Bloatware is a pain. Manufacturers and carriers alike often load up our smartphones with apps that they’d like us to check out, and at best we can quickly uninstall these apps and move on. At worst, we can only stick them in a folder and try to ignore them. But today I’ve got some good news for folks whose first step upon getting a new phone is to scan for any bloatware that may be there.
In order for an Android device to get Google apps like Gmail and the Google Play Store, they’ve got to have an entire suite of Google-selected apps installed on them. Google recently slimmed down that list of apps, though, eliminating Google Play Games, Google Play Books, Google Play Newsstand, and Google+. That list previously consisted of only Google Earth and Google Keep, so this move has expanded it significantly.
Some folks might argue that Google should let device makers include only the Google apps that they want, but that’s unlikely to happen. It is good to see Google reducing the number of apps in its required package, though. Not only does it free up space on the devices — which is great when an increasing number of phones lack expandable storage — but it helps to declutter a phone or tablet upon first boot. And if you do want Google Play Games, Books, Newsstand, or Google+, they’re a simple Play Store install away.