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The Google Pixel's new Snapchat shortcut feels like bloatware


Google is bringing a Snapchat shortcut to Pixel phones. It’s optional, but feels unnecessary for a phone that’s supposed to be pure Android.
The latest tech news Your sardonic source for consumer tech stories Human-centric AI news and analysis Driving the future of sustainable mobility No-nonsense stories about startup growth Inside money, markets, and Big Tech The hottest new jobs in tech Help build the bank of the future Coding for Public Service Small country, big ideas There are two main reasons many Android enthusiasts have gravitated toward Google Pixel phones over the years. The first is probably the phone line’s standout cameras. The second is getting the ‘pure’ Android and Google services experience, free of the bloatware and unnecessary features found on so many other devices. That’s why Google’s latest Pixel feature drop, which adds a quick-access shortcut to Snapchat, has me scratching my head a little bit. It’s a small, optional feature, but its inclusion seems to go against the whole ethos of the Pixel line — and it makes me worry that it’s just the start of more unnecessary add-ons to come.

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