1. Cory Streater's Avatar
    Once rooted, you might want to get rid of some of the Sprint Bloatware that came pre-installed on the phone.

    1) Before you start making changes, I would strongly recommend backing up your device with a program like Titanium Backup (also in the market).
    2) Instead of deleting files, I would recommend renaming them from <filename.apk> to <filename.apk.old> For example, there's a file called redding-7648-signed-zipped.apk (Amazon Kindle) in the system/app folder. If you long press on this file, in root explorer, you have the option of renaming it. Select this and add .old to the end. Once you do this, it will no longer show up in your app drawer and there will be no trace of it starting up with the OS.
    3) Alternatively, you could move these files to your SD card if you don't want them eating up space in your system folder. But do not delete these files. Over in the X forum, we learned that an OTA update would fail, because files we considered bloatware didn't exist. The system folder had to be exactly the way it was when the phone shipped.
    4) Before you rename or move an app in the /system/app folder, check the list below. If it is not listed, or you are unsure if it is safe to modify, please ask first. Another lesson we learned with the Droid X is that there are several files in the system/app folder, that we thought fell in the bloatware category. They were actually essential apps in order for the phone to run.
    5) All that said, here are is a list of things I've successfully renamed without problems:

    • Sprint Hotspot: mobileap.apk
    • Sprint account information, news, and suggested apps portal: SprintZone.apk
    • Qik: qik_0.3.74.apk
    • Sprint TV: SprintTV.apk
    • Sprint TV Widget: SprintTVWidget.apk
    • Stock web browser: Browser.apk
    • Task Manager: jobManager.apk <----- I actually like this app, but that's your decision
    • Asphalt 5 Demo: Asphalt.apk
    • Samsung File Explorer: MyFiles.apk
    • Amazon Kindle: redding-7648-signed-zipped.apk
    • Media Hub: mediahub.apk
    • Skype: Skype_mobile.1.0.0.19.live.apk
    • Sprint NFL: sfl-prod-release.apk and/or com.handson.h2o.nfl.apk
    • Sprint Nascar: nascar09-prod-release.apk
    • Sprint Nav: sn28-1092-sprint-signed.apk & telenav.apk
    • Sprint Visual Voicemail: cm-android.apk
    • ThinkFree Office: ThinkDroid.apk


    There will be others, I'm sure, but I won't be the first to try. Definitely nothing that has TW or Touchwiz in it.

    If there are additional apps that you have successfully renamed or moved, please post them in this thread.

    Suggested alternatives:

    • Instead of the built in browser use Dolphin HD.
    • Use Google Maps with Navigation instead of Sprint Nav.
    • Convert movies using DVD Catalyst 3, then transfer to your SD card instead of the yet to be released Samsung Media Hub
    • Google Search is great, but also check out Vlingo (really cool search app)
    • For local file browsing try Astro Explorer instead of My Files. If rooted use Root Explorer.
    • Instead of ThinkFree try Documents To Go.
    • Instead of the subscription based Sprint Mobile Hotspot app - checkout Wireless Tether for Root Users and/or Barnacle
    09-11-2010 08:23 AM
  2. Cory Streater's Avatar
    I uploaded talking about some of my favorite root apps yesterday. In this video, I reference the Samsung Fascinate, but it applies to any device.
    09-12-2010 01:31 PM
  3. liquidxit2's Avatar
    To remove the apk here are the commands needed to do so:

    mount -o remount,rw -t rfs /dev/stl5 /system (to remount for access to the system folder beyond reading)
    cd /system/app
    rm application.apk
    mount -o remount,ro -t rfs /dev/stl5 /system (to remount to read only for protection)

    Each line is its own command and you must hit enter after each line in the adb shell or terminal. The third line you need tohave the full apk name and not application .apk (e.g. amazonmp3.apk) and they are case sensitive.
    09-15-2010 04:16 PM
  4. knock.back's Avatar
    i go in root explorer and delete them (i can figure out how to get them back if need be) but as soon as i exit and re enter \system\app they are right back there? why is that?
    09-17-2010 11:56 PM
  5. prdstm0nke's Avatar
    I had the same problem using root explorer. Try the SDX removal tool. That did the trick for me.

    Sdx Stock App Removal - Testers needed
    knock.back and btgoodlin like this.
    09-18-2010 01:48 AM
  6. knock.back's Avatar
    sdx removal worked great
    09-19-2010 09:53 PM
  7. SightUp's Avatar
    This is completely off subject, but what is that widget calender app you are running in that youtube video Cory?
    09-22-2010 02:29 PM
  8. Cory Streater's Avatar
    I was either showing off the LauncherPro Plus Calendar widget, or I was showing my Touchdown (Exchange syncing app) calendar. It was probably the latter. Unfortunately I'm not at a place I can look at the moment.
    09-22-2010 03:26 PM
  9. barakisbrown's Avatar
    u should also put adb wireless. Excellet app for root users who do not want their phone connected to your pc.
    09-23-2010 12:37 AM
  10. mbowe's Avatar
    I used root explorer and set to rw, but it's not sticking when I rename files to *.OLD. Any thoughts?

    UPDATE - There was an update to root explorer to fix Galaxy S use, that and installing Super User from MP and allowing the su request from root explorer to proceed resolved my issue.
    09-26-2010 01:27 PM
  11. _Bak_'s Avatar
    Is it ok to remove different versions of media hub? The version I have is labelled as mediahubv102_epic4g.apk.
    09-27-2010 09:19 AM
  12. zeravla531's Avatar
    Is it ok to remove different versions of media hub? The version I have is labelled as mediahubv102_epic4g.apk.

    I removed that, no problem.

    Which apk of DRM is removable so i can stop it from running at startup?
    09-27-2010 05:19 PM
  13. ericizzy1's Avatar
    question, if i rename the apk's on the OP will this, in anyway speed my epic?
    thanks
    09-27-2010 06:50 PM
  14. liquidxit2's Avatar
    question, if i rename the apk's on the OP will this, in anyway speed my epic?
    thanks
    No, the only thing it will do is free up a very small amount of space.


    Sent from my SPH-D700 using Tapatalk
    09-27-2010 10:10 PM
  15. DaEXfactoR's Avatar
    I uninstalled the Asphalt Demo before I read your post. Will that prevent me from getting future updates?
    10-02-2010 10:32 PM
  16. gitit20's Avatar
    Once rooted, you might want to get rid of some of the Sprint Bloatware that came pre-installed on the phone.

    1) Before you start making changes, I would strongly recommend backing up your device with a program like Titanium Backup (also in the market).
    2) Instead of deleting files, I would recommend renaming them from <filename.apk> to <filename.apk.old> For example, there's a file called redding-7648-signed-zipped.apk (Amazon Kindle) in the system/app folder. If you long press on this file, in root explorer, you have the option of renaming it. Select this and add .old to the end. Once you do this, it will no longer show up in your app drawer and there will be no trace of it starting up with the OS.
    3) Alternatively, you could move these files to your SD card if you don't want them eating up space in your system folder. But do not delete these files. Over in the X forum, we learned that an OTA update would fail, because files we considered bloatware didn't exist. The system folder had to be exactly the way it was when the phone shipped.
    4) Before you rename or move an app in the /system/app folder, check the list below. If it is not listed, or you are unsure if it is safe to modify, please ask first. Another lesson we learned with the Droid X is that there are several files in the system/app folder, that we thought fell in the bloatware category. They were actually essential apps in order for the phone to run.
    5) All that said, here are is a list of things I've successfully renamed without problems:

    • Sprint Hotspot: mobileap.apk
    • Sprint account information, news, and suggested apps portal: SprintZone.apk
    • Qik: qik_0.3.74.apk
    • Sprint TV: SprintTV.apk
    • Sprint TV Widget: SprintTVWidget.apk
    • Stock web browser: Browser.apk
    • Task Manager: jobManager.apk <----- I actually like this app, but that's your decision
    • Asphalt 5 Demo: Asphalt.apk
    • Samsung File Explorer: MyFiles.apk
    • Amazon Kindle: redding-7648-signed-zipped.apk
    • Media Hub: mediahub.apk
    • Skype: Skype_mobile.1.0.0.19.live.apk
    • Sprint NFL: sfl-prod-release.apk and/or com.handson.h2o.nfl.apk
    • Sprint Nascar: nascar09-prod-release.apk
    • Sprint Nav: sn28-1092-sprint-signed.apk & telenav.apk
    • Sprint Visual Voicemail: cm-android.apk
    • ThinkFree Office: ThinkDroid.apk


    There will be others, I'm sure, but I won't be the first to try. Definitely nothing that has TW or Touchwiz in it.

    If there are additional apps that you have successfully renamed or moved, please post them in this thread.

    Suggested alternatives:

    • Instead of the built in browser use Dolphin HD.
    • Use Google Maps with Navigation instead of Sprint Nav.
    • Convert movies using DVD Catalyst 3, then transfer to your SD card instead of the yet to be released Samsung Media Hub
    • Google Search is great, but also check out Vlingo (really cool search app)
    • For local file browsing try Astro Explorer instead of My Files. If rooted use Root Explorer.
    • Instead of ThinkFree try Documents To Go.
    • Instead of the subscription based Sprint Mobile Hotspot app - checkout Wireless Tether for Root Users and/or Barnacle
    Nice guide thanks how does one get Root Explorer? Is it a free app or does it cost? Thank i am new to android... I am rooted and have installed a few root only apps...



    Royce
    12-01-2010 10:42 PM
  17. ragnarokx's Avatar
    Root Explorer is a paid app.

    I use SDX Stock App Remover to remove my system apps, and it's free.

    (Source where I got above link)
    12-01-2010 11:13 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD