Verizon launched a survey earlier this month that asked it’s customers about bloatware and how they felt about the pre-installed apps. Now, Verizon has announced that they are taking the survey into consideration, and testing out a new approach to bloatware on the LG G3. Big Red’s version of the LG G3 will not come with pre-installed apps (bloatware), instead they will be downloaded during the set-up process. The apps that are preset to download will not count towards any data usage. While the apps are still going to be downloaded to the device, they will also be completely and 100% uninstallable.
The bloatware will be added to the app drawer as if they were pre-installed, but since they have been downloaded in a traditional sense, they can be removed the same way. Verizon told Droid Life, “The applications can be completely and entirely uninstalled by the consumer via the standard uninstall process.” Though after hearing about the new process Verizon’s testing when it comes to bloatware, a test was done on the Verizon version of the LG G3.
After trying to uninstall all of the bloatware, it was found that not everything can be uninstalled. Verizon’s own suite of apps couldn’t be removed. It seems as though Verizon is just allowing certain apps to be uninstalled, like Clash of Clans and Hotels.com apps. This is a small step for the ultimate goal of completely removing all bloatware in a no-root-required manner, and while not the solution we were hoping for it’s a step in the right direction. A new survey could be sent out to find out how the changes have been received by the consumer so keep an eye out for that if you’re on Verizon’s network. As far as the future of bloatware from Verizon, little else is known. Hopefully, other carriers will catch on to the idea of allowing users to completely rid their devices of bloatware. In the meantime, what carrier are you on, and what apps came pre-installed on your newest device? Do you find that you use any of them, or do you just hide them from the app drawer? Let us know down below, or on our G+ page.