The app drawer on the Galaxy S22

Android 14 may help tackle annoying carrier bloatware

What do you want to know

  • Google recently launched the first developer preview for Android 14.
  • A hidden menu found in the build allows users to locate apps installed in the background by carriers and OEMs.
  • Stable Android 14 is expected to launch later this year, likely in August.

The Android 14 Developer Preview is officially underway, and while Google hasn’t highlighted any significant changes, some users have started to discover some interesting behind-the-scenes changes.

When diving in Android 14 Developer PreviewMishaal Rahman (via XDA Developers) discovered a settings menu hidden behind some developer flags. The new version of Settings is called “Spa” and provides access to a service called “Background Install Control”. Here, he found an “Apps installed in the background” feature that targets and tracks apps installed on your phone by OEMs and carriers.

Your device manufacturer may install apps on your device in the background or allow your carrier and other partners to do so. Not all apps listed here are necessary for your device to work normally. You can uninstall apps you don’t want.

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