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Can I delete the Android Market?

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by CSM-martin, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. CSM-martin
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    My son wants a droid, which I'm ok with, as long as I can monitor his internet usage, and what he downloads. I've been researching it, and I've found a program that will monitor the browser activity and the app downloads, but I've read user testimonies that state it can be force closed and won't re-activate until the browser is accessed. While it's closed the activity on the market won't be monitored, so my son will be able to download whatever he wants. Is there a way that I can just remove the Market completely? I've been told that rooting the phone allows me to remove apps that I can't if the phone running normally. Is the market one of the apps that I can remove?
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    Rooting will allow you to remove the market. If you do that, it takes away one of the great features though. I know where you are coming from, but I just think if you are going to do that, you might was well look at another phone.
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    Yes, you would have to root the Droid and then erase the vending.apk file to get rid of the market. Still you would have to also get rid of the browser if you don't trust him. And even still (if your sons a little smart dude like I was back in the day) he could always get an app file on his computer and install it to his phone without the market or browser.

    I agree that if you don't trust him or his decisions at this point, it would be better to look into a different phone. I know I shouldn't tell you how to raise your son, you're the best at that job, but I didn't have a smart phone until I was 24 years old. Maybe sooner is better, but it depends how soon I think...
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    There are so many things that can be done to bypass this , I wouldn't even bother . Let the kid enjoy his phone , what can he do ? Overdose on porn ?
    For example , he can buy a secondary micro SD card and back-up the whole OS you created to that and restore his own custom version , use that and restore your version before getting back home . It takes less than a minute to restore a ROM backup .
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    Sorry, I love seeing when the dude with the name "smokiedabong" makes a post. I would have to say that you shouldn't take fatherly advice from such a user name, but he is right in a way. Either let your kid have freedom and base your relationship on trust and some monitoring, or get him a really nice 'dumb' phone (which some have the internet anyway, and therefore, yes, plenty of porn).
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    Seriously?? If the dude is worried about the "kid's" internet usage, do you really think the "kid" knows how to do a backup and restore a custom version??? I doubt it.

    Just get a different phone. Or root it and put Sapphire on it and don't add the Google Apps update.zip.
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    Doesn't Google keep track of all the apps you download via your account? Free and paid?
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    Yep, but you have to have all of the Google apps and login to your Google account on your phone in order for Google to track them to you and your phone.
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    Yea if you delete the market, that's destroys half of the phone.
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    he might as well not have a droid if you take out the market.

    just make sure he doesn't get his hands on a credit card.
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    What harm can he really do? Without a credit card, he can't purchase apps from the Market, or "overdose on porn."lol Only way he'd be able to watch adult flash videos is if he laerns to root the phone and install FroYo. Other than that, the only way he could do anything bad is if he runs up the bill with minutes, texts, and/or data unless of course you have unlimited plans.
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    I dont know how old this kid is but im 13 years old and i have rooted/hacked the hell out of this phone. Trust me if the kid is even the slightest bit smart and has an interest he can do it its not rocket science
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    Yep im 13 as well all my parent care about is i dont run up the phone bill XD
    but also a family is built on trust without trust what do you have?
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    Lmao I am enjoying this thread too much...smokiedabong and two 13 year olds giving Dad advice, yet it's all relevant and spot on! Yeah you aren't going to be able to police your son if he's even halfway intelligent. I'm a dad and I wouldn't even try. Its going to be a losing battle and for each measure you install there is always a counter measure. Jitterbug I hear is kid friendly (and senior friendly lol damn my beer is here so good luck.

    Edit: Not laughing at you Dad, just this entire thread and the responses...
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    Anyways if you dont trust your kid dont get him an android phone because as Steve Jobs said "Android is for porn." Also the market should be the least of your worries, yes there are a few dirty apps floating around but when it comes to that sort of thing it is mainly the browser i would worry about so if you have an app that moniters that you should be good to go.
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    Leave the kid alone. If he's at least 15, who cares if he looks at porn, either way he's got access to a full-fledged internet browser so if he wants it he'll find it. And if he's under 15, don't buy him a droid. geez, spoiling your kid :icon_eek:
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    If the market is a deal-breaker wouldn't it probably be better to look at other phones that you can better confide in instead?
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    I'm 31 y/o..... LOL... I see your point about monitoring your son's internet habits... I would also do such thing especially now that you can download pr0n for free... I hate to see my son buying pr0n! :)
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    As long as it's not gay pr0n, who cares? And even then it doesn't matter(Just trying to be politically correct). But in all seriousness, if you delete the market, there really is no point in having this phone.
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    As opposed to your son getting his filthy hands on all the big busted pr0n for free? I'd much prefer my son to learn that he doesn't need to steal Dad's credit card when there are plenty of free ways to go at it lmao. I am so glad I'm subscribed to this lol. Hey OP...have you come up with what you are going to do yet? Let us know.
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