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South Korea Finally Lets Citizens Delete Crappy Preloaded Apps

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Gross! (Photo: ExtremeTech)

Gross! (Photo: ExtremeTech)

There’s really nothing worse than not having the ability to delete preinstalled apps on your new Android phone, huh? South Korea agrees and is banning wireless carriers from not letting customers have the ability to deleted the so-called bloatware. 

So, apps like the annoying NFL Mobile program must have an option to be deleted, but apps that are necessary (app store, customer service, etc.) can stay. Per a government-issued release obtained by ArsTechnica, the new law is to better people’s battery life and let people control the phones they rightfully own.

“The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players,” said the ministry in a Korean-language press release.

Unfortunately, similar measures probably won’t be seen here because the apps are lucrative for the telcos. Or stick with buying iPhones since Apple doesn’t let this bullshit happen to their devices. 

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