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LG Not Working On Windows Phone 8 Devices 123

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helix2301 sends this quote from CNET: "LG's reluctance to embrace Windows Phone 8 underscores the difficulties that the platform faces with both consumers and vendor partners. LG was one of the early partners that signed on with Microsoft, releasing the LG Quantum in the first wave of Windows Phone devices. Microsoft's has a great relationship with Nokia, which is considered in the industry first among equals when it comes to Microsoft partners, has some vendors reassessing their own support for the operating system. Over the past year or so, LG has been focusing on Android and has started building phones running on Mozilla's Firefox mobile OS."
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LG Not Working On Windows Phone 8 Devices

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  • by recoiledsnake (879048) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 @07:06PM (#43029535)

    So that they can screw up the UI with their shitty skins, install unremovable always running crapware and then not update it for a couple of years like they do with their Android phones? And then be beholden to stupid carrier crapware? Thank heavens Microsoft doesn't allow that crap to happen.

    For example look at what HTC and the carriers install on Android and which cannot be uninstalled and then cause serious security issues which are never fixed.

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/virtualization/bloatware-a-creeping-problem/4173 [zdnet.com]

    The HTC Thunderbolt is a nice HTC Android device that came with the following software that I don't use, didn't want and can't remove:
    Amazon Kindle
    Verizon Backup Assistant (tied to a service offering I don't use)
    Bitbop
    Blockbuster
    Friendstream
    Let's Golf 2
    Mobile Hotspot (a poor replacement for the native Android hotspot that is tied to charging the user again for the "unlimited" data plan they've already purchased)
    Peep (a poor Twitter client)
    Rhapsody (a music service)
    Rock Band (a game)
    TuneWiki (lord knows what this is)
    V CAST Media
    V CAST Music
    V CAST Tones
    V CAST Videos
    VZ Navigator
    Several apps from Sprint or HTC come pre-installed on the HTC EVO 4G. These include:
    Footprints
    Amazon Mp3 Store
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile
    Qik
    Sprint Football Live
    Sprint Navigation
    Sprint TV

    Windows Phone disallows always running services and any carrier bundled software can be easily uninstalled in about five seconds.

  • by Bruce Perens (3872) <bruce@perens.com> on Wednesday February 27, 2013 @07:20PM (#43029661) Homepage Journal
    I bought an LG / Google Nexus 4 a while back. They're less than half the price of other top-end smartphones, unlocked and with no contract. I put a Platinumtel SIM in it with the $10 for 60 days GSM plan, and set it to restrict background data. The network is T-Mobile. After a month I'm still on the first $10, having of course made extensive use of wifi.

    As far as I can tell, I have all of the smartphone benefits without much of the cost.

  • by realityimpaired (1668397) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 @07:20PM (#43029667)

    Sprint Football Live
    Sprint Navigation
    Sprint TV

    I'd be very surprised if my HTC One V, on Koodo Mobile here in Canada, came with those preinstalled....

    Are you entirely sure that it's HTC that's adding that crap, and not Sprint? None of the apps you have listed came preinstalled on my phone.In fact, the only non-Google apps that came preinstalled on my phone were Dropbox, HTC Hub, Polaris Office (full), Sound Hound, and TuneIn Radio. I doubt most users would complain about any of those, even if they don't use them. And having a fully licensed copy of Polaris Office out of the box on a $150 phone is actually pretty nice of them....

  • by Bert64 (520050) <bert@slaSLACKWAR ... com minus distro> on Wednesday February 27, 2013 @07:28PM (#43029741) Homepage

    It's often carriers rather than the phone manufacture that bundle all manner of crap, and other modifications to the firmware...

    Often you can go back to the manufacturer's default (ie not network branded) firmware for a much better experience, or you can buy a phone direct from the manufacturer which already has this firmware rather than buying it from your operator.
    In many cases you can also install a third party android firmware such as cyanogenmod.

    I have had several phones which were crippled by carrier-specific firmware, missing features, features not working, instability, bloatware, poor battery life, and which were fixed by installing stock firmware.

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