The newly announced Ice Cream Sandwich iteration of the Android operating system allows users to disable any system application, even those installed by networks, it’s been confirmed.
Google had already confirmed to This Is My Next that native applications on Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device could be disabled. However, it was not known until now whether the same level of freedom would apply to bespoke software installed by carriers and manufacturers too, which are typically not removable and are considered a bane by many smartphone users.
Well, it seems those nuisances will be subjected to same treatment, thanks to a handy ‘Disable’ button on the App Info screen of each non-critical application. This will deactivate, but not remove, the application, meaning it will no longer be running in the background and will remove its icons from the home screen and app launcher. If users feel the need to re-enable them again they can do so by visiting the App Info screen and tapping the ‘Enable’ button.
Although this will not prevent networks from continuing to ship handsets with ever more crapware, users will at least have the option to take down anything they are not happy with. With fewer apps running, this should free up more memory for devices and hog less battery life, too.
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