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Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Thorndale/Romansville, PA
Originally Posted by KLRTN
I have read conflicting information on this topic. Is it okay to delete the apk from the system app folder for VZ Navigator and NFL Mobile and the Caller ID apk from the system priv-app folder? I am not sure if this will be a problem later. I have heard other people claim you should never delete any bloatware apks but instead freeze them using Titanium Backup.
Not sure if there is a definitive answer or what the downside would be to deleting those 3 apps.
Usually OTA updates will look for certain files to be present on your phone and verify their size and check sums (MD5 or the like) before the OTA update will install. If files are missing or changed, the ota update will fail.
By deleting apk's of pre-installed apps from your phone, you risk needed files not being present which could prevent OTA Updates from installing. You could manually rename each APK now (VZNAV.APK to VZNAV.APK.BAK) and rename it back prior to taking OTA. This way you don't have to hut for them, but with the possibility of so many VZW APK's to rename, you could have a hard time remembering all of them to rename for the next OTA.
So,the easiest two suggested alternatives has been to use the Phone's App Manager to disable apps (they can stay disabled, even during an OTA update), or Titanium Backup to Freeze apps (you must unfreeze before taking OTA).