Back in the day, bloatware on smartphones used to be a thing, but these days we reckon that carriers have toned it down somewhat. Bloatware is still present but not as bad as before, but recently it seems that Verizon has pushed out a new update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge that might be cause for concern.
According to various user reports, it seems that owners of either handset have noticed an app called DT Ignite, which according to its description will be able to install apps on the owner’s behalf. Naturally some were concerned about the app because who’s to say that Verizon won’t use this to install apps if and when they want, right?
The good news is that it isn’t as nefarious as you might think. In a statement provided to The Verge, the carrier reassures that users won’t suddenly find unwanted apps installed. Instead, “The Digital Turbine (DT Ignite) software is only active during the initial set-up of a brand new device or if a device goes through a factory reset. Following the initial set up, the software will not push or install new apps at any time in the background. Any app installed through DT Ignite is completely removable and can be uninstalled.”
However like we said, we guess the fact that it has the ability to install apps could mean that it would be ripe for hijacking or just general privacy concerns. The good news is that Ignite can be uninstalled so if you’d rather have peace of mind, you can go ahead and do it.