After the European Union decided to go against bloatware apps, South Korean regulation officials are looking to follow the same footsteps. All the future Android smartphones to be sold in South Korea will come with the feature to remove pre-installed Google apps. Almost all Android phones come with Google Search, Chrome, Maps, Gmail and Google Play Store related apps by default.
While some of us consider the above apps a part of the traditional Android experience, several users loathe them for taking up useful space and strongly impacting the battery life. These pre-installed apps are a part of the contract smartphone manufacturers sign with Google, and carrier-specific smartphones are usually filled with a lot more bloatware.
The strong foot put down by Europe by accusing Google of breaching the European Union antitrust regulations is not the only factor compelling South Korea. The Korean Government back in 2014 had set up a forum, providing guidelines for manufacturers to make pre-loaded apps removable. Since the guidelines are not legally imposed, most manufacturers, including South-Korean giant, Samsung have turned a blind eye to it.
The Korea Communications Commission and Ministry of Science reported a decreased number of pre-installed apps given out in the past two years, but local media reports that a number of bloatware apps continue to rise. Although pre-installed Google Apps do not exactly fit in as bloatware, the sheer market share of Google makes it the prime victim of the pre-installed app removal policy.
Not only Google, but Apple is also famously known for imposing its very own apps on users in the form of pre-installed apps. However, Apple does not allow telecom carriers to pre-install apps on iPhones, whereas Google Android smartphones are given complete freedom to be rigged with unnecessary apps all the time.
Do you think the decision of South Korea to make Google Apps removable will have a significant impact on the company? How many countries do you think will follow South Korea and the EU in the fight against bloatware? Let us know your thoughts below.
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