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Removing the "bloat" as of 03/20/11

This is a discussion on Removing the "bloat" as of 03/20/11 within the Motorola Xoom Development forums, part of the Motorola Xoom Hacks category; Removing Bloat Hate those unwanted apps on you Xoom? Well, if you are not afraid to “root” your device you can easily get rid of ...

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    Cool Removing the "bloat" as of 03/20/11

    Removing Bloat

    Hate those unwanted apps on you Xoom? Well, if you are not afraid to “root” your device you can easily get rid of it. Now here is the quandary. If your tablet is anything like Android phones it will EXPECT those files to be there when you upgrade to the next version of the OS. I would guess this practice will continue so please RENAME the files instead of deleting them or put them in a “safe” place for when it comes time to update your Xoom.



    The system applications reside in the directory /system/app on your Xoom. You can use the command line of course but, as usual, I find it is much easier using the Root Explorer (or similar app) to rename the files .bak or .old anything but .apk or .odex really. If you are really concerned about the apace you could ZIP them (also an option with Root Explorer). Yes you can also remove email and Gmail if you use a 3rd party email client but the same “rules” apply.

    Another program I find invaluable on my Android phone is Titanium Backup. Ti Backup has a feature to “freeze” the apps that essentially does the same thing in a nice easy to read menu with the ability to restore applications in a “batch” type mode. Unfortunately the developers are still working on a fully functional Honeycomb version so in the near future (probably when the SD card functionality is enabled) I would guess you will be able to use that app also.

    Happy hacking!

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    What are the "bloated" apps that come with it.. I know there is some kind of d and d game.. but that's al I saw

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    Cordy and Dungeon Defenders are the only (2) I would consider "bloat"

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    For those (like me) who only use gmail, removing the other email client is also nice.

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    Cordy is actually a cool game and I wouldn't necesarilly consider it bloat.

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    On my Droid X, OTA operating system updates don't work if you've removed the factory bloat, so upgrades can be a real pain.

    In not sure if the Xoom will have similar issues.

    It's much easier if you just freeze unwanted apps with Titanium Backup.

    Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk

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    Anyone try the "Bloat Freeze(r)" app?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinninches View Post
    Anyone try the "Bloat Freeze(r)" app?
    Good queston! I saw that in the market the other day but have yet to kadabble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlmesq View Post
    On my Droid X, OTA operating system updates don't work if you've removed the factory bloat, so upgrades can be a real pain.

    In not sure if the Xoom will have similar issues.

    It's much easier if you just freeze unwanted apps with Titanium Backup.
    Summary of my original post???? Ti backup does not work on system apps on honeycomb yet

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    I really wouldn't say that there is a lot of bloatware on the Xoom. Now if it had all of the Moto Blur and everything that my DX came with than yes. But this Google Experience seems pretty bloat free.


 
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