Smartphone users in South Korea will soon be able to have the option of deleting unnecessary pre-installed bloatware, thanks to new industry guidelines commencing in April.
“The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players,” said the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, in a press release.
New regulations that fly directly in the face of the biggest player in mobile – Samsung. Odd, since we were told that Samsung owns the South-Korean government.
I do wonder where the line is drawn, though. Will South-Koreans also be able to delete Newsstand and Weather from iOS, or the Calculator from Android?
How will this be any different to when Microsoft were ordered to stop making Internet Explorer installed by default and removable. It’s still there even in Windows 8 installs!