Android may have already killed Samsung's Tizen OS

In today's Android roundup: A Huawei bigwig thinks that Tizen is already dead. Plus: Lemon Meringue Pie might be the official codename for Android L, and are mobile carriers clogging up Android with bloatware?

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Lemon Meringue Pie might be the official codename for Android L

Android Police reports that the official codename for Android L might be very sweet indeed!

According to Android Police:

We've been wondering what the codename for the "L" release of Android would be ever since KitKat was revealed, and today it looks like we've got more evidence in support of "Lemon Meringue Pie." Thanks to our own research and a submission from reader Yuku Sugianto, we've found multiple official sources in code and documentation that list the next release as "LMP," which can only refer to the delicious baked good. At least we think so. Keep in mind that it's unlikely that Google will give the release an official name until final builds are available.

More at Android Police

Lemon Meringue Pie sounds like a great name to me for Android L. If you aren't familiar with Lemon Meringue Pie (how is that possible?), see Wikipedia's background article. All Recipes also has what looks like a delightful recipe for Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie.

Mobile carriers and Android bloatware

Forbes has an article today that decries the infestation of bloatware on some Android devices.

According to Forbes:

But adding insult to injury, carriers and manufacturers then install “bloatware”. In return for a fee from the app developer (how much?) they will include that app as standard. I don’t particular mind about this, but what I really object to is that this bloatware cannot be removed. You are stuck with it! Picture me swearing at the phone, and shouting “You didn’t tell me when I bought the phone it was going to be hobbled!”

More at Forbes

I can understand the writer's irritation about Android bloatware. It reminds me of the days when computer manufacturers did the same thing to Windows PCs. The poor user gets stuck with a bunch of unwanted garbage that is preinstalled by default. Ugh! What a pain in the rear end!

I suppose one way around this is to only purchase Android devices from manufacturers that have a minimum of bloatware or none at all. It's the old "let the buyer beware" thing all over again. So think carefully and do your homework before you buy your next Android device. Ideally the companies that are adding bloatware will lose sales, and might eventually knock it off.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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