What is bloatware?
When you unbox your new phone, it comes with Android that is pre-installed by the manufacturer. This is termed “stock firmware”. Stock firmware also comes with a number of apps pre-installed, like native browser, Google apps, games, etc. Some applications are manufacturer-specific. For example, many Samsung phones come with Samsung Health and Galaxy Apps pre-installed, which are available only in Samsung devices.
Often, the user doesn’t require these applications, as they are mostly inferior when compared with similar apps available elsewhere. You can disable them from Settings, but they will continue to take up space on your eMMC. Such apps are then termed as “bloatware”. The process of removing the APK and data files of the bloatware is called “debloating”.
Summary of certain technical terms that have been used in the article:
APK file – Android Package (APK) is the package file format used by the Android operating system for the distribution and installation...
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