It has been said that there are three constants in life: taxes, death, and carriers and OEMs adding unnecessary bloatware. Ok, you got me. I added that last one on my own, but it has become no less real than the first two. In an effort to drive revenue and make up for the subsidies they have to give in order to sell a device on a contract, carriers put their own (often unnecessary) software on the device and leave it looking like the this article’s title image. This of course has an obvious negative effect, as the device does not perform as it was originally intended, and in turn provides a hampered experience for the user.
One of the reasons people come to XDA is to take ownership of their device back from the carriers and/or manufacturers, root their phone, and install a custom ROM or at least remove the bloatware. In the instance of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, users have a very nice, intuitive way to do so courtesy of XDA Senior Member fma965. Using the AROMA installation package, he has created a custom recovery-flashable zip he calls “SuperSpeed Bloat Remover.” It provides a nice visual wizard for selecting the bloatware to be removed from the device. He lists the features as:
Remove Certain Apps
ZipAlign at boot (not tested)
Switch WiFi Modules
More to come.
If you own the Xperia Play and have not yet debloated your device, head on over to the thread to give it a try yourself.