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Android ICS will allow you to kill and hide bloatware

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Oct 2011 14:54 User comments (4)

Android ICS will allow you to kill and hide bloatware Google has confirmed.
Matias Duarte, Senior Director of Android Experience at Google, let it be known after the company's launch of Android 4.0 ICS that all system applications can be removed, including the Chrome-variant browser and email client.

Today, thanks to the SDK, it is clear that carriers were not given the right to override that requirement and users can easily disable and hide such unwanted apps.

Hitting disable will give users the chance to bring the apps back, but disabling will also remove the icon and stop the app from ever running.

For more info on Ice Cream Sandwich, check here: Samsung unveils Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0, SDK available now

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120.10.2011 15:37

From the picture, it looks like you can disable it, but not necessarily uninstall it.


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220.10.2011 16:19
bouchigo
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Originally posted by Xplorer4:
From the picture, it looks like you can disable it, but not necessarily uninstall it.
Once you have Root you will be able to remove whatever you want.....I'm guessing the "disable" instead of completely remove was a compromise.

320.10.2011 16:29

Originally posted by Xplorer4:
From the picture, it looks like you can disable it, but not necessarily uninstall it.
You might be able to scroll down and possibly the uninstall button is there. But this has been a long time coming. At least we won't have to "root" anymore to disable crappy bloatware. Although I will still root any of my android devices.

420.10.2011 23:12

Originally posted by defgod:
Originally posted by Xplorer4:
From the picture, it looks like you can disable it, but not necessarily uninstall it.
You might be able to scroll down and possibly the uninstall button is there. But this has been a long time coming. At least we won't have to "root" anymore to disable crappy bloatware. Although I will still root any of my android devices.
It looks like crappy bloatware will still be wasting space...this just removes the shortcuts. An improvement...but not much of one since the bloatware that comes on these devices not only wastes space, but is completely useless...they are always outdated versions...and the updates are full new installs; so if you actually want facebook (or some other bloatware) you end up with two full copies of it.


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