Today I was surprised to see that my phone had installed an app on it’s own. And I am here to tell you I am not a happy man.
Ok so truth be told my phone has no way of doing this on it’s own, it was of course Samsung in its infinite wisdom that decided it was a good idea to do this.
So do users appreciate getting things forcefully pushed down their throats. I am here today to tell you that this is something we do not want. Samsung recently received a lot of pepper for the push notification ads that started showing up on peoples phones.
This in my opinion is bordering on cyber criminality. I don’t think updates like this should be installed on users phones without their consent. After all I payed for it, I think I should have some say in what apps gets installed on it.
It’s one thing that phones these days comes from the factory filled to the brim with apps we don’t want and can’t uninstall. But it’s a whole other thing to have the manufacturer of the phone deciding which apps we have installed for the rest of the phones life.
I must admit I am not good at reading terms and conditions when I open a brand new phone like the Galaxy S6 edge. For all I know I signed over my soul to Samsung when I pressed the button where I agreed to the terms.
If Samsung can legally do this it doesn’t seem like a such big step imagining some app developer offering them a lot of money to get their app or game installed on all their customers phones. I shiver at the thought of someone else deciding what apps I have on my phone.
What is Samsung in app purchase.
The Samsung In-App Purchase payment service makes it possible to sell virtual items, services, and subscriptions within the Android apps sold in Samsung Galaxy app store. Meaning that Samsung has made another a for app makers to make money from selling in app items through the Galaxy apps store.
Basically it’s a competitor for Google’s app purchases service. Samsung’s inn app purchasing service supports credit card, prepaid cards and buying paying for things over your phone bill. For more information check out this link that leads to samsung’s developer page on this specific topic.
I’d like to end things of with a plea to Samsung. Please please stop installing things on my phone that I did not ask for or want. That’s it from me, thank you for reading this to the end. And if you agree with my opinion share it with your friends. Hopefully this can get enough attention to make Samsung stop doing this.
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