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By jj_z1, Senior Member on 16th December 2011, 03:31 AM
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Here is a list of system apps (apps installed in system/app), based on my experience, that are safe to remove, provided you're comfortable doing so (i.e. you never use them):
AcerDLNA.apk
Androidian.apk
AndroidTerm.apk
bohlool.net.wifiadb-1.apk
Browser.apk (if you use a different browser, which I do)
Calculator.apk (if you use a different calculator, which I do)
Calendar.apk (if you use a different calendar, which I do)
CalendarProvider.apk (if you don't keep calendar.apk there's no point in keeping this)
CMStats.apk
CMUpdateNotify.apk
CMWallpapers.apk
any of the adobe apps that you don't use
com.amazon.kindle-1.apk
com.asus.livewallpaper-1.apk
com.bigtincan.android.adfree-1.apk
com.box.android-1.apk
com.dataviz.docstogo-1.apk
com.dropbox.android-1.apk
com.duduapps.craigslistfree-1.apk
com.espn.score_center-1.apk
com.estrongs.android.pop-1.apk
com.facebook.katana-1.apk
com.google.android.apps.googlevoice-1.apk (not available in Canada so I have no use for it, from what I know its only useful in the States)
com.google.android.apps.maps-1.apk
com.google.android.apps.plus-1.apk
com.google.android.gm-1.apk (this is the gmail app in case you're wondering, I use Email.apk for all my email accounts so this isn't needed)
com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox-1.apk
com.google.android.music-1.apk (if you use a different music app)
com.google.android.videos-1.apk
com.google.android.voicesearch-1.apk
com.google.android.youtube-1.apk
com.keramidas.TitaniumBackup-1.apk (probably wanna keep this app to uninstall/backup/restore apps)
com.khanning.tpwpapplier-1.apk (kept FC on my TP!)
com.koushikdutta.rommanager-1.apk
com.twitter.android-1.apk
Contacts.apk
CWM.apk
Cyanbread.apk
DSPManager.apk (this is a great app to fix any sound issues you might encounter)
Email.apk (if you use a different email app)
EReader.apk
FileManager.apk
FOTAKill.apk
GenieWidget.apk (news & weather widget)
GoogleBackupTransport.apk
GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
GoogleFeedback.apk
GooglePartnerSetup.apk
LatinImeTutorial.apk
LiveWallpapers.apk
LiveWallpapersPicker.apk (removing this will remove the option to use live wallpapers even if you install some off the market)
MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk
MediaUploader.apk
MiuiMusic.apk (if you use a different music app)
Music.apk (if you use a different music app)
NetworkLocation.apk
OneTimeInitializer.apk
Phone.apk
PicoTts.apk
RomManager.apk
siir.es.adbWireless-1.apk
Talk2.apk
TelephonyProvider.apk
Toshiba_PrinterShare_us.apk
TtsService.apk
VisualizationWallpapers.apk
VoiceDialer.apk
VpnServices.apk
WeatherWidget.apk

1) If you use a different launcher than ADW then you can remove ADWLauncher.apk
2) If you use a different keyboard than the stock one, then you can remove LatinIME.apk and UserDictionaryProvider.apk BUT don't remove UserDictionaryProvider.apk alone or else your stock keyboard will keep FCing
3) DO NOT remove ContactsProvider.apk otherwise GoogleServicesFramework.apk will keep FCing
4) You can remove all those apps from within your rom, using whatever means you like such as titaniumbackup. I personally remove them from the flashable zip before loading it onto my TP, which brings the rom down to about 70-100 MBs depending on how much you remove.
5) If you remove Phone.apk from within your rom (say using titaniumbackup), your rom will keep getting FCs until you reboot, after that you should be fine
6) keep in mind that removing some of these apps will remove their corresponding settings (or anything else belonging to them in the rom) so trying to access these things is impossible.
7) There is probably more apps you can safely remove but these are the ones I personally had no need for, or replaced with other ones from the market.
8) if you remove PicoTts.apk and TtsService.apk you can safely delete the system/tts folder
8) the above list of apps corresponds to the pre-loaded apps on team X-RONs Variation of CM7s rom (which are both awesome groups, and cannot be thanked enough for all the work they've put in to make our devices better)

Side suggestion: for better RAM management try juwe11's RAM manager app from the market, or zeppelinrox's SuperCharger script which doesn't work 100% on my TP, meaning settings don't persist after a reboot (for me) .

Hope this helps. I know there's posts out there listing a bunch of apps safe to remove but this list is much bigger (if you dare ) and the TP is not a phone (obviously) so there's more that can be removed, plus people keep asking whats safe to remove and whats not so here it is (again, as far as I know)
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17th December 2011, 12:06 AM |#2  
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Big Thanks for the list. I am still new to this and was not sure which ones I could remove. Thanks again
17th December 2011, 03:36 AM |#3  
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Good, many thanks for the suggestions. However I won't remove the browser as other alternatives sometimes don't work properly in my touchpad...
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Good, many thanks for the suggestions. However I won't remove the browser as other alternatives sometimes don't work properly in my touchpad...

have you tried dolphin HD? it's free and I find it better, also has some cool features
17th December 2011, 07:09 AM |#5  
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you say you delete them from system/app then flash the rom.

I use 7zip to unzip, manually delete, zip.

when I go to install, it says aborted. any thoughts as to why?
17th December 2011, 04:04 PM |#6  
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you say you delete them from system/app then flash the rom.

I use 7zip to unzip, manually delete, zip.

when I go to install, it says aborted. any thoughts as to why?

Do not unzip, when the devs create the rom as a zip file, it's not just a matter of compressing the files into a zip file, so you have to open the archive with 7-zip, navigate to system/apps, delete whatever, then close 7-zip, then flash
17th December 2011, 05:18 PM |#7  
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afaik its aborting because your .zip is not signed properly after creation... either sign it with one of the various tools around here or turn off signature verification in CWM.

at least that's what I'be read and worked for me on my GSM Desire (classic) .

bit don't hold me responsible for eventual "bricking" your TP or growing wings and sorts
18th December 2011, 12:20 AM |#8  
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Greetings fellow Waterlooian. A few questions please.

If I remove something with Titanium, do I still need to remove the APK or a specific directory in the android FOLDER, or is that done automatically for me? I am OCD with space.

ALSO, is it safe to just OC via setcpu in Xron , seeing as the kernel allows it? I can get 1.5 in webOS so I want to try 1.5 or 1.7 here. Thanks.

Lastly what can play mp4s and movs.with audio? do you know? It seems to have stumped my poor VitalPlayer.

THANKS AGAIN
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Greetings fellow Waterlooian. A few questions please.

If I remove something with Titanium, do I still need to remove the APK or a specific directory in the android FOLDER, or is that done automatically for me? I am OCD with space.

ALSO, is it safe to just OC via setcpu in Xron , seeing as the kernel allows it? I can get 1.5 in webOS so I want to try 1.5 or 1.7 here. Thanks.

Lastly what can play mp4s and movs.with audio? do you know? It seems to have stumped my poor VitalPlayer.

THANKS AGAIN

Titanium will remove the apks from your system folders so you don't need to worry about that (I totally get the OCD thing that's why I noted that you can delete the tts folder in system if you remove the corresponding apps).

I've never used setcpu because there's no-frills cpu control for free but I'm guessing they're pretty much the same. I've OCed my TP to 1.782 before, for bench-marking only but I honestly don't see a difference (obviously, the benchmarks are higher the more you OC, but in everyday use no major enhancements, after all the TP comes pretty awesome already )

I usually set it to min. 594 and max 1.242 with ONDEMAND governor and cfq I/O scheduler (never had any issues with OCing) and it comes in handy when playing 3D games

As far as I know MoboPlayer plays all codecs (never got a chance to test it thoroughly because of school) and it's free too

hope that helps
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Have you ever tried the Interactive governor?

On my X10 it helps battery by at least 200%.

I just don't know whether it would be safe to try. Will give it a go and let you know.
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Have you ever tried the Interactive governor?

On my X10 it helps battery by at least 200%.

I just don't know whether it would be safe to try. Will give it a go and let you know.

Never tried it! The latest CM7 nightly for my phone doesn't support governors and interactive isn't an option on my TP with no-frills! but 200% would be cool if I can get interactive with a paid OC app
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