Bloatware is software that is packed with features that are neither used nor wanted, and is therefore slow and/or occupying an excessive amount of memory or disk space. Many manufacturers and network operators pre-install such apps on their devices in a bid to differentiate. Sometimes, users just find those apps an annoyance and wish they could get rid of them, which is one of the reasons why people root their phones.
The South Korean government government has ruled that users must be offered an option to delete any pre-installed app from their device. For now, the new law is targeted at carrier bloatware only, but it is a good first step. Hopefully, soon, we will see a blanket law that applies to all pre-installed bloatware – even those from manufacturers. Of course, we can expect more countries to adopt this position with time and give users control.
Android smartphone users must be rejoicing now. I am looking at you, Joxy!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.