Oct 15, 2011

Removable Bloatware on Android

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Disclaimer: This list serves as a reference. Your removable bloatware apps on Andorid varies upon your manufracturer (i.e HTC, Samsung), your operator (i.e AT&T, Orange) and other factors.  Be careful or brick your phone.

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<apk name>


<package name>


Remove


Description

AccountAndSyncSettings.apkcom.android.providers.subscribedfeeds
no?

Syncs settings to Google servers. Needed for Gmail app notifications.
ADWLauncher.apkcom.android.launcher
yes

ADW System Launcher. Only remove if you have a second replacement home.
ApplicationsProvider.apkcom.android.providers.applications
yes?

Fetches the list of applications installed on the phone to provide search suggestions.
Bluetooth.apkcom.android.bluetooth
yes

Bluetooth app
BooksPhone.apkcom.google.android.apps.books
yes[1]

Google Books application
Browser.apkcom.android.browser
yes

Internet BrowserPLEASE NOTE: This is apparently a hard-coded requirement for Google Voice Search (along with Talk and Voice); without it, Voice Search will FC after recognizing speech. Having Dolphin, etc., installed will not work.
Calculator.apkcom.android.calculator2
yes

Calculator app
Calendar.apkcom.android.calendar
yes

Calendar app / widget
CalendarProvider.apkcom.android.providers.calendar
yes

Calendar sync
Camera.apkcom.android.camera
yes

Camera app
CarHomeGoogle.apkcom.google.android.carhome
yes[1]

Car Dock Search?
CarHomeLauncher.apkcom.android.cardock
yes[1]

Car Dock Launcher?
CertInstaller.apkcom.android.certinstaller
no?

(Web?) Certificate Installer. When removed, the WIFI will not be turned on (Automatically turned off).
ChromeToPhone.apkcom.google.android.apps.chrometophone
yes[1]

Send links from Chrome to phone
com.amazon.mp3.apkcom.amazon.mp3
yes[1]

App that links to Amazon .mp3 store.
Contacts.apkcom.android.contacts
no

Contacts app; the Call logContacts and Favorites screens
ContactsProvider.apkcom.android.providers.contacts
no

Contacts sync
DefaultContainerService.apkcom.android.defcontainer
no

Needed to install apps.
DeskClock.apkcom.android.deskclock
yes

Clock and Alarm app
Development.apkcom.android.development
yes

Development app
DownloadProvider.apkcom.android.providers.downloads
no

Handles downloading files (Market, Browser, etc)
DrmProvider.apkcom.android.providers.drm
no

Provides DRM functions, needed to access media files (including ringtones)
DSPManager.apkcom.bel.android.dspmanager
yes

Digital Sound Processing
Email.apkcom.android.email
yes

POP/IMAP email client
Facebook.apkcom.facebook.katana
yes[1]

Facebook app
FileManager.apkorg.openintents.filemanager
yes

IOFilemanager app
FOTAKILL.apkcom.cyanogenmod.android.fotakill
no?

OTA Killer
Gallery3D.apkcom.cooliris.media
yes

3D Photo Gallery
GenieWidget.apkcom.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget
yes[1]

News and Weather Widget
Gmail.apkcom.google.android.gm
yes[1]

Gmail app
GoogleBackupTransport.apkcom.google.android.backup
yes[1]

Backup Mechanism for apps and settings?
GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apkcom.google.android.syncadapters.calendar
yes[1]

Calendar sync
GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apkcom.google.android.syncadapters.contacts
yes[1]

Contacts sync
GoogleFeedback.apkcom.google.android.feedback
yes[1]

ForceClose reporting
GoogleGoggles.apkcom.google.android.apps.unveil
yes[1]

Google Goggles app
GooglePartnerSetup.apkcom.google.android.partnersetup
yes[1]

 ???
GoogleQuickSearchBox.apkcom.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
yes[1]

Google search box
GoogleServicesFramework.apkcom.google.android.gsf
yes[1]

Provides account / login information to Google Apps
googlevoice.apkcom.google.android.apps.googlevoice
yes[1]

Google Voice
HtcCopyright.apkcom.htc.copyright
yes

Puts "HTC Copyright" info in the Legal Information of the About Phone dialog. Useless and safe to delete.
HtcEmailPolicy.apkcom.android.email.policy
yes

Email.apk uses this for a connection to a Microsoft Exchange email server. Without it a connection to Exchange 2007/2010 will not work as the exchange device policy is not accepted. An Exchange administrator can configure the policy to allow/disallow features and functions on the device. In case of loss or theft the device can be reset to factory default remotely to prevent unauthorized acces.
HtcSettings.apkcom.android.htcsettings
yes

HTC Radio settings, probably better to leave alone but otherwise safe to delete
HTMLViewer.apkcom.android.htmlviewer
yes

Used by browser.apk to filter HTML. ??? Doesn't seem to be needed.
kickback.apkcom.google.android.marvin.kickback
yes[1]

Gives haptic feedback for some apps (accessibility menu option)
LatinIME.apkcom.android.inputmethod.latin
yes

On-screen keyboard
LatinImeTutorial.apkcom.google.android.latinimetutorial
yes[1]

Tutorial for on-screen keyboard
LiveWallpapersPicker.apkcom.android.wallpaper.livepicker
yes

Live Wallpaper Selector
Maps.apkcom.google.android.apps.maps
no[1]

Google Maps. Froyo depends on this apk, along with its associated dependencies (com.google.android.maps.xml, com.google.android.maps.jar), in order to access copy protected apps in the Android market.
MarketUpdater.apkcom.android.vending.updater
yes[1]

Updates app list / download list in market? Needed by Vending.apk
MediaProvider.apkcom.android.providers.media
no

Needed to access media files (including ringtones)
MediaUploader.apkcom.google.android.apps.uploader
yes[1]

Share media from the Gallery with MMS, Bluetooth, Email, Picasa
Mms.apkcom.android.mms
yes

Provides sms and mms (text) services
Music.apkcom.android.music
yes

Music Player (and "Video" Player)
NetworkLocation.apkcom.google.android.location
yes[1]

Provides network (cell) location (as opposed to GPS location)
OneTimeInitializer.apkcom.google.android.onetimeinitializer
yes[1]

Runs on first boot. Conflicts with google app "Provision.apk".
PackageInstaller.apkcom.android.packageinstaller
no

Used to manually install apks (i.e. non-market apks)
PassionQuickOffice.apkcom.qo.android.htcgep
yes[1]

Allows Email/Gmail apps to open attachments
Phone.apkcom.android.phone
no

Phone app; Dialer screen
PicoTts.apkcom.svox.pico
yes

Text to speech. From SD data?
Protips.apkcom.android.protips
yes

'protips' widget
Provision.apkcom.android.provision
yes*

Runs on first boot. Conflicts with google app "SetupWizard.apk". Okay to delete if loading the gapps zip.
QuickSearchBox.apk
yes

Search box? Need for search in Phone app.
RomManager.apkcom.koushikdutta.rommanager
yes

Rom Manager App
Settings.apkcom.android.settings
no

devices settings menu
SettingsProvider.apkcom.android.providers.settings
no

Settings sync?
SetupWizard.apkcom.android.setupwizard
yes[1]

Setup Wizard when you first use your phone.
soundback.apkcom.google.android.marvin.soundback
yes[1]

sound feedback (accessibility option)
SoundRecorder.apkcom.android.soundrecorder
yes

Sound Recorder app
SpareParts.apkcom.android.spare_parts
yes

Extra 'settings' menu
SpeechRecorder.apkcom.android.speechrecorder
yes

Records audio samples to test speech recognition
Stk.apkcom.android.stk
yes

Sim Tool Kit; Required if you use SIM applications (like authenticatino, banking, PKI etc)
Street.apkcom.google.android.street
yes[1]

Streetview for Google maps
Superuser.apkcom.noshufou.android.su
yes

Remembers 'su' settings
SystemUI.apkcom.android.systemui
no

Part of the system UI.
Talk.apkcom.google.android.talk
yes[1]

Google Talk
talkback.apkcom.google.android.marvin.talkback
yes[1]

voice feedback (accessibility option)
TelephonyProvider.apkcom.android.providers.telephony
no

Phone sync?
Term.apkcom.android.term
yes

Gives access to terminal
ThemeChooser.apkcom.tmobile.themechooser
yes

Part of the T-Mobile theming app
ThemeManager.apkcom.tmobile.thememanager
yes

Part of the T-Mobile theming app
Torch.apknet.cactii.flash2
yes

LED Flashlight
TtsService.apkandroid.tts
yes[1]

Text to Speech. Needed by Google Navigator from Google Maps v5+. Otherwise, safe to remove.
Twitter.apkcom.twitter.android
yes[1]

Native Twitter client
UserDictionaryProvider.apkcom.android.providers.userdictionary
yes

Dictionary for LatinIME(keyboard) / Needed for LatinIME.apk to function
Vending.apkcom.android.vending
yes[1]

Market app
VoiceDialer.apkcom.android.voicedialer
yes

Voice dialer app
VoiceSearch.apkcom.google.android.voicesearch
yes[1]

Voice Search for Google Search, Google Maps, etc
VpnServices.apkcom.android.server.vpn
yes

Virtual Private Network app
YouTube.apkcom.google.android.youtube
yes[1]

YouTube player

[1] NOTE: These are Google apps & are safe to remove as far as phone stability is concerned. Might break other Google apps if removed.

Source http://cyanogenmod.com


Oct 5, 2011

Remove AT&T Bloatware from your Android phone

There are a slew of apps that come installed on your phone, including AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, AT&T Maps, AT&T Music,  and AT&T Mobile Hotspots.  The first thing many of us want to do is remove the stuff we don't want or expect to use.  Your phone should be rooted.  Next, you can use Root Uninstaller to remove . Following is a list of delete-able pre-installed AT&T applications:

  • AT&T Navigator

  • AT&T Radio

  • AT&T Maps

  • AT&T Music

  • AT&T Mobile Hotspots

  • Mobile Banking

  • Mobile Video

  • Where

  • YPmobile

  • AT&T FamilyMap

  • Mini Diary

  • MobiTV

  • Write and Go

Oct 4, 2011

Android 2.3 security bug shows microSD access vulnerability

A researcher at North Carolina State University is warning of an Android 2.3 security vulnerability that gives attackers access to your personal information, further proof that Gingerbread isn't all sugar and spice (to be fair, that SMS issue has since been remedied). According to Xuxian Jiang, the bug allows malicious websites to access and upload the contents of a user's microSD card, including voicemails, photos, and online banking information to a remote server. The flaw apparently resembles a similar bug in previous version of Android, thought to have been addressed with Gingerbread. However, as Jiang points out, that fix is easily bypassed. Apart from removing the microSD card, disabling JavaScript, or switching to a third-party browser, Android 2.3 users have little recourse in squashing the bug. The folks at eWeek reported that Google is working on a solution to the problem, but there's no word on when we can expect to see an update

Source: www.engadget.com

 

Oct 2, 2011

Massive Security Vulnerability In HTC Android Devices (EVO 3D, 4G, Thunderbolt, Others) Exposes Phone Numbers, GPS, SMS, Emails Addresses, Much More

If you own a rooted HTC Android Devices and affected by this security hole, I recommend to use Root Uninstaller to remove HtcLoggers.apk

I am quite speechless right now. Justin Case and I have spent all day together with Trevor Eckhart (you may remember him as TrevE of DamageControl and Virus ROMs) looking into Trev's findings deep inside HTC's latest software installed on such phones as EVO 3DEVO 4G, Thunderbolt, and others.

These results are not pretty. In fact, they expose such ridiculously frivolous doings, which HTC has no one else to blame but itself, that the data-leaking Skype vulnerability Justin found earlier this year pales in comparison. Without further ado, let me break things down.