Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Aug 2015 22:55 UTC

Recent changes to the rules phone makers need to follow to get a Google approved version of Android have allowed for certain apps to no longer be mandatory. Google Play Games, Google Play Books, Google+ and Google Newsstand now join the ranks with Google Earth and Google Keep as apps that aren't a required part of the Google applications package. They are still in the Play Store, are still regularly updated and will work just as well for those of us who want them. And this is how things ought to be. In fact, we'd like to see even more Google apps get sent packing, but still be there in the Play store for those who want them.

Good. The less crapware - even stock crapware - on our phones, the better. I hope Apple follows in Google's footsteps, because iOS is accumulating a seizable amount of crapware too.

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RE[3]: Comment by leech
by IgnitusBoyone on Fri 21st Aug 2015 17:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by leech"
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Let alone it becomes a problem of choice. When the OEM puts on a set of reasonable default software as you have discussed you typical user just starts using it.

If that same user has to search for calendar on the play store now they have to read reviews evaluate the options maybe seek referrals. Installing base apps assist the user in immediately using the phone.

Normally, you don't mind these apps what you mind is having duplicate options when Sony/Samsung installs there own album and movie viewer but is still required to keep Stock on the phone. This creates clutter

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