Bloatware and carrier phones: name a more iconic duo. The number of preinstalled apps on some smartphones has grown so much these days that people still come to our forums to flash stock Android builds to get rid of the bloat. Bloatware is often preloaded on smartphones by carriers or even smartphone manufacturers themselves. They are often annoying services you will probably never use but you probably can’t uninstall, either. Since carrier devices are often fairly locked down, most users can’t get rid of these unwanted apps without mucking around with ADB. Thankfully, the European Union has a plan: It wants to force smartphone manufacturers to let users uninstall the bloatware that comes preloaded on these devices, according to the Financial Times.
This measure is part of a much broader act aimed at reducing the power of big technology companies, especially when it comes to the use of advertising data and platform owners’ power over companies doing business on said platforms. I hope this gets passed, since using ADB to remove bloatware can get a little tedious.
My biggest problem isn’t that it’s there, it’s that it’s side loaded and updated through it’s own separate, secret system. Only being able to “disable” it isn’t great, but the side stepping the android store of any App connected to Facebook seems to be a truck sized security hole.
Windows and blue screens.
Windows and malware.
Windows and x86.
Intel and Windows.
Intel and hardware security holes.
Media companies and draconian DRM.
Commercial software and no Linux support.
BeOS and the future we lost.
Sun and Unix.
Sun and Sparc.
IBM and the Power ISA.
Apple and PowerPC.
Sun and tech that doesn’t make them any money.
Oracle and greed.
Gamers and regressive politics.
Facebook and right wing propaganda.
Most Linux users and their love for MS.
FOSS advocates and “M$”.
OpenBSD and Security.
Lennart Poettering and bad ideas.