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: crapware?
by ilovebeer on Thu 20th Aug 2015 16:15 UTC in reply to "crapware?"
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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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