1. Saiga's Avatar
    I have a 8gb Nexus 4 and I decided to experiment with freeing up some space by deleting some pre installed applications that I don't and won't use.

    I used root explorer to delete the APK files for Google Plus, Google Currents, Google Play Books and Google Play Magazines.

    My phone didn't explode. In fact I am using it to post this now, but something has changed and I'm wondering if I should worry about. What happens is I occasionally get a triangle in the notification bar. And there is this pop up that says "couldn't sign in there was a problem communicating with Google's servers please try again later" and there is an option to hit next. As soon as I do hit next it signs in and everything appears to work correctly.

    I did a nandroid backup before I went to deleting stuff, but I don't know if I should worry enough about it to do a restore. The pop only happens once a reboot.

    Any suggestions? Thanks
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    11-21-2012 02:34 PM
  2. Richard Devine's Avatar
    The Google apps are system apps so something is probably trying to sign you in to a service that no longer exists perhaps?

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    11-21-2012 02:58 PM
  3. Saiga's Avatar
    The Google apps are system apps so something is probably trying to sign you in to a service that no longer exists perhaps?

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Android Central Forums
    That's actually another one of the reason I deleted them. I noticed they were always running and caching data and doing whatever it is they do in the background even though I never used any of them.
    11-21-2012 03:13 PM
  4. NorthStar7's Avatar
    FYI...I am getting this on my Nexus 4 as well and I did not delete any apps.
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    11-21-2012 03:26 PM
  5. Saiga's Avatar
    Really? That's weird, I never got it until after I deleted stuff, but you experiencing it as well makes me feel a little bit better about not restoring the missing apps.
    11-21-2012 03:36 PM
  6. 2defmouze's Avatar
    Richards answer is spot on what I would assume. At least you were smart enough to make a backup first

    Restore it and see if you keep getting the error. If not, you'll know for sure that was the problem.

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    11-21-2012 03:48 PM
  7. Saiga's Avatar
    Richards answer is spot on what I would assume. At least you were smart enough to make a backup first

    Restore it and see if you keep getting the error. If not, you'll know for sure that was the problem.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    Cool, I did as you recommended, and restored my back up. I needed to practice doing that anyway. Everything is back to normal. But I still like it better with those apps deleted since I have no intention of ever using them. I will keep a close eye on it though, and if I get that pop-up one more time I will take out Root Explorer again.
    11-21-2012 04:22 PM
  8. cluckkillerb's Avatar
    I was having the same error show up on my fully stock unrooted Nexus 7 last night and earlier today. I have a feeling it's on googles end...
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    11-21-2012 04:25 PM
  9. NorthStar7's Avatar
    I was having the same error show up on my fully stock unrooted Nexus 7 last night and earlier today. I have a feeling it's on googles end...
    I think/hope you are correct. It seems to happen every 8 hours or so on my N4 over the past day. I have not had the problem on my N7.
    11-21-2012 04:44 PM
  10. rballen85's Avatar
    I've gotten that error twice today on my completely stock and unrooted N4, so I'd assume it being on Google's end is a safe bet.
    11-21-2012 05:27 PM
  11. 2defmouze's Avatar
    Since I'm not experiencing it I'm leaning towards thinking that it's less likely on Googles end and more so your carrier / data connection. Sometimes a weak connection under stress can trigger those errors as well by sending multiple requests to Google. I've witnessed it a few times on my Gnex in poor coverage areas.

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    11-22-2012 01:01 AM
  12. Saiga's Avatar
    Well it happened twice so far this morning. So its not caused by deleting those apps. Another strange thing about this is my Nexus is a WiFi only Google voice home phone. I use it in airplane mode with WiFi on. So it seems like I should always have a good, usable connection.

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    11-22-2012 08:35 AM
  13. ragnarokx's Avatar
    You'll just have to wait for an update to fix the triangle sign in bug. I also have this happen sometimes, and my system is completely stock (rooted but no apps deleted).

    Sent from my Nexus 4
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    11-22-2012 10:01 AM
  14. Its Bubba's Avatar
    Is it downloading to the right account for updates

    Its Bubba
    "Stubborn In Your Bones"
    11-22-2012 10:13 AM
  15. dbareis's Avatar
    But I still like it better with those apps deleted since I have no intention of ever using them. I will keep a close eye on it though, and if I get that pop-up one more time I will take out Root Explorer again.
    Why not just disable the apps one at a time, at least for diagnostic purposes...
    Freshly_Snipes and Saiga like this.
    11-25-2012 08:05 PM

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