Other Allow user to choose which stock apps they want to install during set-up

  1. superplus
    Head Moderator Head Moderator Jan 22, 2020

    superplus , Jan 22, 2020 :
    One of the most-stated reasons for why people love OxygenOS is its close-to-stock, bloat-free experience.

    However, over time, we've seen more and more apps (stubs) be installed, a lot of which users don't actually have any need for.

    Sure, these can be hidden/disabled/... but wouldn't it be nice to just not have them altogether and be able to boast offering as clean an experience as possible to users?

    Thus, while going through the initial device set-up, a user could be offered the option (default) to go for the full install, or, optionally, to go through the various apps/stubs (which can have an explanation screen on their functionalities) and only install those they really want.

    An added benefit for OnePlus could be that they could see that perhaps only a small percentage of users is choosing to install e.g. OnePlus Launcher, and take away from this that perhaps they need to improve its user experience.

    As such, it could also lead to better perception of the now preloaded apps. After an improvement to such an app, there could be an announcement thread with a link to install the app and a feedback quiz/give-away, incentivising users to try it (again).

    This approach could lead to more users actually appreciating said apps and discovering their full potential, while also offering a cleaner experience to those who really desire it.

  2. Gary C.
    OxygenOS Product Lead Staff Member Apr 30, 2020

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    Gary C. , Apr 30, 2020 :
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    Hi, superplus. Thanks for taking the time to share your idea with us. We fully appreciate what you suggested about choosing apps during the initial setup, and there are a few points we’d like to share with you:

    In order to allow users to have the basic service they expect in a mobile phone from the first moment they start using it, we will install common applications such as clock, calculator, and gallery apps in the system in advance.

    In regard to choosing the pre-installed apps specifically, we are quite discreet and the basic needs of users are our most important consideration. Things like browsing web, file management, daily tools are considered by us as indispensable in daily use scenarios. Besides essential features and Google apps, we also want to provide a better experience on certain apps for users. These apps are introduced by OnePlus team after several round of review based on the popularity and usage among our users, such as Netflix - for enhancing HDR playback - and Facebook - for higher battery efficiency.

    Furthermore, most of the pre-installed applications can either be uninstalled or disabled, depending on the user's personal needs. In order to ensure the overall experience, we will still maintain this in the near future, but we will keep listening and try our best to improve the experience from different aspects. If there are further plans, we will share with community. Thanks again.

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  3. mojoyoyo77
    Assistant Head Moderator Assistant Head Moderator Feb 18, 2020

    mojoyoyo77 , Feb 18, 2020 :
    In Settings / Applications there could be a section:
    "OnePlus Apps": here you can choose the applications to install.
    When updating you will always remember the options chosen
    Entering Settings / Applications / OnePlus Apps you can see all the OnePlus App, touching an application you will see a description of the application and an On / Off switch, if you change the switch you will be asked if you want to install or uninstall the application.

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  4. aethernex
    Eclair Mar 5, 2020

    aethernex , Mar 5, 2020 :
    I'd like this, or simply no redundant apps. OnePlus has been on record stating that they don't do duplicate apps because quality existing apps are already available. I would love to see the ability to entirely remove the OnePlus phone and messages apps in favor of others, possibly even the AOSP versions. I also don't like how the OP contacts app treats my contacts.

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