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

Examples of preinstall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blix started looking at other apps that also compete with Apple’s preinstalled apps. Reed Albergotti, Washington Post, "Apple suppressed competitors in its App Store--until it got caught, a lawsuit alleges," 20 Dec. 2019 Google has its own vetting process, called the Build Test Suite, that checks software for potentially harmful preinstalled apps. Wired, "146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones," 15 Nov. 2019 The handful of augmented and virtual reality experiences that come preinstalled on SoftBank’s 5G phones work just as well with a basic Wi-Fi connection. Pavel Alpeyev,, "SoftBank’s Super-Fast 5G Network Isn’t Very Useful Just Yet," 5 May 2020 Google doesn’t allow manufacturers that preinstall Google apps to sell devices that run on any unsanctioned versions of Android. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Europe Fines Google Over Android; What Does It Mean?," 18 July 2018 Consumers are likely to seek them out from an app store even if they weren’t preinstalled on the phone, said Tarun Pathak, an analyst at research firm Counterpoint. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Google Is Fined $5 Billion by EU in Android Antitrust Case," 18 July 2018 Security is built in, with TP-Link and Trend Micro's HomeCare service preinstalled (free for three years, price thereafter TBD). Wired, "You Know What They Say: ‘Great Wi-Fi, Grateful Family’," 22 Oct. 2019 There are the usual carrier preloaded applications on the AT&T variant, and the unlocked model from Samsung gives you first-party apps preinstalled. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Samsung's Galaxy Fold is teasing a foldable future," 19 Oct. 2019 Running the lean and secure Chrome OS operating system, this laptop has popular Google apps already preinstalled, including Gmail and Google Maps, plus there’s access to the Google Play store to download additional apps and games. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "These tech gifts will work for those non-techie types on your shopping list," 8 Dec. 2019

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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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“Preinstall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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