Advice from back in 2010!
There has been a growing number of complaints about a growing problem on Android. If you’ve bought an Android, and discovered it has come with a tonne of pre-installed apps you don’t want, then you’ve encountered “bloatware.” The really big problem has been that you can’t get rid of these apps. But if you’re willing to take a risk, there is a solution.
What’s the story?
One of the advantages of Android is that any device manufacturer can release a smartphone running the OS.
Unfortunately, it also means you’ll never be fully sure what is coming out of the box.
PC users have suffered from “bloatware” for years – it’s what happens when a manufacturer is paid to include certain pre-loaded software onto a computer or device.
But it has really been aggravating Android users, because users don’t have permission to delete pre-loaded apps. So you’re stuck with them.
You can see more about the issue on Wired, but in a “cometh the hour, cometh the man” moment, there is actually already a solution to this problem.
What’s the solution?
It runs entirely on donations – effectively you pay however much you want to for this application.
You can’t get it on the Market, unfortunately – Bourquard claims that Google support paid apps from Switzertland yet.
What does it do?
Titanium Backup actually has a lot of functions, mostly around backing up all of your applications, settings and data.
It scans all of your applications, and allows you to back them up (either one at a time or all together) – it even records their settings.
This means that if you lose your apps for some reason (losing or updating your phone, buying a new device, or any other reason), Titanium can automatically re-install all of your apps with all of their old settings straight away.
So how does that help with Bloatware?
Because in order to work, Titanium Backup needs root access.
This means giving it access to the underlying structure of your OS – which some people are uncomfortable with, but it gives Titanium incredible functionality.
Most importantly, it gives you the power to delete pre-installed applications – something you can’t do on your own.
And if you’re uncomfortable deleting them, it also has an “App Freezer” function that lets you hide the app from the homescreen and stop it from running, but doesn’t actually delete it from your device.
BE WARNED! Rooting your phone isn’t advised if you don’t know your way around code.
The process for rooting is different for each phone and each Android update – but for a breakdown of the Pros and Cons of rooting your device, check out this article.
What we think?
It’s hard to find a review of Titanium that isn’t supremely positive – tech-n-life actually called it “the most essential app for Android”.
It already has a dedicated following, and Bourquard constantly releases updates to make sure it’s at the head of the Android app game.
If you’re happy enough to give it root access (and all report indicate that it’s trustworthy) then you can get rid of those bloatware apps that are annoying you.