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.
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!