When Sprint and HTC announced recently that most of the bloatware apps on the Sprint HTC Evo 3D were removable it was met by thunderous applause from the Android community. In case you aren’t in the know, Bloatware is the term used to describe apps that come pre-installed on your new Android device.
Prior to this new position from Sprint, Bloatware was not removable. You could go into your application manager in settings and the uninstall button would be grayed out. This is because the carriers want you to at least try the bloatware. Now don’t get me wrong some Bloatware ends up being very useful. Slacker radio for instance can be found pre-installed on many phones. NFL and Nascar fans can find apps on their Sprint phone that actually look and function great. However freedom of choice is one of the driving factors behind Android.
Sprint’s Vice President of Product Development Fared Adib is very in touch with the Android community. He actually prefers to be on hand at Sprint device presentations and launch events and spends a good amount of time talking with journalists about new devices. He is very aware that many Android users, and smartphone users in general, would rather have the option to remove pre-installed apps. As Pocketnow reports by way of Engadget, Adib is advocating for a more hands off approach to Bloatware when it comes to the nation’s third largest carrier.
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It seems Sprint is striving for an overall great customer experience in hopes that this will make them stay competitive even if the impending ATT/T-Mobile merger goes through. Sprint is the only carrier that still has true unlimited service for smartphones. Sprint has also announced that 70% of their 2011 portfolio will be Android devices. Finally, they are making no bones about carrying some of the more feature packed Android devices like the Samsung Nexus S, HTC Evo 3D and The Motorola Photon 4G. It’s even rumored that they will be the first out of the gate with the Samsung Galaxy S II. Finally, earlier this year Sprint surpassed all the other carriers in the JD Power customer service survey to become number one, a title that T-Mobile had held for years.
Sprint, like all the carriers, makes a great deal of money off third party pre-installed apps, so it’s not likely that they will ever totally go away but the option to remove them once we get our new smartphones home is much more pleasing than the way it was previously.