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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RE: And???
by hornett on Mon 27th Jan 2014 17:04 UTC in reply to "And???"
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Well with Windows there is a separate 'K' edition which is sold in Korea and I think has some media player changes or links to other media players included.

See:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922474

So there is precedent for Korea making these requests and software companies honouring them.

Edited 2014-01-27 17:04 UTC

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