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  1. isdaako's Avatar
    Look at the Mods going at it! This is great!
    06-06-2016 02:47 PM
  2. Aquila's Avatar
    Look at the Mods going at it! This is great!
    "The who what when, the where, and the how"?
    06-06-2016 02:54 PM
  3. isdaako's Avatar
    "The who what when, the where, and the how"?
    Say what? I'm merely expressing my enjoyment of such active ( and informative ) participation by the folks what know the most.
    Aquila likes this.
    06-06-2016 02:59 PM
  4. Aquila's Avatar
    Say what? I'm merely expressing my enjoyment of such active ( and informative ) participation by the folks what know the most.
    I'm just quoting a random song
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-06-2016 03:23 PM
  5. epic_user's Avatar
    If you mean by "bloatware", apps pre-installed by the manufacturer or carrier that the user does not want or use, but that cannot be uninstalled, then the Nexus 6P already has lots of bloatware - Google bloatware! I have numerous Google apps on my phone that I did not ask for and do not use, but cannot uninstall. They are not part of the basic functioning of the OS. They are simply user apps from Google that cannot be uninstalled. In fact there are more of these than there were from Samsung and Sprint on my previous phone. These include: Android Pay, Chrome, Drive, Google Play Games, Google Play Music, Hangouts, Photos, Sheets, Slides, TalkBack, etc.

    Isn't this bloatware?
    06-06-2016 03:31 PM
  6. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Now build AOSP and then compare that to how much space a Nexus factory image is
    I'm actually blueprinting a PC to do this...lol

    But it still can't be that bad as say, and LG or Samsung ROM, either.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-06-2016 03:34 PM
  7. Dillan K's Avatar
    If you mean by "bloatware", apps pre-installed by the manufacturer or carrier that the user does not want or use, but that cannot be uninstalled, then the Nexus 6P already has lots of bloatware - Google bloatware! I have numerous Google apps on my phone that I did not ask for and do not use, but cannot uninstall. They are not part of the basic functioning of the OS. They are simply user apps from Google that cannot be uninstalled. In fact there are more of these than there were from Samsung and Sprint on my previous phone. These include: Android Pay, Chrome, Drive, Google Play Games, Google Play Music, Hangouts, Photos, Sheets, Slides, TalkBack, etc.

    Isn't this bloatware?

    One man's bloat is another man's indispensable feature.
    06-06-2016 03:35 PM
  8. tech_head's Avatar
    Simple solution. Unlock the bootloader.
    It's a Nexus for Pete's sake!
    06-06-2016 04:30 PM
  9. Orion78's Avatar
    Lmao bgr ......enough said.
    Not Quite Right likes this.
    06-06-2016 04:52 PM
  10. dmxjago's Avatar
    Honestly as long as it's not CARRIER Bloatware which those are usually the biggest offenders then I'm will most likely be okay with it. Especially if they give us the ability to really uninstall unwanted apps vs only disabling them.
    06-06-2016 05:01 PM
  11. Aquila's Avatar
    Isn't this bloatware?
    A lot of it is, yes - especially if there is a functioning app (which meets all the basic requirements) that is provided by the OEM. Redundant apps make me sad. We don't need 3 texting apps, 1 is good. However, in the basic conversation of bloatware, typically we're talking about things added by the OEM or carrier (especially the carrier) because of their agreements with third parties or to promote their own services. Examples of this are Facebook, DirecTV, Verizon Navigator, etc. These are things that generally add no functionality for which the OEM is generally being paid some sort of revenue to install.
    06-06-2016 05:18 PM
  12. anon(5506951)'s Avatar
    If you mean by "bloatware", apps pre-installed by the manufacturer or carrier that the user does not want or use, but that cannot be uninstalled, then the Nexus 6P already has lots of bloatware - Google bloatware! I have numerous Google apps on my phone that I did not ask for and do not use, but cannot uninstall. They are not part of the basic functioning of the OS. They are simply user apps from Google that cannot be uninstalled. In fact there are more of these than there were from Samsung and Sprint on my previous phone. These include: Android Pay, Chrome, Drive, Google Play Games, Google Play Music, Hangouts, Photos, Sheets, Slides, TalkBack, etc.

    Isn't this bloatware?

    Other than Play Music and Photos, which I use, I agree with you. But in the grand scheme of things, other OEM's still have far more useless bloatware, especially when you factor in the carrier branded crap. That's the advantage of having a phone made just for Google. Also, to be fair, things like Sheets, Slides, Keep, and G+ can be uninstalled by the user. Once that's taken care of, you have even less to deal with on a Nexus, as opposed to others. Having said that, I do wish Play Games and Play Books could be uninstalled, as opposed to just disabled.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-06-2016 05:43 PM
  13. tokuzumi's Avatar
    Nexus phones are designed to push Google services. Whereas Samsung might say Trip Advisor or Amazon is a system app, and you can't uninstall it. Or maybe you will get Candy Crush as a system app. Your only recourse is to disable the app. Are there apps on my Nexus 5 that I haven't even clicked once? Yes. Is it bloatware? I don't believe so. And if I really wanted a leaned out version of Android, I'd root, and flash the rom of my choice.
    06-06-2016 07:13 PM
  14. ctt1wbw's Avatar
    Just to point out.

    The build of Android on your Nexus isn't necessarily full-on AOSP. It's Google's own take on Android. Notice how you don't see the AOSP camera app or the AOSP browser.

    And extra features don't necessarily mean bloatware. What do I mean by that? Features like dual-window and other stuff in Android N. The one thing I noticed in Nexus devices is that they tend to be kinda bare in terms of features. So adding more features with a meaningful impact or even for customization is a good thing in my books, as long as they don't go overboard.
    What does "Google's own take on Android" mean when Google created Android?
    06-06-2016 08:08 PM
  15. vzwuser76's Avatar
    What does "Google's own take on Android" mean when Google created Android?
    First, not to nitpick, but Google didn't created Android. A few individuals, most notably Andy Rubin, created Android. Google acquired the company and made it their own.

    Second, there is AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and then there is what we know as "stock Android". Stock Android is AOSP with Google's services added, including the Playstore. While AOSP is open source, Google's services including the Playstore are not. AOSP doesn't have Gmail, Google Maps, the Playstore, etc, etc. So while we may call it "Google's own take on Android" what they mean is AOSP + Google Services.
    06-06-2016 10:19 PM
  16. Ry's Avatar
    Nexus is a fork of AOSP.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Moto X Pure Edition
    Laura Knotek and Aquila like this.
    06-06-2016 11:19 PM
  17. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    A common misconception I see is that people think Google created Android.

    Well, they own Android, but they didn't create it. Like what vzwuser76 said above, it's created by a small group of individuals, notably Andy Rubin, in a company called "Android Inc.". Google was one of their backers, before buying over the company in 2005.
    06-07-2016 03:35 AM
  18. isdaako's Avatar
    I'm just quoting a random song
    Ok, now I get it. You're just mocking me regarding the relevance of my post. Good one.
    06-07-2016 06:39 AM
  19. John Best2's Avatar
    Then it wouldn't be a Nexus phone by definition. discussion over lol.
    06-07-2016 08:02 AM
  20. BlueGoldAce's Avatar
    Well if Google apps are considered bloat (play music, the dialer, etc), then I love google bloat.

    Carrier bloat is another matter.

    AOSP is always an option...nothing to get worked up over here.
    06-07-2016 08:56 AM
  21. epic_user's Avatar
    One man's bloat is another man's indispensable feature.
    I have to disagree. What makes it bloatware is that it is a user app (not a feature of the operating system or an indispensable OS app) that is pre-loaded on the phone or loaded without the user having requested it that cannot be uninstalled by the user. That is bloatware.

    And this is why Google has become the new Microsoft. This isn't just a carrier adding a few apps to its phones - this is the OS company taking unfair advantage of its unique position (within the Android marketplace) to push its own apps over those of its competitors. When Microsoft did this sort of thing with Windows, they were cited for anti-trust violations - the same standards ought to be applied to Google on Android.
    06-07-2016 09:59 AM
  22. anon(9072051)'s Avatar
    And this is why Google has become the new Microsoft.
    To the extent that Google apps are more or less baked into the UX these days, yeah, I'll give you that. But if Google is following a similar hidden-agenda, at least their chicanery has been yielding visible performance gains, especially over the last couple of years. Granted, that's not a defense that Google's lawyers would want to trot into a court of law with, but it's enough to keep me from thinking of all the Google apps on my phone (even the ones I don't use) as "bloatware." It also makes me think that the mobile playingfield is the major difference between Microsoft and Google on this point.
    06-07-2016 10:46 AM
  23. hallux's Avatar
    I have to disagree. What makes it bloatware is that it is a user app (not a feature of the operating system or an indispensable OS app) that is pre-loaded on the phone or loaded without the user having requested it that cannot be uninstalled by the user. That is bloatware.

    And this is why Google has become the new Microsoft. This isn't just a carrier adding a few apps to its phones - this is the OS company taking unfair advantage of its unique position (within the Android marketplace) to push its own apps over those of its competitors. When Microsoft did this sort of thing with Windows, they were cited for anti-trust violations - the same standards ought to be applied to Google on Android.
    On the Nexus device, of COURSE Google is going to pre-install all of its apps, no problem there.

    Other manufacturers are free to use AOSP and build their own "fork" of Android (look at what OnePlus did), they just can't get the Google Play Store and the benefit of the apps distributed through it. To get that, they need to follow Google's guidelines to ensure compatibility and include Google's underlying framework in the build. To use GOOGLE'S version of Android, yes they will need to include the Google apps as they are part of it. Those apps are easy to disable and you are not required, in any way, to use those apps for those functions.

    Apple pre-installs mail, music, photo apps on THEIR devices, where are the anti-trust claims there? Same deal, THEIR branding on the OS (as with Google's version of Android rather than AOSP), THEY determine the pre-installed apps.
    06-07-2016 10:49 AM
  24. mavrrick's Avatar
    I have to disagree. What makes it bloatware is that it is a user app (not a feature of the operating system or an indispensable OS app) that is pre-loaded on the phone or loaded without the user having requested it that cannot be uninstalled by the user. That is bloatware.

    And this is why Google has become the new Microsoft. This isn't just a carrier adding a few apps to its phones - this is the OS company taking unfair advantage of its unique position (within the Android marketplace) to push its own apps over those of its competitors. When Microsoft did this sort of thing with Windows, they were cited for anti-trust violations - the same standards ought to be applied to Google on Android.
    There is something huge you are missing though. If a manufacture wanted to they could simply compile AOSP and not use Google services at all. Where they are being caught is that to preload the Google Play store the OEM has to be part of the Open Handset Alliance and be certified by Google. And to do all that you have to preload a list of Apps that are part of the Google play services. All of the Google Play Services go together. It is completely optional if it is to be installed. You could root your phone and load AOSP and amazon app store and have nothing to do with any Google Services.
    06-07-2016 10:58 AM
  25. Barry Weston's Avatar
    A pinch is too much credit.

    Even a grain...

    Basically here's the interpretation I like best.

    Pure Android is not the Android you get on a Nexus device. Pure Android is what you find on github.

    What you get on a a Nexus phone is Googles view of Android. Their launcher, their apps, etc, etc. So going forward, Android from Google (Nexus, Ara, and what ever else they cook up) will have a possible different view than what a current Nexus device has, which is, like I said, not stock Android, but Google's view of Android.
    Ry likes this.
    06-07-2016 10:59 AM
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