15 December 2020
OnePlus 8T, the newest flagship from the company has many great specifications to offer. From the powerful Snapdragon 865 processor to 65W Warp Charge fast charging. But apart from these regular upgrades, OnePlus has something more to offer to its customers and this is the freedom from the pre-installed Facebook apps.
OnePlus received some serious backlash from OnePlus 8 and OnePlus Nord users because these phones came pre-installed with some Facebook apps and services like Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. This step was hugely criticized as the pre-installation is considered bloatware by many. These pre-installed apps hog the resources available and can affect the overall experience.
Now, OnePlus appears to have listened to its customers as it didn’t install the third-party apps on its newest OnePlus 8T phone. Having said that the newest OnePlus 8T phone still comes pre-installed with Netflix, this is because it helps with HDR video playback and the company has to promote this feature of the phone as well.
Currently, there is no way to remove Facebook apps from the OnePlus 8. While some pre-installed third-party apps could be uninstalled, the underlying services for others could only be disabled.
OnePlus is known for offering cleaner UI than others in the competition. Companies like Huawei, Samsung pre-install third-party apps on the phones despite knowing that this move can affect the performance and hog the available resources.
Also, OnePlus is one of those smartphone companies that hear the opinions of its customers and work closely with them to offer a better experience every time. So, seeing it taking a quick decision and removing the Facebook apps from OnePlus 8T is not a big deal because, for OnePlus, customers really matter. However, according to Input, this move could just be temporary as OnePlus could still bring the apps on the phone in the future.
According to Input, a spokesperson from OnePlus said,
When pressed further, OnePlus clarified that it has stopped pre-installing Facebook apps and services for the foreseeable future, but stopped short at confirming it would be “forever.”