pre·​in·​stall | \(ˌ)prē-in-ˈstȯl \
preinstalled; preinstalling; preinstalls

Definition of preinstall 

transitive verb

: to install (software) on a computer prior to sale

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preinstallation \ (ˌ)prē-​ˌin(t)-​stə-​ˈlā-​shən \ noun

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Google Pay is less popular despite being preinstalled on Android phones. Rani Molla, Recode, "Starbucks’s mobile payments system is so popular in the U.S., it has more users than Apple’s or Google’s," 22 May 2018 In the Camp Wandawega suite at the Madison, Wis., location, guests can choose from the 21 games preinstalled on the in-room Super NES Classic Edition consoles. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "How Hotels are Upping the Ante on In-Room Entertainment," 22 Mar. 2018 And in 2016, security researchers discovered preinstalled software on some Huawei and ZTE phones that included a back door that sent all of a device’s text messages to China every 72 hours. Brian X. Chen, The Seattle Times, "Meet the $800 smartphone that you probably won’t buy," 27 Jan. 2018 Their hunting prowess does not come preinstalled, so novices can make successful shots at speedy targets only after a prolonged training period. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, "Fishes Use Problem-Solving and Invent Tools," 1 May 2017 Most Android phones are filled with apps and widgets from the carrier or phone manufacturer preinstalled on a phone. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Review: The Creator of Android Made a Phone That Dumps All the Annoying Extras," 28 Aug. 2017 Apple's iMessage has similar advantages, preinstalled on millions of iPhones. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "If Amazon Wants to Reinvent Messaging, Here's Its Biggest Challenge," 17 July 2017 On Communications Hill in San Jose, KB Home has a model house to show off the smart home products customers can get preinstalled. Troy Wolverton, The Mercury News, "These ‘normal Silicon Valley houses’ hide test labs," 24 Feb. 2017 Nor do manufacturers have to preinstall any Google apps on devices using Android, which is an open source system, available free. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Europe’s Case Against Google Might Help Rivals More Than Consumers," 28 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of preinstall

1983, in the meaning defined above

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