Verizon's Galaxy S7 can set up apps by itself, however don't panic

Verizon's Galaxy S7 can install apps on its own, but don't panic

Verizon is infamous in some circles for loading its smartphones with bloatware, however its current strikes have some customers extra anxious than typical… if not essentially for one of the best causes. A current replace to the service’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge variants has put in Digital Turbine’s Ignite, an app that lets carriers set up extra apps within the background. This has surfaced earlier than on earlier T-Cellular and Verizon telephones, however house owners on Reddit and elsewhere are understandably nervous that this abruptly provides Verizon carte blanche to put in extra undesirable apps. Are you going to get up to seek out one other pointless navigation app or media portal in your telephone?

Properly, not fairly. We reached out to Verizon (sure, they’re our company overlords) for particulars, and it tells us that Ignite is not the bloatware apocalypse some are making it out to be. A lot as on earlier units, Ignite is there to just remember to’re getting the newest software program loadout if you both arrange a brand new telephone or reset to manufacturing unit defaults. You should not see bloatware apps popping up with out warning, then. Additionally, a spokesman swears that it is potential to utterly uninstall (not simply disable) new apps that do present up in consequence. You possibly can disable Ignite for those who’re nonetheless nervous.

The remarks aren’t going to utterly allay fears that Ignite might let Verizon do one thing sneaky, whether or not or not it is restricted to manufacturing unit-recent units. And naturally, they do not deal with the underlying complaints concerning the very existence of bloatware — why do we’d like so many redundant or pointless apps, Verizon? Nevertheless, this does function a reminder that even the pushier carriers have their limits.

*Verizon has acquired AOL, Engadget’s mother or father firm. Nevertheless, Engadget maintains full editorial management, and Verizon should pry it from our chilly, lifeless palms.

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