As Phil says, the definition of "bloatware" is ultimately subjective since everyone has their own preferences about what apps to use. However, it's not really pre-loading that's the problem. It's the inability to unload the apps that you opt not to use. All apps that aren't part of the core operating system should be loaded into the user partition where they can be uninstalled. I would be ok with having one non-uninstallable app containing links to re-download the pre-loaded apps if a user dumps one by accident. However, as manufacturers increasingly release phones without MicroSD support, they should provide users with a way to maximize the available storage. ?
There’s bloatware, and then there’s bloatware
There’s been a lot of talk about “bloatware” of late. Some of our doing, some not. And the latest round has started to reach inconceivable proportions. But just like Wallace Shawn’s Vizzini, we keep using that word. Bloatware. And perhaps it does not mean what we think it means. So what is “bloatware,” exactly? Here’s how I defined it some time ago in our long-in-need-of-an-update…
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