A new report has come in from T-Mobile’s parent, Deutsche Telekom. The German company is looking into a bloatware opt-in program for smartphones. You read that correctly.
Since T-Mobile is owned by Deutsche Telekom, the result could be T-Mobile phones with less carrier bloat such as apps and features. Most of us find this unnecessary, given that what Google mandates manufacturers to provide is sufficient. As Android faithful, we’ve always complained about bloatware. It has always been one of the downsides of the Android OS along with fragmentation. Up through now, T-Mobile and others have been no stranger to pre-loading apps of their own onto carrier variants, making unlocked phones of more demand.
Soon, you might not have to disable or remove carrier bloat because it won’t be there in the first place, at least for users who don’t want it. For users on the carrier, it might soon be optional to have bloatware, meaning you could be able to choose when setting up your device whether you want it or not. Since developers compensate Deutsche Telekom for the apps it pre-loads on smartphones, a sum of money could be lost as a result of a system like such, but perhaps there will be an incentive for those who elect to take the bloat such as a discount. Remember Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Program?
And the excitement does not stop there. In the future, Deutsche Telekom might award manufacturers full control over software updates. Meaning, you won’t have to wait for that extra step of T-Mobile having to update its devices. This could make for much-needed, faster update roll outs.
Many are anticipating a new “Un-carrier” movement, and we wouldn’t be surprised if software updates and bloatware are among the topics discussed. However, keep in mind, this is the first time we’ve heard of these possibilities, and they would be a first for the industry. Somebody has to pave the way for the future, though.
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SOURCE [Deutsche Telekom]