Will Verduzco · May 9, 2014 at 05:00 pm

OTA Brings 47 MB of Added Bloat to the AT&T Galaxy S5

Uh oh—what’s this? An OTA update that brings even more bloatware to an already bloated device? As we’ve seen several times in the past, US carriers have the tendency to not only preload their devices with bucketfulls of bloatware, but also even add more bloatware through OTA updates.

Today’s victim is the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5. As initially discovered by XDA Senior Member abraxo, the AT&T S5 received a 47 MB OTA this morning to firmware version G900AUCU2AND3.

So what could be so special as to require an update straight from America’s second largest carrier? Could it be an update to the much rumored Android 4.4.3? Nope. What about new features? Nope—well, not unless you consider bloatware to be a feature. Alas, today’s update primarily brings four new pre-loaded applications: Yellow Pages, Lookout, Find My Mobile, and Reactivation Lock. Well, to their credit, it does also bring a fix to the previously wonky recent apps button.

It’s unfortunate that not only must we as consumers deal with bloatware from the factory, but also through OTA updates. Make your way over to the update discussion thread to get in on the rant. You can also learn more about the update on AT&T’s site. And if you wish to revert to the stock firmware, don’t worry, you’re covered. But even if you skip this update, it’s almost certain that the next OTA will contain this added bloat, so this is even more reason to root the device once root is available for the AT&T S5!


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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