PhoneArena has gotten word that the Motorola Droid X will come with a plethora of pre-installed apps in addition to the standard Google apps on Android phones. Some will enjoy the pre-installed apps, but others may insist on having a clean and clear phone on purchase.
- Blockbuster Online
- FM Radio App
- Motorola Phone Portal
- Backup Assistant
- City ID
- Motorola DLNA
- Visual Voicemail
- Verizon 3G Mobile Hotspots App
The phone world, since the rise of the feature and smart-phone, has slowly been migrating to the place PC manufacturers went a long time ago with pre-installed applications. This has users wondering, will we soon see bloatware slowing down our phones and causing problems? Almost every single PC manufacturer has created deals with anti-virus software companies like Norton and McAfee, but these pre-installed trial anti-virus programs have been a stumbling block to inexperienced computer users. Bloatware has created a plethora of problems for PC buyers: slower performance, hard to remove popups and notifications, security problems. Is the phone industry willing to let the same thing happen to mobile devices? Just weeks ago, we saw the first complaints of an EVO 4G security hole that would allow app developers access to users’ personal information. And the HTC Sense bookmarks widget on the Droid Incredible has led to saved browser screenshots. An Android developer working on root for the EVO 4G (unrEVOked.com) said weeks ago,
“The Sprint customizations of Android are so bad that an Android application could get access to all of your data with very little work. It’s so bad that I would not recommend purchasing the Sprint EVO or Hero.”
While the vulnerability was patched, and HTC is working on a patch for the Droid Incredible bookmark screenshots leak, phone manufacturers and carriers are walking on very thin ice with the pre-installed apps, skins, and bloatware on mobile phones.