A list that will surely grow of Alcatel stock apps that somehow update into ad-serving malware. They cannot be uninstalled. You can uninstall updates and uncheck “auto-update” in the Play Store. If you want to be extra careful, go to “Settings”, then “Apps”. Find the offending app. Revoke any permissions granted. Then choose “Data usage” and enable “Restrict app background data”.
Alcatel, especially with the Idol 3 and Idol 4 models, was a good way to get good hardware and an almost stock Android at a budget price. This will be my last Alcatel, made by TCL, due to so badly going corrupt.
The days of getting away with it, budget wise, by buying Alcatel have ended.
Some of the malware apps are made by “Hawk App Studio”, which seems to be owned by TCL, maker for Alcatel. The one-star complaints about the apps in the Play store are numerous, and the responses by Hawk App Studio and Alcatel are amusingly ridiculous. Both companies also have an army of shill reviewers that come in and praise the apps.
I wish Blackberry would release another Android device. Their things look nice.
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