Up until now, if you wanted to remove carrier or other bloatware apps from your smartphone you needed to perform some kind of XDA dev trickery in order to get rid.
Alas, those days are gone. In part, at least. Google has announced that in its latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, there will be a “Disable” button for all the carrier/network/Android/manufatcurer apps that come pre-installed and which you don’t want.
I did say “in part”, so read on for the catch:
The “Disable” button is just that; not an “Uninstall” button as found on all the apps that you’ve put there, as opposed to the likes of Vodafone, HTC, or even Google.
What the Disable button does, is to stop the app from being able to run, and remove its icon from the App Drawer, options of app to open a file or link in, and home screen if it appears there.
That may be disappointing if you were hoping to store a couple more of your favourite LPs where Browser, HTC Sync, and My 3 once sat – but at least you won’t ever have to see them again.