LittlePhoto installed remove pre-installed camera app?
I've installed LittlePhoto on my phone and love it, much better than SE pre-installed camera nonsense.
Just wondering is it safe to remove the pre-installed camera app or will I end up with a non-working camera? Also will this mean that LittlePhoto then becomes the default camera, so when I press the camera button on the side of the phone it will be through LittlePhoto (or is there some other way of making it the default).
These are probably stupid questions. I apologise! I'm trying to learn ^^
Oh I was also thinking about updating from 2.1 to 2.2, sooo is the camera much better in 2.2 not to fuss with all of the above?
I did have a hunt around for an answer about the camera app, but couldn't see anything so even more apologies if I have just been blind, feel free to shove me in the right direction.
Device(s): Nexus 4 (CM 10.1)
HTC Desire HD (CM10.1 - retired), Acer A500 (CM10), Samsung Galaxy S (wife's phon
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Hello and welcome to the forums!
The stock camera is probably built in to Android and may not be able to be removed - click on show below for information on removing stuff that came pre-installed.
If you want to remove pre-installed carrier bloatware / apps that came with the phone which were installed by the carrier, such as game demos, sound hound and the like, then you would need to root your phone. Please bear in mind that rooting your phone voids your warrantee, however there are also positives to doing so (like the removal of pre-installed apps). More info on rooting can be found in the “All Things Root” section of your device’s sub-forum, should you want to go for it.
Once you have rooted, it is then possible to install “root only” apps, such as Titanium Backup. TB allows you to remove any apps (including pre-installed carrier apps). It is worth noting that some apps, even if you don’t use/want them, could be used by your system, so it is important not to just start removing apps. Please also note that if it is safe to remove apps for one device, it doesn't necessarily mean that the app is safe to remove for ALL devices. It really depends on the services provided by the app as specified by the particular rom/build. More importantly, system apps are not easily restorable like simply installing an .apk file. And once deleted, even a factory reset will not recover them. You will have to locate and flash a stock rom image to get them back.
One option in TB allows you to freeze apps – I would suggest that you do this initially, as you can always unfreeze the app if you notice that you are experiencing any issues. If, once apps are frozen, your phone is behaving normally, then you can look to removing them. It would be a good idea to freeze apps individually, so that you will notice if each one affects your phone adversely.
I'm sure it is possible to set the default camera as LittlePhoto though... sometimes there's an option from within the app itself (if you hit menu when in the app, it may give you the option) or, as I have done, you could remove the stock camera icon from your homescreen via long press on the icon and then remove from the homescreen (this is not the same as removing it from the phone completely) and then put the LittlePhoto app on the homescreen instead (usually long press on the app from within the app drawer and then drop it to where you want it).
Hope this is of some help... give us a shout if you need any more info!
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