How one carrier almost ruined a perfectly good Galaxy S7

It should surprise no one that the carrier-branded versions of the Galaxy S7 come loaded with carrier-branded apps and software. In our reviews of the standard and edge versions of the Galaxy S7 we had Verizon devices and noted the software there, but AT&T decidedly has taken the crown with annoying crapware.

Here's what comes on an AT&T Galaxy S7, directly out of the box:

  • AT&T Locker: Cloud storage from AT&T.
  • AT&T Protect Plus: Cloud backups, device locator and "Pro Tech support."
  • Device Help: Essentially a wrapper for the help pages
  • DirecTV: AT&T purchased satellite TV company DirecTV in 2015, and now their app is right here for you
  • Drive Mode: Sets auto-replies to texts and calls straight to voicemail when moving faster than 25 mph
  • myAT&T: Access your AT&T account
  • Plenti: A rewards program in conjunction with Exxon, Macy's Hulu, and others
  • Smart Limits: Parental controls on times, calls, data, and more
  • Usage Manager: Track data usage by app
  • Visual Voicemail: View your voicemails with your eyeballs

You can tell which apps are AT&T apps because they almost universally have terrible old icons and designs. With the exception of Usage Manager and Visual Voicemail, all of the apps are easily disabled, but none can be uninstalled.

You can tell which apps are AT&T apps because they almost universally have terrible old icons and designs.

But the real most amazing moment here? When you pull down the notification draw and sitting under the Quick Settings toggles, brightness slider, and Quick Connect prompt is a big black widget for DirecTV. It's not a notification — it doesn't get pushed down as more notifications roll in. No, this is an advertising prompt to download the DirecTV Quick Remote app (at least it's from Google Play) and sign up for DirecTV. And it doesn't go away until you act on it — either by downloading or signing up, or by tapping the gear icon in the top right corner and then tapping the Disable button.

We get it, AT&T, you spent a lot of money on DirecTV and want to make sure that your customers that have it get a good experience with the GS7, and those that don't know that it's an option. But this is a bit over the top — an ad should not be pushing notifications down past the upper half of the screen by default. And that's not even mentioning the janky AT&T Protect Plus notification prompt in there at launch too.

We've been begging for years for fewer and better apps from carriers. We're already coping with Samsung's duplicative options — I don't need or want third level installed-by-default choices for backups, cloud storage, security, rewards, and all that, and I suspect very few other subscribers do either. Focus on the unending task of improving your networks and customer service. Then we can talk about what apps you should be installing by default on my new phone.

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Aaand that's why you buy unlocked phones. One of the reasons I didn't buy a S7.
  • I thought that on the S6 Samsung Pay would only work if you had a carrier model. Is that still the case, or am I remembering incorrectly?
  • Can someone answer this question? Why doesn't Samsung provide unlocked phones in the United States? This will help to circumvent all the crapware put out by the carriers. It will also help to push out updates by Google much quicker. All of the optimization of the unlocked phones can be done over the network when you put in a new SIM card upon purchasing the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because they get extra money for each and every piece of bloatware they allow on your phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Asus *cough
  • ASUS lets you delete most. Google Nexus 6P
  • Samsung does note get money from carriers for bloatware. It's the carrier's call plain and simple.
  • No but they get better shelf space.
  • Then wifi calling won't work.
  • Wifi calling works on my unlocked Nexus 6P on T-Mobile.
  • But not on AT&T. It won't work for the 6P Posted via the Android Central App
  • On my 4th Nexus and I am never looking back. I have an AT&T GS6 for work and because it was company issued I can't root it. I absolutely hate everything about that phone from Samsungs overbearing UI "enhancements" to all of the AT&T and Samsung crapware I can't disable (again company locked). Nexus 6 + Project Fi = FREEDOM!
  • You have always been able to buy unlocked Galaxy devices here in the US. I ordered the Galaxy S5 and it was delivered to my door the day it was released.
    You can buy them from Amazon, I think what confuses most people when they are looking online to purchase them, is that the description reads (unlocked international). Most are only for GSM but most new phones are programed to work internationaly now, my Galaxy S5 had the same description when I purchased it.
    My Note 5 I bought through Sprint but it has a dual radio built in CDMA and GSM so I can use it when I travel to Europe since everywhere outside of the US runs on GSM.
    As long as your carrier runs on GSM it is not hard to find an unlocked S7 on Amazon, they have several on there.
  • If I could purchase the Galaxy Note 7 (Edge or Plus) from Samsung for the Verizon towers I would be digging my credit card out right now.
  • Immediately. There is a CDMA-compatible carrierfree version of the S7/S7 Edge available from Samsung directly (you can also buy at Best Buy).
  • I visited BestBuy, your right! I'll wait for the Note 7 to get added to that list of high end 'carrier free' CMDA phones and by then perhaps the Note 7 will have dropped in price a little.
  • At least make them uninstallable! Posted from my BlackBerry PRIV/Note 4/ iPad Pro
  • Bring back Google Play Editions!!!!
  • No one made money off of gpes Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • That's unfortunate. I would want GPE of a Galaxy phone. Google Nexus 6P
  • Said everyone that didn't buy one. =P
  • Lol yep Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Well the GPE of a Galaxy was a S4. Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • The GPEs were basically neutered because they lacked the OEM custom software like good cameras and sound that made the original phone worth having. They were gimmicks aimed at phone nerds and even they didn't buy that many of them for the reasons stated above. If you want stock Android get a Nexus or Moto device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • An optional ROM that's closer to stock Android might be ideal for some of us who want a user-experience that's closer to a Nexus but still want to retain some extra features and hardware. Like the Sony Concept software.
  • Why not Google Now Launcher? All the stock phone features will still work. Posted via the Android Central App
  • A launcher doesn't change other parts of the software. Just the home screen.
  • AT&T you had one job... Posted via the Android Central App
  • AT&T's one job is to make as much money as they can. Customer satisfaction only matters in so far as how it directly affects making money. The reality is the majority don't care, or don't care enough.
  • Or... heaven forbid, they actually want it. Did anyone ever think of that. Maybe the bloatwear is things that many on the 99% of the rest of the world who are not tech savvy, and don't read these types of sites, want them. I know it sounds stupid. But there are quite a few sheep out there who see whats in front of them and use it... no matter if it is junk, or has better options elsewhere. I would bet real money (yours, not mine, I'm not crazy!) that there are more people using those apps, then complaining about them.
  • No, you're exactly right. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is why we need to get the unlocked movement rolling along. With all of these ads, they should at least give you a discount off of the price...
  • True, very true. If they are going to put all of this crapware on the phone, at least provide a discount on the purchase price. This is just like paying your monthly cable bill AND getting all of the commercials with your programming. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Problem is the typical consumer doesn't care Posted via the Android Central App
  • This +1. Like another user said; I'll bet there are more people using them than complaining about them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You get a heavy discount. My wife and I got 2 galaxy s7s for $0
  • The big carriers like to load phones with their bloatware apps and sometimes they are not easy to uninstall. You have to go and disable them using the method above.
  • I had no idea...
  • Most people won't care. 'cept us... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not true. Practically every non techie friend I know complains to me about all "those useless apps" since I'm their "techie" friend and I work for a major carrier (especially once they know I get rid of them on my phone with a custom ROM). Posted from my BlackBerry PRIV/Note 4/ iPad Pro
  • Exactly. I know a lot of non techie people too that hate the fact that a lot of memory gets hogged up by apps that they will never use yet they're permanently installed (unless you root).
  • The key is, they're complaining to YOU about it. AT&T doesn't care if you have to hear the complaints, only if they do.
  • They don't care if they hear about them either. Until people are actually LEAVING the carrier over them, it doesn't matter. And nobody's doing that because no carrier's willing to shake this up.
  • Would be interesting to see if a carrier notices an increase in customers if they tried the approach of not adding any apps at all. I'm guessing it wouldn't make enough of a difference (coverage and prices are both going to be bigger concerns when looking at a contract). Also, as annoying as these apps are for those of us who don't use them I guess some people do and maybe that's making it worth their while Posted on LG V10 via the Android Central App
  • T-Mobile should launch a new strategy called Un-Bloat or something. I can hear the ad now. "You know those carriers who like to slow down your smartphone with a bunch of apps you don't want and can't get rid of? Well not T-Mobile. Introducing No-Bloat. From now on, all of our smartphones come just the way the manufacturer designed them, with no extra junk to get in your way." Etc. Posted from my Nexus 6.
  • Hey I like the sound of that!! T-mobile would be the one to do it too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except T-Mobile needs the kickback they get for installing that stuff too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Perhaps if the users knew that the "Free" cloud space was eating up data, several of the bloatware apps constantly send data and the vendors locking the apps to the phone memory means most apps keep their data in the phone memory eating it up. Not one of Verizon's apps can be moved to the SD card
  • True enough, actually. If enough people cared it would affect the carrier's bottom line, it doesn't so they continue to do it. They might ask their "techie" friend what is up with the useless apps but they don't care enough to actually do something about it, like buy an unlocked phone.
  • Custom ROM would be nice but even the note 5 in n920a can't be rooted and I don't think you can get a custom ROM on it so I don't know why the 7 would be any different it would be nice to get rid of the crap bloatware but in all reality I don't think that's going to happen even with the note 6 I think we're going to run into problems if you buy an AT&T people might disagree on that but oh no I've been waiting for some kind of catch something to come up for solution for this phone so I can root it and put a custom ROM on it which there are no custom ROMs for it that I have found so it is kind of a big disappointment I don't think they care about their customers at all but then again iPhones they're the same except well you can buy iPhones directly from the manufactures but not Samsung but then I heard Google was going make their own cell phone service maybe the phones won't be full of crapwhere Posted via the Android Central App
  • These carriers probably can save a lot of money by firing the team building these apps. Sooner or later they will learn that their apps are no better than trash.
  • Everyone just needs to swerve the carrier phone's that would sort this problem out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One reason I loved Windows Mobile cause they couldn't lock down their bloatware and was a simple uninstall. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They should be uninstallable. I'm not sure AT&T took the cake here. My Sprint GS7 has,
    Amazon Shop,
    Amazon Kindle,
    Amazon Music,
    Amazon Photos,
    App Spotlight,
    Facebook Messenger,
    Hancom Office 2104 (2014?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!)
    Samsung Milk Music,
    Sprint Featured Apps,
    Sprint Family locator,
    Sprint Fun and Games,
    Sprint ID,
    Sprint music plus,
    Sprint services,
    Sprint TV & Movies,
    Sprint Zone,
    Weather And that doesn't include all the samsung stuff, just a couple. And I cannot unistall!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
  • He only mentioned the AT&T apps, I'm sure all those others or at least most are also on the AT&T phone. Posted via Android Central App
  • He said Verizon too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He mentioned that Verizon also had the problem, he didn't list all the Verizon apps. tx_tuff's point is that the article didn't list all the NON-Verizon apps that were preloaded, which is everything you listed. Presumably those are all on here in ADDITION to what was listed.
  • The only Samsung apps I listed are the Samsung+ and Milk music, The rest of those are carrier bloat I believe. Doesn't matter, point being there's a lot on all versions. I've disabled over 90 apps with package disabler so far.
  • Wow, they really dialed it up. My last Sprint phone was the HTC M8, it only had Sprint ID that you could use to install all their other apps if you so desired. So, I only had Sprint ID installed, none of the others.
  • Weird, Sprint's bloatware is usually uninstallable.
  • I know, almost all of the sprint bloat on my G3 was uninstallable but I haven't been able to uninstall any of it and I can't disable much either. I had to buy package disabler pro for now until we get root. Posted via the Android Central App
  • OK, that is disappointing that this time it can't be uninstalled. My S5 I uninstalled just about everything Sprint put on it.
  • Holy crap! My latest phone is a Nexus so I wasn't aware hot bad manufacturer and carrier bloat had become. That's ridiculous. I was thinking S7 this time around but not if somebody is going to trash it first..
  • Aside from the bloat it's a sweet device and with package disabler pro I was able to get rid of a lot. The theme store is really cool and it has some nice features. I'm loving this thing more by the hour. Posted via the Android Central App
  • At least Canadian carriers aren't THIS bad with bloat! ...pricing schemes on the other hand...
  • A bunch of google apps are bloat too if you don't use them. Let's not forget those.
  • Agreed, I've gotten rid of a bunch of those too. Hangouts is the first one to go for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I swear im the only one who has found hangouts extremely useful. Being able to sync conversations across accounts and devices alone is worgh it to me
  • Christ Posted via the Android Central App
  • This should be illegal Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon is as horrible or even worse than AT&T. Debatable. Samsung just let us users who care about great experience just buy the unbranded versions. Enough of cozying up with the carriers, care about users and user experience, stand up to your product and have an option to sell direct to consumers here in the US. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Then carriers decide they don't want to carry Samsung phones. Who wins there? That would be worst case, but you should see the point. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Now that subsidized contracts are going away I'm never going to by a carrier bloated phone again. I'd rather wait slightly longer and find a deal on an unlocked non carrier phone and pay it in full at that time. The end of contracts should start to end this except for those that can't afford any other way then an installment plan.
  • ^^^This^^^ Only issue for me is that AT&T won't let non-carrier models use Wifi-calling or HD Voice (VoLTE), so my Nexus 6p still drops back to HSPA when I'm on a call, and I miss the clearer voice conversations from my G4 when talking to my friends and family (who are nearly all on AT&T)
  • Unfortunately those of us on Verizon or Sprint don't really have this option (other than Nexus devices)
  • That's why I bought a $150 BLU Life One X 2016 and am on Consumer Cellular. No bloatware or carrier crap
  • I bought one of those for my Dad when they were $99 (release weekend pricing or something). Holy hell that's a nice phone for the price. It feels fantastic and the experience is really pleasant. Lists that still put the Moto G or Honor 5x as the best "budget" phone without giving the One X a spot are ridiculous. That phone really is spectacular.
  • I did the exact same thing. I was like, "for $99 I'd be crazy NOT to buy this thing." I expected the screen to have week viewing angles, or that the phone would have some obviously flaws, but it really doesn't. A week later, my dad needed a new phone, and I ended up giving it to him. Even at the regular price of $150, it beats the crap out of the Moto G. The GPU is not great and it doesn't have NFC, but it's certainly the best phone you can get under $200. The Honor 5x seems like a fair step up, but not everyone wants a phone that big, and the One X is basically stock Android, which is better for normal people like my dad.
  • Good phones Posted via the Android Central App
  • #GOLDNEXUS6P Posted via the Android Central App
  • #GOLDBENTNEXUS6P I'm sorry. Couldn't resist since the tomato hasn't replied to it. (And yes, I know the 6P bending thing isn't a majorly big deal. I just couldn't resist doing it for the tomato. Still a fantastic phone, though. Had a chance to play with one for a while and it's the perfect phone for the stock Android connoisseur.)
  • Sheesh! At least T-Mobile's apps are somewhat useful. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just switched to T-Mobile and preordered the S7. How many bloaty apps does it have???
  • Virtual voicemail, T-Mobile Account, Device Unlock, T-Mobile TV, caller ID, and Mobile Hotspot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • thanks for the info! that's not bad at all. Can you delete or at least disable most of it?
  • I used Package Disabler Pro. Root isn't needed for that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was expecting the worst with t-mobile junk, but honestly they're not that bad I think I counted 6 total. But they don't get on your way or anything. No black bar on the notification trade all black with direct TV buy me bs lol (damn that's terrible) anyways you can disable them. Oh and no ugly logo on the phone either :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • nice! you answered my question about disabling or deleting. Yeah that black bar in the notification tray is TERRIBLE! I have a friend that works at ATT at corporate and I give him crap about some of their decisions on devices all the time. I call it "constructive feedback". LOL
  • T-mobile voicemail doesn't work.
  • The question I have is this: Why can't we buys these Samsung phones directly from Samsung if we choose to? With that, you can circumvent all the crapware the carriers put on the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you go on eBay you could probably get the unlocked European S7, but some minor 4G bands (Verizon) will be missing... Posted from my Nexus 6P
  • Verizon wouldn't even work on a European S7. Posted via HTC One M9
  • I did not know that Posted from my Nexus 6P
  • But who are you gonna buy the phone from to circumvent all the crapware Samsung puts on their phones?
  • I suppose you could flash cm13 when it's released for the phone
    Or just get any phone without TouchWiz or worse, EMUI... Posted from my Nexus 6P
  • I'm not from the US but I would think these carriers should have to allow you to delete these apps if you pay outright for the phone. Same goes for unlocking,, it should be free if you purchase the phone unsubsidized/off contract.
  • Problem is most Americans buy phones on contacts (that's how Apple got half the market in the US. Otherwise most American iPhone users couldn't afford the iPhone). Until there's a massive effort from OEMs to convince people to put an end to that, Americans will keep being screwed by the carriers Posted via the Android Central App
  • I know someone from Samsung and they have told me the reason they don't sell unlocked phones is because they have a contract with the FCC or carriers (I think, not sure) from the 90s that allowed them to sell in the US. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's why I buy Nexus and nothing else.
  • American carriers are destroying the brand. It pushes people to Apple because of the annoying things they do on the Android phones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That and the quick updates.
  • Exactly, this crap with these carries is getting old! Like, I'm about to die old! You pay for a phone but it's not yours to fully operate the way you choose.....? I don't like ios but this is one things that holds android back. Posted via the Android Central App
  • f'king disgusting.. I was very interested in the s7 sd820 version .. with the amount on crap installed.. I think I'll have to settle for the unlocked exynos variant.. AC@OPO
  • I had a boost mobile lg g flex came with boost apps but i could uninstall em so score 1 for boost Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's why Its been tempting for me to jump to a Nexus. I can't stand the bloatware on AT&T phones, that and it takes much longer to get updates. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is my only issue with AT&T is the amount of bloatware they put on their phones. The only AT&T apps that I find useful are MyAT&T and Usage Manager. But I'm glad you can just disabled them. Otherwise their coverage is great and I have never had any issues with their customer support. I have been with them over 10 years and have no intention of ever switching carriers especially when I get 25% off my bill through my job.
    I don't mind the Samsung apps and find most of them quite useful. Posted Via The AT&T Note 5
  • I can see your point. The Samsung apps are useful to me. What I have a problem with are the duplicate (and somewhat useless) carrier apps found on many Galaxy phones. To me, it is nothing more than a duplication of apps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm on AT&T, and I'm glad I got an unlocked phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What unlocked phone did you get? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ah the joys of living in Europe and not being constricted by all this carrier nightmare... :D Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dam Citizens 4 Constitutional Freedom
  • You pay big money for these phones!! We should have a choice to delet them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is a familiar situation. New Sammy comes out, people ooo and aahhh over it, GOTTA HAS ITZ!! Then a few weeks later, start noticing all the crapware, lagginess, and poor memory management And then they moan and complain Posted via the Android Central App
  • S7, S7 Edge and other Samsung Phones are now on sale only at NewSmartPhoneDeals:com
  • GTFO Posted via HTC One M9
  • Wow you don't say Android Central App | S5 G900A kitkat root
  • The Directv ad must be what's holding up the AT&T release of MM for Note 5. Gotta make sure that's working properly before they send it out! From my AT&T Platinum Gold Note 5
  • If I were going to use ATT I would definitely get direct tv just for the unlimited data Posted via the Android Central App
  • F that. Their program guide and DVR sucks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Carrier versions of phones suck. A nexus device is just awesome out of the box. With any other device a "set up" requires uninstalling (or disabling) crapware first.
  • Waiting on that Euro version for this specific reason.
  • This is why companies need to start going the Apple route of limiting what carriers can do on their phones. Much as I'm not a fan of Apple, they clearly have the right approach here! Posted via the Android Central App
  • If enough people actually cared/complained about bloat I think it would force a change. Not sure if the ordinary person really cares that much about a few carrier apps. Posted via Android Central App
  • People care. Just not enough to be vocal about it or enough to take their business elsewhere. Then again maybe they are taking their business elsewhere.......Apple. They don't allow all this bloatware on their devices do they? Posted from my BlackBerry PRIV/Note 4/ iPad Pro
  • This is why I'll only ever buy unlocked Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seems ironic this editorial is written on the same day the promotion about AT&T doing the BOGO deal for these phones is posted. Being the owner of an ATT phone now I will never buy another carrier bloated phone.. In fact I'm looking at the Project Fi deal on the Nexus 5X which is pretty sweet.
  • Great phone man. And there is an update coming for it very soon too! In Google I trust.
  • I was about to buy an S7 while simultaneously switching from Sprint to AT&T. Not anymore. And I though Sprint crap ware was bad....
  • Yeah this is kinda pathetic. In Google I trust.
  • See, this is why I go with unlocked devices. Don't have to deal with carrier bloat and other crap they did to the software. It's a shame Samsung hasn't sold their phones in the States directly to the end consumer as an unlocked device. I'd be all over that.
  • Package disabler anyone? dreaming of electric sheep
  • Doesn't delete apps. Posted from my BlackBerry PRIV/Note 4/ iPad Pro
  • Didn't read all post... But how much space does this bloat ware take up? Posted via the Android Central App
  • So after all the bloat your 32gb GS7 has how many GB left....I'll guess after OS and bloat you are looking at somewhere around 20gb Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't care. I am buying the LG g5 ! And htc10 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I lasted exactly 1 week with AT&T a few years ago. Just can't do it. T-Mobile isn't without flaws either, but man what a difference! Posted via the Android Central App
  • The my AT&T app is one I don't mind because it's actually useful. Still thinking about the plenti one supposed to save you money but I dunno. The rest I turned off immediately. I can understand Samsung apps, they make they phone at least and think they are providing a service and not really much different than Google Apps you don't use. Carrier apps are the worst tho. They all want subscription fees for a feature that Google or Samsung already over for free. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This just proves what I've been saying about carrier variants of phones with essentially the same internal hardware.
  • That is all
  • This is one of the greatest reason I loves Windows phone. You could uninstall any and all carrier garbage right away.
    I don't know why that's still not an option on Android. Disabling them doesn't free up storage space.
  • Agreed, it's a definite advantage with owning Windows phones. They're not gone forever as a hard reset will re-install those pre-installed applications but they don't take up storage space if you simply uninstall them.
  • Just when I was starting to convince people that Verizon was the worst.
  • I wish Samsung would sell unlocked. That would go a ways towards bolstering my overall opinion of them. I'm also disappointed in AT&T for pushing this much carrier crap on new phone owners, as I generally like AT&T. It's also a mark against Samsung and Android as I could easily uninstall all the AT&T bloatware from my Windows phones without any issues.
  • I m amazed that nobody in US have attacked such horrible companies on court... Very surprised... You're real... Sheeps in USA. At&t try to sale more IPhone... Is there a pact between both crappy crappy crappy companies to slow down all other brands? That is the question... But as usual corruption in USA will hide everything. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just buy a Nexus, problem solved. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If I was on a budget and in the market for a mid-range device then nexus it is. But samsung keeps killing it every year so no thanks S7 edge will make America great again!
  • And Verizon once again blocked samsung pay from the s7 and s7 edge! Thank goodness we can download it on the 11th from the play store S7 edge will make America great again!
  • Some of those apps actually seem like they'd be useful. I still wouldn't go to AT&T, though.
  • Parental Controls for people who don't have kids or let them play with their phones. ATT drive mode for people who have the self control to not touch their phone while driving. ATT Locker and Cloud Storage for people who are just fine with Google. Mobile TV for people who don't watch TV on their phone. Visual Voicemail for people who can just listen and use the prompts to return a call. Its nice to know ATT spent time creating apps that MIGHT add to our smartphone experience, but to make them impossible to uninstall is annoying. Package disabler doesn't free up the space. It sure would be nice to experience the phone with what I deem to be the necessities for me.
  • This has been bothering me since I opened up the box on the new phone yesterday. How in the world did they think it would be ok to spam that Directtv crap on every new phone? So stupid.
  • There should be a law that allows people that have paid outright for these phones from carriers to be able to delete all of this crapware. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Honestly, somebody needs to write a really prominent feature calling out Samsung for not caring about their users or the user experience. For whatever else people may say about Apple, they don't let carriers put bloat on their phones and they don't let carriers fragment their update schedule. Apple does not allow those things happen because Apple would never let a partner detract from the user experience. Samsung has enough market power to make the same demands, but they do not. Why? Because Samsung really doesn't care. And someone ought to shame them for it in a very public way.
  • Welcome to Android guys Posted via the Android Central App
  • I already was using a Nexus 6P but decided to try out the S7 Edge. The 6p isn't as flashy as the Edge but I returned the S7 Edge on Friday because I'm not gonna fork over 800 dollars for a phone loaded with so much garbage from ATT. Touchwiz is bad enough let alone the double whammy from ATT.
  • This is completely and utterly nauseating. Not even trolling when I say that this is one of the main reasons I only use Apple products. Don't want DirecTV ads in my Notification Center or Intel Inside stickers on my keyboard. Yuck, yuck, gross, and yuck.
  • Carriers use a vast majority of the preloaded apps to help their customers who are nowhere near as tech savvy as the readers of this site. However, I've never understood why Android phones depend on carriers for updates and non-removable bloat in the way that they do. Anyone who's ever used an iPhone is used to getting standard updates AND separate smaller pop-ups saying a carrier info packet is being pushed to your phone. Always found it strange android didn't do the same. Oh well.
  • I ran an app called app disabler pro and it actually freezes these apps that you mentioned.
  • What about T-mobile? It has a pre-loaded Visual Voicemail app, yet T-Mobile doesn't support voicemail on the phone unless you pay for the service. Pathetic.
  • This crap ware bloat ware or whatever you want to call it, is one of the the main reasons i decided to buy a OnePlus3 unlocked phone. I have a perfectly good Galaxy S4 16GB phone which unfortunately because of all the pre-installed crap quickly became a constant game of cleaning out stuff just so i could download important patches and other necessary system updates to say nothing of the battle to keep apps updated. I had a 32GB CARD installed as well but that was basically useless because the only thing that you can store on the card is music movies and photos NO APPS. All of these companies are unbelievable, this is my phone i paid for it. How dare you monopolize my space with your crap. All of them do it but AT&T is the king of App Crap i just wonder how Randy Stephenson would feel about me moving into o his house with my crap and force him to add extensions onto his house?