There’s good news and bad news for Droid X owners: Verizon’s latest software update brought a free demo version of Madden NFL 11. That’s it. That’s the good news and the bad news.
If you’re a fan of sports games, this might be pretty cool, and you can upgrade to the full version for $9.99. Right now Madden NFL 11 is a Verizon exclusive, although that may eventually change now that EA Mobile has started selling a handful of other games in the Android Market.
On the down side, the game takes up precious space in your phone’s storage, even if you don’t ever use it, and Verizon doesn’t provide a simple way to uninstall the game.
If you root your phone you can use Titanium Backup to remove the app. You could also always install a custom ROM. But neither of those things is easy for casual users to do, which means that most Droid X users will probably find themselves the proud owners of a new game they may or may not use.
While computer makers have been bundling game demos, antivirus software demos, and other bloatware with PCs for decades, there’s almost always a way to uninstall the software. While I’m not a fan of bloatware, I’d be a lot happier with carriers like Verizon bundling software with their phones if users were more easily able to remove the apps they don’t need or want.