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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Bloatware
by bolomkxxviii on Mon 27th Jan 2014 20:07 UTC
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2006-05-19

The installed bloatware isn't really that big of a problem. Someone is paying to have the bloatware put in your phone/computer. Users would probably pay more for their devices if they came bloatware free. The problem is not being able to delete the bloatware from your device. This is why I will never buy another cell phone from a carrier. PC decrapifier is a great tool for desktop computers.

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RE: Bloatware
by WorknMan on Mon 27th Jan 2014 21:39 in reply to "Bloatware"
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2005-11-13

Users would probably pay more for their devices if they came bloatware free.


I definitely would. It's like Kindles - you can either get them with ads, or without ads for a few dollars more. That works for me. Because if something had ads built in without the option to remove them, I wouldn't buy it. Roku is a good example here - that giant-ass ad on the home screen is the only reason I don't own one.

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