Bloatware! Anytime you purchase an Android Smartphone it comes with all kinds of pre-installed apps. However, more often than not you rarely use these apps and to make matters worse ... these same apps take up valuable memory / storage space on your phone (or tablet).
There exists a fairly easy solution. Via your settings menu, select the uninstall option for each application, Your device will confirm whether you actually want to delete the application, and should also inform you that the factory installed version of the app will be installed in place of the version you are deleting. Accept the noted actions by selecting "yes" and you are almost done.
You have to visit the Google Play store for each app and toggle off the "allow automatic updates" box (see image). This action will prevent the newer version of the apps from reinstalling over the factory version. Please note that the factory version of each application almost always uses up much less storage, and has the capabilities needed to use the service. Surprisingly, most people including myself feel the older version of Google Maps is much better than the new version. Smartphone and tablet apps are becoming similar to regular personal computer software. As the apps age they acquire more and more features, which often make them less use friendly ... bloatware.