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ICS Provides an Easy Way to Completely Remove Bloatware! Will the Carriers Find a Way to Nix It?

Authored by: Steven Blum — Oct 19, 2011

Android experts are still split as to whether or not this feature will actually make it past the carriers, but apparantly Android's latest operating system includes features that allow the user to completely disable bloatware. Yup, that's right: with ICS, users can keep individual apps from ever running, opening tasks or using resources. Disabling them even hides the apps from the launcher. Hooray! Right?

Well, if this feature isn't somehow disabled by carriers, it could mean the end of rooting for the vast majority of casual Android users, although we're still not sure that's a realistic goal. Carriers always have their way of getting around these sorts of things and installing crapware you can't uninstall no matter how advanced your OS. Who knows? Maybe this new feature will even delay the release as carriers scramble to disable it.

That said, Google could fight carriers who modify Android, and have even said in the past that doing so violates the license given to them. Maybe Google would fight on behalf of their users? You've gotta hope so..

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Source: Android Police

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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