SonySony Xperia M4 Aqua update jettisons bloatware to save space

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua update jettisons bloatware to save space

Some users of the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua have not taken kindly to its preloaded apps, forcing the Japanese company to roll out an update to remove the bloatware. As it is, the base version of the mid-range smartphone only has 8GB of internal memory. So having unnecessary applications pre-installed on it from the get-go was bound to rub some buyers the wrong way.

With this in mind, preloaded apps inclusive of Books, CloudPrint, GoogleTTS, Keep, Newsstand, FaceLock, NewsWeather, PlusOne, PlayGames and TalkBack will be shown the door when you upgrade the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. If you happened to use any of the aforementioned tools, there’s a chance that you might have updated it at some point in the past. Such applications will not be deleted from the phone, for your convenience.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

In case you decide to begin using one of the preloaded apps, then you can simply download it from Google Play Store. Do note, FaceLock cannot be reinstalled on your device once again. So if you want to keep it, you’ll need to check for its latest build and bring it up to date before moving on to Sony’s new software. The last mentioned has been released for the Xperia M4 Aqua and its dual SIM model as versions 26.1.A.2.167 and 26.1.B.2.147, in that order.

The Lollipop-powered Xperia M4 Aqua also comes in a 16GB variant and there’s additional support for a microSD card of up to 128GB. But there’s still the problem of most apps having to be housed in the in-built space on your smartphone. This is why the software refresh was needed. Android Marshmallow would have alleviated the issue since it adopts an external SD card as internal storage. But Sony might take a bit of time to launch it, for all we know.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua key specifications:

– Android Lollipop OS
– Dust- and water-proof
– 13MP and 5MP cameras
– 5-inch 720p IPS display
– 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 615 chip
– 2GB RAM, 8/16GB ROM, 128GB expandability
– 2400mAh battery

Apart from removing a few preloaded apps, the update for the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua also features the usual bug fixes and stability improvements.

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