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By sd_shadow, Recognized Contributor on 2nd November 2015, 10:14 PM
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Note: While disabling/removing these apps seems to be safe, unforeseen consequences may be possible.

Now that we have a custom recovery, I suggest making a backup in Twrp, before deleting/freezing/Hiding apps

There are a few ways to stop bloatware from running

Non root

Root

BackupApp Locations
  • System apps can be found in
    /system/apps
    /system/priv-app
    Each app is in it's own folder, the app will have the .apk file extension

List of Amazon Bloatware and other safe to remove .apks
  • com.amazon.webapp | Bookstore
  • com.amazon.zico | Documents | 2.0_205111610
  • com.amazon.mp3 | Amazon music
  • com.android.music |Music | 10.0.51-D-20151009-NA-7
  • com.amazon.kindle.otter
  • com.amazon.kindle | Kindle Reader
  • com.audible.application.kindle | Audible
  • com.amazon.tahoe | FreeTime | 1.5.345.26-FreeTimeForTabletGen6_201365610
  • com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe | Device Setup | 1.0.171.0_3337310
  • com.amazon.client.metrics | Amazon Metrics Service Application | 1.0.175.0_9610
  • com.amazon.device.backup | Amazon Backup and Restore | 5.0.410.0_5107610
  • com.amazon.platform | Amazon platform | 1.0.9.2_1009710
  • com.amazon.photos | photos FOS | 20115210 (Need to change the background image)
  • com.nuance.edr.androidservice.service
  • com.amazon.whisperlink.core.android | Whisperlinkplay Daemon | 2.0.100021.00
  • com.amazon.camera | Camera | 1.0.088.0_1002120310
  • com.amazon.csapp Help App
  • com.amazon.legalsettings Legal Settings App
  • com.amazon.venezia Amazon App Store
  • com.amazon.h2settingsfortablet Profiles & Family Library App
  • com.amazon.weather Weather App
  • com.goodreads.kindle | Goodreads | 1.6.1+1060100710
  • com.android.calendar | Calendar App
  • com.amazon.kindle.kso | Special Offers / Adds
  • com.android.email | Email App
  • com.amazon.kindle.personal_video Video App
  • com.amazon.avod Video App
  • com.amazon.contacts Contacts App
  • com.amazon.windowshop Amazon Windowshop
  • com.amazon.cloud9 | Silk Browser App
  • com.amazon.ags.app | Amazon Game Circle App
  • com.amazon.kindle.otter.settings | Amazon Registration Service


Stock keyboard app (don't remove unless you have another working keyboard
  • com.android.inputmethod.pinyin | Fire Basic Keyboard (Simplified Chinese) | 5.1_37.5.22_user_522054520
  • com.android.inputmethod.latin | Fire Basic Keyboard (Latin a,b,c...) | 5.1-37.5.2.2_user_522054520
  • jp.co.omronsoft.iwnnime.mlaz | Standard Japanese Keyboard


System OTA update processes
If you rooted, you should Block system over the air updates.
If rooted devices gets a system update, the update can kill root access or (less likely brick the device).
  • com.amazon.otaverifier |
  • com.amazon.settings.systemupdates
  • com.amazon.device.software.ota | DeviceSoftwareOTA | 6.0.188.0_6037810


Stock Launcher
Before you remove the Stock Launcher, be sure you have at least one other Launcher installed, or the devices will not work correctly.
If you want Google Now Launcher, I suggest installing a 2nd launcher as a backup, as Now launcher can be a little tricky getting it to Launch the first time.
Stock launcher Location
  • /system/priv-app/com.amazon.firelauncher



Google Apps
  • Google Services Framwork
  • Google Play Store
  • Google Partner Setup
  • Google One Time Init
  • Google Contacts Sync
  • Google Calendar Sync
  • Google Backup Transport
  • Google Acount Manager
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2nd November 2015, 10:32 PM |#2  
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I use App Quarantine (free) to "freeze" apps.
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2nd November 2015, 10:44 PM |#3  
Using Titanium Backup with PRO Key
Requires Root
If you want to backup to SD Card (external) use one of these
Create a Folder on external SD Card (/mnt/sdcard2 or /storagesdcard1)
  • TitaniumBackup (one word, no space)


Install both

Open Titanium Backup
  • 3 options on top right: Search, Batch, Menu
  • 3 tabs: Overview, Backup/Restore, Schedules


Select Menu/Preferences[*]Max backup history: default is 1 backup which is fine for most, but change is you want more than one back up versions, useful if you deside you liked an older app version better.[*]Compression: the more compression the long to backup, the less compression, more storage is used.
Backup folder location: tap storage provider: Filesystem (click to change)
filesystem storage - Ext. SD card (mnt/sdcard2 or /storage/sdcard1)
Select Titaniumbackup folder
Select Use the current Folder
may need to use back button to exit, so titanium reboots
after app reboots,
Backup directory should be: /mnt/sdcard2/TitaniumBackup[/List]

Backup/Restore tab
Tap on an app: Backup, Freeze, Un-install, Wipe Data, Delete, Restore
long press an app: special features, inducing convert to system or user app

Batch option top right between search and menu
Batch: Verify backups, Backup, Restore, Defrost
4th November 2015, 02:35 PM |#4  
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Not finding updates to freeze
I installed google play last week using Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-Install-Play-Store.zip. I rooted just now so I could block updates but I am not finding these three listed in TitaniumBU:
com.amazon.device.software.ota
com.amazon.settings.systemupdates
com.amazon.device.software.ota

Would those have been deleted with last weeks version of the play store.zip I noticed blocking OTA is now listed on the .zip, I don't recall seeing it last week tho. I just want to make sure to kill the proper OTA updates.

I've read thru the system options to freeze in TBU and I see some called:
"DeviceSoftwareOTA 6.0.188.0_6037810",
"com.amazon.otaverifier 5.1-37.5.2.2_user_522054520", and
"system updates 1.0.78.0_20210"
but I don't have nearly enough knowledge to know what exactly those mean. I have wifi turned off for now just to be sure nothing sneaks thru.

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4th November 2015, 03:48 PM |#5  
Apps that only work with certain versions

IMDB
For Stock rom use IMDB from Amazon store
For Custom Roms use IMDB from Google store/ apkmirror.com
Attached Files
File Type: apk imdb.mobile.kindle.apk - [Click for QR Code] (6.95 MB, 182 views)
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5th November 2015, 07:58 AM |#6  
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Hi, what do I have to do, if Amazon releases a new version and I would like to update?

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5th November 2015, 01:11 PM |#7  
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You don't, because the next update will more than likely remove the method we used to get root working.

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5th November 2015, 01:19 PM |#8  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shiz0id

You don't, because the next update will more than likely remove the method we used to get root working.

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I am pretty sure this way of rooting can never be patched/removed, because all Boot.imgs can be modified to make the system R/W, and from there we can root.
5th November 2015, 01:40 PM |#9  
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I am pretty sure this way of rooting can never be patched/removed, because all Boot.imgs can be modified to make the system R/W, and from there we can root.

never say never, but it should at least be difficult to block

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Originally Posted by sd_shadow

never say never, but it should at least be difficult to block

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Yeah, the only way I can think that this way of root will be patched is if Amazon requires a specific signature for booting Boot.IMGs.
5th November 2015, 01:47 PM |#11  
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Hi, what do I have to do, if Amazon releases a new version and I would like to update?

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should just enabled ota apks
and wait for the update to download
or if we have the update.bin file it could be installed with recovery's sideload option


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