I just discovered this amazing app! It lets you remove (or just disable) preinstalled apps like Facebook, Netflix, etc. and system apps like samsung knox apps, diagnostic, bixby, and even One UI (but you must have installed other launcher). You can’t brick your device, worst case it falls into a boot loop and after 5 reboots it will factory reset.

Debloating your device will make it faster, more private and more secure (less atack surface).

  • @navi
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    305 months ago

    This is awesome.

    One of the best decisions Apple ever made was not letting carriers and other OEMs install bloatware on phones out of the box.

    • @UsernameIsTooLon@lemmy.world
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      245 months ago

      The end result is a locked ecosystem though. The open source nature of Android makes this a bit harder to regulate for Google.

      Also money money money

        • @UsernameIsTooLon@lemmy.world
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          95 months ago

          Yea, hence money money money.

          But I more meant that Apple kinda has too much control over their own iOS. Google even allows different flavors of Android to exist like OneUI, NothingOS, or even all the Chinese ones too.

      • @navi
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        15 months ago

        Like what? Their office apps?

        I do find it annoying to delete them on new phones.

              • @insaneduck@lemmy.world
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                I used ios, android and windows phone and no you cannot remove all the apps installed by manufacturers. Especially Samsung phones (using Samsung as example cuz it is the most popular in android). They have lot of stuff installed in them that cannot be uninstalled in normal way maybe with adb and special debloater tools but then some apps randomly crash. Everything has two on Samsung like two stores, two email apps, two photo apps etc. on apple this is not an issue. Of course this is not a problem with every manufacturer. I still have oneplus 8 as secondary phone even that has lot of stuff. I have used customs roms since nexus 4 days i know how minimal android images look like with minimal gapps (pico). As far as i know none of the android manufacturers can match minimal android or can be modified to match minimal experience without using custom roms. While ios can be configured to be significantly minimal if you want right after setting it up. I strive to use minimal stuff. I use arch and nixos and configured them to be as minimal as possible so i do know little bit about it. So in my opinion in the current state if i can only select one os then ios is better compared to android (as available in devices available to purchase) i would prefer android in custom rom format but google seems to be making that impossible and moving lot of apps to depend on google play services. You can say lot of shit about apple like not allowing third party engines, shitty app store policies while still allowing sketchy apps on app store, no side-loading, no option of third party stores, vendor lock-in for system backup cloud provider, late to lot of features, heavy repair prices, anti repair using individual component serial number lockin but I don’t think bloatware is one of them. You can remove all but essential minimal apps on ios if you want to but definitely not on android. Sorry for long rant.