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 Ford Prefect on Thu 20th Aug 2015 18:13 UTC in reply to "Crapware"
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Yes, I use a custom ROM and TK GAPPS Pico. I was wondering if I really wanted the _smallest_ package out there. But indeed, yes, it is all you need and I don't miss anything.

This gives a good idea about how much really is part of the stock GApps:

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