T were bad etc. 25 apps really? I'm disappointed in you SK Telly.

4. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

I daydream for a time in my lifetime for that to happen in the US. Between Samsung and AT&T, I have 51 disabled programs on my GS4. Fiftystinkinone apps! To me this... would... be... AWESOME! Just waiting on an official Cyanogen "stable" rom for my particular build that will use its one click PC installer. HATE BLOAT! It's like you're already screwing me over with your prices, why force me to have your useless apps too?

5. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

On note 10.1 - 2014 edition have nearly 500MB bloatware app. Make everything run slow. On ipad only have some app include.


Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

This is the min reason I can't stand Andriod. I just may have a change of heart in the future.

8. g2a5b0e unregistered


7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is another reason I like my Nexus devices. No Bloat, no lock, no problem.

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Quick reminder: Windows Phone have had this feature for a looooooooong time

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yep. But I guess most people would rather stick with bloatware than switch.

14. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Yeah, my aunt constantly complains about the bloatware

13. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This will make Android more Popular an more Secure without Losing your Warranty of your Phone,WHy?in the First Place do they put so many un-used Draining Applications on the Phones,Samsung have just changed with the 4.3 update,an with 4.4 Kit Kat hope it improves Android more

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