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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Not sure its against Samsung
by pashar on Tue 28th Jan 2014 11:25 UTC
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I'm not sure it actually is against Samsung. Most current Android phones, including Samsung's ones already have an option to disable "ROM" applications. This removes its icons from everywhere and disables every related services, making them effectively uninstalled from system. Not sure if anything like that present in iOS.

Edited 2014-01-28 11:26 UTC

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