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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RE: Comment by leech
by RobG on Thu 20th Aug 2015 09:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by leech"
RobG
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2012-10-17

Funny - all those examples are things I wouldn't regard as "core". Which calendar? Which browser?

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RE[2]: Comment by leech
by Adurbe on Thu 20th Aug 2015 10:51 in reply to "RE: Comment by leech"
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2005-07-06

the OEM can have the option on which they prefer. But there is an expectation that a phoen comes with those features. If I had to set all that up upon opening a new phone then I'd lost a day to it!

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RE[3]: Comment by leech
by WereCatf on Thu 20th Aug 2015 10:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by leech"
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2006-02-15

How would you lose a whole day to installing a browser and a calendar from Play Market?

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RE[3]: Comment by leech
by IgnitusBoyone on Fri 21st Aug 2015 17:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by leech"
IgnitusBoyone Member since:
2007-02-07

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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RE[2]: Comment by leech
by ilovebeer on Thu 20th Aug 2015 16:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by leech"
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2011-08-08

Funny - all those examples are things I wouldn't regard as "core". Which calendar? Which browser?

It doesn't matter which calendar or browser, of course those are core apps. When a person buys a phone they expect basic functionality to be present, not something barebones where they have no calendar or browser until they download & install one.

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