Sometimes it can be really annoying when you take your new smartphone out the package and see a whole bunch on applications that were pre-installed on the device and you can’t even uninstall them, app that you will probably never use throughout the life of the handset also referred to as “Bloatware”.
Well that will soon be a thing of the pass, according to a report from South Korea, The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has decided that smartphone owners must have the option to uninstall applications from their handset should they wish to do so, and this refers to pre-installed applications.
According to the release issued by the ministry, “The move aims to normalize an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and cause unfair competition among industry players.” Under the new guidelines, mobile carriers must make most of their preinstalled apps deletable except for four necessary items related to Wi-Fi connection, client center, near-field communication (NFC) and app store.
As of right now, its seems to only apply to that market so here in the US carrier will most likely continue with that practice, but carriers in that country will have to stop very soon… FCC what are your thoughts on these practices here in the USA.
SK Telecom Co., the No. 1 mobile carrier, installs 25 default apps on Samsung’s Galaxy S4, followed by LG Uplus Corp.’s 18 and KT Corp. with 16, the ministry’s data showed.