Bloatware creeping into Android phones

This is a discussion on Bloatware creeping into Android phones within the Nexus One Application Discussion forums, part of the Nexus One category; The author of that article doesn't even know what the term bloatware means. The subject of it should be crapware or junkware or somethingelseware, but ...

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    Senior Member dd4005's Avatar
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    The author of that article doesn't even know what the term bloatware means. The subject of it should be crapware or junkware or somethingelseware, but it's certainly not bloatware.

    The term bloatware refers to an application that has grown and grown way beyond the size it ought to be despite being basically the same app it was a long time ago. A perfect example is Microsoft Office. It used to come on half a dozen floppy disks (i.e. it was less than 10MB) and it did all the basic stuff we see it doing now. The latest versions come on DVD because one 700MB CD is no longer enough.

    Another interpretation of bloatware is something like an app that does something really really simple and could/should be able to be written as a 100KB app, but instead, the authors used some app-building library to make their life a lot easier and that same app comes out at 50MB instead. People often complain about things like Yahoo IM, AIM, MSN IM because despite being "only a messenger" they still manage to use up 20MB of memory while running.

    Bloatware = an app that's bloated way beyond what it needs to be.

    Not an app that you don't want or don't need.
    o- Nexus One running CyanogenMod 6.0
    o- Samsung Galaxy Tab running stock Froyo (update: running Gingerbread and virtually useless)

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    To quote old Bill Shakespeare
    A rose is a rose...

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