Carriers are finding new ways to install bloatware in your phones. Verizon launches a new phone for those who love red. Meanwhile, Santa Tracker is back!
Because carriers seem to believe pre-loaded bloatware is not annoying enough, now they are going to start doing it after you already purchased the phone, too. This is made possible by a service from Digital Turbine named Ignite.
This software will allow for carriers to force app installs into your devices, without your permission or the need for a full software update. Digital Turbine already counts Verizon, T-Mobile, Cricket, Telefonica and others among its partners. Meaning they will probably start sending you more bloatware in the near future.
Opinion: Bloatware is about the most annoying thing about carrier-modified smartphones. Most of these apps are useless to many of us, and there is no (official) way to uninstall them. We are really hoping these carriers don’t go nuts on us.
Verizon sports its team colors wherever it goes. We all know anything Verizon is red, which is why the carrier has been known to support the (RED) movement against AIDS. Want to support by sporting an awesome LG G3 (RED)? Now is your chance.
A new LG G3 version has been released in “Blazing Red”, and it looks quite gorgeous. It’s pretty much the same LG G3 we love (or not). Specs include a gorgeous 5.5-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 801 processor and 3 GB of RAM. You can get it for free on a 2-year contract today (Cyber Monday). Otherwise, it’s going for $599 off-contract.
Opinion: This is a cool color to sport if you were already thinking about buying an LG G3. Interested? Head over to Verizon’s website to check it out.
Google releases Santa Tracker every holiday season, bringing us a fun way to count the days until Christmas, while keeping you entertained with games and features. It’s that time of the year, and Google’s Santa Tracker is back again!
And guess what? This time it’s even cooler. You get new games, a new UI and even support for Android Wear and Chromecast. Quite the package, right? You can give it a try, yourself, by downloading it from the Google Play Store.
Opinion: I always have a bunch of fun with Santa Tracker. More than anything, it’s becoming an app that showcases what Google and its services can accomplish. Sort of like a prototype app.