Galaxy Nexus for Verizon has a few bloatware apps – You probably won’t care

The Nexus line has always been synonymous with a “Pure Google” experience, meaning that the handset is void of carrier or manufacturer (with the exception of design) influence and that there will be no unnecessary applications pre-installed on the device when it ships. Well, it looks like Verizon isn’t too fond of that idea and there will indeed be a couple of bloatware applications installed on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus at launch.

The pre-installed applications on the Galaxy Nexus are Verizon Backup Assistant and My Verizon Mobile. Both of these applications serve a purpose that some may like but we’re still not sure if you can delete these applications from the device itself if you don’t want them. Luckily, you can hide the apps from your application drawer if you so choose, and given that it’s only two applications, it hardly seems like something to be alarmed about.

When you think about it, does the fact that Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus has some bloatware apps on it surprise you? Big Red likes things done their way, and while we’re sure we’d see a handful of more bloatware apps on any other Android phone shipping today for the carrier, two simple apps that actually might come in handy at some point isn’t all that bad. Still, it’s a bit odd to see Google cave like this. (Maybe Verizon threatened to delay the Galaxy Nexus even further if it didn’t get some of its apps on the handset. That’s also to say it’s delayed at all.)

With the Galaxy Nexus’ release date destined to be announced literally any day now, we have our doubts that two measly Verizon applications would stop the majority of people from grabbing the phone. Hell, the last thing I want to do it leave my awesome T-Mobile plan for Verizon but unless we hear a Magenta-flavored Galaxy Nexus announced within a couple of weeks, I’ll be drinking the Big Red Kool-Aid very soon.

What’s your take? Do you care that there are two Verizon apps on the Galaxy Nexus?

[Via: Phandroid]


  • bstringy

    As a Verizon customer, I’m more tempted to switch to Tmobile’s $100 for 2 lines unlimited* deal. I may just wait for the Tmobile version. 

    • Anonymous

      Definitely Yes, SGS III is rumored to be company’s the NEXT flagship, which come with a powerful specs,  ICS and 4.6 touchscreen.

  • heyman421

    I’m not that offended by 2 semi-functional apps. And converting my unlimited data plan to a 4g phone makes it a done deal.

  • DB

    but still…bloatware is bloatware. no longer pure google is it. how about just leave it clean, and point the customers to the android market should they choose to install those two verizon apps.

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  • Anonymous

    as long as those apps do not interrupt timely updates … I will still care.  Carriers are disempowering users by installing uninstallable apps.  Some people like the apps. Some people never use them.  But on a device that does not have expandable storage, regardless of the small footprint of the bloat, it should be up to the user to install those apps from the Android Market

  • No

    Verizon should let you remove it.  It is the people that don’t know how to remove them that use them anyway.

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