The OnePlus 8T doesn’t have preinstalled Facebook bloatware
OnePlus used to be one of the few Android OEMs that shipped new phones without any non-essential apps. But that changed with the launch of the OnePlus 8 Series and OnePlus Nord earlier this year. OxygenOS on the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and the OnePlus Nord came with Facebook App Installer, Facebook App Manager, and Facebook Services installed as system apps, alongside the main Facebook app, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and Netflix. The company faced severe backlash because of this, and it seems to have changed course with the new OnePlus 8T.
As per a recent report from Input, the OnePlus 8T doesn’t come with the Facebook apps and services preinstalled. Netflix is the only preinstalled third-party app on the device which has been installed to enhance HDR video playback, the company claims. The publication reached out to OnePlus regarding the matter and a company spokesperson confirmed that OnePlus has stopped preinstalling Facebook apps and services for the foreseeable future. However, the company didn’t commit to never preinstalling such bloatware on its devices, so we may see a resurgence in the years to come.
It’s also worth noting that while the OnePlus 8T doesn’t come with Facebook apps and services preinstalled, the company still doesn’t provide an easy way for users to remove the preinstalled services from older devices. While OnePlus didn’t comment on this issue, a source familiar with the matter told Input that the situation is more complicated than it looks and that there’s no simple, user-friendly way to remove Facebook services off phones that came with them preinstalled. This means that OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus Nord users will be stuck with the Facebook services on their devices. Thankfully, we have a simple guide to help you remove preinstalled Facebook services from your OnePlus device that you check out by following the link below.