So this has been a contentious topic, bloatware by either carriers or OEMs. Samsung has gotten the most hell for pre-installing software on top of what Google installed on Android. So let’s explore the reasons “bloat” is pre-installed on Android hardware.
OEM believes new users need the installed apps to get going, you know, help the discover apps that would make their stay easy without going to the forest that is Google’s play store.
OEM probably got paid by third parties to pre-install apps and get them discovered by all users who buy their devices.
This is pretty much it. So whichever the reason, it does work for some and doesn’t for others. For the longest time these didn’t bother me. I’ve used Samsung devices for the longest time, even when I don’t use apps, I never feel the need to uninstall them. Recently there has been a concerted effort by other players, especially brands Tecno and Infinix to install apps like Jumia and OLX. I uninstall these even before I figure whether I need them.
My cousin, a person who I’d consider a light user of smartphones, would barely know what Google Keep or Evernote is, chose to keep them. She actually felt that it was a good idea that the OLX app was there, she sells clothes, so she will go in and sign up. Bloat is good for her and she would probably would have gone to the browser to access the same service.
Where does that leave you?