Last Updated: November 16, 2023, 15:08 IST
The OnePlus Open is one of the costliest foldable phones you can buy in the market and even then it is cheaper than what Samsung charges for its Galaxy Z Fold 5. But the company surprised many people before the launch by confirming that its most expensive product will come with preloaded apps.
After closely taking a look at the OnePlus foldable and going through the list of apps preloaded on the device, we finally found that it has Facebook, Netflix and even the Meta Installer app running in the OxygenOS version you get with the OnePlus Open out of the box.
OnePlus defended its decision to pre-load apps on its foldable that is priced at Rs 1,39,900 in markets like India. For the introduction of the OnePlus Open, we’ve worked closely with a variety of mainstream app developers to ensure their apps are compatible with our new foldable design, enhancing the user experience,” OnePlus had said in a statement recently.
This isn’t the first time that OnePlus has offered Meta’s products on its phones. OnePlus had done this with the OnePlus 8 series which had launched in 2020 but was later removed from the later generations. But it seems the company, now working with Oppo, has decided to bring these apps back to the platform, which might not please people who would like to buy the high-end OnePlus foldable.
While Facebook and Netflix can be uninstalled, you can’t do that with the Meta Installer and Meta App Manager that are baked into the app settings of the device. In addition to this, you have apps like Theme Store, Games and a few more that are notorious for pushing ads if you don’t disable their notifications.
Like we have said before, if other premium brands like Samsung can be grilled for pushing pre-loaded ads then OnePlus also deserves the flak for doing so, even if it claims the apps have been offered to provide a seamless experience on its foldable.
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