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Chinese consumer group files lawsuits against Samsung and Oppo over bloatware

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Jul 2015 12:53 User comments (2)

Chinese consumer group files lawsuits against Samsung and Oppo over bloatware The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has filed lawsuits against Samsung and Oppo this week, specifically over the large amount of "bloatware" that comes pre-installed on the company's smartphones.
Both manufacturer's devices have apps that come pre-installed and cannot be removed, allege the suits, and many of them even "steal" cellular data without users knowing.

For example, the Oppo X9007 came pre-installed with 71 apps and the Samsung SM-N9008S (Galaxy Note 3) had 44 pre-installed apps.

The Commission filed the suits after complaints from consumers. The lawsuit is seeking to force smartphone makers to "clearly state on the product's packaging what apps have been installed, and give consumers instructions on how to remove unwanted software. It also wants to compel the companies to inform consumers about the amount of memory that pre-installed apps take up."

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2 user comments

16.7.2015 11:18

Wow! I can only hope they succeed in this.

26.7.2015 13:05

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Wow! I can only hope they succeed in this.
Even if they succeed, the changes may only be enforced in China. Carriers in other areas will still ask for bloatware and it will still be installed.

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