Study finds Android smartphones riddled with suspect ‘bloatware’

    Date13 May 2019
    CategoryPrivacy
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    Posted ByBrittany Day

    One of the oft-discused downsides of choosing an Android device is the phenomenon of pre-loaded “bloatware.”

    Broadly speaking, these are apps and services pre-loaded on smartphones and tablets by phone vendors, mobile carriers, and their partners along with the basic suite of Google apps and Android itself.

    Not all of this software is necessarily useless, and some vendors load less than others, but often it can’t be uninstalled, leaving users stuck with space-consuming software they might never use.

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