Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:32 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Smartphone users in South Korea will soon be able to have the option of deleting unnecessary pre-installed bloatware, thanks to new industry guidelines commencing in April.

"The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players," said the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, in a press release.

New regulations that fly directly in the face of the biggest player in mobile - Samsung. Odd, since we were told that Samsung owns the South-Korean government.

I do wonder where the line is drawn, though. Will South-Koreans also be able to delete Newsstand and Weather from iOS, or the Calculator from Android?

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Define Bloatware
by grahamtriggs on Mon 27th Jan 2014 13:43 UTC
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The definition will be different based on who you ask.

Is TouchWiz bloatware, or an integral part of the designed user experience?

Essentially, the manufacturers are likely to have little to worry about - this will probably hit the telcos that install their own apps, and degrade the user experience of the manufacturers.

Of course, when the manufacturer's handset is still performing like crap, then they won't have so many places to hide.

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