August 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Score one victory, however small you think it may be, for the consumer. After fielding a storm of complaints from vocal users upset about the addition of “bloatware” – unnecessary software put on a phone that cannot be easily uninstalled – Vodafone UK has decided to remove its Vodafone 360 links and services from its Android updates.
Vodafone customers using the HTC Desire were recently excited to see a firmware update pushed to their phone, initially thinking that it was Android 2.2. But customers quickly discovered that the update was actually a newer version of Android 2.1 that included unwanted Vodafone 360 apps and shortcuts.
Vodafone has bowed to the pressure and promised to remove the apps when an Android 2.2 update is sent to Desire users. People who like 360 will be able to access it through voluntary means, but others will see the apps and web shortcuts removed when Froyo is announced for the Desire in the next 7-10 days.