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]: Comment by leech
by ilovebeer on Thu 20th Aug 2015 16:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by leech"
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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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