BLOATWARE Posts on XDA

How to remove Facebook bloatware from the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus Nord

Android and bloatware are two spheres that have co-existed since the very beginning of the OS's existence. The story started off with carriers bundling a variety of useless or functionally-duplicate-yet-inferior apps onto smartphones sold under their network. From there, the story expanded to OEMs themselves bundling duplicate apps, and even to apps from Facebook and...

Samsung is still sending advertisements to users via push notifications

Samsung phones have a reputation for having a lot of bloatware pre-installed. At one point, there used to be a Samsung equivalent application for every Google app pre-installed. Nowadays, the software situation is a bit better with a lot less bloatware preinstalled on the latest Galaxy flagship devices. One area where Samsung hasn't improved on...

How to Uninstall Carrier/OEM Bloatware Without Root Access

More and more carriers and OEMs are locking down their devices and installing various pieces of bloatware onto our smartphones and tablets. Admittedly, bloatware is a rather subjective term and can range from Samsung's own messaging application to Google's own music player application to even actual spyware like DT Ignite. Because many of our phones and...

Carrier Unlocked SD820 Galaxy S7 / Edge Available in USA… Bootloader Likely Still Impenetrable

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are arguably among the best Android smartphones one could buy right now. Whether you like or hate the various nuances that come along with Samsung devices, like Touchwiz and locked bootloaders to name a few, there's no denying that the phone works for the normal user and...

Bloatware Rant

Have you gotten rid  of your phone's bloatware? If not, which preinstalled apps do you currently have on your device, and why? Let us know in the comments.

What is a Bloatware App or Service You Actually Enjoyed?

Kill it with fire -- that's what we usually think when it comes to bloatware. But once every blood moon, when the sun is eclipsed and the planets align, we find a bloatware app or service that is not as bad as the rest. OEMs dump millions into their phones' software, and the bloat inside...

Samsung, Stop Putting Trash in My Notification Tray

There is one thing I love about getting Nexus phones, and that’s the wonderful feeling one gets when setting them up. Why? It’s hassle free, fast, unobtrusive. It launches you right into the experience, no questions asked. The same can’t be said about Samsung phones. While I reckon that TouchWiz as a ROM has truly been...

In Defense of TouchWiz: How the Kitchen Sink is Getting Cleaner

Samsung’s approach to mobile evolution has largely consisted on a strategy that not many agree with: throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. While this often results in half-baked, quickly-abandoned products, it also allows for a special kind of evolution not many could afford. That last part is particularly important, given that Samsung’s size...

Grab Some Popcorn: Bloatware Company Under Attack

A couple weeks ago we posted an article about Digital Turbine and its quest to rule the world of bloatware. The company has partnered with several large global carriers to preinstall its DT Ignite and DT IQ software which are meant to deliver personalized paid app recommendations on Android devices. The fact that Digital Turbine...

The Future of Bloatware, Making a Buck a Phone

A number of global carriers, including Verizon in the US and America Movil in Latin America, have partnered with a small public company, Digital Turbine, to preinstall targeted apps. These are specifically chosen upon activation based on mined user data. Certain OEMs like HTC, Acer, Asus, and Sony are also dipping their toes. But bloatware...

Asus, My “Device May Have Junk” – Your Junk

We've previously given a full review of the Asus ZenFone 2 on the XDA portal. If you're interested in a more thorough and objective look at the phone, along with its hardware and software, I suggest you check it out. If, instead, you're here for a rant, and don't want to read a serious review about...

An Exercise in Redundancy: Are OEM Features “Smart”?

Today we saw the release of promotional videos and announcements from LG, a couple of weeks before an unveiling event that will most likely result in lots of buzz surrounding an upcoming LG G4. Last year's LG G3 went on to win plenty of awards all over the blogosphere, as well as many Android fans' hearts. But...