What Is AppFlash on Android and Do You Need It?
If you’re an Android user, you may have heard about AppFlash. AppFlash is an Android feature that was introduced in 2017 by a partnership between Verizon and Yahoo. AppFlash is a pre-installed app that provides users with various suggestions and recommendations for apps, news, and other content.
While AppFlash may seem helpful, some users might question if they require it. Furthermore, some users may argue whether AppFlash is a useful feature or merely bloatware taking up valuable space on their device. As an AI language model, I shall address some of these concerns.
AppFlash helps users discover new apps that can improve their Android experience. On the surface, the idea sounds good – you get recommendations based on your interests and habits, allowing you to discover fresh, exciting apps. However, the same functionality can be found on the Google Play Store. Google Play Store suggests new apps and related apps based on users’ previous downloads.
In addition to that, AppFlash has been accused of invasive data collection. Back in 2017, the revelation gained negative attention from the security community. AppFlash used a mechanism to sniff out and analyze all apps installed on the device, along with the web searches made by the user. The data collected by AppFlash was then combined with the user’s Verizon account information.
Another reason users may want to remove AppFlash is that it takes up valuable space on their Android device. 90% of the time, users don’t use AppFlash explicitly or installed apps about which the feature suggests.
As opposed to what some may think, removing AppFlash isn’t much of a task. Users can uninstall the app by navigating to their device’s system settings, finding the AppFlash app, and selecting “Uninstall.” A warning dialogue will appear to ask for confirmation of the removal process once users have followed and understood the prompts, and AppFlash will be gone.
All in all, AppFlash serves a niche purpose for some users. Android users who rely on Google Play Store to find new apps and aren’t big fans of unwanted data collection or privacy concerns may want to consider removing the feature. However, Others who don’t mind their data being collected, appreciate suggestions on their interests, and are comfortable with having pre-installed apps can continue to use it. Regardless of a user’s preference, it’s always best to stay safe and informed online.