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DROIDX2 Allows for Certain Bloatware Removal

We’re still putting the DROIDX2 through a few more tests before we drop a review, but we were just tipped to one thing that will surely be receiving some positive marks:  bloatware removal.  As you all know by now, unremovable software is not on our list of favorite things, so when we see a device that actually lets you block it from existence, we get a little excited.  And even if the files are still on the phone tucked away in /system/app we’re OK with that, because at least they are out of sight.  Even non-anal Android users should appreciate this gesture, shouldn’t they?  We’d love to reach out and thank one of the companies involved who made this decision, but one of them would need to step forward and take the credit.  Anyone?

So you know though, not all of the bloatware on the DX2 is removable.  City ID (at least not yet), Blockbuster, Slacker and the VCAST stuff are there to stay, but all of the games like NFS Shift and Let’s Golf can be hidden uninstalled.

Cheers Lonnie!

  • Katty Peters

    Good news, I’m so impressed!  It’s another reason why the Motorola Droid  is considered as a good buy. This will be a good helpful. 

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  • kevin

    Why put it on ARE phones in the first place.

  • Echew1

    City ID is removeable by going into it and choosing uninstall when it tells you that it’s expired.

  • Echew1

    City ID is removeable by going into it and choosing uninstall when it tells you that it’s expired.

  • kevin

    It never should be put on ARE phones in the first place. Thay charge us for every thing we use  to the penny. HOW come we cant charge them for the space thay use on ARE phones. 

  • Anonymous

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  • Evilgas

    I rooted my droidx and then removed blockbuster, madden, skype and cityID.  But I ran into a problem when I tried to do my OTA update.  It failed because of the missing bloatware.  I reloaded the apps and then did a manual update to get GB.  But if you are allowed to remove the apps in GB, will it affect users during the next upgrade process?

    Also noted after upgrading, my Amazon Apps did not work until I logged back into the Amazon server.  I wonder if Amazon is collecting data about my usage of it’s apps?  It seems kind of stupid that the apps are not stand alone and are controlled by Amazon at all times. 

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    That’s why we root our Androids.

  • http://twitter.com/NotRahmEmanuel NOT RahmEmanuel

    Not sure if anybody else has mentioned this, but — after applying the Gingerbread update — you can now delete those game demos from your Droid X, as well. Yay. :-)

    Sure, it’s just a few lousy Mb… but it’s a step in the right direction. So, props to the folks at Motorola & Verizon for (finally) listening to their long-suffering customers.

  • faber78

    more moto fail locked booyloader crap.

  • Anonymous

    I hate when I explore the SD card just to see data from apps that I uninstalled months ago, when I heard the word uninstall I want to think as “terminate”, like if there were never that app… after reading this I guess that dream will never come true

  • RECK

    Pshhhhh the droid x does it too. I think thats part of the new blur because ive been able to do it since.595

  • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

    I thought Twitter was a type of “bloatware.” Well the official Twitter app, that is. But I guess not, ’cause I removed it fine. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    It’s very cool that some of the larger bloatware (games) can be uninstalled. Something to keep in mind (and the reason I brought this to K’s attention) is that once you uninstall the “uninstallables”, even a factory reset doesn’t bring them back. I had purchased NFS Shift from the Market for my DX1, and so I uninstalled the demo NFS Shift from my DX2 with the intention of installing the Market one. Come to find out, the Market version of NFS Shift is NOT the exact same as the DX2 installed version, and it won’t properly download the extras. Even if you manually copy over the download part of the game (I copied from my DX1), the game launches and all textures are white on the DX2 (the problem that many non-DX1 people had when they installed the demo on other phones).

    This means if you want to get NFS Shift on the DX2 at some point, COPY THE APK OFF THE DEVICE BEFORE YOU UNINSTALL IT, otherwise you’ll be stuck getting a copy of the DX2 version from someone else like I am. This statement would also go for any other stock apps that are allowed to be uninstalled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    It’s very cool that some of the larger bloatware (games) can be uninstalled. Something to keep in mind (and the reason I brought this to K’s attention) is that once you uninstall the “uninstallables”, even a factory reset doesn’t bring them back. I had purchased NFS Shift from the Market for my DX1, and so I uninstalled the demo NFS Shift from my DX2 with the intention of installing the Market one. Come to find out, the Market version of NFS Shift is NOT the exact same as the DX2 installed version, and it won’t properly download the extras. Even if you manually copy over the download part of the game (I copied from my DX1), the game launches and all textures are white on the DX2 (the problem that many non-DX1 people had when they installed the demo on other phones).

    This means if you want to get NFS Shift on the DX2 at some point, COPY THE APK OFF THE DEVICE BEFORE YOU UNINSTALL IT, otherwise you’ll be stuck getting a copy of the DX2 version from someone else like I am. This statement would also go for any other stock apps that are allowed to be uninstalled.

  • JJ

    Ok maybe I’m missing something, my DX only has NFS Shift that can be uninstalled.  I don’t have slacker, or Let’s Golf 2.  I could uninstall NFS Shift on my 2.2 stock so I don’t think this is new or that cool….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      DX2.

      • JJ

        Thanks Missed that…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/Y7MMPJP4MVEBR3LOWOIQEC5LW4 Rob

    I was able to remove city id on my droid x. I clicked on the app and it said it’s expired do you want to pay whatever per month and i hit no, then it asked if I would like to remove it and I hit yes. City ID is no more.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      City ID wasn’t originally that way. Enough people bitched about it that they caved and allowed the uninstall. The rest of the bloatware doesn’t allow it.

  • Knightcrusader

    I believe NFS Shift is installed to the /data partition, so thats why you can uninstall it. I think I can uninstall it on my D2 as well…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Good call. You are correct, sir.

  • that’ll do pig

    Does anyone know what the ‘bacon strips’ symbol is for? It’s between the wifi & network signal strength symbols in the notification bar.

    • @Binjermin

      …..Silent/Vibrate

    • Mikey

      That’s The Vibrate Symbol.

    • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

      Means you left the Microwave app running.  Hope that clears things up! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      You totally just reminded me of this sign.

      http://indiemini.com/card/images/img_853.jpg

  • http://www.twitter.com/MaxMoulton MaxMoulton

    my Thunderbolt and I are jealous :(

    • Anonymous

      My rooted one isn’t ;-P

  • Abcd

    hi nice post

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Hiding it and not having it be able to load in the background are two different things. Root and rename or freeze is the only way. Bloatware is pure Communism.

  • Blake

    Why can’t I have gingerbread for this phone? =(

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t you just buy the phone, knowing it runs Froyo? Why are you complaining already?

      • Blake

        Knowing that gingerbread would follow shortly. Its out for the DX1, why not the 2?

        • kevin

          IT SUCKS BE GLAD YOU DONT HAVE IT

  • John F.

    NFS shift could be removed from the Droid 2, and Droid X, so whats the big deal?

    I like the task manager on the droid x/2 gingerbread because you can set it to auto end after 2 mins of inactivity…

    • tjhrulz

      you must be new here, or were you not on droid life yesterday?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        He’s referring to the one that’s actually built into the DX2 stock ROM. It’s not an auto-killer, it just shows the running processes.

        • tjhrulz

          But he is talking about using it to kill tasks, lol I run LibertyGB so it is not there

  • Droidfan

    With groups available I have hidden away that stuff.  As far as being on my Droid X, from every thing I have read about how Android 2.2 and 2.3 manage apps their harmless. There are far worse things in life than a few VZW bloat apps.

  • Droidfan

    With groups available I have hidden away that stuff.  As far as being on my Droid X, from every thing I have read about how Android 2.2 and 2.3 manage apps their harmless. There are far worse things in life than a few VZW bloat apps.

  • Anonymous

    to me, Slacker is NOT bloatware…i love it
    the rest, couldnt care less about

  • Anonymous

    to me, Slacker is NOT bloatware…i love it
    the rest, couldnt care less about

    • Anonymous

      Just because you love it doesn’t mean it isn’t bloatware. I’m sure there is one guy out there that likes City ID or Blockbuster, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t Bloatware.

      Anything that isn’t part of the core OS shouldn’t be included out of the box.

      • Anonymous

        i won’t argue that. but i will tell you right now slacker is doing a 1 month free of their premium service. you should head over to fb and probably their main site and check it out. if not for on your phone, then for on the computer. it is amazing lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      If it’s not a vanilla android app, it’s technically bloatware. I love some bloatware, I hate others.

      • Anonymous

        well like i said, ‘to me’ lol but as soon as my 1 month trial runs out this is going to be me =(

  • http://profiles.google.com/tylerjhilliard TYLER HILLIARD

    if you just want to hide them make an app group (GBlur users) with all the apps except them and make your launcher launch that group (i don’t know if blur can customize the dock that far but i’m running LauncherPro Plus)

  • http://profiles.google.com/tylerjhilliard TYLER HILLIARD

    if you just want to hide them make an app group (GBlur users) with all the apps except them and make your launcher launch that group (i don’t know if blur can customize the dock that far but i’m running LauncherPro Plus)

  • http://twitter.com/cshaw29 Clay Shaw

    Umm….. so? 2 game demos? What about all the other crap I want to get rid of? They probably made those uninstallable in case a business bought the phone for employees. Same reason gaming sites are blocked and they removed solitare.

  • Raptor007

    If Verizon (and the Mfg’s) want to curtail some of those who root, then this is a step in the right direction.  Bloatware was at least part of the reason(s) I root, BUT, if its still there hogging up internal memory when phones are still shipping with a 1Gig of available space then hiding it is unacceptable.  Let me remove it, and if I do and want to install it later then oh well I have to visit the market and pay for it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Don’t count on that in all cases. Some bloatware is customized to the phone, NFS Shift being one. It’s not the same version as what’s in the Market. I couldn’t get the Market version to work on the DX2, that’s why I’m hunting for the DX2 version now that I uninstalled it. Sucks, owning the market version and not being able to use it due to incompatibility. Rule of thumb, back up before you uninstall/delete.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonSCarter Jason Carter

    Well, at least thats a start.  I doubt Verizon will ever let the vCAST stuff be removed.  And as long as they are getting a kickback from City ID and Blockbuster (as long as they can afford to be in business) they are here to stay as well.

  • Anonymous

    NFS Shift could also be uninstalled from the original Droid X.  How they determine what CAN and what can’t… that is the mystery yet to be solved.

    • John F.

      ya can you imagine how bitchy people would be if that nfs 100 megabyte joke was uninstallable?  even though the phone has plenty of memory, people would still be bitchin…

  • Guest

    FIRST!!!!

  • Mikey

    I Uninstalled All Those Apps In The First 5 Minutes Of Owning This Awesome Phone.

  • Anonymous

    Wishing the headline read: Droid X2 certainly allows for bloatware removal.

    Actually, it’s moot to me because, I’m loathing Moto lately…

  • http://twitter.com/Ghub1 Chris Ghubril

    At least this is a step in the right direction. First step removal of bloat, second unlocking bootloader, third not going bankrupt again. Motorola should take those 3 easy steps to success. 

    • tjhrulz

      4th Not piss of customers (thats verizon’s job these days)

    • tjhrulz

      4th Not piss of customers (thats verizon’s job these days)

  • RW-1

    Where’s the Jha Tool Removal option?

    • Anonymous

      Hah!

    • Anonymous

      Jha is the removal tool. He’s removing profits and customers.

    • Tj

      Droid does bloatware iPhone doesn’t

      • Inkster09

        Droid does implode too

      • http://www.facebook.com/topgearusa Bill Mattheis

        Yea that would sure suck if the iPhone came with crapware like an outdated stock app or crappy weather app……

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Royer/100000358962998 Travis Royer

      Classic! That deserves a “Hazaa” to you sir!

    • Inkster09

      I apologize to al droid-lifers as I am one but I’m just so afraid the Droid line of phones arefor regular regular consumers. Droid phones are /were supposed to be for us hardcore androiders. This really sucks Droid phones are now feature phones.

      • Inkster09

        Well on to nexus phones from now on its been great drooooooid. Moving on but not moving on from this wonderful site.

        • Ĵono Reĝo

          Same here, I plan to take the fall to AT&T for the Nexus 3 later this year. I’m still gonna follow this site though.