Crapware Now and Then
You might not consider these preloaded apps such a big deal. We’re all used to getting crapware on new PCs; this is the same story, just on phones, and it’s not such a big hassle to delete everything you don’t need. But you shouldn’t have to delete stuff just to get your phone looking like you want it. Plus, I suspect that many users probably don’t even know how to delete these apps, so they just sit there, clogging up the home screen.
-Farhad Manjoo, “Android vs. iPhone: Why Apple still has the edge over Google’s operating system”
I remember being appalled by the amount of bad software that existed on PCs back in the day. Then, big box retailers would often sell you a computer and charge you more if you wanted them to get rid of the “crapware” for you. It seems just as shady now to force your customers to pay more than twice as much to get a “Google Play” version that lacks the terrible elements of the cheaper phone.