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

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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Not gonna happen
by spiderman on Fri 21st Aug 2015 07:19 UTC
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I hope Apple follows in Google's footsteps, because iOS is accumulating a seizable amount of crapware too.

Apple allows only one manufacturer to use iOS on their phones: itself. The story here is that Google is now allowing phone manufacturers to keep their "approved" badge even if they remove some of the less useful software (crapware). They were allowed to do whatever they wanted even before today, including removing the kernel, Google play and whatever they wanted and they still are. However they can't get approved by Google if they remove too much. iOS is very different beast. Nobody is even allowed to even install it as is. It's not about the crapware, it's about everything. Manufacturers are not allowed, end of story. So no, Apple is not going to follow the footsteps of Google. Apple will continue to help Apple and install their home made crapwares on their home made phones.

Edited 2015-08-21 07:20 UTC

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