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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by curio on Thu 20th Aug 2015 17:06 UTC in reply to "RE: crapware?"
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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: Foist-ware
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 20th Aug 2015 21:08 in reply to "Foist-ware"
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leverage-market-position-ware ??

I don't think this change is not entirely unrelated to the EU's antitrust probe. With Google books, music, newstand, Google was very clearly trying to leverage its dominant mobile OS position into gaining a foot hold in new markets. Putting any other market participants at a disadvantage.

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