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    For some reason, I can't get the Blockbuster.apk to disappear. I tried renaming it to .bak and it's still there. I want to get rid of Kindle too, but I don't know what the .apk is called.

    Can anyone help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitter View Post
    For some reason, I can't get the Blockbuster.apk to disappear. I tried renaming it to .bak and it's still there. I want to get rid of Kindle too, but I don't know what the .apk is called.

    Can anyone help?
    Had the same issue with the Blockbuster app - after powering off and back on it disappeared. To remove the Kindle app, you need to rename (or delete) /data/app/com.amazon.kindle.apk as well as /system/app/redding-7648-signed-zipped.apk.
    Last edited by mythbuster; 08-20-2010 at 03:56 AM.
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    I'm trying to remove all the bloatware, but there are .apk files AND .odex files.

    What are .odex files?
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    .odex are optimized versions of the dalvik executable that's inside the .apk. All it does is speed up execution a tiny bit, but I don't believe they're executable in and of themselves (the .apk is used for that, I believe the OS just sees if a matching .odex file exists and uses that instead of pulling the .dex out of the .apk).

    You can probably rename them to .odex.bak or something similar, and rename the .apk to .bak, or I believe you can leave them alone if you like (I didn't rename any .odex files removing the crapware from either my 2.1 X or my 2.2, and I seem to have gotten the desired effect both times).

    Hope that helps.
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    can someone point out a list of items I should rename in the system app folder. I did what was told in the first page of this thread and my system was slower quadrent score was 945 renamed them back and got a quadrent score of 1458 I am on 2.2 froyo on droid x i hear people are getting well into the 2000 score can anyone tell me the list to get this fast thank you.
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    It's just numbers. Higher numbers does not mean your phone is running faster than 'stock' phones.
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    any one fugure out how to get rid of the vz navigator on 2.2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgrimm9 View Post
    can someone point out a list of items I should rename in the system app folder. I did what was told in the first page of this thread and my system was slower quadrent score was 945 renamed them back and got a quadrent score of 1458 I am on 2.2 froyo on droid x i hear people are getting well into the 2000 score can anyone tell me the list to get this fast thank you.
    You can get huge Quadrant scores by turning on stagefright, but it'll break playback of recorded HD videos, and who knows what else in the 2.2 image isn't quite ready for stagefright yet.

    With the possible exception of flash (which I perceived as a little smoother with stagefright, but I may have been imagining it), there's very little real-world difference to be seen with stagefright enabled, and it breaks some rather fundamental use of your camera so it's not worth it just for the 2k+ quadrant e-penis growth.

    AFAIK renaming APKs doesn't improve scores at all unless you rename something rather important (blur-related?) which could possibly lead to instability.

    All-in-all, just rename the crap that annoys you in the apps drawer, don't touch anything blur related, and disregard benchmark scores completely.

    Quote Originally Posted by jdcbolt03 View Post
    any one fugure out how to get rid of the vz navigator on 2.2?
    Rename com.vznavigator.DROIDX.apk.
    Last edited by fwaggle; 08-23-2010 at 11:41 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdcbolt03 View Post
    any one fugure out how to get rid of the vz navigator on 2.2?
    Rename com.vznavigator.DROIDX.apk.[/QUOTE]

    ahh!!! appreciate it i must have just looked right past it haha
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