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  1. tatonka_Hero

    tatonka_Hero Well-Known Member
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    I was digging through the apps stored in /system, and noticed "googleapps.apk". Anyone know what exactly that's for, and can it be removed?

    also, can "flickr", "navigator", "talk", "voice dialer", "voice recorder", and "voice search" be removed as well? I'm guessing yes, but just want to confirm
     

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  2. tatonka_Hero

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    also, does removing the "gmail" app (not the "mail" app) ruin email pulling? I'm thinking it does since I haven't received an email on my phone since I removed it, but want to be sure.

    In which case, can someone post the gmail apk for me? lol
     
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  4. tatonka_Hero

    tatonka_Hero Well-Known Member
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    yeah, I'm an idiot...I should have thought to pull it out of the .zip file.

    As for that link, I know about that, but I was just curious as to those particular apps (which there isn't any info about anywhere)
     
  5. PGR

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    If you are unsure of the consequences of removing an app file you can shell into the /system/app/ directory and add a .bak extension instead with the mv command. Take your googleapps.apk file for example. Shell into the directory and enter the following at the # prompt:

    Code (Text):
    1. mv googleapps.apk googleappsapk.bak
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    3. If there's an .odex file:
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    5. mv googleapps.odex googleappsodex.bak
    If everything works out you can rm the .bak files but if things don't you can just shell back into the directory and mv everything back to the original extensions.

    Pete
     
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    awesome, thanks for this...I'll have to give it a try
     
  7. Kelmar

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    Can you post what you find or what it says? Curious about this....
     
  8. tatonka_Hero

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    will do, but unfortunately it won't be tonight (or likely anytime soon) as I'm about to go to bed. gotta get some sleep, starting my new job tomorrow
     
  9. Bat~man

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    Removing the files (sprint apps) with root explorer is just the same as hooking the phone to your computer and removing them with the cmd screen right?
     
  10. Kelmar

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    Take your time! :)

    Congrats on the new job BTW.
     
  11. Kelmar

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    That's typically how I remove them when trying a new ROM (with root explorer).
     
  12. Bat~man

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    K, cool.

    I am staying low on eternal memory so just wanted to make sure when I erased something with root explorer that it was just the same...a few things I erased didn't seem to give me any memory back =(
     
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