I mentioned in my review of the HTC One S that the phone is unduly burdened with a number of T-Mobile apps that are less than useful. (We call them CRAPPS.) There’s no way to remove pre-installed apps, but on the One S you can disable them.
Disabling hides the app from Home screens and the app drawer. It just won’t give you back the space it takes up. Disabling will also keep the apps from running in the background for good.
This feature is nice to have yet doesn’t solve the underlying problem: carriers loading up phones with tons of useless apps that users can’t remove.
Are you frustrated with the pitiful apps included with your Android smartphone when you bring it home from Verizon or AT&T?
Too often we see great phones saddled with bloatware or as our own Sumocat calls it CRAPPS. These apps are limited trial versions or memory using apps that cannot be un-installed without rooting your phone.
Verizon loves to add golf games and the worst offender – BlockBuster for Android. We saw these apps on the Droid Bionic, and don’t expect that they will go away in Ice Cream Sandwich, but you will be able to put an end to bloatware.
This Is My Next confirms that there is a kill switch for apps built into Ice Cream [...]
A topic that’s been bubbling up in my feeds lately is that of crapware on mobile phones. Previously, I questioned whether smartphones would grow into a breeding ground for these unnecessary applications. The answer thus far is not positive.