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How one country is fighting for your right to delete smartphone bloatware

25
Jan
2014

One thing Android smartphones are highly criticized for is the amount of bloatware – whether it comes from OEMs or carriers – that can clog the overall experience, not to mention take up precious storage space on the device. Such software that’s preloaded on devices can’t be deleted by users in most cases – at least not in an easy, user-friendly fashion – but starting with April that’s about to change, at least in South Korea, ZDNet reports. The country’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning issued a press release on Thursday mandating that carriers and OEMs give users the ability to quickly delete any unwanted software from their devices. “The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that

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