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[GUIDE] APK's, their purpose and safe or not to remove
« on: May 06, 2012, 03:38:11 AM »
APK's, their purpose and safe or not to remove
This contains Froyo, Gingerbread, ICS, Cyanogenmod 

Green = Safe to remove.
Orange = Remove with caution
Red = Do not remove

Note: The effects of removing certain apps can change depending on what version of Android and which rom you have. CM responds differently than stock, GB responds differently than Froyo.

A
AccountAndSyncSettings Syncs settings to Google, especially important to Gmail. Do not delete.
Android_VirginUS-Chat Virgin Mobile Chat forum app. Safe to remove.
AndroidUTSManager Possibly Time sync system. Not recommended to delete.
ApplicationsProvider Provides the list of installed apps to Market. Delete at your own peril.

B
BackupRestoreConfirmation - restores sync'd Google settings. Do not remove.
Bluetooth Bluetooth connection system.  Do not remove if you use Bluetooth.
BluetoothServices - Bluetooth connection system. Do not remove if you use Bluetooth.
Browser Stock Android web browser. Semi-safe to remove, can break bookmarks, voice search and possibly market.

C
Calculator Calculator. Safe to remove.
Calendar Calendar app. Safe to remove.
CalendarGoogle - Calendar app. Safe to remove.
CalendarProvider -sync system for Calendar. Safe to remove.
Camera Camera app. Do not remove if you use your camera.
CarHomeGoogle Utilities to make using your phone safer while driving. Safe to remove.
CertInstaller Wifi certificate installer. Do not remove.
ChromeBookmarksSyncAdapter syncs Chrome bookmarks. Safe to remove.
ChromeToPhone syncs Chrome bookmarks Safe to remove.
CMParts Settings in Cyanogenmod roms will force close without this. Do not remove.
CMScreenshot Screen capture application. Safe to remove.
com.google.android.marvin.kickback Provides keyboard feedback through vibration. Safe to remove.
com.google.android.marvin.soundback Provides keyboard feedback through clicks. Safe to remove.
com.google.android.marvin.talkback Provides keyboard feedback through voice. Safe to remove.
Contacts Your contact list. Do not remove.
ContactsProvider Syncs contacts. Do not remove.
Cyanbread Stock Cyanogenmod theme. Do note Remove unless you have an alternative installed.

D
DefaultContainerService Needed for installing apps. Do not remove.
DeskClock Clock and alarm system. Safe to remove
Development Development app. Safe to remove.
DownloadProvider Handles (all) web browser downloads. Do not remove.
DownloadProviderUi Browser download interface. If removed, you won't see download status.
DrmProvider Handles DRM for media that contains it. Do not remove or you will break said media.
DSPManager Equalizer for tuning audio. Safe to remove.
DunServer Possibly part of the VPN system. Delete at your own risk.

E
Email Email app. Safe to remove, but will make it impossible to setup your phone/Market with Exchange email transport system. Do not remove.
ExternalMemoryTest Possibly part of over the air provisioning. Possibly safe to remove, but not recommended.

F
FM FM radio player. Not functional on Optimus V. Safe to remove.
Fotakill Disables over the air updates. Depending on rom and phone, may be safe to remove (safe to remove on the OV).

G
Galaxy4 Live wallpapers. Safe to remove.
Gallery3D Picture gallery utilty. Safe to remove
GalleryGoogle Picture gallery utilty. Safe to remove
GenieWidget Stock news and weather app. Safe to remove.
Gmail - Gmail app. Safe to remove, but can make it harder to setup your phone/Market with Gmail
GoogleBackupTransport Handles backup of settings. Safe to remove.
GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter -sync system for Calendar. Safe to remove.
GoogleContactsSyncAdapter -sync system for Contacts. Safe to remove.
GoogleFeedback Forceclose reporting for Gapps. Safe for the phone to remove, but could cause problems for Gapps.
GoogleLoginService - Google login system. Do not remove.
GooglePartnerSetup - In App purchases? Not recommended to remove.
GoogleQuickSearchBox Search box widget. Safe to remove
GoogleServicesFramework Google login system for Gapps. Do not remove.
GoogleTTS - Text to speech. Should be safe to remove, but is needed by Google Maps.

H
HiddenMenu Hidden programming menus. Don't delete.
HTMLViewer Filters html to be more compatible. Safe to remove, but not recommended.
HoloSpiralWallpaper Live wallpapers. Safe to remove.

I
J
K
KeyChain Possibly password tool similar to Ubuntu. Not recommended to be removed.

L
LatinIME On screen keyboard. Safe to remove if you have an alternative installed.
Launcher2 Stock Froyo launcher. Safe to remove, if you have an alternative installed.
LgHiddenMenu Hidden menu settings/phone codes. Do not remove.
LGSetupWizard Either part of initial setup, or account setup. Remove at your own risk.
LiveWallpapers Live wallpapers. Safe to remove.
LiveWallpapersPicker Live wallpaper Picker. Safe to remove if you don't use live wallpaper.

M
MagicSmokeWallpapers Live wallpapers. Safe to remove.
Maps Google Maps/Navigation. Safe to remove.
MarketUpdater Starts with Market and checks for updates. Safe to remove.
MediaProvider - Handles ringtones and such, DO not remove.
Mms MMS system. Do not remove.
Music Music player. Safe to remove.

N
NetworkLocation Provides location through towers instead of gps. Not recommended to remove.
NoiseField Live wallpapers. Safe to remove.

O
OneTimeInitializer Runs after first flashing of Gapps to allow you to chose which you want. Safe to remove.
OpenWnn Chinese or Japanese keyboard. Safe to Remove

P
PackageInstaller Installs apps. Do not remove.
Pacman Package manager. (?) Do not remove.
PhaseBeam Live wallpapers. Safe to remove.
Phone Phone dialer. Do not Remove.
PicoTts Text to speech. Should be safe to remove, but is needed by Google Maps.
PinyinIME Chinese or Japanese keyboard. Safe to Remove
Poynt-Virgin Poynt app. Safe to remove.
Protips Tips widget. Safe to remove.
Provision New phone setup wizard. Should be safe to remove.

Q
QuickSearchBox Search box widget. Safe to remove, but may break the search button.

R
S
Scvngr   Scavenge App. Battery hog. Safe to Remove
SelfServiceAssistant -  Virgin activation app. Safe, but not recommended to remove.
Settings Settings system. Do not remove.
SettingsProvider Part of the settings sync system. Do not remove.
SetupWizard Wizard to setup email. Do not remove.
SharedStorageBackup - Possibly USB connection menu. Do not remove.
SoundRecorder Sound recorder. Should be safe to remove.
SpareParts Extra settings for Cyanogenmod. Safe to remove.
SpeechRecorder Part of speech recognition setup. Do not remove if you use voice.
SPGMyAccount Useless shortcut to web. Safe to Remove
Superuser Handles root/SU permissions. Do not remove.
SystemUI Part of the user interface. Do not remove.

T
Talk Google Talk. Possibly safe to remove, but could break Market.
TelephonyProvider Phone system. Do not remove.
ThemeChooser Cyanogenmod theme system.  Do not remove.
ThemeManager Cyanogenmod theme system. Do not remove.
Trebuchet Stock ICS launcher. Safe to remove, IF you have an alternative launcher installed.
TtsService. - Text to speech. Should be safe to remove, but is needed by Google Maps.
Twidroyd Twitter. Battery hog. Safe to Remove.

U
Usbstorage Usb storage. Do not remove if you access files on your phone from your computer.
UserDictionaryProvider Dictionary for word prediction on keyboards. May be safe to remove.

V
Vending Market App. Safe to remove, but you won't have Market.
Virgin_Mobile Useless shortcut to web. Safe to Remove
VisualizationWallpapers  Live wallpapers. Safe to remove.
vmu_store_release_candidate Virgin Mobile app. Should be safe to remove.
VoiceDialer Voice dialing. Safe to remove.
VoiceSearch Voice search,. Safe to remove.
VpnDialogs _ Part of the VPN system. Safe to remove if you aren't using it.
VpnServices VPN adapter. Safe to remove.

W
WAPPushManager Tethering connectivity. Safe to remove if you don't use tethering/access point mode.
WHERE Where Application Battery hog. Safe to Remove. Battery Hog.

X
Y
YouTube Youtube viewer. Safe to Remove.

Z