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

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[2]: Crapware on IOS??
by shotsman on Thu 20th Aug 2015 15:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Crapware on IOS??"
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Hmmm the Podcast App was a download for my Company iPhone 6. It didn't come with the phone.

That device has less than two screen fulls of apps. I don't get the bloatware claim. This device was bought directly from Apple not via a carrier and is totally unlocked.

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