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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Tylerc66, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Tylerc66

    Tylerc66 Member
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    You can uninstall bloatware when you buy a new PC but why cant you uninstall it on an Android device?
     

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  2. ekyle

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    because the carrier wants you to have it. i imagine they get some munniez from the devs. The only annoying part about it for me was that they were in the app drawer. Launcher Pro allows you to hide them. They will still be installed, but they will be out of the way at least.
     
  3. mlclm

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    This. Even if you don't care about custom ROMS/themes/etc rooting is worth it just for this reason. Besides it's so stupidly easy there's really no disadvantage.
     
  4. muneeb25

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    dude i hear your fustration and it was the only reason i even bothered to learn how to root my phone, so i remove those apps.
     
  5. XJweber

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  6. Tylerc66

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    But I heard you void the warranty if you root the phone?

    Also I bet this device would have a better battery life if all these extra processes were not running in the background.
     
  7. groovejedi

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    You can always unroot.

    Anyone know which .apk to rename to remove the stock Calendar?
     
  8. ekyle

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    Hm... I'll have to search around for that. So it is possible to root my phone, remove the bloat, then unroot it?
     
  9. OMJ

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    It is possible to do this. There are problems with this since the bloat is gone its easy for someone at vzw to see that you were once rooted. Also not having the bloat generally borks future OTAs so you would have reroot and replace the bloat.

    You can get back to stock using sbf files though.
     
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  10. groovejedi

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    You don't delete the files, just rename them.
     
  11. nycebo

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    Exactly. Did that this weekend and the phone flies as a result. Can't believe how long startup used to take with all that cr@p being preloaded. And if there is a problem with the phone and it needs to be exchanged, then as mentioned, you just rename them from *.bak to *.apk. Easy as pie.

    Speaking of calendars, groovejedi, is the stock google calendar still on the phone somewhere if I deactivate the moto version?
     
  12. ekyle

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    Yea, I decided to root anyway and I renamed a bunch of .apk file to .bak so when an update hits or I need to take my phone in I can change them back and remove the superuser.apk. After I restore it it should be back to factory. For now I'll just leave it rooted :) Thanks for the info
     

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