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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And???
by AndyB on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:43 UTC
AndyB
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How will this be any different to when Microsoft were ordered to stop making Internet Explorer installed by default and removable. It's still there even in Windows 8 installs!

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RE: And???
by BetaDoe on Mon 27th Jan 2014 14:25 in reply to "And???"
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2014-01-27

How will this be any different to when Microsoft were ordered to stop making Internet Explorer installed by default and removable. It's still there even in Windows 8 installs!


Just to set this right:
1) Every OS needs an engine to get online, its pragmatic to use the libraries of the Browser, because they are fast. (No slow IE Jokes please)

2) Microsoft volunteerly paid a fee because browserchoice was forgotten in Windows 8.

Imagine a Standard User to download any Browser he wants - without a browser... Paradox?

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RE[2]: And???
by AndyB on Mon 27th Jan 2014 14:45 in reply to "RE: And???"
AndyB Member since:
2013-03-22

So what's wrong with WGET or the equivalent in Windows to get the first browser of choice?

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RE[2]: And???
by AndyB on Mon 27th Jan 2014 21:25 in reply to "RE: And???"
AndyB Member since:
2013-03-22


Microsoft volunteerly paid a fee because browser choice was forgotten in Windows 8.


Shouldn't that be 'forgotten' in the sense of they had no intention of leaving out IE from Windows, regardless of lawsuits etc.

Having a version of Browser Choice which downloads and installs the users choice of browser via WGET or similar is a fair way of doing it and does not require a default browser of any kind!

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RE[2]: And???
by cdude on Tue 28th Jan 2014 20:04 in reply to "RE: And???"
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2008-09-21


Microsoft volunteerly paid a fee

You mean they got forced to "volunteerly" pay a fee of $2.17 billion because they repeatly violated anti-trust rulings?

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-24/microsoft-sent-eu-antit...

Edited 2014-01-28 20:12 UTC

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RE: And???
by hornett on Mon 27th Jan 2014 17:04 in reply to "And???"
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2005-09-19

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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