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Universal Android Debloater gets major debloat list update and a few new features

After rolling out Universal Android Debloater v0.4.0 in February, XDA Member w1nst0n_fr has now released a fresh update for the shell script. The latest update (v0.5) brings a major debloat list update, a few new features, and several minor UI changes and improvements. For the unaware, Universal Android Debloater is a shell script that utilizes community-maintained...

Universal Android Debloater gets updated with new bloatware list, UI enhancements, and more

The story of bloatware on Android started off with carriers bundling a variety of useless apps onto smartphones sold under their network. From there, it expanded rather quickly to OEMs themselves shipping a variety of functionally-duplicate-yet-inferior apps and even apps from Facebook and Microsoft with the factory firmware. While some people may find these preinstalled...

How to Uninstall Carrier/OEM Bloatware without Root Access

If you've bought a new Android phone, chances are it came pre-installed with some apps that may not be useful to you. OEMs often partner with other brands and companies to pre-install their apps on their devices. These apps can be anything ranging from streaming services to music players. If your phone is locked to...

Universal Android Debloater helps you get rid of unwanted apps and bloatware on your phone

We’ve talked about pre-installed apps AKA "bloatware" on many occasions. It’s not a mystery that shipping such non-essential apps is a crucial part of the carrier/OEM business policy. Considering the amount of diagnostic and usage data these applications can collect on your phone, one can easily deduce that carriers and OEMs do this for both...

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...

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...
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