Archive for: bloatware

HTC Puccini Screenshots Hit The Web. BLOATED With AT&T Software.

  • August 5, 2011 12:49 pm


It’s time for Gadgetsteria Good News/Bad news. Today, we’ll be looking at the newly leaked screenshots showcasing a newly Honeycomb’d HTC Puccini.

  • Good: Screenshots of the HTC-ified Puccini tablet have hit the web!
  • Bad: The Puccini is loaded with overpriced and gimmicky AT&T software.

Hardware manufacturer and carrier-branded apps are nothing new. What’s unfortunate, however, is that the aforementioned outfits still fail to realize they are downright terrible software developers. With that said, if you can look past the smorgasbord of AT&T bloatware there’s quite a lot to like, namely a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 10.1″ 1200 x 800 display and LTE.

As one of AT&T’s first LTE devices to publicly launch, it’s a bit disappointing to see their junk all over the place. Though we don’t expect it to take too terribly long for Android developers to hack and crack their way into the Puccini and rip the unnecessary junk out.

Does the HTC Puccini look like it will fill the gaps Motorola’s XOOM may not have covered? Be sure to check out the rest of the screenshots over at PocketNow

Verizon to Start Pushing Out Vcast Apps in Upcoming Droid Incredible Update.

  • November 4, 2010 1:29 pm

Love it or hate it, VZW bloatware Vcast apps and services will soon be coming to a Droid Incredible near you. The news was announced via an official statement to Droid Incredible owners…

“Verizon Wireless will begin pushing a software update to the DROID Incredible next week. The update includes software enhancements that will pre-install V CAST Apps on the phone. We said earlier this year that we’d be expanding V CAST Apps to the Android platform, and the DROID Incredible is the first Android phone with the store. Developers continue to submit apps, and as a reminder, V CAST Apps allows carrier billing, so customers who purchase applications through our store will see those charges on their monthly bill. For more information about the update customers can go to www.verizonwireless.com/droidincrediblesupport.”

While choice is good, it’s quality choice we really want. Vcast’s quality is debatable. Even more questionable however, is the fact that the common Android user can’t remove the Vast App Store app.

Though in all fairness, Verizon does have one thing going for it — carrier billing. But as Google continues to make strides adding said feature to the multitude of carriers they do business with, it becomes less of a staple feature.

What do the Incredible owners out there think? Watch out, because Vcast will soon be coming to all Android devices on VZW.

From the department of WTF: AT&T replacing Google search (and services?) with Yahoo equivalents.

  • March 2, 2010 10:32 am

Now before we go any further, I’ll make known that I understand Google isn’t Android and Android isn’t Google. Google just so happens to be one of the biggest OHA members who puts the bulk of marketing dollars behind the mobile OS. With that said however, so far Google has been Android. Any Android device you pick up that’s been labeled a “Google Experience” device as been stuffed full of Gmail, Google Maps, Googlve Voice, etc. A tight knit blend of hardware and software. AT&T is set to start the Android madness this month with their first (and utter POS) attempt at the Android game with the Backflip. Besides being tainted with all kinds of useless, overpriced AT&T crapware and services, a new revelation coming to light affects not only the Backflip, but all Android devices on AT&T — Google won’t be the go to service.

That title will now go to Yahoo. To be clear, it’s only the search provider for now as Google apps are bundled with the Backflip in particular. But could it signal a different stance by AT&T? Will future Android phones not only come riddled with god awful AT&T crap apps and less than stellar (read: half-baked) Yahoo apps? Replacing the default search provider with Yahoo may not seem like a big deal, but to some it’s a huge decision. Besides filling AT&T execs’ pockets with cash, I’d like to know any other reasoning as on the desktop search front, Yahoo has been sucking hard the last several months.

When all is said and done however, the relatively low-end feature set of the Backflip coupled with the boat load of bloatware compliments of AT&T means this phone is a strict “no buy/pass”. Unless you just have to have a cheap Android device on Big Blue, you’re better off unlocking some other Android device for AT&T usage or sucking it up and waiting for 1 of 4 other Android devices set to launch on AT&T this year.

Good, bad, ugly?

Android and Me

Microsofot Store PC’s free from crapware.

  • October 28, 2009 9:24 am

Purchasing your computer at any retail location or online is hardly the same PC once you actually get a working model back to your house. When booting up your new PC for the first time, you go through normal set up with accounts and such. But one thing that has been a pain for years is the pile of crapware that comes pre-installed on your PC. Anything and everything you can think of has at some point taken the role of crapware. Such junk is called crapware because the only thing it excels at his slowing down your computer all around as well as adding a million extra steps in removing each piece of software.

Microsoft however has a rather nice surprise up their sleeve. All PC’s resold through through their Microsoft Stores will come void of any such junk. 99% honest to goodness, **clean PC’s. These new “Signature PC’s” as they’re labeled are a high point of Microsoft’s retail strategy as I would easily pass up on buying PC sold by any number retailers and save myself the time and headache and instead purchase a crapfree version directly from Microsoft.

**I’m going to have to backtrack just a bit. You see, they won’t be exactly 100% clean. But pretty darn close. Microsoft’s Signiture PC’s will in fact come with some form of pre-installed software. I know you’re thinking “Oh great, there goes that bit of happy info”. But wait! It isn’t what your’re thinking. Turn that frown upside down because Microsoft’s in-house software installs will be full featured software, meaning you can actually use the software on your computer further setting it apart from the trial versions from hell/crapware that plagues most PC’s for sale to date. Not to mention, Microsoft isn’t just going to slap any piece of crappily coded junk on their Signiture PC’s. In case you’re little noodle is interested, the list of Microsoft approved, pre-installed software includes (per Ars Technica):

Microsoft Security Essentials, Bing 3D Maps, Zune 4.0, Playready PC Runtime (for WMC), Adobe Flash Player for IE, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Windows Live Sync, and Windows Live Essentials (which includes Windows Live versions of Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, Toolbar, as well as the Office Live Add-In and Silverlight).

See, it’s not so bad now is it? Anyone thinking that a trip to the Microsoft Stores is looking a fair bit better?

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AOL is like a cockroach, immune to death

  • June 1, 2009 8:00 am

I’ll start off by saying I hate AOL software. Besides looking old and outdated, it runs like it’s outdate - slow, clunky, and extremely invasive. Not to mention, no one should need a “program” to access the internet anyway. A simple browser is all that is needed. I say this as I just finished spending 25 minutes removing AOL’s ability to auto-start after a system restart. For a company that isn’t doing so hot, one would think they would be a tad more user friendly and not create a program that is so persistent in making sure it is one of the first things to pop up in your face once your computer starts. And just for the record, it was on a friend’s PC…not my own. I haven’t poisoned my computers with such garbage in over 5 years now. Who still uses AOL? Don’t worry, I won’t judge. One persons trash is another man’s treasure. I get that. I’m just curious. Regardless if you do/don’t, does the program get on your nerves in any way?

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AT&T resorts to “spamming” your Blackberry homescreen with unwanted crap/bloatware

  • April 21, 2009 4:30 pm

Besides having one of the less then super Customer Service ratings as well as a beyond crappy tiered broadband planned roll out, add spammer to AT&T’s list of not so great business tactics.  Spamming you say?  Would you prefer “bloatware”, a term typically used to describe the extreme excess amount of useless trial apps that litter many new PC’s?  Either way it isn’t good.  Generally to make a few extra dollars, wireless carriers will sign deals with certain developers or mobile software companies by featuring their apps on devices such as Blackberries.  The only problem with this is that the added “service” comes as a distraction and annoyance to many customers.