Samsung and Oppo slammed with lawsuit over pre-loaded apps
Pre-loaded apps are good. In fact, it would have been entirely abysmal if your new handset doesn’t come with some important apps — but some guys in China are having none of that.
The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has sued both Korean phone maker Samsung and Chinese-originated Oppo Electronics over bloatware. The commission is basing its complaint over the massive number of apps pre-loaded with Samsung and Oppo phones that are not removable by users.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was given as an example. Coming with 44 pre-installed apps, the body said users do not have permission to remove any of the software (unless by rooting their phones). The Oppo Find 7a boots out of the box with not less than 70 apps ranging from games to shopping apps. The commission also complained that some of these apps steal user data.
“The litigation is our latest attempt to safeguard consumers’ rights after other methods failed,” Tao Ailian, secretary-general of the commission, said.
“We hope it will force other companies in the sector to end the unreasonable, but common, practice of pre-installing apps without telling consumers. This is something that is very much necessary for the healthy development of the whole industry,”
Apple was slammed with a similar court notice last year but the Cupertino, Calif. iPhone maker won the ruling. Samsung and Oppo are expected to go through this one unscathed.
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