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: Arggghhh
by Morgan on Tue 28th Jan 2014 00:28 UTC in reply to "Arggghhh"
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This isn't much of a problem with Windows Phones. It's mostly aimed at Android.

Indeed, I was pleasantly surprised to find I could remove every single carrier app from my Lumia, something I've never been able to do with any other phone OS without rooting.

I wish they address the carrier problem. Where the cancer is thriving.

Yep, our "big four" is about to become three, if the rumors about Sprint buying T-Mobile are to be believed. Yay for even more carrier shenanigans; the second worst offender buying the only one moving in the right direction.

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