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Shankay

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GUIDE WHICH APKS TO DELETE

Well I created this thread in order to help future developers, cause recently a lot of people is starting their own custom rom. This guide will help you achive a stable rom by telling you which apks files to delete and which ones not to. This is also known as BAREBONE ROMS, because it contains only the files to run the operative system.

Red means DO NOT delete.

Green means you can delete.

Orange means delete with caution.


ALL THE APKS ARE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER!

AccountAndSyncSettings.apk
Helps to sync with google servers in order to recognize your google account.

AlertRecipients.apk
Unknown Function

ApplicationProvider.apk
Fetches list of applications installed on the phone to provide search suggestions in Market application.

AxT9IME.apk
Samsung Keyboard, can be replaced with a modded keypad.

BadgeProvider.apk
Notifies about the no. of sms and calls on respective icons in dock on launcher.

BluetoothOpp.apk
Bluetooth App

BluetoothPbap.apk
Bluetooth App

BluetoothTestMode.apk
Bluetooth App

BrcmBluetoothServices.apk
Bluetooth App

Browser.apk
Browser Application, can be deleted if replaced with another browser i.e Opera, Chrome.

Calculator.apk
Calculator Application, can be replaced with modded version.

Calendar.apk
Calendar Application, can be replaced with other calendar application from market.

CalendarProvider.apk
Calendar Sync with KIES, ONLY DELETE IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO USE CALENDAR AT ALL.

Camera.apk
Camera Application, can be replaced with modded version or from other device if ported.

CertInstaller.apk
Certificate Installer, if removed WiFi won´t work

ClockWidget.apk
Clock Widget.

Contacts.apk
Shows your contacts on phone or sim, also displays logs in dialer.

ContactsProvider.apk
Contacts Sync with KIES.

CSC.apk
Country Specific Codes, controls APN settings...

DataCreate.apk
If deleted will cause Bootloop, Unknown Function.

DefaultContainerService.apk
For installing apk files through the phone, unknown applications or non-market ones.

Deskclock.apk
Clock Application.

DialerTabActivity.apk
Phone Dialer, can be replaced with modded version.

Dlna.apk
All Share Application.

DownloadProvider.apk
Handles download files, i.e Market, Browser, Direct Downloads.

DownloadProviderUI.apk
Complement of DownloadProvider.apk

DrmProvider.apk
DRM Functions, i.e accessing media files like photos, videos, music, etc.

DrmUA.apk
For music playback.

DualClock.apk
Dual Clock Widget

Email.apk
Email application, you can always download your desired application i.e Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail.

EmailWidget.apk
Email Application Widget

FactoryTest.apk
Factory Test, test if everything works fine.

FmRadio.apk
Fm Radio Application.

Forest.apk
Live Wallpaper.

fotaclient.apk
Firmware Over The Air Download, instead of using KIES it downloads firmware update directly to phone.

Gallery3D.apk
Gallery Application, can be replaced with other applications such as QuickPic.

GenieWidget.apk
News and Weather Widget.

GoogleBackupTransport.apk
Backup Apps and Settings from your phone to Google Account.

GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
Calendar Sync with Google Account.

GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
Contacts Sync with Google Account.

GoogleFeedback.apk
Force Close Reporting to Google in order to help fix problems in next firmware update.

GooglePartnerSetup.apk
Helps to set Google Account with the phone.

GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
Quick Search Box, for searching information inside the phone such as text files, image, etc.

GoogleServicesFramework.apk
Provides account / login information to Google Applications.

HTMLViewer.apk
View Html Codes.

InputEventApp.apk
Unknown Function

JobManager.apk
Task Manager, can be replaced with ported version from another device.

lcdtest.apk
LCD Test

LiveWallpapersPick.apk
Live Wallpaper Picker.

LogsProvider.apk
Displays call logs in the dialer.

Maps.apk
Maps Application.

MarketUpdater.apk
Complement of Vending.apk, helps to update applications installed through Market.

MediaProvider.apk
Accesing Media File i.e images, music, files, etc.

MediaUploader.apk
For uploading media to remote servers, uploading attachments in emails, third party pages as mediafire dropbox.

Memo.apk
Memo Application, can be replaced with similar application.

Mms.apk
Mms/Sms Application, can be deleted if your replace with another app i.e go sms.

MmsProvisioning.apk
Provide Mms/Sms Services.

MobileTrackerEngineTwo.apk
Tracks Phone when stolen, part of Samsung.

Music.apk
Music Player. Can be deleted if replaced with another music player.

MyFiles.apk
My Files Application. Can be delete only if replaced with similar application.

NetworkLocation.apk
Provides Cellphone services

PackageInstaller.apk
For manually installing apps, i.e Non-Market Apps. Part of DefaultServicesContainer

PCWClientS.apk
Unknown Function

Personalization.apk
Unknown Function

Phone.apk
Phone Application.

PhoneErrService.apk
Unknown Function

PhoneSky.apk
Related to Vending.apk, if you don’t have vending.apk this will install it automatically. Can be Google Play depending on firmwares.

PictoTts.apk
Text to Speech Translator.

PopupuiReceiver,apk
Unknown Function

PowerOnOffTest.apk
Unknown Function

Preconfig.apk
Phone Configuration.

Protips.apk
System Tips

SamsungApps.apk
Samsung Apps

SamsungAppsUNA3.apk
Part of Samsung Apps, DELETE ONLY if you deleted SamsungApps.apk.

SamsungWidget_ProgramMonitor.apk
Program Monitor Widget

SamsungWidget_StockClock.apk
Yahoo Finance Widget

ScreenCaptureService.apk
Makes Screen Shots

SecDownloadProvider.apk
Unknown Function

SecurityProvider.apk
Unknown Function

SelfTest.apk
Unknown Function

SerialNumberLabelIndicator.apk
Unknown Function

serviceModeApp.apk
Uknown Function

Settings.apk
Settings Application.

SettingsProvider.apk
Part of settings.apk

SetUpWizard.apk
Set Up for first time loading, language, accounts, time, zone, etc.

ShareApp.apk
Sharing Media Files through Gallery

signin.apk
Samsung Account

SisoDrmProvicer.apk
Music Playback

SnsAccount.apk
Accounts Sync Facebook, Twitter, etc

SnsProvider.apk
Part of SnsAccount.apk

Stk.apk
Sim ToolKit, if delete may cause problems with data and phone service

Street.apk
Street View, part of maps.apk. DO NOT delete if you use Google Maps.

Swype.apk
Swype, writting input method. Delete only if you dont use this method.

syncmldm.apk
Software Update

syncmlds.apk
Samsung Account

SystemUI.apk
Android User Interface

Talk.apk
Google Talk Application. DO NOT delete if you use Google Maps or Google Translate.

TelephonyProvider.apk
Phone Services

thinkdroid.apk
Office Application, can be replaced with another application.

TouchWiz30Launcher.apk
Touchwiz 3.0, can be deleted if you have another Launcher installed i.e Holo Launcher, ADW Launcher, etc.

TtsServices.apk
Text To Speech, part of Maps, Google Translate. DO NOT delete if you use Google Maps or Google Translator.

TwWallpaperChooser.apk
Touchwiz Wallpaper Selector

UnifiedInbox.apk
Social Hub Application

UserDictionaryProvider.apk
Dictionary for Latin IME Keyboard

VoiceRecorder.apk
Voice Recording

VoiceSearch.apk
Voice Search for Google Search, Google Maps

VpnServices.apk
Connects to VPN

wipereceiver.apk
Wipes device remotely if stolen, part of Samsung. Its your choice, either keep it or delete it.

WlanTest.apk
Test Wlan Connectivity

wssomacp.apk
Mms/Sms Notification

wssyncmlnps.apk
Needed for Syncing with KIES

Youtube.apk
Youtube Application.

Vending.apk
Market Application.



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If anyone has any information of the apks files, please post it here. I'll update it as soon as posible.
 
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domnic79

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Phonesky.apk is related to vending.apk (google playstore). If u dont hv vendings.apk den it installs it automatically.

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---------- Post added at 06:13 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:11 PM ----------

Unidentifiedinbox.apk is social hub.
Thinkdroid.apk is office app.

Sent from my GT-S5830i using xda premium

---------- Post added at 06:18 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:13 PM ----------

Fota is for firmware over the air download. Its in about phone option.
U forgot to mention vendings.apk in d op.

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---------- Post added at 06:21 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:18 PM ----------

Shareapp.apk is for sharing option in gallery like bluetooth & other stuff.

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Alucard1989pl

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thinkdroid.apk you can delete if you have another office app like kingsoft office or quick office :)
 

mitchst2

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Nov 9, 2011
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HTC 10
I've removed contacts.apk and mms.apk and replaced with Go Contacts Ex and Go SMS Pro.

Also froze default launcher, using Go Launcher Ex. Keeping default just in case.

BTW contacts storage and call logs etc. are not stored in contacts.apk.

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paradoxiumwind

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Jul 23, 2012
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Google Pixel 3a
You froze the default launcher? What is it called? Last time I messed with something like that it soft-bricked the phone because I couldn't access any menus and I had to restore a backup. BTW is the OP still updating the first post even?

Thats right, but since you are going to make a custom rom there are several mods like 6 Lockscreen. :)

I think if something removes functionality from the phone even if you can replace that functionality with another app, you should write it in the note, not everybody will know what every app does, that's the point of the guide right? What if someone can't do something and has no idea why, but it's because they removed an app and got unexpected results?
 
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Shankay

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Jul 30, 2012
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You froze the default launcher? What is it called? Last time I messed with something like that it soft-bricked the phone because I couldn't access any menus and I had to restore a backup. BTW is the OP still updating the first post even?

Didnt froze default launcher. Just download your desired Launcher, Run it. And then delete TouchWiz :) I havent had any problems at all. Yes I´m, last update was 22nd september as you can see.
 

GermainZ

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When in doubt about what an application does, check its data (especially the database files) in the /data/data folder. It can reveal a lot of info.
 
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codeknight11

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Badgeprovider.apk
Notifies about the no. of sms and calls on respective icons in dock on launcher.

---------- Post added at 08:04 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:58 AM ----------

Phonesky.apk is actually Google Play itself. On some firmwares it is named Phonesky.apk and on some Vending.apk
 
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codeknight11

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I THINK deleting Google Talk wont affect Google Maps functionality. It will work without any problems.

---------- Post added at 09:43 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:39 AM ----------

Also deleting Mms.apk might cause problems. You might not be able to receive messages at all. Happens on S5830, dont know about S5830I.
 

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    GUIDE WHICH APKS TO DELETE

    Well I created this thread in order to help future developers, cause recently a lot of people is starting their own custom rom. This guide will help you achive a stable rom by telling you which apks files to delete and which ones not to. This is also known as BAREBONE ROMS, because it contains only the files to run the operative system.

    Red means DO NOT delete.

    Green means you can delete.

    Orange means delete with caution.


    ALL THE APKS ARE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER!

    AccountAndSyncSettings.apk
    Helps to sync with google servers in order to recognize your google account.

    AlertRecipients.apk
    Unknown Function

    ApplicationProvider.apk
    Fetches list of applications installed on the phone to provide search suggestions in Market application.

    AxT9IME.apk
    Samsung Keyboard, can be replaced with a modded keypad.

    BadgeProvider.apk
    Notifies about the no. of sms and calls on respective icons in dock on launcher.

    BluetoothOpp.apk
    Bluetooth App

    BluetoothPbap.apk
    Bluetooth App

    BluetoothTestMode.apk
    Bluetooth App

    BrcmBluetoothServices.apk
    Bluetooth App

    Browser.apk
    Browser Application, can be deleted if replaced with another browser i.e Opera, Chrome.

    Calculator.apk
    Calculator Application, can be replaced with modded version.

    Calendar.apk
    Calendar Application, can be replaced with other calendar application from market.

    CalendarProvider.apk
    Calendar Sync with KIES, ONLY DELETE IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO USE CALENDAR AT ALL.

    Camera.apk
    Camera Application, can be replaced with modded version or from other device if ported.

    CertInstaller.apk
    Certificate Installer, if removed WiFi won´t work

    ClockWidget.apk
    Clock Widget.

    Contacts.apk
    Shows your contacts on phone or sim, also displays logs in dialer.

    ContactsProvider.apk
    Contacts Sync with KIES.

    CSC.apk
    Country Specific Codes, controls APN settings...

    DataCreate.apk
    If deleted will cause Bootloop, Unknown Function.

    DefaultContainerService.apk
    For installing apk files through the phone, unknown applications or non-market ones.

    Deskclock.apk
    Clock Application.

    DialerTabActivity.apk
    Phone Dialer, can be replaced with modded version.

    Dlna.apk
    All Share Application.

    DownloadProvider.apk
    Handles download files, i.e Market, Browser, Direct Downloads.

    DownloadProviderUI.apk
    Complement of DownloadProvider.apk

    DrmProvider.apk
    DRM Functions, i.e accessing media files like photos, videos, music, etc.

    DrmUA.apk
    For music playback.

    DualClock.apk
    Dual Clock Widget

    Email.apk
    Email application, you can always download your desired application i.e Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail.

    EmailWidget.apk
    Email Application Widget

    FactoryTest.apk
    Factory Test, test if everything works fine.

    FmRadio.apk
    Fm Radio Application.

    Forest.apk
    Live Wallpaper.

    fotaclient.apk
    Firmware Over The Air Download, instead of using KIES it downloads firmware update directly to phone.

    Gallery3D.apk
    Gallery Application, can be replaced with other applications such as QuickPic.

    GenieWidget.apk
    News and Weather Widget.

    GoogleBackupTransport.apk
    Backup Apps and Settings from your phone to Google Account.

    GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
    Calendar Sync with Google Account.

    GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
    Contacts Sync with Google Account.

    GoogleFeedback.apk
    Force Close Reporting to Google in order to help fix problems in next firmware update.

    GooglePartnerSetup.apk
    Helps to set Google Account with the phone.

    GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
    Quick Search Box, for searching information inside the phone such as text files, image, etc.

    GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    Provides account / login information to Google Applications.

    HTMLViewer.apk
    View Html Codes.

    InputEventApp.apk
    Unknown Function

    JobManager.apk
    Task Manager, can be replaced with ported version from another device.

    lcdtest.apk
    LCD Test

    LiveWallpapersPick.apk
    Live Wallpaper Picker.

    LogsProvider.apk
    Displays call logs in the dialer.

    Maps.apk
    Maps Application.

    MarketUpdater.apk
    Complement of Vending.apk, helps to update applications installed through Market.

    MediaProvider.apk
    Accesing Media File i.e images, music, files, etc.

    MediaUploader.apk
    For uploading media to remote servers, uploading attachments in emails, third party pages as mediafire dropbox.

    Memo.apk
    Memo Application, can be replaced with similar application.

    Mms.apk
    Mms/Sms Application, can be deleted if your replace with another app i.e go sms.

    MmsProvisioning.apk
    Provide Mms/Sms Services.

    MobileTrackerEngineTwo.apk
    Tracks Phone when stolen, part of Samsung.

    Music.apk
    Music Player. Can be deleted if replaced with another music player.

    MyFiles.apk
    My Files Application. Can be delete only if replaced with similar application.

    NetworkLocation.apk
    Provides Cellphone services

    PackageInstaller.apk
    For manually installing apps, i.e Non-Market Apps. Part of DefaultServicesContainer

    PCWClientS.apk
    Unknown Function

    Personalization.apk
    Unknown Function

    Phone.apk
    Phone Application.

    PhoneErrService.apk
    Unknown Function

    PhoneSky.apk
    Related to Vending.apk, if you don’t have vending.apk this will install it automatically. Can be Google Play depending on firmwares.

    PictoTts.apk
    Text to Speech Translator.

    PopupuiReceiver,apk
    Unknown Function

    PowerOnOffTest.apk
    Unknown Function

    Preconfig.apk
    Phone Configuration.

    Protips.apk
    System Tips

    SamsungApps.apk
    Samsung Apps

    SamsungAppsUNA3.apk
    Part of Samsung Apps, DELETE ONLY if you deleted SamsungApps.apk.

    SamsungWidget_ProgramMonitor.apk
    Program Monitor Widget

    SamsungWidget_StockClock.apk
    Yahoo Finance Widget

    ScreenCaptureService.apk
    Makes Screen Shots

    SecDownloadProvider.apk
    Unknown Function

    SecurityProvider.apk
    Unknown Function

    SelfTest.apk
    Unknown Function

    SerialNumberLabelIndicator.apk
    Unknown Function

    serviceModeApp.apk
    Uknown Function

    Settings.apk
    Settings Application.

    SettingsProvider.apk
    Part of settings.apk

    SetUpWizard.apk
    Set Up for first time loading, language, accounts, time, zone, etc.

    ShareApp.apk
    Sharing Media Files through Gallery

    signin.apk
    Samsung Account

    SisoDrmProvicer.apk
    Music Playback

    SnsAccount.apk
    Accounts Sync Facebook, Twitter, etc

    SnsProvider.apk
    Part of SnsAccount.apk

    Stk.apk
    Sim ToolKit, if delete may cause problems with data and phone service

    Street.apk
    Street View, part of maps.apk. DO NOT delete if you use Google Maps.

    Swype.apk
    Swype, writting input method. Delete only if you dont use this method.

    syncmldm.apk
    Software Update

    syncmlds.apk
    Samsung Account

    SystemUI.apk
    Android User Interface

    Talk.apk
    Google Talk Application. DO NOT delete if you use Google Maps or Google Translate.

    TelephonyProvider.apk
    Phone Services

    thinkdroid.apk
    Office Application, can be replaced with another application.

    TouchWiz30Launcher.apk
    Touchwiz 3.0, can be deleted if you have another Launcher installed i.e Holo Launcher, ADW Launcher, etc.

    TtsServices.apk
    Text To Speech, part of Maps, Google Translate. DO NOT delete if you use Google Maps or Google Translator.

    TwWallpaperChooser.apk
    Touchwiz Wallpaper Selector

    UnifiedInbox.apk
    Social Hub Application

    UserDictionaryProvider.apk
    Dictionary for Latin IME Keyboard

    VoiceRecorder.apk
    Voice Recording

    VoiceSearch.apk
    Voice Search for Google Search, Google Maps

    VpnServices.apk
    Connects to VPN

    wipereceiver.apk
    Wipes device remotely if stolen, part of Samsung. Its your choice, either keep it or delete it.

    WlanTest.apk
    Test Wlan Connectivity

    wssomacp.apk
    Mms/Sms Notification

    wssyncmlnps.apk
    Needed for Syncing with KIES

    Youtube.apk
    Youtube Application.

    Vending.apk
    Market Application.



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    If anyone has any information of the apks files, please post it here. I'll update it as soon as posible.
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    Forest.apk is a live wallpaper.

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    This thread deserves to be a sticky :)
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    AxT9IME.apk
    BluetoothTestMode.apk
    Calendar.apk
    CalendarProvider.apk
    CSC.apk
    DownloadProviderUI.apk
    DrmProvider.apk
    DrmUA.apk
    FactoryTest.apk
    fotaclient.apk
    GoogleBackupTransport.apk
    GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
    GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
    GoogleFeedback.apk
    MobileTrackerEngineTwo.apk
    ShareApp.apk
    signin.apk
    SnsAccount.apk
    SnsProvider.apk
    Stk.apk
    syncmldm.apk
    syncmlds.apk
    can be deleted easily without any problem

    -----some internal features may gone like
    ota updates,sync with other accounts like facebook ,etc.
    but u can use facebook app or friendcaster ......

    ----samsung ota feature is also useless
    as we usually use custom roms........

    ----deleting stk not harm ur niether network nor data.....
    just needed if u want to stop services like flash , news,etc...
    but can be stop services using sms ....

    ---AxT9IME can be deleted when u want to use another keyboard ...
    with this u need to remove "T9DB" FOLDER from system........
    then install any other keyboard from market...

    -----delete BluetoothTestMode.apk and use this code in phone to test bluetooth *#*#197328640#*#*


    -----FactoryTest.apk can be Removed without any problems. If you have ever run autostarts, you´ll realize how much of a hog this apk really is during some actions...

    MobileTrackerEngineTwo.apk ----This app and the next control the tracker ability on your phone. What this does is if you lose your phone you can use this to track it down and find it. If it gets stolen, you can use this to lead the cops to the thief. Although this is an awesome idea, if you don´t live in a perfect world, it would be wiser not to go after the guy who stole your phone in case he decides to, hum..., go kill you afterwards... Besides, I live in Argentina, and the cops cannot be trusted to do this kind of job... they´ll tell you they can´t do anything. These things stay on memory all the time and really consume battery, so if you don´t care about this feature and really just take care of your stuff, you´ll not be needing these two apps.

    SnsAccount.apk ------ Does the feeds sync with facebook and twitter. Without this, you won´t be informed of new tweets of your friends saying "OMG! I´m at the toilet reading cosmo magazine. LOLZ".

    syncmldm.apk ----- Device Management. I read something somewhere but don´t really remember what it was. I deleted this accidentally while trying to delete syncmlds.apk but nothing has broken yet...

    syncmlds.apk ----- This has to do with the Synchronize page options in the settings menu. If you don´t use it, it has no meaning in your life.

    wssyncmlnps.apk ----- This is Over The Air Programming. What this does is if your provider decides it has a better way to configure your device or alterations to do to improve something, they´ll send you a message telling to dial such and such number. Your phone will go into download mode and somethings will be updated. My carrier never has done such things, and really I trust the guys from XDA to configure my phone way better than my carrier. I usually remove this....

    thats all ....................



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    Phonesky.apk is related to vending.apk (google playstore). If u dont hv vendings.apk den it installs it automatically.

    Sent from my GT-S5830i using xda premium

    ---------- Post added at 06:13 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:11 PM ----------

    Unidentifiedinbox.apk is social hub.
    Thinkdroid.apk is office app.

    Sent from my GT-S5830i using xda premium

    ---------- Post added at 06:18 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:13 PM ----------

    Fota is for firmware over the air download. Its in about phone option.
    U forgot to mention vendings.apk in d op.

    Sent from my GT-S5830i using xda premium

    ---------- Post added at 06:21 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:18 PM ----------

    Shareapp.apk is for sharing option in gallery like bluetooth & other stuff.

    Sent from my GT-S5830i using xda premium