Preinstalled apps — often lovingly referred to as “bloatware” — is a problem for many wireless consumers. Not only do the usually unwanted apps take up precious internal storage on a device, but oftentimes there are several apps that are of no interest to the user.
Some platforms let users completely uninstall bloatware, but many Android devices can only “disable” it, removing the apps from an app list but leaving them on storage. There’s some good news regarding bloatware for Verizon customers, though, as the carrier appears to be testing a way that would allow Android users to delete preinstalled apps completely.
As noted by Droid-Life, the Verizon version of the LG G3 automatically installs several apps when it’s first activated. However, unlike many other devices, Verizon says that customers can completely uninstall these apps using the standard Android uninstall method. When Droid-Life attempted to uninstall the Verizon G3's preloaded apps, Verizon's own apps were the only ones that were unable to be removed.
Even though Verizon says that the automatic installation of these apps don’t count against a customer’s data plan, it’d be even nicer if they weren’t automatically downloaded at all. Instead, perhaps the user would be given a list of apps that they might like to install after setting up their device. This ability uninstall bloatware is a nice change from the norm, though. Hopefully we see more of it going forward.