Whenever you get a new phone, there’s a handful of apps installed out of the box. In the tech community we call that bloatware. Some of those apps are from your carrier, some are from the OEM (the company that makes your phone), and some are from Google.
In fact, Google has a mandatory minimum of the number of Google apps that have to be not only installed, but placed on the home screen of devices. Those include some very necessary apps like the Play Store, but also some you might not need or use. That might be Google Play Books, Google Hangouts, or Google Drive. Why are they installed? Essentially if an OEM wants to place Google Play Services (what powers Google apps and your app store) on their device, they need to install these apps.
Whether you use it or not, it is definitely bloatware. However Google is now dropping down the number of apps that need to be installed on a device. The apps that are no longer required are listed below:
- Google Play Games
- Google Play Books
- Google Play Newsstand
If you buy a new smartphone in the next few months, odds are you won’t see these apps installed out of the box. I’m definitely glad to see the Newsstand requirement dropped as that’s an app I really don’t use or want. What do you think of this news? Glad to see some extra apps dropped from your next phone? Let us know in the comments!