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[2]: And???
by AndyB on Mon 27th Jan 2014 21:25 UTC in reply to "RE: And???"
AndyB
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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[3]: And???
by lucas_maximus on Tue 28th Jan 2014 19:49 in reply to "RE[2]: And???"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

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!


I agree. I don't really care if IE is on my (home) machine, but I would like to choose "get me firefox" when I install Windows.

It is a trivial amount of work to implement, but I suppose it would require consent from all the third parties. Opera kicked up a stink about even having the IE icon on the choice screen ... and Microsoft kinda told the US Government that IE was an essential part of the OS ... so they need to include it.

BTW, there is a powershell command for the equivalent of WGET.

http://superuser.com/questions/362152/native-alternative-to-wget-in...

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