Verizon might have just decided that the Samsung Galaxy S7 does not have enough bloatware on it. For those who do not know what bloatware is, these are the software or the applications found in your mobile device that you cannot uninstall or delete. Recently, there are a number of people who have submitted reports over at the popular Internet forum Reddit in which the recent update from Verizon for their S7 and S7 Edge handset has recently installed an app called DT Ignite. This app is described as a “preload platform for mobile operators to seamlessly manage applications installed at first boot and over the life of the device.” In simpler terms, it means that it is a tool that will allow the mobile carrier to install new apps onto the phone, even when the smartphone is already in the hands of their customers.
Verizon Installs DT Ignite in Latest Update for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Phones
The DT Ignite that was recently installed in Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones by Verizon has already been around for a couple of years. Back in 2014, both T-Mobile and Verizon were criticized for using it. However, there are some concerns that have died down quite immediately after those events. Nevertheless, the use of the app did not vanish, and as it turns out most, if not all, Android phones that are being sold by Verizon can make use of Ignite.
DT Ignite is what Verizon has been using in order to pre-install removable apps such as the very popular puzzle game that is Candy Crush for a couple of years. The mobile carrier will simply install Ignite, most probably through an Over the Air (OTA) update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones, or other Android devices for that matter. When the app has been successfully installed into a device, Verizon can just tell the app what to download for the phone afterward.
This means that Verizon’s implementation for Ignite does not sound quite as annoying. Digital Turbine, Ignite’s developer, even suggests that the app can be used in order to install apps that are currently on demand, and can even send notifications when these applications are available. Still, the aforementioned mobile carrier may not be using it the way DT Ignite is supposed to be used.
Instead, Verizon uses Ignite to install apps onto an Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, or other Android devices, when it is freshly set up. It could be that the Ignite app will install the apps after it has been turned on for the very first time or a factory reset has just been made. Therefore, S7 users are not going to find new apps to pop up into the phones unless they opt to do a full reset on it.