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No one wants Android's bloatware. Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

No one wants Android’s bloatware. Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

One of the downsides to choosing Android over iOS — if you live in the U.S., at least — is that carriers like to pre-install their own apps and services and prevent you from removing them. Often called “bloatware,” the apps sometimes include custom messaging apps, navigation clients, payment services, and more.

Very few Android users appreciate bloatware, and Google knows that. Thankfully, the company is now doing something about it. With Lollipop, it’ll be easier than ever for users to banish bloatware for good.

The Moto 360 in Champagne. Photos: Amazon

The Moto 360 in Champagne. Photos: Amazon

New Moto 360 color options are on the way, and we already know what they look like, thanks to Amazon. The retail giant prematurely listed a new Champagne-colored device and a cognac leather strap, which it said would start shipping next month before the listings were later pulled.

Geak Watch 2 could be the most intelligent smartwatch yet. Photo: Geak

Geak Watch 2 could be the most intelligent smartwatch yet. Photo: Geak

By far the biggest downside of the modern smartwatch is their lousy battery life. If you’re lucky, you’ll get around two days of use in between charges from an Android Wear device, but the vast majority require top-ups every night. There is one, however, that promises to last a week, thanks to its clever use of not one but two displays.

Hugo Barra, former Android chief, now works at Xiaomi. Photo: Xiaomi

Hugo Barra, former Android chief, now works at Xiaomi. Photo: Xiaomi

Hugo Barra, the man who once ran Google’s Android division, seems to have more of an interest in the smartphones its rivals are making these days. Speaking at WSJD Live, Barra called Apple’s new iPhone 6 “the most beautiful smartphone ever built” — but he doesn’t think its design language is totally unique.

Google Fit is now available to all. Screenshot: Google

Google Fit is now available to all. Screenshot: Google

Google Fit, a new app that helps users stay fit by encouraging them to reaching their fitness goals and tracking their progress, is now available to download from Google Play. It’s completely and compatible with all Android devices, and it will even work alongside your Android Wear watch as well.

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