pre·​in·​stall | \ (ˌ)prē-in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce preinstall (audio) \
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 How to pronounce preinstallation (audio) \ noun

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The European Union charged Google with antitrust violations for agreements that forced phone makers to preinstall Google apps in return for using the Android operating system free of charge. Ben Brody,, "U.S. antitrust chief blasts Google and Amazon, citing historic breakups," 11 June 2019 The European Union charged Google with antitrust violations for agreements that forced phone makers to preinstall Google apps in return for using the Android operating system for free. Ben Brody, Fortune, "The DOJ's Antitrust Chief Just Came Out Swinging Against Google and Amazon," 11 June 2019 Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users around the world, will no longer allow its app to come preinstalled on Huawei phones, according to Reuters. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The unintended consequences of Trump’s ban on Huawei are starting to appear," 8 June 2019 Facebook will reportedly no longer allow the Chinese telecom giant to preinstall Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram apps on its phones. Klint Finley, WIRED, "More Trouble for Huawei: No More Facebook on New Phones," 7 June 2019 Google does, but the internet giant has complex agreements with Android phone manufacturers that require these partners to preinstall its Play store. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Apple, Google app store dominance spark DoJ interest," 5 June 2019 Chinese manufacturers sell about 450 million phones to customers abroad every year that are preinstalled with Google’s standard suite of mobile apps, such as search, maps and email, according to Counterpoint Research. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Google Woos Partners for Potential China Expansion," 12 Aug. 2018 This is no biggie: The average Android user already downloads 50 apps to his phone that weren’t preinstalled by the manufacturer. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "At the Expense of U.S. Tech, a European Star Is Born," 27 July 2018 Brussels also frets that Google paid some manufacturers to preinstall the search app. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe Fights the Last Google War," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of preinstall

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preinstall was in 1983

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