I am quite sure that nobody likes bloatware on their smartphones, as it not only slows down the entire handset, it also takes up precious storage space along the way. South Korea’s government regulators has ruled yesterday Thursday that bloatware could eventually be a scourge that is removed from smartphones, which is good news indeed. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, it ruled that beginning in April onward, device manufacturers as well as wireless carriers will need to enable users to delete built-in software so that additional room can be freed up for storage purposes.
A statement by the organization did let on that this particular decision was made based on its desire to “rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players.” Needless to say, bloatware has been a thorny issue for quite some time already where technology is concerned, and PC manufacturers bore the brunt of this dislike for a long time as they threw in unwanted software such as media players and security packages. It is encouraging to hear that bloatware could very well be a thing of the past in smartphones – at least in South Korea. Perhaps the rest of the world might want to follow.