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Guidelines aim to give users more storage space

Smartphone users around the world have been complaining that when they pull their new devices out of the box the internal storage is packed with apps they don’t want and didn’t ask for. This bloatware is often irritating, and some of it can’t even be uninstalled.
 
However, new industry guidelines are being published in South Korea that will force smartphone markers to allow users to delete any bloatware installed on their devices.
 
The goal of the measure is to give users more data storage space by deleting unwanted programs that run in the background and consume power. The device makers and carriers will be required to make nearly all pre-installed apps deletable by the end user.
 
Certain sorts of software will be exempt from being removable, such as software for things like Wi-Fi, NFC, and manufacturer-specific app stores.
 
One example given of a device that the new guidelines are targeting is the Galaxy S4. Of the 80 apps that are preinstalled with the smartphone, 25 are installed by the carrier (SK Telecom), 39 by Samsung, and 16 by Google. 

Source: ZDNet





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