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Old November 6th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Have iPhone4s, want to move to Android: need feeback!

Hi all. I am new to smart phones.

I have an iPhone4s, and I wanted to get rid of the video playing feature, that is, I want to have a phone that CANNOT play videos, ever. I have discovered that the 4s' platform cannot be altered. Someone told me that an Android's platform can. So, this is what I need to know:

1) If I get an Android phone, which might you recommend? (I live in Canada.)
2) Related to (1): where would I go to get the video player platform disabled? Would the phone store do it?

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Old November 6th, 2012, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Frank, and welcome to AF

I don't know the Canadian market, and a phone recommendation would depend on your preferences and budget. But I can have a try at the other question.

I don't think that a phone shop will modify your software. You can only remove system apps (and pre-installed stuff will be installed as system apps) by "rooting" the phone (in Windows parlance, getting administrator access) which voids your warranty. Hence why I don't think they will do that. However, I believe that recent Android versions let you (reversibly) disable system apps, so maybe that will be enough for you?

Certainly several third party launcher apps will let you hide apps from the app drawer even on old versions of Android. Unlike iPhone your apps don't all live on your desktop, so if you do this you can make an app invisible to you unless you go looking for it in the menus.

So I guess the answer depends on why you want to remove it, and hence whether you need complete removal, disabling or just hiding so it doesn't clutter you desktop or app drawer?
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I think this would be very difficult since almost everyone wants to be able to play a video on their phone. Even if you don't have any video apps on your phone, you can still just as easily play one through the browser. What if someone uses a URL shortener and you click on it and it goes to youtube? IDK if there is a way to block websites, but the list of of sites dedicated to videos is pretty long.

Perhaps if the OP explained why videos are never an option, it would help narrow down the solution.
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Hi. Thanks for the replies.

I thought that disabling the video platform would mean no videos could play, even via a browser or browser link. "Hiding" the app is not an option.

You wanted to know why I want this. I'll tell you: I don't want to have access to porn vids, simple as that. So, that is why I want a phone whose vid capabilities simply cannot happen, no matter how one might try.

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Old November 6th, 2012, 12:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Think of it as a small computer - just as my computer has multiple apps capable of playing video of different sorts, there isn't a single "video system" on the phone, but different apps that can display video.

If you disabled the YouTube app and flash player (if the phone has flash - the most recent don't) I guess html5 video might still play in the browser, but you'd have removed some ways it could play. And if the built in browser doesn't let you control video playback to your satisfaction you can use a different one (one advantage of Android - there's almost always an alternative app). So it's tricky to ensure it's impossible, but you can reduce the ways.

The hard bit is making it impossible for you yourself, because whatever you can remove you can also add back. I can uninstall YouTube from my phone (I am rooted), but can also install it in a few seconds. So if, as I infer, that is your concern then it will be very difficult to achieve that.
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Greetings frank,

As others have mentioned, I don't think there is a way to totally block video access. You can always install a app, and video can be played through a web browser.

If you are worried for a child or such, then all I can suggest is getting a dumb\flip-phone. All most all smartphones are going to have the option to play video.

If you are worried for yourself, it will have to come down to a battle of willpower to avoid it, or the dumb/flip-phone option.
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maybe you need to drop back to a feature phone...
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Thanks for all your help.

You are right that I could simply reinstall that which I may feel I need to see video. But I thought that if it were something more technical, like platforms and the like, that I would not have the know-how to add that back in. But I'll take what you've all said to someone in town who knows their phone tech and see.

If not, well, you're right: It will be back to flip.

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Frank... why are you so scared of porn?

if you dont want.. just dont go looking for it. it not like it will come looking for you!
you might be making a mountain out of a mole hill.
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Even if you somehow managed to disable videos, there could still be pictures. It sounds like you want something like parental controls on a phone. I looked on the Google Play store and there appears to be some apps that will do that. You can block access to certain apps such as the video player. You can even block the web browser. Some apps can block access to certain web sites. Is this what you may be looking for?
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Thanks again.

Porn is fine for those who can handle it in moderation, I suppose. So, not for me. Pictures do nothing for me; moving images do.

I will look into the Google app thing you mention as well.
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I am wondering: if I were to get an android and disable the video-playing platform, would browers that have a "built in" players supercede the operating system that would not allow for videos to be played (since disabled)?
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I think an easier way to go about it is to look into parental control apps that can block porn sites. Have someone else set it up so you can't disable it. That way you can block the porn and still vids of puppies and kittens.
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It might be easier to find some help with your addiction, seriously.
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It might be easier to find some help with your addiction, seriously.
I am in a 12-step group, thanks. Clearing my life of the many problematic things that can plague me is part of those stops.

I will look at net nanny, thanks fdbryant3
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Can you not get your carrier to block adult content in Canada? In the UK most networks block it and you have to get it unblocked... will be another obstacle in your way to getting a filth fix
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