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  1. itmaor

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    Hi guys,

    I LOVE to install different apps, try them, compare them, and then pick those that i like (Geek. ok). The problem is that i'm afraid that many installations and un-installations will make the OS very slow (not to mention that i also want to experiment with installing different ROMs and MODs).
    In windows I use a sandbox software and virtual machines to experiment with new apps.

    Is there a way to do that on android? is there a sandbox or a 'safe' environment to try many apps without affecting the OS, its files/drivers and the fragmentation of the drive?

    Thanks in advance!
     

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    No it wont. Android runs on a linux based os, which means unlike windows, installing and uninstalling apps doesnt matter at all, there is nothing left behind when uninstalling apps.
     
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    And to add to what sitlet said:

    To do all that, you must be rooted and have a custom recovery. You should utilize the NANDroid backup/restore to your advantage here. The backup creates an image (actually several images of the partitions of your internal memory) and saves it to your SD card. That image preserves the exact state your phone is in at the time of the backup. If you end up screwing something up, you can just restore the NANDroid backup and be right where you started.
     
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    I notice that even though you uninstall an app, some remnants of of the install will remain on the phone like files or directories. It may not affect the performance but may take up some space on the phone or SD card.
     
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    Thanks guys for all the replies!
     
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    Indeed, but these are mostly empty directories on SD card.
     

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