I’ve written before that I really like my Droid X Android phone, but there are a number of things I don’t particularly like (see Things I Hate About My Droid X), especially the crapware that Motorola and Verizon force down my throat (see Blockbuster Android (cr)App). While I don’t have to run the (cr)apps (and I WILL NOT use any of them – see list below) I am furious that I cannot remove them.
See How To Remove City ID (and other crapware like Blockbuster, Skype and VZ Navigator) From Droid X (and other Android phones) for detailed instructions.
I hate purchasing or even working on “consumer” computers because they always have pre-installed applications that are, for the most part, junk. But the great thing about this crap on computers is that I can either uninstall any or all of these (cr)applications or reinstall the OS, and guess what, they are gone.
But neither is possible on this and many other smart phones. Why not? If Microsoft were to bundle this kind of crap with Windows and make it so you couldn’t remove it the FTC would have a tizzy and sue them immediately. Why does our benevolent government allow companies like Motorola and Verizon to get away with it?
While I’m only one person and probably won’t get very far on my own I’m hoping anyone with a Droid or other device will join in the fight. I am on a mission to inform others along with fighting with and complaining about this issue. I’m taking the fight to Motorola, Verizon and the companies whose (cr)apps I cannot remove (like Amazon, Blockbuster and Verizon themselves), and I am filing complaints with the FCC, FTC and any other appropriate governmental agency, and leaving negative feedback for each app in the Android Market.
These are the (cr)apps that are frustrating me because I cannot remove them.
- Amazon Kindle
- Amazon MP3
- Backup Assistant
- City ID
- Madden NFL 11 (installed compliments of Version.2.3.340)
- News and Weather
- Skype mobile
- VZ Navigator
See also Quest to Remove Droid Crapware for more info.