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2014-05-23 09:54 AM - edited 2014-05-23 09:58 AM
Please Sony give us a way to opt out of "What's New" . When I slide my finger up from home to launch Google Now I have to be careful not to open "What's New". We have Google Play Store, we know what apps we want, we don't need this! Don't force it on us!
PS: I know that you can get rid of that by rooting but that means (at this moment) unlocking the bootloader, which means losing the warranty. I'm not prepared to do that on a 600-650 euros device. Not to mention a lot of people who can't unlock the bootloader even if they want to.
2016-12-14 04:45 PM
I'm sorry to hear that this app causes frustration for you. As you have pointed out, it currently isn't possible to remove the What's New app. It is possible to disable notifications from it though.
To disable notifications in What's New
I will also forward your thoughts on this as user feedback.
2014-05-23 03:50 PM - edited 2014-05-23 03:51 PM
As I understand, it's not possible to disable or remove "What's new" for the moment. And unfortunately, I have no information when or if this will be possible in the upcoming future.
2014-05-24 07:35 AM - edited 2014-05-24 07:39 AM
I know that it's not possible without root. That's the point of my thread. To let Sony know that I/we can find the apps in Play Store and we don't want/need "What's New" forced on us.
Not to mention there is also "Sony Select", that does the same thing.
Many times "less is more" and Sony seems to understand that design wise and in a degree with Android skin also. Sony has to be bold enough to let Android be Andoid, less skin and no bloatware (or at least bloatware that we can uninstall).
2014-05-24 07:54 AM
I think that it' would be a great solution if Sony can let users edit the "home button launcher", which we can get rid of "What's new" and add a shortcut to quick launch apps .
2014-07-03 08:17 PM
So, is root the only way to disable the What's New app from the home button?
I hate that it is there, I never use it and would prefer to be able to swipe up for Google Now only.
2014-07-04 10:13 AM
You cannot disable the app this way.
A launcher (I use Nova) also does not seem to be a solution.
I can't be bothered rooting and romming these days so that's out as a solution too,
This for me is the worst bit of bloat Sony added. At least I can ignore or hide apps in the draw.
2014-07-04 10:33 AM
I don't like unuseful trash and forced ads in my phone. If you not going to remove it then I forget your company.
2014-07-04 03:56 PM
Then Root is the only way.
You can use towel root to root. You won't get OTA updates though so you can only update through PC Companion