[MOD](Non-Root)Remove "What's New" from NavRing, Small Apps From Recents

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Asnanon

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Hey community,

Does this just Hide the apps from the system or does it eliminate the apps/apks? Is there a benefit to this over rooting and removing the apps instead?

Thanks

It does exactly as you said, it only disables them.
Currently the working rooting methods require you to unlock your bootloader and with that loose your DRM keys. Other than that, not.

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Asnanon

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Are there any commands to remove these with a locked bootloader and NO ROOT?

You can only remove the ones, that you could also remove using your phones application menu. The other ones are installed into the system and can only be removed using root rights.

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seXneo

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Can I disable the text zoom lens? I don't need the magnifying glass. Double tap to select doesn't work in all apps. I want long click back.

Does anyone already know the package that holds the lens?
 

sxtester

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It does exactly as you said, it only disables them.

I'd like to distinguish between disabling an app and blocking it. When you disable only, then the concerned app is still known to the system as installed, it won't just start. If you block and app, then it's apparently even no longer registered. Check it in the Update Centre, blocked apps show as "new apps" whereas disabled show as "updates". Further, if you do the updates of blocked apps then these updates keep coming back in a loop.

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gazzawazza

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Thanks for this nice mod :D

I want to remove the Xperia Care app, Sony Select and Xperia Lounge.

Does someone have the commands for that?

hi

I believe the following block the xperia lounge and lounge pass items:

pm block com.sonyericsson.xhs
pm block com.sonymobile.xperialounge.services



Cheers,

Gaz
 
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gazzawazza

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tried to block com.sonymobile.mx.android but always result:false

hi

no offence intended but are you using the command correctly / getting the syntax right?

Has pm block worked 'correctly' for you with other packages?

When I do it, I have my adb files in a folder imaginatively called "adb".

I use the command line, from within that "adb" folder, and issue the following command:

adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.mx.android

The response should be "Package com.sonymobile.mx.android new blocked state: true"

Using the unblock command should result in a similar response, except ending in "false".


Regards,

Gary
 

jajank

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hi

no offence intended but are you using the command correctly / getting the syntax right?

Has pm block worked 'correctly' for you with other packages?

When I do it, I have my adb files in a folder imaginatively called "adb".

I use the command line, from within that "adb" folder, and issue the following command:

adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.mx.android

The response should be "Package com.sonymobile.mx.android new blocked state: true"

Using the unblock command should result in a similar response, except ending in "false".


Regards,

Gary

relax mate, no offense taken.
i used linux for modifying my android, just bought my Z3C about a week ago and decided to take a try coz this 577 update really sucks in terms of battery life.
all command i execute manually and it all worked out, got this 1% battery drain overnight at standby. Except for this com.sonymobile.mx.android package, always result false and i wonder maybe someone in this forum got this problem too.
will give it a try again tonight, while googling the solution
 

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relax mate, no offense taken.
i used linux for modifying my android, just bought my Z3C about a week ago and decided to take a try coz this 577 update really sucks in terms of battery life.
all command i execute manually and it all worked out, got this 1% battery drain overnight at standby. Except for this com.sonymobile.mx.android package, always result false and i wonder maybe someone in this forum got this problem too.
will give it a try again tonight, while googling the solution

com.sonymobile.mx.android - has to be removed from security settings as an app with Administrative rights. Then it can be changes, at least that how this worked for me.
 

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    You can use ADB on unrooted devices to remove the "What's New" option from the NavRing and to remove the Small Apps Widget launcher from Recent Apps.

    I will assume you know how to install and use ADB.

    To remove the "What's New" option from the NavRing:
    Code:
    adb shell
    pm block com.sonymobile.advancedwidget.entrance
    exit
    adb reboot

    Make sure to reboot before proceeding if you're removing both items.
    To remove the Small Apps Widget Launcher from the Recents screen:
    Code:
    adb shell
    pm block com.sony.smallapp.launcher
    pm block com.sony.smallapp.app.widget
    exit
    adb reboot

    To revert changes substitute "unblock" for "block" in the command.
    9
    My Setup

    I uninstalled and disabled what i could from within Android and then i used the following to remove the rest of the bloatware:

    adb devices
    adb shell
    pm block com.sonymobile.advancedwidget.entrance
    pm block com.sony.smallapp.launcher
    pm block com.sony.smallapp.app.widget
    pm block com.sonyericsson.textinput.chinese
    pm block com.sonymobile.simplehome
    pm block com.sonymobile.anondata
    pm block com.google.android.apps.books
    pm block com.google.android.music
    pm block com.google.android.videoeditor
    pm block com.google.android.videos
    pm block com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget
    pm block com.google.android.apps.uploader
    pm block com.facebook.katana
    pm block com.sonyericsson.idd.agent
    pm block com.android.stk
    pm block com.sonyericsson.eventstream
    pm block com.sonyericsson.eventstream.facebookplugin
    pm block com.sonyericsson.eventstream.twitterplugin
    pm block com.sonyericsson.eventstream.twitterpostviewer
    pm block com.sonyericsson.socialengine
    pm block com.sonyericsson.socialengine.plugins.facebook
    pm block com.sonyericsson.socialengine.plugins.picasa
    pm block com.sonymobile.socialengine.plugins.facebook_sharefrwk
    pm block com.sonymobile.socialengine.plugins.playmemories
    pm block com.sonymobile.socialengine.plugins.twitter_sharefrwk
    pm block com.sonyericsson.socialpane.friends
    pm block com.sonyericsson.facebook.postview
    pm block com.sonyericsson.facebook.proxylogin
    pm block com.sonyericsson.fbmediadiscovery
    pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.fbcalendarsync
    pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.fbmusiclike
    pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.fbsetupwizard
    pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.storefront
    pm block com.sonymobile.twitter.account
    pm block com.sonymobile.twitter.setupwizard
    pm block com.sonyericsson.advancedwidget.music
    pm block com.sonyericsson.advancedwidget.notewidget
    pm block com.sonyericsson.advancedwidget.photo
    pm block com.sonyericsson.advancedwidget.weather
    pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.timescapefeedsplugin
    pm block com.sonyericsson.video
    pm block com.sonyericsson.timescape.ui
    pm block com.sonymobile.mx.android
    pm block com.sony.snei.mu.phone
    pm block cjp.co.sony.tablet.PersonalSpace
    exit
    adb reboot

    ---- to reverse use unblock

    Many of the packages are self explained by its name but some arn't. Therefor I would recommend to do a quick search on the below posts to figure them out.

    https://crowd.xprivacy.eu/?letter=X
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1089470
    http://blog.burrowsapps.com/2014/03/what-android-apps-are-safe-to-remove.html

    Also check out this guy. He got really far in debloating. It is in german or something but thats what Google Translate is for!
    http://www.android-hilfe.de/sony-xp...bloatware-zwecks-deaktivierung-ohne-root.html

    Good luck debloating!
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    I don’t know when it happened but it seems like all changes I made has now been reset, the "What’s new" ring in back etc.
    Anyone else noticed this?

    Did you reboot your phone in the meanwhile ? From my readings here in the different threads i assume that the What'S new ring is resetted like the deactivated app through system/app-settings. This seems to be a bug in the Sony firmware. Every reboot seems to reset all. But in my case i can't confirm this behaviour concerning the blocked stuff.

    But something is strange though - i blocked some live wall papers - and after controlling in the system/app-settings i find them active in RAM and i could kill them ? So what exactly happened with this blocked packages ? Could someone please explain - all stuff all around the different forums are only vague concerning our application. It seemed as if all packages in the batch file are blocked correctly but why could they be killed from RAM ?

    THX in advance

    Rhonin

    BTW: I expanded my BatchScript a little - you can find it in the attachment. you can find the content of the batch file below.

    Code:
    @echo off
    COLOR 70
    echo Welcome to this small DEBLOATING-batch
    echo.
    echo Please hit any key to proceed...
    pause
    echo.
    echo.
    COLOR 74
    echo Debloating process starts...
    echo.
    REM SmallApps
    echo Block Smallapp stuff ?
    echo. 
    SET /P X=(Y)es or (N)o ?
    IF /I "%X%"=="Y" goto :SmallApps
    IF /I "%X%"=="N" goto :Block1
    GOTO ENDE
    :SmallApps
    echo.
    adb shell pm block com.sony.smallapp.managerservice REM NEW
    adb shell pm block com.sony.smallapp.appframework REM NEW
    adb shell pm block com.sony.smallapp.launcher
    adb shell pm block com.sony.smallapp.app.widget
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.smallapps.calc
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.smallapps.clipper
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.smallapps.timer
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.smallbrowser
    :Block1
    REM SonyApps
    echo.
    echo Block Sony-Apps and ANT-Server ? 
    echo.
    SET /P X=(Y)es or (N)o ?
    IF /I "%X%"=="Y" goto :SonyApps
    IF /I "%X%"=="N" goto :Block2
    GOTO ENDE
    :SonyApps
    echo.
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.lifelog
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.sketch
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.textinput.chinese
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.pobox REM NEW
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.simplehome
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.anondata
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.idd.agent
    adb shell pm block com.dsi.ant.server REM NEW
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.retaildemo REM NEW
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.synchub REM NEW
    :Block2
    REM Android stuff
    echo.
    echo Block Android Stuff ? 
    echo.
    SET /P X=(Y)es or (N)o ?
    IF /I "%X%"=="Y" goto :Android
    IF /I "%X%"=="N" goto :Block3
    GOTO ENDE
    :Android
    echo.
    adb shell pm block com.google.android.apps.books
    adb shell pm block com.google.android.music
    adb shell pm block com.google.android.videoeditor
    adb shell pm block com.google.android.videos
    adb shell pm block com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget
    adb shell pm block com.google.android.apps.uploader
    adb shell pm block com.facebook.katana
    adb shell pm block com.android.stk
    :Block3
    REM Social Media stuff
    echo.
    echo Block Social Media Stuff ? 
    echo.
    SET /P X=(Y)es or (N)o ?
    IF /I "%X%"=="Y" goto :Social
    IF /I "%X%"=="N" goto :Block4
    GOTO ENDE
    :Social
    echo.
    adb shell pm block com.bambuser.sociallive
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.eventstream
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.eventstream.facebookplugin
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.eventstream.twitterplugin
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.eventstream.twitterpostviewer
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.socialengine
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.socialengine.plugins.facebook
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.socialengine.plugins.picasa
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.socialengine.plugins.facebook_sharefrwk
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.socialengine.plugins.playmemories
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.socialengine.plugins.twitter_sharefrwk
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.socialpane.friends
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.facebook.postview
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.facebook.proxylogin
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.fbmediadiscovery
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.fbcalendarsync
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.fbmusiclike
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.fbsetupwizard
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.storefront
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.twitter.account
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.twitter.setupwizard
    :Block4
    REM Advancewidgets
    echo.
    echo Block Advancewidgets ? 
    echo.
    SET /P X=(Y)es or (N)o ?
    IF /I "%X%"=="Y" goto :Advance
    IF /I "%X%"=="N" goto :Block5
    GOTO ENDE
    :Advance
    echo.
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.advancedwidget.entrance
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.advancedwidget.music
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.advancedwidget.notewidget
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.advancedwidget.photo
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.advancedwidget.weather
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.androidapp.timescapefeedsplugin
    adb shell pm block com.sonyericsson.timescape.ui
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.mx.android
    adb shell pm block com.sony.snei.mu.phone
    adb shell pm block cjp.co.sony.tablet.PersonalSpace
    :Block5
    REM Themes and Live Wallpapapers
    echo.
    echo Block Themes and Live Wallpapers ? 
    echo.
    SET /P X=(Y)es or (N)o ?
    IF /I "%X%"=="Y" goto :Themes
    IF /I "%X%"=="N" goto :Ende
    :Themes
    echo.
    adb shell pm block com.android.phasebeam
    adb shell pm block com.android.magicsmoke
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.themes.id001
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.themes.id002
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.themes.id003
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.themes.id004
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.themes.id005
    adb shell pm block com.sonymobile.themes.id006
    :Ende
    adb shell exit
    COLOR 72
    echo.
    echo Debloating complete
    echo.
    echo.
    echo Please hit a key to reboot...
    pause
    adb reboot
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    Debloating via batch file

    Hi guys,

    i tried to combine some pm commands in a script, executed it and rebooted. But it seemed not to work. I saw in the terminal window only killed and not new status block : true
    OK - after some research i found a temporary solution for me. I took @erousr's post as a base and put all his proposed packages in a DOS-Batchfile. I saved it in the ADB-Folder on my PC. After connecting the phone with my PC activating USB Debugging i doubleclick the batch file and it runs the way i wanted it to work :laugh:

    A big THX goes to @erousr for his selection

    If someone is interested in this batch-file -> Have a look at the attached file.
    Feel free to use it as a base and delete the lines which contain packages you need or you can insert lines of packages you do not need.

    I will investigate on other packages which can be blocked, and maybe we can build a little database of packages for the z3c - though there are a lot of collections around here at XDA....
    6
    Try 'pm hide' instead of 'pm block'
    Thanks!

    Small apps are gone, but Google Search bar is still there after:
    Code:
    adb shell
    pm hide com.sonymobile.advancedwidget.entrance
    pm hide com.sony.smallapp.launcher
    pm hide com.sony.smallapp.app.widget
    exit
    adb reboot
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