Customers have asked for the ability to remove pre-loaded apps on smartphones and Sprint is working to address it starting with the incredibly popular HTC EVO 3D™. As one of the first wireless carriers to allow removal of pre-loaded apps, Sprint is looking into providing this option on additional devices in the future.
Preloaded Android™ applications on Sprint wireless phones help customers find apps designed specifically for use with their device. Often these apps are optimized for a positive customer experience or they demonstrate the powerful capabilities of a phone. Some customers have asked for these apps to be removable to gain extra onboard storage. Sprint worked very closely with Google™ to develop the ability for these applications to be removed by the users.
“The ability to remove pre-loaded and suggested applications is part of our commitment to maintain open platforms and encourage customers to truly customize their wireless experience,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “Our strong partnership with Google and manufacturing partners like HTC allows us to give customers even more flexibility on their device. We are looking at how we can do this on more devices in the future as well.”
Some of the apps that can be removed from HTC EVO 3D include Blockbuster, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, Qik and Sprint TV & Movies. Apps installed by Google, HTC or those that are core to the device operating system cannot be removed.
Respected media outlets have praised Sprint’s efforts on behalf of its customers:
CNET says: “The EVO 3D is the first Sprint smartphone to offer such capability and without forcing you to hack or root.”
MobileBurn says: “For now though, it looks like Sprint might be your best option to get an Android smartphone sans bloatware.”
GottaBeMobile says: “The fact is, no one likes having precious storage space taken up by junk and what Sprint and HTC have done here is admirable and should be the standard for new Android phones.”
UnwiredView says: “The HTC EVO 3D allows uninstallation of preinstalled apps without needing root access. Let’s hope more phones on more carriers will exhibit this behavior, and soon.”