One of the biggest reasons people try to root their phones is, not necessarily to flash a custom ROM, but simply to remove bloatware. Naturally, Verizon and other U.S. carriers aren’t too keen on you rooting your devices, so when new root methods are published in the forums, Verizon often pushes an OTA patch to block it.
In the near future they might be taking a different approach. They’ve already surveyed some customers about their opinions on bloatware and which apps they actually use. They’ve also conducted limited testing of a bloatware installation tool on some LG G3 phones that apparently installs the bloatware as user apps and not as system apps. This, of course, enables you to remove unwanted apps without having to root your phone.
Verizon had the following to say about the testing:
Verizon is trialing a new service on the LG G3. Pre-loaded applications will install in the background during the activation and set up process. Once setup is complete, the applications will appear in the applications folder as though they have been traditionally pre-loaded. However, there IS one key difference; the applications can be completely and entirely uninstalled by the customer via the standard uninstall process. Customers will not incur any data usage or charges for the download and installation of these applications.
If Verizon does eventually release such a feature to the masses it could remove probably the most common incentive people have for rooting their phones. Before you say “Huzzah! Remove all the things!” you should know that there’s no guarantee Verizon will implement this feature on your next phone, even if it is a G3.
Also, keep in mind that all bloatware isn’t necessarily useless, even some of the Verizon-branded apps. NFL Mobile, for example, is a popular app among Verizon customers, and one that I’ve personally used extensively. Before the My Verizon app started taking too many liberties requiring too many permissions I found it to be a convenient way to manage my account.
Would you take advantage of such a feature or would you still try to root your phone? Feel free to let us know in the comments.