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well, this is interesting.
i wonder if our government can explain what mr. reed meant BY “only a consumer, who is also the owner of the copy of software on the handset under the law, may unlock the handset.”
does the gnu gpl apply here? or is the ‘custom’ roms that are installed still owned by the device manufacturer? is the version of android one modifies to install on their device owned by them? or the manufacturer? or the telco?
from looking at exemption to prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies, it appears that it may affect only phones under contract, but who knows what the telco’s will try and pull.
the bottom line is that little by little our freedom is being stripped away. yet we as a people do nothing. our government sneaks in these bullshit laws to control every facet of our lives and we are supposed to smile and nod.
here is what i have removed so far, without having tons of random force closes or issues.
magic smoke wallpapers
music visulization wallpapers
android live wallpapers
live wallpaper picker
htc sense live wallpaper
com.htc.dcs.service.stock (part of stocks)
friend stream widget
facebook for mytouch
as i remove more i will keep this post updated.
i got a motorola cliq from double diamond pawn here in lisbon falls yesterday afternoon. as soon as i was done working i began researching new roms for it.
before the roms and overviews, here is a brief comparison of the cliq and cliq xt.
the big differences between the two phones (other than the obvious – cliq has a slide out keyboard) are that the cliq has no camera flash and it has 4x digital zoom (the cliq xt is fixed digital zoom). other than that the phones are remarkably similar.
so, on to the roms….
i tested out Adlxmod 2.1.5-5. now, with the cliq xt, Adlx’s roms are nothing shy of amazing. his consolidation rom was (in my opinion) the best rom to ever happen to the cliq xt. with the dns fix patch this is an amazing rom for the cliq.
J_r0dd’s TheOfficial v1.6 netfilter/swap/ext3/ext4/tun [2.14.11]. this is a rom brought to you by the guy who put together j_r0dd-mb200-v2.0 recovery image. i have used this on both the cliq and the cliq xt. this recovery image blows away any other one i have used, so i look forward to see what his rom will do for the cliq. (i am actually flashing the rom as i am writing this post).
i installed the rom and tested it out. amazing. very smooth. using the adw launcher instead of the blur home. i had not used this launcher before and i am rapidly becoming a big fan of it. the wifi did not work initially, however, after applying the patch i mentioned above everything worked flawlessly. i even ported the task manager app from the Adlx rom to this rom. so far it is a fantastic rom.
well, motorola successfully dragged their cliqxt customers around claiming for the last 10+ months that a 2.1 update would be coming out soon. they released this post stating that:
“After comprehensive testing of the Android 2.1 upgrade for the CLIQ XT, we have concluded that this device will remain on Android 1.5. We realize many of you were anxiously awaiting this upgrade, but we aim to deliver software upgrades only when it will provide a better customer experience.”
what was their idea of ‘comprehensive testing’?!? did they just look at the phone and decide it wasnt worth it?? i have been running the adlx 2.1 rom for 2 1/2 months now. initially the speakerphone problem while answering a call was a pain in the ass but after this patch came out it was damn near flawless.
so basically a big up yours to motorola for not even bothering to actually test out and develop 2.2 on the cliq xt. thankfully the members of modmymobile have diligently worked on porting 2.1 and 2.2 over to the cliqxt.
here is a quick overview of the processor, chipset and storage of the cliqxt:
|rom type||flash eeprom|
|rom capacity||512 mib, including 256mib user-accessible non-volatile storage|
now, on to the roms i have tried out thus far.
the first rom was the adlxmod xt 2.1.54-1 for cliqxt / quench. my only issue with this rom was the speakerphone. when i answered a call i would have to tap the speakphone button twice before i could hear anything on the call. after a few days of using my phone like this it actually became second nature. overall this rom was amazing, granted, it still had all the moto-blur bloatware, but it ran super smooth.
the second rom i installed and tested was the basically blurless mm278 b2- motorola cliqxt and quench. i loved the variety in the dockbars, gingerbreads was especially nice. i also loved the lack of moto-blur crap that motorola likes to cram down their users throats. the interface is really smooth and the creator of this rom included the speakphone fix and the gingerbread dock bar and status bar. overall a very smooth rom and i have enjoyed it so far. the one thing i do miss from using adlxmod xt 2.1.54-1 was the app called ‘task manager’ which i apparently cant find anywhere. to be brutally honest, i was not impressed in any way with this rom (other than the fact that someone else created it – which i myself cannot do at this time).
adlxmod xt 2.1.54-2 “consolidation” for cliqxt / quench. this is, in my opinion, the best cliq xt rom yet. Adlx did an amazing job putting this consolidation rom together. it made my cliq xt super smooth, even with all the moto-blur crap. everything worked, wifi, 3g, camera, camcorder, market, even the speakerphone fix was included in this rom! hands down the best as far as i am concerned.
i finally decided it was time to do another write up of android apps, seeming as how the first one was short and dull. after testing and trying and removing dozens of apps, i finally came up with a list of amazing ones. so here it is. oh, and all these listed below are free, they do have premium versions available of a number of these apps too.
emulators and games
you will want this one to find a huge amount of roms for the emulators below.
i grabbed this one for all the final fantasy remakes on gameboy advance. nothing better than some re-worked final fantasy.
a great sega genesis emulator for android. sonic anyone?
captain skyhawk. old school metroid. mario.
this app is literally a dream come true for me. i remember on 9/7/1997 when final fantasy 7 came out i rushed to movie gallery on main st in brunswick and bought a copy. i then proceeded to play the game for the rest of the day and most of the night. i remember dreaming of having final fantasy 7 on a hand held. this app brings that dream to life. granted, it runs a little choppy on my cliqXT, however, when i upgrade to a newer phone it will run beautifully. final fantasy 7 is seriously the only reason i downloaded this app.
super nintendo. on your phone. need i say more about how epic this is? i mean, is there really much better than zelda: a link to the past, on your phone?
tools and other apps
a full ftp client for android. it supports ftp, ftps, scp and sftp. very easy to use and has a clean interface.
astro file manager
another must have for android users. you can backup all your apps to your sd card and restore them, you can manage running process’s, create zip and tar archives, and send files as attachments. it does a whole lot more too.
a must have, especially if you want to scan all these nifty barcodes i have in this article.
turn your phone into a scanner. it auto adjusts, auto crops, basically does it all for you so whatever you scan stays neat and clean. another one, that compliments this one, is camCard, its a business card scanner and organizer. very slick app.
an awesome ssh client for android. i have used this several times for work.
this is the barcode generator i used for all the barcodes in this article. i have used this several times with friends to transfer contact info, apps, etc. another must have for android.
a remote control for your pc. use the touchpad for the mouse and there is an on-screen keyboard. i use this with the pc hooked up to my tv. it works incredibly well.
this app backs up all your sms messages to your gmail inbox. you can even put a label on all the messages you backup. very handy little app.
teamviewer for android. a remote access and support program. another one i have used for work when in a bind and didnt have a pc to use.
a great wifi tool analyzing tool. great for finding out signal strength of in range wifi signals and channel strength.
this was a very easy process. i followed this guide and i am using the adlxmod XT 2.0 beta 1 rom. i did try applying the patch, however, when it fully loaded my home, back, menu and search buttons all inputted letters and numbers and the volume keys were and /. so i ended up reverting back to just the adlxmod.
i have not had a chance to fully test out the rom. the initial boot was flawless and so far i have not had any issues other than the apps that are running on boot and the phone being stuck on silent (i have not read the rest of the several threads on modmymobile) i have not made any calls on the phone yet either, i did see on this thread this:
- Dialer: Must toggle speakerphone button to get sound. Same is true when using a WIRED headset. When you recieve a phone call you must also toggle speakerphone to hear the person.
here is the list. it is not in any order yet.
|app name||package name||androidVersion||phone||canBeRemoved|
i am still processing this entire list. as i go through it i will update it. i am also doing the same thing for my apad. if you would like to add to this list or correct a mistake i may have made please contact me.
i will also compile a list of related links.
|app name||package name|
|UNINSTALLED AND MOVED TO .BAK|
|Email.apk||com.motorola.blur.email||stock email app for anything other than gmail|
|esmusica.apk||com.gotvnetworks.client.android.esmusica.activity||regional mexican music|
|FMRadio.apk||com.motorola.fmradio||fm radio app|
|IM.apk||com.android.im||instant messenger app, not used for texting|
|QuickOffice.apk||com.qo.android.moto||quick office app|
|megamaid.apk||com.motorola.blur.megamaid||blur megamaid app|
|News.apk||com.motorola.blur.news||blur news feed|
|SocialMessaging.apk||com.motorola.blur.socialmessaging||blur social messaging|
|SocialShare.apk||com.motorola.blur.socialshare||blur social sharing|
|TeleNav.apk||com.telenav.app.android.telenav||map routing system, gps|
|TuneWiki.apk||com.motorola.cmp||motorola tunewiki app|
|WeatherForecast.apk||com.motorola.blur.weather||blur weather app|
|AdminFeedNotifier.apk||com.motorola.blur.adminfeed||blur admin feed|
|AlarmClock.apk||com.motorola.blur.alarmclock||blur alarm clock|
|ATCommandApp.apk||com.motorola.atcommand||atcommandapp on xda-developers.com|
|BatonTransitionService.apk||com.motorola.android.internal.baton.service||blur baton services|
|BlurSNMessagingEngine.apk||com.motorola.blur.service.snmessaging.engine||blur stock messaging app|
|BlurUpdater.apk||com.motorola.blur.updater||blur updater app|
|CalendarSync.apk||com.motorola.blur.calendar.sync.activesync||blur calendar sync|
|CompassCalibrate.apk||com.motorola.CompassCalibrate||motorola compas calibration app|
|ContactsProvider.apk||com.motorola.blur.contacts.provider||blur contact info sync|
|Conversations.apk||com.motorola.blur.conversations||blur stock text messaging app|
|Email.apk||com.motorola.blur.email||blur stock email app|
|EventReminder.apk||com.motorola.blur.eventreminder||blur calendar event reminder|
|MessagesWidget.apk||com.motorola.blur.home.message||blur sms widget|
|MotorolaSettingsProvider.apk||com.motorola.providers.settings||motorola settings provider|
|QuickMessage.apk||com.motorola.blur.messaging.quickmessage||blur quick message|
|SetupProvider.apk||com.motorola.blur.setupprovider||blur setup provider|
|SetupWidget.apk||com.motorola.blur.home.setup||blur setup widget|
|SIMManager.apk||com.motorola.android.simmanager||sim card recognition|
|StatusWidget.apk||com.motorola.blur.home.status||blur home status|
|StorageMonitorService.apk||com.motorola.blur.service.storagemon||blur storage monitor|
|WapPushSI.apk||com.motorola.wappushsi||motorola wap push si|
|VisualVoicemail.apk||com.motorola.android.vvm||motorola visual voicemail|
|WorkContacts.apk||com.motorola.blur.contacts.activesync||blur work contacts|
|* = can be modified to change appearance|
|/system/framework/framework-res.apk||android||theme, can be modified to change theme|
|AutoSimImport.apk||com.motorola.autosimimport||motorola auto sim import|
|BlurEmailEngine.apk||com.motorola.blur.service.email||blur txt msg inbox|
|BluetoothPbap.apk||com.motorola.bluetoothpbap||motorola bluetooth app|
|BlurHome.apk||com.motorola.blur.home||blur home screen|
|ImProvider.apk||com.android.providers.im||required for market**|
|PackageInstaller.apk||com.android.packageinstaller||package installer for android|
|RichTextCommon.apk||com.motorola.blur.richtext||blur rich text common|
|UserDictionaryProvider.apk||com.android.providers.userdictionary||dictionary for latinime.apk***|
|* = after removing resulted in endless force close loop
** = causes com.google.process.gapps errors
*** = required for latinime.apk to function
|checkin.apk||com.google.android.server.checkin||google login – required for google|
|GmailProvider.apk||com.google.android.providers.gmail||google sync module for gmail|
|GooglePartnerSetup.apk||com.google.android.partnersetup||google partners setup|
|GoogleSearch.apk||com.android.googlesearch||google search app/widget|
|GoogleSettingsProvider.apk||com.google.android.providers.settings||google settings provider|
|GoogleSubscribedFeedsProvider.apk||com.android.providers.subscribedfeeds||google replacement for the SubscribedFeedsProvider.apk|
|gtalkservice.apk||com.google.android.apps.gtalkservice||google talk service|
|MediaUploader.apk||com.google.android.apps.uploader||google upload media to remote servers, ?picasa?|
|NetworkLocation.apk||com.google.android.location||google determining your location based on network cells|
|SetupWizard.apk||com.android.setupwizard||google account setup|
|Street.apk||com.google.android.street||google maps street view|
|VoiceSearch.apk||com.google.android.voicesearch||google voice search|
|/data/app/com.androidapps.spare_parts.apk||com.androidapps.spare_parts||spare parts app|
|/data/app/com.blizzard.bma.apk||com.blizzard.bma||blizzard authenticator app|
|/data/app/com.blizzard.wow.apk||com.blizzard.wow||wow remote auction house|
|/data/app/com.droidhen.game.superman.apk||com.droidhen.game.superman||city jump game|
|/data/app/com.facebook.katana.apk||com.facebook.katana||facebook app (i installed this so i can control when it opens etc)|
|/data/app/com.farproc.wifi.analyzer.apk||com.farproc.wifi.analyzer||wifi analyzer app|
|/data/app/com.kiragames.unblockmefree.apk||com.kiragames.unblockmefree||unblock me free game|
|/data/app/com.metago.astro.apk||com.metago.astro||astro file browser|
|/data/app/com.tmobile.selfhelp.apk||com.tmobile.selfhelp||t-mobile my account app|
|Stk.apk||com.android.stk||needed for DUAL-SIM adapters to switch between the 2 SIM cards|
|DrmProvider.apk||com.android.providers.drm||provides DRM functions, needed to access media files (including ringtones)|
|Settings.apk||com.android.settings||phone settings menu|
|SoundRecorder.apk||com.android.soundrecorder||android stock sound recorder|
|HTMLViewer.apk||com.android.htmlviewer||allows viewing of pdfs as html|
i was going through my google analytics info and found that apparently the work i did on my cliq xt has not gone unnoticed. this motivates me to continue working on my cliq xt, even though it is an older model android phone, it is still relevant and a fantastic phone. i will have to go through each system app on the cliq xt and identify what they are and what they do and the potential negative side effects of removing them.
a person on this thread used my site to clean up apps on his cliq xt.
a person in this post referred another person to my site for “Here is a good list of apk and package names.”
another person used my site as well on this thread
i have no issues or complaints with android 1.5 on my apad. it has been fully functional and does everything i need it to do. i have seen from searching google that other devices that have the rockchip 2808 chipset and processor are able to run android 2.1.