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]: Crapware on IOS??
by brichpmr on Fri 21st Aug 2015 08:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Crapware on IOS??"
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"I'm looking at the 295 apps currently installed on my iPhone 6. What 'crapware' am I looking for, Thom?

Newsstand. iBooks. The Apple Watch advertisement app. Stocks. Podcasts. Etc.

All useless crapware I'm not allowed to remove.

Oh yes, those I moved to one folder I created (named whatever I want) and moved to the last screen on my phone....a veritable non-issue...much ado about not much.

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