I've been an Android fan boy from day one. It was very exciting for me to see a new Open Source mobile OS running on a Linux kernel.
But today I understand Richard Stallman's stance on Free Open Source a lot more than I used to.
Even if the product you are using is Open Source, you aren't free at all unless it's FOSS. In fact, you are not any better than with a closed source system like iOS or Windows Mobile.
A couple of days ago I started getting a space notification warning. My phone was getting bloated. Fine so I decided to clear some space and removed the apps I don't use. So far so good.
But even after removing most of my apps, I was still low on space. This was mostly due to my emails, which I can't remove because I need them for work.
Then I saw the facebook app .. hm I never use it and 1.88MB for something I don't use is considerable space. So I try to uninstall it, only to discover that I cannot uninstall facebook app. My blood was starting to boil.
A quick Google search confirmed my worst fear: I need to root my phone and thus void my warranty to get rid of it. Even worst, now twitter is also part of the uninstallable "native apps".
WTF... seriously? i can't remove Facebook from my Nexus One? that really pisses me off! ... :-( ...
Just don't use it.....whats the big deal?
@Bryan the big deal is that the choice is no longer mine whether or not a third party app on an "open" phone can be removed. It's like a contradiction. Besides being incredibly annoying to see every time I go to share something, it's just not right. Now I don't have a choice but to tolerate it until I eventually root my phone, lol
Smerv...I guess the choice is removed from selecting Android as a mobile OS because you have to use Android platform native apps like Clock (man I hate that thing its so annoying) and Google Voice....What is that?
Its not a contradiction as much as its a contract with social media partners that are successful. I apologize if you and Ferg are in the minority and don't want to use the apps. But therein lies the solution...CHOICE....open platforms have choice right...so choose not to use whatever app you don't want, and relax a little. Want to root your phone, go for it....
Ferg...Cluttering up the menu.....who actually uses the launcher menu rather than customizing their screens...hardly an issue....
Oh no...not a scroll gesture, you might hurt your finger.
I suggest you both customize your home screens and find it hilarious that you like things like Twitter and Google Buzz but all of a sudden Facebook is a horrible social media monolith. Interesting indeed.
Personnaly my problem with this isn't limited to the wasted space or the cluttered menus, it's about privacy.
Prior the Android 2.1 update I did uninstall the facebook application without any problems. Now it's back from nowhere and even thought I never agreed anything, this app has the permission to collect data about:
My location (fine GPS location)
My personnal information (read/write contact data)
My Internet communication (full Internet access)
My accounts (and even act as an account authenticator and manage my accounts list)
My phone calls
And of course it has the permission to modify/delete SD card contents, prevent phone from sleeping, write sync settings, control the vibrator, etc...
And all this shit even if 1) you never agreed to any of these and 2) you are not a facebook user.
For me, the "just don't use it" argument is a farce. This is clearly a privacy invasion imposed on anybody using an Android phone.
And as a Canadian I find this terribly scary. If the U.S. authorities wants to spy on Canadian citizen they don't even have to go through the usual legal channels anymore, they just have to subpoena Facebook, which has no choice to collaborate since it's based in the U.S.