South Korea Moves to Curb Bloatware in Smartphones

Jan 24 2014, 9:49am CST | by , in News | Mobile Phones

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South Korea Moves to Curb Bloatware in Smartphones
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Bloatware has to be uninstallable by the user says new rules

Bloatware has become a huge issue for many users of smartphones around the world. The manufacturer promises that you get a certain amount of storage space on the box, but when you turn the device on all the pre-installed software you don’t want can eat half that space or more.

South Korea is tied of this bloatware and plans to roll out new rules that will require that sort of pre-installed software to be easy to remove by the end user. The new guidelines will require all pre-installed software to be removable by the user with a few exceptions.

The exceptions include software that is required for device functionality. That means software for WiFi and NFC can stay. The rules will also allow software for app stores and customer service to stay as well. The guidelines are targeting devices like the Galaxy S 4 from Samsung that ships from SK Telecom in South Korea with 80 pre-installed apps.

"The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players," said the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, in a press release.

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