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

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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crapware?
by sbike on Thu 20th Aug 2015 04:52 UTC
sbike
Member since:
2007-08-17

Those google apps aren't crapware.

Crapware is random apps you can't remove that crash, make your phone slow, consume ram, and spam you.

I'm all for more apps in google play and less in the default install. But the crapware apps do things like "There's a NFL gmae near you want to pay to stream it?", "Please join this image sharing site every time you boot", "Let us taylor news articles and ads to your tastes and fill your home screen".

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RE: crapware?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 20th Aug 2015 15:25 in reply to "crapware?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, its not crapware, but maybe bloatware?

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Foist-ware
by curio on Thu 20th Aug 2015 17:06 in reply to "RE: crapware?"
curio Member since:
2010-05-03

A more/most appropriate name for what we all call bloat-ware and crap-ware, is Foist-ware. Based on their most prevalent characteristics of being there whether you want them or not, and are forced on you (often times hidden) by being uninstallable by normal users.
Although, we'd probably rather have just a clean, minimal OS install, if the device comes with pre-configured core applications that aren't welded on (uninstallable), then that's acceptable too.

Foist | Definition of foist by Merriam-Webster
Full Definition of FOIST. transitive verb. 1. a: to introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant . b: to force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit

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RE: crapware?
by ilovebeer on Thu 20th Aug 2015 16:15 in reply to "crapware?"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Those google apps aren't crapware.

Crapware is random apps you can't remove that crash, make your phone slow, consume ram, and spam you.

I'm all for more apps in google play and less in the default install. But the crapware apps do things like "There's a NFL gmae near you want to pay to stream it?", "Please join this image sharing site every time you boot", "Let us taylor news articles and ads to your tastes and fill your home screen".

Crapware is whatever a user deems as crap. As far as I'm concerned anything that I find useless and a waste of precious space is crap. Anything else it does/doesn't do is irrelevant.

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