The Complete Comprehensive List of System Apps for Xperia Arc (Updated)

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List updated, now with complete descriptions for all APKs.

This is a handy reference guide I had posted on my local forum, the list of apps may not be identical to everyone else, but the core ones are there. Hope it's helpful here too! :)

Feel free to let me know if this is helpful or if there's any additions or corrections needed to be 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!

oddbasket said:
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)

Safe to remove:
(These apps can be removed without ill effects to the Arc's health.)
*Note: New APKs from the 2.3.3 update.

oddbasket said:
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.apk --- 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

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.

oddbasket said:
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:
oddbasket said:
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.

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):

oddbasket said:
com.qoowaa.act_103.apk --- AppXtra
com.singtel.singtelbpl.apk --- Singtel BPL
com.sonyericsson.androidapp.storefront.apk --- AMPed Store
 
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Is there a default Gingerbread apk that can replace the textinput-tng.apk?

Also, what does the default chinese keyboard on Gingerbread look like?
Install any keyboard you like, or multiple keyboards if preferred. Then, go to /data/app and copy the APK to /system/app.
The keyboards then becomes permanently (default) activated keyboards, meaning there's no need to check them in settings to activate them.

Edit: I have added a section to the OP with details on this. Basically about ~100mb of unused storage is wasted in /system/app that can be made used of.
 
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New to 2.3.3:
My bootloader is locked so I'm afraid I can no longer test APKs for everyone. Sorry guys.

I believe them all to be optional, but I'm not rooted to try. So don't take my word for it.

oddbasket said:
CoreNotificationPublisher.apk - Lock Screen Notifications
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 Account
NotificationProvider.apk --- Lock Screeen Notifications Storage
playnowclientarvato.apk --- Playnow Store (replaces previous version)
SEMCFacebookService.apk --- Sony Ericsson Facebook Integration Service
UnsupportedHeadsetNotification --- ? Anyone has encountered this? Or is this for bluetooth?
 
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CoreNotificationPublisher.apk - Lock Screen Notifications
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 Account
NotificationProvider.apk --- Lock Screeen Notifications Storage
playnowclientarvato.apk --- Playnow Store (replaces previous version)
SEMCFacebookService.apk --- Sony Ericsson Facebook Integration Service
UnsupportedHeadsetNotification --- ? Anyone has encountered this? Or is this for bluetooth?

All of these APKs on my phone , were Freezed by TitaniumBackup when I update to 2.3.3

works fine , just like 2.3.2
 
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I've gone through constin's list and matched up the .apk filenames to the application names as they appear in titanium backup.

By the way, does anyone know what the .apk name for Hanashi is? Can't seem to find it.


DO NOT REMOVE
AccountAndSyncSettings.apk ==== Account and Sync Settings
AdobeFlashPlayer.apk ==== Adobe Flash Player
AntHalService.apk ==== AntHalService
ApplicationsProvider.apk ==== Search Applications Provider
Bluetooth.apk ==== Bluetooth Share
bootinfo.apk ==== DownloadAgent
CalendarProvider.apk ==== Calendar Storage
CertInstaller.apk ==== Certificate Installer
CredentialManagerService.apk ==== Credential Manager Service
CustomizationProvider.apk ==== CustomizationProvider
CustomizationSimPayType.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.customization.simpaytype
CustomizedApplicationInstaller.apk ==== Customized App Installer
CustomizedSettings.apk ==== Customized settings
DefaultCapabilities.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.capabilities
DefaultContainerService.apk ==== Package Access Helper
device-monitor.apk ==== devicemonitor
DMClient.apk ==== Software update
DownloadProvider.apk ==== Download Manager
DrmDialogs.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.drmdialogs
DrmProvider.apk ==== DRM-Protected Content Storage
enhancedusbux.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.usbux
FastDormancy.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.android.server.dormant
FmRxService.apk ==== FmRxService
genericappinstaller.apk ==== GenericAppInstaller
GoogleBackupTransport.apk ==== Google Backup Transport
GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk ==== Google Calendar Sync
GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk ==== Google Contacts Sync
GoogleServicesFramework.apk ==== Google Services Framework
InfiniteView.apk ==== Infinite view
LiveWallpapersPicker.apk ==== Live Wallpaper Picker
LocalContacts.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.localcontacts
Maps.apk ==== Maps
MarketUpdater.apk ==== Market Updater
MediaProvider.apk ==== [PLAYLISTS] Media Storage
MtpAppGB.apk ==== MtpApp
NetworkLocation.apk ==== Network Location
OMAClientProvisioning.apk ==== OMA Client Provisioning
OmaV1AgentDownloadServices.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.android.drm.services
PackageInstaller.apk ==== Package installer
Phonebook.apk ==== Contacts
PicoTts.apk ==== Pico TTS
ReadyToRun.apk ==== R2R Client
SemcCameraApplication.apk ==== Camera
SemcContactsProvider.apk ==== Contacts Storage
SemcHdmiControlService.apk ==== SemcHdmiControlService
SemcHdmiEnabler.apk ==== HDMI
SemcPhone.apk ==== [VOICEMAIL] Keypad
SemcSettings.apk ==== ApplicationSettings
SemcTelephonyProvider.apk ==== [SMD/MMS/APN] Dialer Storage
ServiceMenu.apk ==== Service Menu
Settings.apk ==== [WALLPAPER/SETTINGS] Settings
SettingsProvider.apk ==== [SETTINGS/BLUETOOTH] Settings Storage
ShutDownAnimation.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.shutdownanim
SoundPicker.apk ==== SoundPicker
Sync.apk ==== Synchronisation
SystemUI.apk ==== Status Bar
Talk.apk ==== Talk
TtsService.apk ==== TTS Service
usb-mtp-update-wrapper.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.mtp.extension.update
usb-mtp-vendor-extension-service.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.mtp
UseragentProvider.apk ==== UserAgentProvider
UserDictionaryProvider.apk ==== [USER DICT] User Dictionary
Vending.apk ==== Market
VerifyCertificatesDummyAppApplication.apk ==== VerifyCertificatesDummyApp
VerifyCertificatesDummyAppMedia.apk ==== VerifyCertificatesDummyApp
VerifyCertificatesDummyAppPlatform.apk ==== VerifyCertificatesDummyApp
VerifyCertificatesDummyAppShared.apk ==== VerifyCertificatesDummyApp
VoiceDialer.apk ==== Voice Dialler
VoiceSearch.apk ==== Voice Search
VoipCallLogProvider.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.voipcalllog
VpnServices.apk ==== VPN Services
WapiCustomization.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.wapicustomization
WapPush.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.wappush


SAFE TO REMOVE
AccessoryKeyDispatcher.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.accessorykeydispatcher
Calculator.apk ==== Calculator
CdfInfoAccessor.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.cdinfoaccessor
chinesetextinput.apk ==== Chinese Keyboard
com.sonyericsson.androidapp.foursquare_ext_ts3.apk ==== ??? (dont have this on my phone any more)
com.sonyericsson.androidapp.timescapefeedsplugin.apk ==== ??? (dont have this on my phone any more)
com.sonyericsson.com.nordics-1.apk ==== Hanashi
com.whatsapp.apk ==== ??? (dont have this on my phone any more)
*CoreNotificationPublisher.apk ==== Lock screen notifications
CrashSMS.apk ==== (SemcCrashMonitor???) Crash Monitor
datatrafficswitch.apk ==== Data traffic
DigitalClockWidget.apk ==== Digital Clock 1.0
DownloadProviderUi.apk ==== Downloads
EventStream.apk ==== Event Stream Engine
EventStreamPluginCallLog.apk ==== Call log extension
EventStreamPluginFacebook.apk ==== Facebook extension
EventStreamPluginTelephony.apk ==== Messaging Extension
EventStreamPluginTwitter.apk ==== Twitter Extension
facebook.apk ==== Facebook
*FBCalendarSync.apk ==== Facebook CalendarSync
*FBMediaDiscovery.apk ==== Media Discovery
*FBMusicLike.apk ==== Music Likes
*FBNotificationPublisher.apk ==== Facebook Notification Publisher
*FBSetupwizard.apk ==== Facebook setup
GenieWidget.apk ==== News & Weather
Gmail.apk ==== Gmail
GoogleFeedback.apk ==== Market Feedback Agent
GooglePartnerSetup.apk ==== Google Partner Setup
GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk ==== Google Search
HTMLViewer.apk ==== HTML Viewer
IddAgent.apk ==== Anonymous Usage Stats
JapaneseIME.apk ==== POBox Touch
LearningClient.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.learningclient
letsgolf_A_353.apk ==== Let's Golf!
LiveWallpapers.apk ==== Android Live Wallpapers
LivewareManager.apk ==== LiveWare manager
MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk ==== Magic Smoke Wallpapers
MediaWidget.apk ==== Media shortcuts
MediaUploader.apk ==== My Uploads
MusicWidget.apk ==== Music player
*NotificationProvider.apk ==== NotificationsContentProvider
officesuite.apk ==== OfficeSuite
OmaDatasyncService.apk ==== Sony Ericsson Sync
PhotoWidget.apk ==== Photos and videos
*playnowclientarvato.apk ==== Store
playnowappinstaller.apk ==== [defunct]
playnowclient.apk ==== [defunct]
POBoxSknPink.apk ==== Sakura
POBoxSknWood.apk ==== Woody
Protips.apk ==== Home screen tips
qcsemcservice.apk ==== QC SEMC Service
Radio.apk ==== FM radio
retaildemo.apk ==== Retail Demo
SecureClockJava.apk ==== SecureClockService
SemcCrashMonitor.apk ==== CrashMonitor
SemcDlna.apk ==== Media server
*SEMCFacebookService.apk ==== Sony Ericsson Facebook
SEMCSetupWizard.apk ==== Setup guide
SemcVideoEdit.apk ==== Video editor
SoundRecorder.apk ==== Sound Recorder
StatusSwitch.apk ==== Status switch
Stk.apk ==== SIM Toolkit
Street.apk ==== Street View
SyncWizard.apk ==== Sony Ericsson Sync client wizard
timescapelegacywrapper.apk ==== Timescape legacy extension wrapper
TimescapeSpline.apk ==== Timescape
TimescapeWidget.apk ==== Timescape widget
touchnote.apk ==== Postcard
trackid.apk ==== TrackID
*UnsupportedHeadsetNotification.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.unsupportedheadsetnotifier
usersupport.apk ==== Support
VisualizationWallpapers.apk ==== Music Visualisation Wallpapers
WallpaperPicker.apk ==== Sony Ericsson wallpapers
widgetdigitalclock.apk ==== Digital Clock 1.14.0
widgetonoff.apk ==== Widgets On/Off
YouTube.apk ==== YouTube


CAN BE REPLACED
Browser.apk ==== Browser
Calendar.apk ==== Calendar
Conversations.apk ==== Messaging
Home.apk ==== Sony Ericsson Home
SemcDeskClock.apk ==== [ALARMS] Clock
SemcEmail.apk ==== Email
SemcGallery3D.apk ==== Gallery
SemcMusic.apk ==== Music
textinput-tng.apk ==== Default input
 
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    List updated, now with complete descriptions for all APKs.

    This is a handy reference guide I had posted on my local forum, the list of apps may not be identical to everyone else, but the core ones are there. Hope it's helpful here too! :)

    Feel free to let me know if this is helpful or if there's any additions or corrections needed to be 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!

    oddbasket said:
    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)

    Safe to remove:
    (These apps can be removed without ill effects to the Arc's health.)
    *Note: New APKs from the 2.3.3 update.

    oddbasket said:
    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.apk --- 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

    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.

    oddbasket said:
    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:
    oddbasket said:
    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.

    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):

    oddbasket said:
    com.qoowaa.act_103.apk --- AppXtra
    com.singtel.singtelbpl.apk --- Singtel BPL
    com.sonyericsson.androidapp.storefront.apk --- AMPed Store
    7
    I've gone through constin's list and matched up the .apk filenames to the application names as they appear in titanium backup.

    By the way, does anyone know what the .apk name for Hanashi is? Can't seem to find it.


    DO NOT REMOVE
    AccountAndSyncSettings.apk ==== Account and Sync Settings
    AdobeFlashPlayer.apk ==== Adobe Flash Player
    AntHalService.apk ==== AntHalService
    ApplicationsProvider.apk ==== Search Applications Provider
    Bluetooth.apk ==== Bluetooth Share
    bootinfo.apk ==== DownloadAgent
    CalendarProvider.apk ==== Calendar Storage
    CertInstaller.apk ==== Certificate Installer
    CredentialManagerService.apk ==== Credential Manager Service
    CustomizationProvider.apk ==== CustomizationProvider
    CustomizationSimPayType.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.customization.simpaytype
    CustomizedApplicationInstaller.apk ==== Customized App Installer
    CustomizedSettings.apk ==== Customized settings
    DefaultCapabilities.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.capabilities
    DefaultContainerService.apk ==== Package Access Helper
    device-monitor.apk ==== devicemonitor
    DMClient.apk ==== Software update
    DownloadProvider.apk ==== Download Manager
    DrmDialogs.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.drmdialogs
    DrmProvider.apk ==== DRM-Protected Content Storage
    enhancedusbux.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.usbux
    FastDormancy.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.android.server.dormant
    FmRxService.apk ==== FmRxService
    genericappinstaller.apk ==== GenericAppInstaller
    GoogleBackupTransport.apk ==== Google Backup Transport
    GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk ==== Google Calendar Sync
    GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk ==== Google Contacts Sync
    GoogleServicesFramework.apk ==== Google Services Framework
    InfiniteView.apk ==== Infinite view
    LiveWallpapersPicker.apk ==== Live Wallpaper Picker
    LocalContacts.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.localcontacts
    Maps.apk ==== Maps
    MarketUpdater.apk ==== Market Updater
    MediaProvider.apk ==== [PLAYLISTS] Media Storage
    MtpAppGB.apk ==== MtpApp
    NetworkLocation.apk ==== Network Location
    OMAClientProvisioning.apk ==== OMA Client Provisioning
    OmaV1AgentDownloadServices.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.android.drm.services
    PackageInstaller.apk ==== Package installer
    Phonebook.apk ==== Contacts
    PicoTts.apk ==== Pico TTS
    ReadyToRun.apk ==== R2R Client
    SemcCameraApplication.apk ==== Camera
    SemcContactsProvider.apk ==== Contacts Storage
    SemcHdmiControlService.apk ==== SemcHdmiControlService
    SemcHdmiEnabler.apk ==== HDMI
    SemcPhone.apk ==== [VOICEMAIL] Keypad
    SemcSettings.apk ==== ApplicationSettings
    SemcTelephonyProvider.apk ==== [SMD/MMS/APN] Dialer Storage
    ServiceMenu.apk ==== Service Menu
    Settings.apk ==== [WALLPAPER/SETTINGS] Settings
    SettingsProvider.apk ==== [SETTINGS/BLUETOOTH] Settings Storage
    ShutDownAnimation.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.shutdownanim
    SoundPicker.apk ==== SoundPicker
    Sync.apk ==== Synchronisation
    SystemUI.apk ==== Status Bar
    Talk.apk ==== Talk
    TtsService.apk ==== TTS Service
    usb-mtp-update-wrapper.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.mtp.extension.update
    usb-mtp-vendor-extension-service.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.mtp
    UseragentProvider.apk ==== UserAgentProvider
    UserDictionaryProvider.apk ==== [USER DICT] User Dictionary
    Vending.apk ==== Market
    VerifyCertificatesDummyAppApplication.apk ==== VerifyCertificatesDummyApp
    VerifyCertificatesDummyAppMedia.apk ==== VerifyCertificatesDummyApp
    VerifyCertificatesDummyAppPlatform.apk ==== VerifyCertificatesDummyApp
    VerifyCertificatesDummyAppShared.apk ==== VerifyCertificatesDummyApp
    VoiceDialer.apk ==== Voice Dialler
    VoiceSearch.apk ==== Voice Search
    VoipCallLogProvider.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.voipcalllog
    VpnServices.apk ==== VPN Services
    WapiCustomization.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.wapicustomization
    WapPush.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.wappush


    SAFE TO REMOVE
    AccessoryKeyDispatcher.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.accessorykeydispatcher
    Calculator.apk ==== Calculator
    CdfInfoAccessor.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.cdinfoaccessor
    chinesetextinput.apk ==== Chinese Keyboard
    com.sonyericsson.androidapp.foursquare_ext_ts3.apk ==== ??? (dont have this on my phone any more)
    com.sonyericsson.androidapp.timescapefeedsplugin.apk ==== ??? (dont have this on my phone any more)
    com.sonyericsson.com.nordics-1.apk ==== Hanashi
    com.whatsapp.apk ==== ??? (dont have this on my phone any more)
    *CoreNotificationPublisher.apk ==== Lock screen notifications
    CrashSMS.apk ==== (SemcCrashMonitor???) Crash Monitor
    datatrafficswitch.apk ==== Data traffic
    DigitalClockWidget.apk ==== Digital Clock 1.0
    DownloadProviderUi.apk ==== Downloads
    EventStream.apk ==== Event Stream Engine
    EventStreamPluginCallLog.apk ==== Call log extension
    EventStreamPluginFacebook.apk ==== Facebook extension
    EventStreamPluginTelephony.apk ==== Messaging Extension
    EventStreamPluginTwitter.apk ==== Twitter Extension
    facebook.apk ==== Facebook
    *FBCalendarSync.apk ==== Facebook CalendarSync
    *FBMediaDiscovery.apk ==== Media Discovery
    *FBMusicLike.apk ==== Music Likes
    *FBNotificationPublisher.apk ==== Facebook Notification Publisher
    *FBSetupwizard.apk ==== Facebook setup
    GenieWidget.apk ==== News & Weather
    Gmail.apk ==== Gmail
    GoogleFeedback.apk ==== Market Feedback Agent
    GooglePartnerSetup.apk ==== Google Partner Setup
    GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk ==== Google Search
    HTMLViewer.apk ==== HTML Viewer
    IddAgent.apk ==== Anonymous Usage Stats
    JapaneseIME.apk ==== POBox Touch
    LearningClient.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.learningclient
    letsgolf_A_353.apk ==== Let's Golf!
    LiveWallpapers.apk ==== Android Live Wallpapers
    LivewareManager.apk ==== LiveWare manager
    MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk ==== Magic Smoke Wallpapers
    MediaWidget.apk ==== Media shortcuts
    MediaUploader.apk ==== My Uploads
    MusicWidget.apk ==== Music player
    *NotificationProvider.apk ==== NotificationsContentProvider
    officesuite.apk ==== OfficeSuite
    OmaDatasyncService.apk ==== Sony Ericsson Sync
    PhotoWidget.apk ==== Photos and videos
    *playnowclientarvato.apk ==== Store
    playnowappinstaller.apk ==== [defunct]
    playnowclient.apk ==== [defunct]
    POBoxSknPink.apk ==== Sakura
    POBoxSknWood.apk ==== Woody
    Protips.apk ==== Home screen tips
    qcsemcservice.apk ==== QC SEMC Service
    Radio.apk ==== FM radio
    retaildemo.apk ==== Retail Demo
    SecureClockJava.apk ==== SecureClockService
    SemcCrashMonitor.apk ==== CrashMonitor
    SemcDlna.apk ==== Media server
    *SEMCFacebookService.apk ==== Sony Ericsson Facebook
    SEMCSetupWizard.apk ==== Setup guide
    SemcVideoEdit.apk ==== Video editor
    SoundRecorder.apk ==== Sound Recorder
    StatusSwitch.apk ==== Status switch
    Stk.apk ==== SIM Toolkit
    Street.apk ==== Street View
    SyncWizard.apk ==== Sony Ericsson Sync client wizard
    timescapelegacywrapper.apk ==== Timescape legacy extension wrapper
    TimescapeSpline.apk ==== Timescape
    TimescapeWidget.apk ==== Timescape widget
    touchnote.apk ==== Postcard
    trackid.apk ==== TrackID
    *UnsupportedHeadsetNotification.apk ==== com.sonyericsson.unsupportedheadsetnotifier
    usersupport.apk ==== Support
    VisualizationWallpapers.apk ==== Music Visualisation Wallpapers
    WallpaperPicker.apk ==== Sony Ericsson wallpapers
    widgetdigitalclock.apk ==== Digital Clock 1.14.0
    widgetonoff.apk ==== Widgets On/Off
    YouTube.apk ==== YouTube


    CAN BE REPLACED
    Browser.apk ==== Browser
    Calendar.apk ==== Calendar
    Conversations.apk ==== Messaging
    Home.apk ==== Sony Ericsson Home
    SemcDeskClock.apk ==== [ALARMS] Clock
    SemcEmail.apk ==== Email
    SemcGallery3D.apk ==== Gallery
    SemcMusic.apk ==== Music
    textinput-tng.apk ==== Default input
    2
    what does the crash monitor really do?
    Tracks force closes, and possibly sends a usage report to SE. It's just a debugger, and most probably passive. See wiki for debugger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debugger

    Doesn't really help the user directly.
    2
    Well that is false information. You ever tried doing that yourself?
    sure. have you?

    here you go, try it yourself, download & unzip:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=16800433#post16800433
    2
    Hi buddy !

    In Titanium Backup this application is just called "Fun & download", but in Root Explorer, you will find it in "storefront" application name.
    It is like a small Sony Ericsson's market completing the Play Store one which only propose "games & applications".

    I do not know if it is safe to remove and would like to be informed, too !

    ;)

    I can confirm that it is completely safe to remove ;)
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