All they do is sit on your home screen and take up space, but Google’s loosening its grip on the amount of bloatware you’ll find on Android going forward.
With word coming back that the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ won’t feature the Google+ mobile app out the box, news is spreading of a move by Google that’ll curb the number of apps that they expect OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to preload going forward.
In a nutshell, anyone can get ahold of the key components of Android and bend it to suit their needs, most commonly as a mobile OS. If they want access to Google’s app suite however, the likes of Gmail, the Google Play Store and so on, the rules are a little bit tighter and that’s why, presently when you pick up an Android device from any mainstream manufacturer it comes with a folder full of Google apps from the offset.
If like us you’ve got a folder of untouched apps featuring the likes of Google’s Play Newsstand or Play Games, you’ll be pleased to hear that the latest update to Google’s policies nixes the need for manufacturers to mandatorily include these offerings from the offset.
Instead, whilst top-billed services like Chrome and Gmail will still appear without question, you’ll no longer have to relegate the unused Google apps to a folder three home screens down. Going forward if you are after one of the company’s secondary services, you’ll be able to get them from the Google Play Store like every other app, just as you would with the likes of Google Earth and Keep.