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  1. IzelTokatl

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    Ok, nobody started this yet, but as in all phone rooting roms, people ask.

    So, i've only removed the following so far, I'm freezing other things until I can do a nandbackup. Do note, that if you remove,freeze any apps, you should reboot your phone to avoid the apparent onslaught of FCs.

    Safe to Remove:
    Skype Mobile
    NFL Mobile
    Amazon Kindle




    Maybe safe to remove(frozen for testing):
    VCast Media Manager
    VCase Music
    VCast Tones
    VCase Videos
    Voicemail
    VZ Navigator
    Apps
    DLNA
    Blockbuster
    Citrix Receiver
    Files
    GotoMeeting
    Help Center
    Guided Tours
    MotoPrint
    News
    Slacker
    Backup Assistant
    Backup Assistant Client
    Books
    CarDock
    CityID
    DeskHome
    Home Screen Tips
    News
    Social Location
    Social Messaging
    Social Networking
    Social Status
    Sticky Note
    Sync Service
    ZumoCast
     

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    Here is what I removed:

    BackupAssistanceClient
    Blockbuster
    Blur_ (all of them)
    BlurUpdater_VZQ
    BookmarksWidget
    BooksPhone
    CitrixReceiver
    CityID
    DLNA (Will require a reboot)
    DLNASystemService
    Dock
    DockService
    FMRadioService
    ForestWallpaper
    FriendFeed
    gotomeeting-stub-1.0.74
    GuidedTours
    HelpCenter
    Kindle
    KpiLogger
    LiveWallpapers
    MagicSmokeWallpapers
    MediaProvider <---- Won't be able to view the camera roll in the camera app.
    MediaSync
    MessagesWidget
    Messaging
    MOTOPrint
    MyVerizon
    NewBayVault_4.2.99.36.Market
    NewsWidget
    NFLMobile
    OnlineAlbum
    ProTips
    QuickSms
    RichLocationVzw
    Setup
    SetupSettings
    SetupWizard
    SetupProvider <-- Removing will break Corporate email
    SkypBourbon
    SlackerRadio
    SmartCarDock
    SmartDock
    SocialMessaging
    SocialShare
    StatusWidget
    StickyNoteWidget
    Swype
    Talk
    Vcast (all of them)
    VisuaizationWallpapers
    VPNClient
    VPNServoices
    VSuiteApp (will require a reboot)
    VVM
    vzw_vnav_DROID3_rel_PROD_Signed
    VzwController
    VZWIM
    VZWInstaller
    WeatherWidget
    ZumoCast_1.0.17

    The only side affect I have noticed so far is that all of my ringtones are missing. They must be part of one of the apks. Other than that, everything I have tested seems to work fine.
     
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    It is also a good idea NOT to delete the APK files...

    If you dont use an application such as Titanium backup to freeze the apk files, you can use Root Explorer.


    1. Create a sub folder (I created it under /system/app/old)
    2. turn on multi-select
    3. Select all the APK files you want to remove (/system/app)
    4. Click Move
    5. Browse to the folder you created
    6. Click Paste.
    ***Note: You will get a repeated crash message on DLNA and VSuiteApp (if you moved them). You will have to reboot.
     
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    Between here and XDA, there's probaby 5 kill/don't kill threads, so I complied them all into one. I think I erased most of the repeats. Line breaks are different sources.

    Apps 1.02.16
    Backup Assistant 2.3.4
    Backup Assistant Client 1.0
    Blockbuster.apk
    BooksPhone
    CitrixReciever.apk
    CityID.apk
    com.motorola.android.buacontactadapter
    FriendFeed
    google books
    gotomeeting-stuv-1.0.74.apk
    GuidedTours.apk/odex
    HelpCenter.apk/odex
    IMPresence
    Kindle.apk
    MOTOPRINT.apk
    MyVerizon.apk
    NewBayVault_4.2.99.36.Market.apk (this is VCast media manager - thanks Darksurf)
    Newswidget.apk/odex
    NFLMobile.apk
    Protips
    SkypeBourbon.apk
    SlackerRadio.apk
    SocialMessaging.apk/odex
    SocialShare.apk/odex
    SuggestionsProvider.apk/odex
    SuggestionsRuleChecker.spk/odex
    SuggestionServiceScheduler.apk/odex
    Swype
    VCASTMusic.apk
    VCASTVideo.apk
    VCAST_TONES_4_5_7.apk
    VCast.apk
    VZWIM
    vzw_vnav_DROID3_rel_PROD_signed.apk
    WeatherWidget.apk/odex
    YahooContacts
    ZumoCast_1.0.17.apk
     
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    Once I removed City ID my weather app would not zero in on my city.

    I removed that weather app and am looking around for another one (not Weather Bug .. never again with that resource hog).
     
  6. IzelTokatl

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    Frisco, for the last year or so i've been using MIUI Weather Widget. It looks similar to the sense weather widget. You can link weather, show next alarm, set two quick launch apps (when you touch hour, or minutes on the clock). you can also click a spot to show memory, battery and more system info quickly. Great widget, you should give it a try. The only issue right now is that it wont use GPS to pull current location weather, you have to define it via zipcode or city/state. Which I assume they do this to reduce battery drain. So, its a win/lose feature.
     
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    I don't mind inputting location.. never tried that one, thanks.
     
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    +1 OTAs tend to want the bloat on there. Don't delete, just move them to a bloat folder for something on your SD card
     
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    I saw a live wallpaper on the Bionic that the weather pops up when you tap the screen. I want that!
     
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    I'm seriously considering that Bionic.. it's just that it'll be months before that's rooted.. well, maybe weeks. ;)

    No, I'm having too much fun with my rooted Droid 3.

    (if I changed my sox as often as I change my mind about this I'd be busy all day)
     
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    I have a live wallpaper on my droid 3 that the weather pops up if you tap it. Its the trees one.

    And if, say, I deleted the apps rather than freezing, would I be able to get the apks from one of you fine folks and just replace them?
     
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    This is likely related to app removal, so I'll post it here for now and maybe start a new thread on it if need be (I've not yet tried any of the remedies I know about for this type of issue, just reporting this for now).

    The contacts list is there as it should be, but when I touch any of contacts I get an immediate FC, "contacts storage process com.motorola.contacts has stopped."

    Everything else looks normal in the application manager, same byte usage as prior to rooting and removing various apps on the safe list.

    So, now I'll do the usual routine to see if it can be fixed in one of those ways. Meanwhile, anybody else seen this?
     
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    Here's what I've frozen.
    Kindle
    Apps (VCast)
    Backup Assisstant
    BA Client
    Blockbuster
    Citrix
    CityID
    GoToMeeting
    Guided Tours
    Home Screen Tips
    IM
    IM Presence
    LastFM Authenticator
    LinkedIn Authenticator
    Myspace Authenticator
    NFL Mobile
    Orkut Authenticator
    Quickoffice
    Skype Mobile
    Slacker
    VCAST Media
    VCAST Music
    VCAST Tones
    VCAST Videos
    VZ Navi
    Weather
    ZumoCast

    WARNING
    Freezing Yahoo Contacts and Yahoo Mail Authenticator causes my contacts to FC.
     
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    lol .. too late for me, I removed them, as there were no Contacts FCs when they were frozen.

    I'm a bit puzzled about that.

    Meanwhile, no remedy yet.
     
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    Until there is a recovery, best not to remove anything and just freeze them. No way of knowing what stock apps are interdependent. Probably a bloat defense strategy- make em' need each other ;)
     
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    Yep.

    Also, we have no idea how long it'll be before the first ROM comes along that may include stock files, etc that can restore FC issues and so on.
     
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    Frisco, you could have backedup the files using Titanium Backup. Its the next best thing next to a nandrestore.
     
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    I think its integrated into the whole contact syncing and was coded to be able to merge contact data.
     
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    I moved both of mine to a folder in my apps folder and have had no issues. I didn't freeze or delete anything though.
     
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    Thread made sticky in anticipation of this sub-forum growing rapidly. ;)
     
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    Anyone know about
    Calculator.apk/.odex
    Vvm.apk/.odex
    VzwController.apk/.odex
    VZWIM.apk/.odex
    VZWInstaller.apk
     
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    I found that moving media provider and media sync no longer allowed me to view my camera roll and my library in my gallery. So I put these back in the system/app directory.

    Before I moved anything, my friends recent facebook pictures were shown in the gallery when i first opened it. I am trying to figure out what I moved that changed this. Now it shows my pictures and when I click on add social network at the top I get the following error:

    "The application gallter (process com.motorola.gallery) has stopped working unexpectedly. Please try again"

    Any ideas which apk might be causing this?
     
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    I'm new to android, but possibly insanely adventurous. I too deleted the yahoo stuff (before I learned you really should just freeze the apps) and my contacts no longer work. Feel kinda dopey. should I backup all my apps, and reset to factory? Any ideas? :(

    EDIT- I just downloaded Go Contacts EX, it works great, could see my contacts, crisis averted!
     
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    Very nice find, hammydrizzle. Just installed, and as you said, problem solved. :)

    You can even map the stock dialer key to invoke Go Dialer Ex. This is a Godsend if you've messed up and removed some apps such as the Yahoo ones that are laced into the stock contacts app and are causing force closes, etc.
     
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    hmmm... My contacts seem to be fine and I moved them to a subdirectory.

    it seems like my universal inbox is broken too.. I can live without it but was wondering which API might be associated with this. (I put some of the social... Apk's back but nothin changed)
     

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