Samsung served with a lawsuit over bloatware in China
The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge allow users to disable a lot more pre-installed apps than was possible on existing Samsung phones, but it looks like the company’s penchant for bloating its devices has gotten it in trouble over in China. The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has filed a lawsuit against Samsung (and local manufacturer Oppo) alleging that the Galaxy Note 3 does not allow users to uninstall a lot of pre-installed apps.
According to the commission, the Galaxy Note 3 (the Chinese model) comes with 44 apps installed out of the box, and it wants smartphone manufacturers to state on a product’s box what apps have been installed and how users can remove those that they do not need. The commission is also alleging that some of these apps steal cellular data, thought out of the 20 smartphones tested, it did not lay the blame for this particular wrongdoing on Samsung’s phone.
Maybe this is what we all need for manufacturers to stop putting apps that can’t be uninstalled on their smartphones, but it remains to be seen if this lawsuit will bear any fruit for what has been a major evil in the smartphone industry for a long time. A Chinese court ruled in favor of Apple in a similar case last year, and it’s very likely Samsung will come out of this without any repercussion.