Google to Trim Android Bloatware a Bit
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Aug 24, 2015, 7:33 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Android device owners will soon see fewer Google-branded apps on their smartphones. The company has altered its requirements and phone makers will no longer be forced to stick Google+, Play Games, Newsstand, and Play Books on their smartphones, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal. The change comes in response to an investigation the European Commission is conducting into Google's potential monopolistic business practices. Google has long required handset makers to include a series of core apps, such as Gmail, Google Maps, Calendar, and the Play Store. The list of these required apps has grown over the years. Unwanted apps — especially those that cannot be deleted — are often referred to as bloatware. The EU saw the presence of these unwanted and unremovable apps as unfair competition to third-party apps that do the same (or similar) thing. Google has not commented on the matter in any official way. The news was first reported by Android Central.
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Shirts probably shouldn't include buttons then because it's unfair to third party button makers.
If they want to include extras in their product then let them. Obviously people are happier with their product over the competition, givin their market share. If people really don't like it then buy an iPhone or Blackberry or a Windows Phone. If enough start doing that, Google will respond accordingly.
Google is a monopoly
And they are a monopoly in many other areas besides smartphones. They have a monopoly on search engines (by one estimate more than 90% of ALL internet traffic goes through Google), they have a monopoly in online video (when was the last time someone sent you a video link to a site other than YouTube?), they have a monopoly in maps and navigation apps (who uses Bing Maps, or Yahoo! Maps, or even Mapquest?), and they keep expanding into more and more areas.