Sprint is showing some customer love and will allow removal of pre-installed apps on Android phones.
The HTC EVO 3D, like most smartphones, comes with pre-installed apps. Some users may like these apps while others may despise them. Generally, however, the customer is stuck with them. Yesterday, people started noticing that these pre-installed apps could be uninstalled.
Traditionally, to rid these apps off your phone, you’d need to gain root level access to the phone’s operating system (referred to as “rooting” your phone). Rooting your Android phone allows you customize many features of your phone and do thing that are not generally allowed by the carrier. Some people abuse rooting to copy software or turn their phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot without paying for the ability to do so.
Thus, only “rooted” users could uninstall these apps.
Sprint, however, has listened to it’s customers and has announced that they will enable the remove of pre-installed apps on future Android phones. This is awesome news. This will result in better battery life, better UI responsiveness, and more of a sense of ownership for the users. Who will now have the ability to streamline their phone to their liking.