Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 
1585 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 2276960 15-Jul-2019 13:41
One person supports this post
quote this post

mdf: *Super* interesting post, thanks @NikT.

I haven't been anywhere near Samsung in ages - I've been one of those puritan stuck firmly in the (near) stock Android camp. Now I'll need to give it another look, but would be keen for any thoughts on how they stack up on the non-removable factory apps/bloatware nowadays? This has always frustrated me something chronic; even Xperias (which I otherwise really like) have some rubbish that I wish I could remove instead of just disabling.

 

There's really not much, just one app per telco which can be disabled and the Microsoft Office suite which is reasonably handy for most folks. We're fairly lucky in NZ as the telcos aren't intent on shipping a lot of guff with devices and aren't as OTT intrusive/pedantic as their notorious Australian counterparts. Samsung have significantly toned down the number of preloaded apps as well and even offer a screen in the setup wizard through which you can select which of their apps to download - calculator, email, browser and so forth - if you'd prefer to use Google's preloaded suite.

 

I'm in favour of most of the Samsung apps these days, especially the browser which is A+ excellent and leagues better than vanilla Chrome.

 

Not so fondly recalling Sony's software circa Xperia Z2 when they mapped the swipe up from the home button to their "What's New" app instead of Google Now.

 

It is handy to know the ADB commands to disable apps as this is still useful from time to time - ADB shell pm uninstall [app package name] - for example disabling HiBoard ("com.huawei.intelligent", that thing to the left of the main homscreen) on Huawei devices running EMUI 9 will give you Google's Discover feed instead.

 

I could go on about how Android, iOS, and Windows have all been built in the US with US users in the forefront and software design/UX is now a form of cultural imperialism, but then we'd be here all day. Suffice to say, again, I'm glad we get so much choice, especially here in little ol' NZ.





Product Manager @ PB Tech

https://pbtech.co.nz/smartphones


mdf

2282 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 2276977 15-Jul-2019 13:53
Send private message quote this post

1101:

Geektastic:


I'm still slightly confused.


Since you can't get many phones with vanilla Android in NZ, what's better about it and if it's so good, why would handset makers mess about with it?



they can get paid to bundle 3rd party apps , sometimes in a way that those app's cant be uninstalled (cough cough Samsung & Facebook app)
They can also add their own apps & thier own app stores , in the hope they make some more $ out of that .


 



I quit Facebook a decade ago and haven't missed it. Galls a bit that I can't uninstall the app.

 
 
 
 


1585 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 2276982 15-Jul-2019 13:56
One person supports this post
quote this post

mdf: 

I quit Facebook a decade ago and haven't missed it. Galls a bit that I can't uninstall the app.

 

I'm in the same boat after using it for work for entirely too many years & religiously disable Facebook on every device I touch that has it preloaded. Watch for the "Facebook Services", "Facebook App Manager", & "Facebook App Installer" preloads as well - you may have to hit the overflow menu and choose "Show system apps" to find them. It has been possible to disable these out of the box on every device I've tried.





Product Manager @ PB Tech

https://pbtech.co.nz/smartphones


1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New AI legaltech product launched in New Zealand
Posted 21-Aug-2019 17:01


Yubico launches first Lightning-compatible security key, the YubiKey 5Ci
Posted 21-Aug-2019 16:46


Disney+ streaming service confirmed launch in New Zealand
Posted 20-Aug-2019 09:29


Industry plan could create a billion dollar interactive games sector
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:41


Personal cyber insurance a New Zealand first
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:26


University of Waikato launches space for esports
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:20


D-Link ANZ expands mydlink ecosystem with new mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:14


Kiwi workers still falling victim to old cyber tricks
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:47


Lightning Lab GovTech launches 2019 programme
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:41


Epson launches portable laser projector
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:27


Huawei launches new distributed HarmonyOS
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:20


Lenovo introduces single-socket servers for edge and data-intensive workloads
Posted 9-Aug-2019 21:26


The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:57


Symantec sell enterprise security assets for US$ 10.7 billion to Broadcom
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:43


Artificial tongue can distinguish whisky and identify counterfeits
Posted 8-Aug-2019 20:20



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.