Earlier this week, OnePlus launched OnePlus 8T as its latest budget-friendly flagship smartphone. It is priced similar to the OnePlus 8 that launched in the first half of 2020. However, unlike that phone, this device, apart from featuring new design and specs, it also does not come with Facebook bloatware.
OnePlus has been long promoting its smartphones to be bloat-free unlike devices from other OEMs. Unfortunately, that is not the case as the brand has been shipping its phones with Facebook apps suite and Netflix for a while now.
A few weeks after the launch of OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, users and several publications started criticizing OnePlus for this move. But that did not stop the brand from releasing OnePlus Nord with the same bloat as the handset was already under development.
But with the recently launched OnePlus 8T, OnePlus has finally removed Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Facebook Application Manager, Facebook Installer, and Facebook Notification Service. However, the handset still comes with Netlfix as the company claims it to enhance HDR video playback.
Having said that, according to a report by Input, OnePlus has stopped bundling Facebook apps and Facebook services for the foreseeable future. Therefore, there’s a chance that they could return once again.
On the other hand, older OnePlus smartphones that debuted with Facebook bloat will continue to have them. Users can uninstall Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram but they can only disable Facebook Application Manager, Facebook Installer, and Facebook Notification Service.
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