Sync Service is okay to freeze as well. It's only for Backup Assistant. I had it frozen in my D3 and now have it frozen on my D4 without issue.
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right but if you un install (I use system app remover) there is an option in that to backup the files before you uninstall them or simply disable them (I assume it cant be that much different from freeze) also if there is an update you can just factory reset and grab the update..right?
I can't stress this enough - do not uninstall system apps! Just freeze them. Freezing will make the apps invisible in your launcher and they will no longer be using any memory so it's just as if they're uninstalled...except freezing is 100% reversible while uninstalling may not be.
The first thing I did after rooting was a full Titanium backup of all apps, just to be safe. I then went on a freezing spree, got distracted with my newborn, came back to freezing and accidentally uninstalled Home Tips 1.0 before realizing I was supposed to be freezing, not uninstalling.
Because I want all the system apps installed for the (eventual) ICS update, I tried to restore Home Tips with my Titanium backup of it (that I had just done 20 minutes before) and it absolutely refused to restore, even after a reboot. It just hung on the "restoring" screen.
Luckily a friend sent me the APK and I was able to restore it to the proper folder using Root Explorer. But if that one very basic system app wouldn't restore it makes me wonder what else at the system level won't restore. Personally, I'm freezing everything just to be safe.
Agreed, there are some apps that tbu cannot restore. just went through this with a lenovo thinkpad tablet trying to do an ota. You will waste much time chasing down apks if you remove rather than freeze, and then it may still not work!
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edit: installed home launcher, switched to the default home, opened my drawer, pressed a key, got force close. verified! i froze almost everything in the OP's list. the issue does not exist with go launcher ex though, so i'm probably not going to troubleshoot unless it starts happening there
Hmm what is the default action for keypresses in the stock launcher? That might help me narrow it down. I regret to say however that I did uninstall a few apps before I learned about the wonder that is freezing