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By devrruti, Senior Member on 28th November 2011, 01:02 PM
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How to delete the junk apps:
Use titanium backup pro, or a root file explorer like root explorer, ghost commander, file expert...

Go into "system/app" with Root Explorer, in that folder are all the junk apps. Now press "Mount R/W". Now you can delete the junk apps one by one or multi-select them. To have a backup of the apps, I'd suggest you to move them to the sd card. It's good to make a folder called "Junk Apps - name of the firmware" on your sd card.
Now select the apps, press move and go to the sd card and to the folder "Junk Apps - name of the firmware" and press paste. Done.


WARNING: Rooting and removing System apps is at personal choice and risk of lost of warranty and damaging the phone.
WARNING: Always make a complete backup of ALL the system apps before removing any in case of accidental deletion.
DISCLAIMER: This is only a reference guide. I will bear no responsibilities if by referencing this guide through your own discretion damages your phone in any way.



Apps that are unsafe to remove or are linked to phone's capabilities:
(Keep them if you want access to all of your phone's features.)

Note: Many of these only run when needed while a few of them are persistent services that are about 1mb sizes. While removing them may give you a few mb more, keeping them is rather insignificant.
Note: Some of them can also be removed if you have replaced or removed the main app they are tied to, but read the descriptions carefully!

AccountAndSyncSettings.apk --- Account and Sync Settings
AdobeFlashPlayer.apk --- Adobe Flash Player
AntHalService.apk --- Hardware Abstraction Layer
ApplicationsProvider.apk --- Search Applications Provider (ASP service)
Bluetooth.apk --- Bluetooth Share
bootinfo.apk --- Download Agent
CalendarProvider.apk --- calendar storage
CertInstaller.apk --- Certificate Installer
CredentialManagerService.apk --- Credential Manager Service
CustomizationProvider.apk --- regionalization
CustomizationSimPayType.apk --- regionalization
CustomizedApplicationInstaller.apk --- regionalization
CustomizedSettings.apk --- regionalization
DefaultCapabilities.apk --- hardware capabilities
DefaultContainerService.apk --- Package Access Helper (web container service)
device-monitor.apk --- plug and play monitoring
DMClient.apk --- Software Updater
DownloadProvider.apk --- Market Download Manager
DrmDialogs.apk --- DRM sync service
DrmProvider.apk --- DRM Protected Content Storage
enhancedusbux.apk --- usb driver
FastDormancy.apk --- Network Fast Dormancy
FmRxService.apk --- FM receiver service
genericappinstaller.apk --- application installer service
GoogleBackupTransport.apk --- Android Backup Service for apps
GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk --- calendars sync
GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk --- contacts sync
GoogleServicesFramework.apk --- google services framework
InfiniteView.apk --- phonebook info page
LiveWallpapersPicker.apk --- Change Live wallpapers
LocalContacts.apk --- phone contacts
Maps.apk --- google maps
MarketUpdater.apk --- android market updater
MediaProvider.apk --- Media Storage (Ringtones, Notifications)
MtpAppGB.apk --- Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)
NetworkLocation.apk --- Network Location Manager (Location Services, Check-in, Geo-tagging)
OMAClientProvisioning.apk --- OTA network settings download
OmaV1AgentDownloadServices.apk --- OTA services download and purchase/billing services
PackageInstaller.apk --- package installer
Phonebook.apk --- Phonebook
PicoTts.apk --- SVOX Text To Speech service (used by navigation/translators/dictionaries)
ReadyToRun.apk --- OMA Sync extension
SemcCameraApplication.apk --- Camera
SemcContactsProvider.apk --- Contacts Storage
SemcHdmiControlService.apk --- HDMI CEC
SemcHdmiEnabler.apk --- HDMI
SemcPhone.apk --- Keypad Dialer
SemcSettings.apk --- Sony Ericsson Settings Menu > Connectivity/Settings Download
SemcTelephonyProvider.apk --- Dialer Storage
ServiceMenu.apk --- Service Menu
Settings.apk --- System Settings
SettingsProvider.apk --- Settings Storage
ShutDownAnimation.apk --- Shutdown Animation
SoundPicker.apk --- Sound picker
Sync.apk --- OMA account services
SystemUI.apk --- Notification bar
Talk.apk --- Google Talk
TtsService.apk --- Android Text To Speech Service
usb-mtp-update-wrapper.apk --- MTP extension polling
usb-mtp-vendor-extension-service.apk --- Sony Ericsson MTP extension
UseragentProvider.apk --- User Agent Storage
UserDictionaryProvider.apk --- user dictionary storage
Vending.apk --- Android Market
VerifyCertificatesDummyAppApplication.apk --- Certificate identifier
VerifyCertificatesDummyAppMedia.apk --- Certificate identifier
VerifyCertificatesDummyAppPlatform.apk --- Certificate identifier
VerifyCertificatesDummyAppShared.apk --- Certificate identifier
VoiceDialer.apk --- Voice Dialer
VoiceSearch.apk --- Voice Search
VoipCallLogProvider.apk --- VOIP Call Log
VpnServices.apk --- VPN Services
WapiCustomization.apk --- WAP settings
WapPush.apk --- WAP push (for receiving MMS)

Sakura -> keyboard skin
MTPApp -> "Media Transfer Protocol" connection, do not delete
Woody -> keyboard skin




Safe to remove:
(These apps can be removed without ill effects to the Neo's health.)

List of the junk apps for 4.0.A.2.368 :
- chinesetextinput.apk (chinese keyboard)
- datamonitor.apk (datamoitor widget)
- Home.apk (SE launcher, only delete this when you have another launcher installed!!)
- IddAgent.apk (Anonymous Usage Stats)
- JapaneseIME.apk (japanese keyboard)
- letsgolf_A_353.apk (Let's Golf HD)
- neoreader.apk (Neoreader)
- OmaDatasyncService.apk (part of SE Sync)
- playnowclientarvato.apk (Play Now)
- POBoxSknPink.apk (skin for chinese keyboard)
- POBoxSknWood.apk (skin for chinese keyboard)
- SemcCrashMonitor.apk (Crash Monitor)
- SEMCSetupWizard.apk (Setup Wizard)
- Stk.apk (SIM Tool Kit)
- storefront.apk (all the new stuff that has something to do with Fun&Downloads. Removes 3 items from the app drawer that belong to that game thing)
- Sync.apk (SE Sync)
- SyncWizard.apk (part of SE Sync)
- touchnote.apk (postcard app)
- trackid.apk (Track ID)
- UpdateCenter.apk (Update Center. Will remove "softwareupdate" from phone information in settings)
- usersupport.apk (Support)
- widgetdigitalclock.apk (small digital clock widget)
- widgetonoff.apk (most on/off widgets)
- wisepilot.apk (Wisepilot)

List for 4.0.1.A.0.283 + 4.0.2.A.0.42:
- chinesetextinput.apk
- com.sonyericsson.androidapp.storefront.apk
- datatrafficswitch.apk
- Home.apk (SE launcher, only delete this when you have another launcher installed!!)
- IddAgent.apk
- JapaneseIME.apk
- letsgolf_A_353.apk
- neoreader.apk
- OmaDatasyncService.apk
- playnowclientarvato.apk
- POBoxSknPink.apk
- POBoxSknWood.apk
- SemcCrashMonitor.apk
- SEMCSetupWizard.apk
- Stk.apk
- Sync.apk
- SyncWizard.apk
- trackid.apk
- UpdateCenter.apk
- usersupport.apk
- widgetdigitalclock.apk
- widgetonoff.apk
- wisepilot.apk

AccessoryKeyDispatcher.apk --- event listener (unsure of trigger, hardware and handsfree keys work without it.)
Calculator.apk --- default calculator
CdfInfoAccessor.apk --- Software Component Descriptions
chinesetextinput.apk --- chinese keyboard
com.sonyericsson.androidapp.foursquare_ext_ts3.apk --- Timescape Foursquare Extension
com.sonyericsson.androidapp.timescapefeedsplugin.a pk --- Timescape Feeds
com.whatsapp.apk --- Whatsapp
*CoreNotificationPublisher.apk --- Lock Screen Notifications
CrashSMS.apk --- Diagnostics Tool (debug helper)
datatrafficswitch.apk --- mobile data on/off widget
DigitalClockWidget.apk --- clock widget
DownloadProviderUi.apk --- default browser downloads folder
EventStream.apk --- Timescape
EventStreamPluginCallLog.apk --- Timescape Call Log Extension
EventStreamPluginFacebook.apk --- Timescape Facebook Extension
EventStreamPluginTelephony.apk --- Timescape Telephony extension
EventStreamPluginTwitter.apk --- Timescape Twitter extension
facebook.apk --- Facebook
FBCalendarSync.apk --- Sony Ericsson Facebook Integration Calendar Sync
FBMediaDiscovery.apk --- Sony Ericsson Facebook Integration Media Discovery
FBMusicLike.apk --- Sony Ericsson Facebook Integration Music Like
FBNotificationPublisher.apk --- Sony Ericsson Facebook Integration Facebook Notifications
FBSetupwizard.apk --- Sony Ericsson Facebook Integration Setup Wizard (not needed to setup or for FB Integration to work)
GenieWidget.apk --- News and Weather
Gmail.apk --- Gmail app
GoogleFeedback.apk --- Market Feedback Agent (forceclose reporting for apps installed from Market)
GooglePartnerSetup.apk --- Google Partner Setup (no longer needed after setting up Gmail)
GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk --- google quick search box
HTMLViewer.apk --- HTML viewer (view HTML files directly from file manager)
IddAgent.apk --- Anonymous Usage Stats
JapaneseIME.apk --- japanese keyboard
LearningClient.apk --- learns user typed words for default keyboard
letsgolf_A_353.apk --- Let's Golf game
LiveWallpapers.apk --- Live wallpapers pack
LivewareManager.apk --- Liveware Manager
MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk --- Live wallpaper
MediaWidget.apk --- Media shortcuts widget
MediaUploader.apk --- My Uploads for Youtube uploading (not needed if just watch Youtube)
MusicWidget.apk --- default Music player widget
NotificationProvider.apk --- Lock Screeen Notifications Storage
officesuite.apk --- Office Suite
OmaDatasyncService.apk --- Sony Ericsson Sync
PhotoWidget.apk --- Picture Frame widget
playnowclientarvato.apk --- Playnow Store (replaces the 2 APKs in the list directly below)
playnowappinstaller.apk --- Playnow updater
playnowclient.apk --- Playnow
POBoxSknPink.apk --- japanese keyboard skin
POBoxSknWood.apk --- japanese keyboard skin
Protips.apk --- Pro Tips widget
qcsemcservice.apk --- RIL extension for default browser
Radio.apk --- FM radio
retaildemo.apk --- retail demo
SecureClockJava.apk --- web clock service (some DRM or Secure services may use this, restore if you need it.)
SemcCrashMonitor.apk --- debugger
SemcDlna.apk --- media server
SEMCFacebookService.apk --- Sony Ericsson Facebook Integration Service
SEMCSetupWizard.apk --- setup wizard
SemcVideoEdit.apk --- video editor
SoundRecorder.apk --- sound recorder
StatusSwitch.apk --- Status switch widget
Stk.apk --- Sim Tool Kit
Street.apk --- Google Street view
SyncWizard.apk --- Sony Ericsson Sync Account
timescapelegacywrapper.apk --- Timescape plugin
TimescapeSpline.apk --- Timescape widget spline
TimescapeWidget.apk --- Timescape widget
touchnote.apk --- Touch notes postcard
trackid.apk --- TrackID
UnsupportedHeadsetNotification.apk --- Possibly a notification when pairing with unsupported bluetooth headsets
usersupport.apk --- Support
VisualizationWallpapers.apk --- Live wallpaper
WallpaperPicker.apk --- Sony Ericsson Wallpapers
widgetdigitalclock.apk --- clock widget
widgetonoff.apk --- widget on/off toggles
YouTube.apk --- YouTube

PcCompanion.apk
com.sonyericsson.pccompanion

This application monitor your USB, whenever you plugin, remember that annoying popup when rooting with SuperOneClick. If you remove then you will not see that popup anymore.

CrashSMS.apk
Diagnostic Tools
This application meant for sending SMS or send data to internet when your crash happening in the phone. If freeze is and nothing different happening in the phone

qcsemcservice.apk
QC SEMC Service

It eems that this service will send response to SE when SE send a request to it. Might be related to content protection watcher or to Checkin Service. Currently its save to freeze

SemcCheckin.apk
SEMCCheckIn

Another app to send crash info, SE really care about us

OmaDatasyncService.apk & SyncWizard.apk
sonyericsson sync.ui
Sony Ericsson Sync & Sony Ericsson Sync client wizard
Unless you use SE Sync, this service is save to remove

? StatusSwitch.apk
Status Switch

The new SE widget and its service, because it have a battery level, so it host a service to update. Save to remove if you don't use.

VoiceDialer.apk
Voice Dialer

Unless you use Voice Dialer, its save to remove




Telco specific system bloatware:
(These are the ones in /System/App. The ones in /Data/App can be removed through Settings > Applications > Manage Applications.)

Singtel (Singapore):
com.qoowaa.act_103.apk --- AppXtra
com.singtel.singtelbpl.apk --- Singtel BPL
com.sonyericsson.androidapp.storefront.apk --- AMPed Store




OTHER APPS
Wtf are theese?

? semc cnap provider ???

Carrier IQ and similar: hopefully not present!






Can be replaced:
(These apps can be safely removed and be replaced by preferred third party apps of the same function.)

Warning: Sony Ericsson's home launcher should not be removed until after another third party home launcher has been installed and properly set up to take over it's function.
Note: Depending on the third party calendar app of choice, it may be advisable to setup your calendars using the default calendar app before removing it.
Note: Most third party messaging apps cannot send and receive MMS if the stock messaging app is removed.
Note: Removing the default clock widget will also remove the alarm feature. Ensure your clock of choice has alarms or have another alarm app installed.

Browser.apk --- default web browser
Calendar.apk --- default calendar
Conversations.apk --- default messaging
Home.apk --- default home launcher
SemcDeskClock.apk --- default clock and alarm
SemcEmail.apk --- default email app
SemcGallery3D.apk --- default gallery
SemcMusic.apk --- default music player
textinput-tng.apk --- default keyboard




Updating of System apps:
Unlike user apps, when system apps get updated, the original apk in /system/app cannot be replaced automatically. Hence the newer version will be installed as a user app in /data/app.
To save space on your rom, the original ones in /system/app can be deleted. Or, you can manually replace the newer ones from /data/app to /system/app.
Deleting the ones in /system/app is recommended since future updates will replace them and saves space on the rom.

Warning: It is safer to remove System apps from /System/App after you have updated them.
Note: Doing either method for facebook.apk will cause you to lose your facebook contacts. However, they can be restored by launching the facebook app, press back button, then menu button > Settings > Sync Contacts. You will also have to manually resync the ones that have been manually added using 'Join Contacts' as well.
Note: The exception is AdobeFlashPlayer.apk. Manually moving it to /system/app will not work. It only works when it's properly installed. So, simply delete the one in /system/app instead. And if it stops working, simply tap the one in /data/app to reinstall it properly.
Note: Having only one instance of Android Market will also fix the bug where some users' Market will not correctly show all the apps that are installed under 'My apps'.
Note: If you use the copy and paste method, you need to set the permissions for the APK after moving. Permissions: Check all for Read, check Owner for Write, leave the rest unchecked.

The apks currently with updates are:
facebook.apk --- Facebook
com.whatsapp.apk --- Whatsapp
Maps.apk --- Google Maps
Vending.apk --- Android Market
AdobeFlashPlayer.apk --- Adobe Flash Player




Making User Apps into System Apps:
System and User apps are stored in partitioned memory, meaning they have separate amounts of memory allocated ie. System Storage Memory and User Storage Memory.
There is ~100mb of unused System app storage going to waste.
By making a User app into a System app, you change it's storage location and free up space to allow you to install more User apps. This is done simply by moving the User app to System app storage.

Note: Recommended apps to move can be home launchers, input methods, apps that you want permanently available on the phone ie. without SD card, apps that you don't need to update.
Warning: Caution when moving a system app back to user app! Example: Moving a home launcher from System/App to Data/App breaks it. Your phone will not work without a working home launcher! Restore the default home launcher to System/App before doing it!

Steps:
1. Browse to /data/app and locate the APK you want to move
2. Move* the APK to /system/app
3. Reboot

*If you use the copy and paste method, you need to set the permissions for the APK after moving. Permissions: Check all for Read, check Owner for Write, leave the rest unchecked.




Bloatwares reappearing after reboot

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...1326733&page=2




There might be more apps that are removable without bricking the ROM, but then you lose some functions.
Remember to backup. Do this at your own risk. I'm not responsible if you brick or damage your phone!

Originally taken from other Xperia forums (Arc, X10)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1089470
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=18905961
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28th November 2011, 03:07 PM |#2  
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Thanks man, this will probably save me lots of work !
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Thanks for the list!
I do have an inquiry though: I have been uninstalling some bloatware using Titanium Backup, but I have some six apps which incessantly (and magically) reinstall themselves after every reboot. I want them permanently removed, as I don't have any use of them. I've been stuck in this cycle for at least a dozen times now, and I wouldn't want to resort to the "no reboot, no problem" option. Would you happen to know of a way around this? Here's the list of the said apps:

Foursquare
McAfee Security
+Plus
UEFA.com
xl_launcher
Xperia Hot Shots

If it helps, here are some of my phone stats:
MT15i
Rooted, Locked Bootloader
Stock Kernel
Stock ROM (4.0.2.A.0.42)

Thanks in advance!
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You have some spelling errors but i'm not going all Grammar Nazi on you
Good work and i find it quite usefull.
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Hi,

I've already removed all the bloatware in my Neo with Flashtool thanks to this post.

Very appreciated dude

But there's still an annoying thing I want to remove, it's the data traffic switch in the upper left corner like the image attached.

I've removed the 'datatrafficswitch.apk' but it remains there, although the app is not installed.

Is the 'datatrafficswitch.apk' related to this notification toogle/switch?

If yes, why it's not removed?

And if not, does anyone knows how to remove this crap?
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You have some spelling errors but i'm not going all Grammar Nazi on you
Good work and i find it quite usefull.

Go grammar but not nazi, and please correct me, I'm not good at English and I copied a lot of this stuff from other places to have it here, it is not in order, complete or corrected at all. Please contribute and improve it
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Originally Posted by breakfastdude

Thanks for the list!
I do have an inquiry though: I have been uninstalling some bloatware using Titanium Backup, but I have some six apps which incessantly (and magically) reinstall themselves after every reboot. I want them permanently removed, as I don't have any use of them. I've been stuck in this cycle for at least a dozen times now, and I wouldn't want to resort to the "no reboot, no problem" option. Would you happen to know of a way around this? Here's the list of the said apps:

Foursquare
McAfee Security
+Plus
UEFA.com
xl_launcher
Xperia Hot Shots

If it helps, here are some of my phone stats:
MT15i
Rooted, Locked Bootloader
Stock Kernel
Stock ROM (4.0.2.A.0.42)

Thanks in advance!

Weird, I can uninstall whatever with titanium backup pro, (free has some limitations) you can use a root file explorer too and delete them wherever they are, like root explorer, file expert, ghost explorer...
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Weird, I can uninstall whatever with titanium backup pro, (free has some limitations) you can use a root file explorer too and delete them wherever they are, like root explorer, file expert, ghost explorer...

I did some more research, and apparently the unwanted behavior could be traced to the Generic Singapore firmware distro (which I think I have, given that I live in the SE Asian region). I've fortunately found a solution within these forums for this. For those of you who are having the same problem, you might want to check this thread out: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...1326733&page=2 (and TS, you might want to add this info to your post).

And oh yeah, I used Ghost Commander for the removal of the apk's (since Root Explorer isn't free and File Expert wasn't able to mount rw in my phone).
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Hi,

I've already removed all the bloatware in my Neo with Flashtool thanks to this post.

Very appreciated dude

But there's still an annoying thing I want to remove, it's the data traffic switch in the upper left corner like the image attached.

I've removed the 'datatrafficswitch.apk' but it remains there, although the app is not installed.

Is the 'datatrafficswitch.apk' related to this notification toogle/switch?

If yes, why it's not removed?

And if not, does anyone knows how to remove this crap?

Any help on this?
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Any help on this?

No idea, but clearing notifications of the drop down curtain, it disappears temporarily. Use some log viewer to identify when that happens and what apk or jar is involved. Or try to delete that icon. Or simply ignore it, it seems a good solution too.

How did you get circular battery icon? I'd like to know
1st December 2011, 04:46 PM |#11  
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Originally Posted by littlezec

Hi,

I've already removed all the bloatware in my Neo with Flashtool thanks to this post.

Very appreciated dude

But there's still an annoying thing I want to remove, it's the data traffic switch in the upper left corner like the image attached.

I've removed the 'datatrafficswitch.apk' but it remains there, although the app is not installed.

Is the 'datatrafficswitch.apk' related to this notification toogle/switch?

If yes, why it's not removed?

And if not, does anyone knows how to remove this crap?

Flash global genric.
This is region software related bug and ONLY way to remove it is flashing global firmware.

Cheerd

Sent from my MT15i
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