September 26th, 2012, 01:45 PM
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Chinavasion Celeritas (MTK6573) - Help with removing Chinese apps!
I bought a Celeritas (MTK 6573) in March from Chinavasion. It shipped with Android 2.3.4 or 2.3.5.
About 2 months ago, the power/screen off button stopped responding. I sent it back to Chinavasion to be repaired, and when it returned, the original English ROM had been replaced with a Chinese ROM (v. 2.3.5)!
Now I have a bunch of Chinese apps on the phone that were not there before (QQ Security, Youni SMS, LeCoo, SohuNews, UC Browser, Weibo, and some Chinese thing with a shopping cart). Since the phone is not rooted, I cannot get rid of these apps, and some are even running constantly in the background.
The worst part is that Google Play Store isn't installed anymore, so I can't install any of the apps I actually do use.
Dealing with Chinavasion is a huge pain. It takes them at least 24 hours to respond due to the time zone difference (I'm in Canada) and sometimes it's over a week until I hear back from them. Their customer service is terribly slow.
I don't know a thing about rooting or ROMs. Can someone help me get rid of these Chinese apps and install Google Play Store?