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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But the app is facing an uncertain future as Apple incorporates period and fertility tracking features into its free Health app, which comes preinstalled on every device. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: YouTube settlement raises questions about Washington's ability to rein in Silicon Valley," 5 Sep. 2019 Android Police points out that these figures aren’t necessarily downloads from Google’s Play Store, noting that Microsoft has some agreements with some manufacturers to preinstall its apps on various devices. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Microsoft Word for Android has been installed more than 1 billion times," 14 July 2019 Mixer also comes preinstalled as a no-friction game-streaming option in Xbox One consoles. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ninja’ed: Microsoft swipes top game-streamer from Amazon’s Twitch," 1 Aug. 2019 According to Dell’s website, SupportAssist is preinstalled on most of Dell devices running Windows. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Dell software designed to protect you from vulnerabilities has another vulnerability," 21 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 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

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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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