Is there a way to remove the pre-installed applications on the Droid X yet? Do I have to wait for root or is it even possible then? I'm just a little OCD about having apps on my phone that I don't use.
Can't wait to get the bloat off my X as well. I just upgraded my Droid to Froyo and I love the plain-jane vanilla Froyo UI. I don't see why Moto saw fit to pollute the Android experience with its own crap and then deemed it necessary to protect said crap by locking down the bootloader.
I am dreading Moto's version of Froyo for the X. Hopefully we won't be forced to deal with Moto's contamination of a great phone OS.
It's like the chicken or the egg...which came first. If you don't know what root is then you probably shouldn't need to know what root is. Root is a term that goes back to Unix. Basically, if you have root permission you can modify just about anything in the system including things that really shouldn't be modified. Great things can happen with root permission, but very bad things can as well.
Really finding it hard to believe that this crap is just going to stay on my phone!! Motorola nor Verizon is going to grease what has to be a lot of squeaky wheels on this issue?? Un-be-freaking-lievable. (Also a Blackberry convert who's having trouble adjusting to being treated like this.)
Im reading this thread and there are alot of new people asking all sorts of questions... such as "what is root/rooting", how can i delete these Verizon apps (aka bloatware)
First off... Root/rooting gives you "super user" access. In other words, God Power. After root, you still cant do anything special. You must download some Root Specific apps...
Titanium Backup will "freeze" and "defrost" bloatware.. once frozen (then powercycle), the app will disappear from you screens and app drawer. But its still on the phone, just hidden and not using any CPU and battery life.. again FROZE!. LOL I dont suggest delete bloatware. This can cause Verizon OTA and ANdroid OS OTA updates to get buggy and not install period. Just freeze them, and if you get an update... first unfreeze all the bloatware... pwercycle... update OS/OTA... powercycle... refreeze bloatware... powercycle and walla... enjoy...
Rooting also give you access to apps the nonrooters do not have.. such as screenshots (GOOD SCREEN SHOTS).. backing up and Flashing customer made ROMs (if you sick of the stock ROM from Verizon). A ROM is the program you see when you are navigating the Android. Like the 7 homescreens, the app drawer, all the settings, etc... Its like Windows 7, Vista, XP, MAC OS, etc... the main program is the ROM... custom ROM made from Gingerbread OS are already out... try one... but research rooting, flashing, backup, ROMing, etc before even considering doing it... AndroidCentral answer all the questions... just read and research.. its all here on this site too!