Google has trimmed the number of mandatory apps on its Android operating system, allowing phone-makers to sell handsets with more space for third-party add–ons.
The Big G says that Google Play Games, Google+, Google Play Books and Google Newsstand are no longer required in order to meet official guidelines.
This will be welcome news to those tired of buying phones cluttered with official apps they either never use or simply find get in the way of using their device efficiently.
The apps will still be available to download from Google Play if users desire.
The move should mean that handsets come with more space for installing apps and downloading music and movies. This is a particular issue on budget devices with smaller storage space.
Google this week revealed Android Marshmallow, the latest version of its OS. The update is due to launch later this year.
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