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Is it bloatware or not?

Android phones and tablets are full of apps with cryptic names that don't tell you what they do. Many are bloatware slapped on by the manufacturer or your mobile operator. You need to root your phone to get rid of them.

Getting rid of bloatware can improve speed and battery life, but you can seriously mess up if you kill the wrong apps. Some do more than their name suggest, others are necessary as backends for their replacements. That's why you need to know what an app does before you switch it off.

Google doesn't know everything

Google these apps digs up forums full of "save to remove" lists that don't tell you what you're removing. What may be useless for someone else may be essential for you, and vice versa. Ask what an apk does on any Android forum and you'll get stupid answers like "don't worry about what they do, just remove everything from my list."
Many people write forum posts without a clue of what they're talking about. Of course they won't admit it, so they leave useless replies that fail to answer the question. Here's an example of some useless feedback: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-2-global/148578-what-these-programs.html. There's much more of that. Even on forums like xda, which are supposed to be full of Android experts.

Freeze first, delete later

Apps like Titanium and Gemini App Manager can "freeze" system apps so you can "unfreeze" them if something goes wrong. Some apps are so important that freezing them may leave you with a phone or tablet that won't boot, so have a backup your whole ROM, not just your apps.

Some apps have lots of other files in addition to their APK, and these files often don't make it into your backup. If you uninstall system apps with Titanium you may be unable to restore them.

Do NOT delete your stock launcher, no matter how many custom launchers you have installed. If you delete the stock launcher and you need to do a factory reset you'll have no launcher at all.

Every Android phone is different, so not all apps in this list come preinstalled on your device.


Account and Sync Settings
AccountAndSyncSettings.apk
com.android.providers.subscribedfeeds
To get Gmail notifications and to sync settings to Google.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Active Apps Manager
ProgramMonitor.apk
SamsungWidget_ProgramMonitor.apk
com.sec.android.widget.programmonitorwidget
Widget that shows how many apps are running.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Admin notifier
AdminFeedNotifier.apk
To push messages to your phone. Allows device administrators to do things like erase all data.
Anti-theft apps and services (like avast and Motoblur) use this to let you remotely wipe your phone if it gets lost or stolen.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO (unless you don't want/need any remote control functions).

AdService
AdService.apk
May have something to do with ads, but nobody knows for sure.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Alarm
AlarmWidget.apk
com.sec.android.widgetapp.alarmwidget
Alarm clock widget. Your alarm clock runs fine without it.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

AllShare FileShare Service
AllShareFileShare.apk
com.sec.android.allshare.service.fileshare
Necessary for file transfer by WiFi Direct.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you don't need WiFi Direct.

Amazon MP3
amazon.mp3.apk
Freezing the app may not remove it from your app drawer unless you run this command in terminal emulator:
#pm disable com.amazon.mp3/com.amazon.mp3.client.activity.LauncherActivity
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Android keyboard
LatinIME.apk
com.android.inputmethod.latin
Don't let the "latin" part fool you. This app is your Android keyboard. If you delete it and need to do a factory reset, you'll have no keyboard and therefore no way to log into your Google account.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Android Live Wallpaper
LiveWallpapers.apk
com.android.wallpaper
A couple of live wallpapers. You don't need this to run third party live wallpapers.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Assistant menu
AssistantMenu.apk
com.samsung.android.app.assistantmenu
Menu to choose accessibility options. You don't need this menu to edit accessibility options in the control panel.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

AtCommandService
AtCmd.apk
Runs commands to do things like read and send SMS, dial phone numbers, answer calls, use your phone as a modem. Doing these things from your computer connected to your phone needs this.
Your phone may freeze without this app.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Automation Test
AutomationTest_FB.apk
com.sec.android.app.DataCreate
Samsung phones crash without it. Don't freeze or remove, or else you may have to flash your ROM again.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Backup
sCloudBackupApp.apk
com.sec.android.sCloudBackupApp
Samsung cloud backup app. Google's own backup method doesn't need this.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

BadgeProvider
BadgeProvider.apk
com.sec.android.provider.badge
Messaging on Samsung phones can break without it.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Best Face
BestFace.apk
com.arcsoft.picturesbest.app
Tries to detect the best looking face (eyes open?) from multiple camera shots.
Safe to freeze or delete: YES.

Bluetooth Share
Bluetooth.apk
com.android.bluetooth
Not just to share files. Without this app you can't use bluetooth at all.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you don't use bluetooth.

blur.res
blur-res.apk
Used by many Motorola apps, including things like screen lock and dialler.
Without it your phone may refuse to boot.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

BlurbCheckout
blurb.apk
com.blurb.checkout-1.apk
com.blurb.checkout
Required to make albums and print pictures with Samsung Story Album.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES, unless you want to use Samsung Story Album.

Briefing
SmartBriefing4x2.apk
com.samsung.android.widgetapp.briefing4x2
Samsung widget with news and other info.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Browser
Browser.apk
Stock web browser.
Without the stock browser Google Voice Search, Talk, Voice, and other apps won't work, even if you have other browsers installed.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Bubbles
NoiseField.apk
com.android.noisefield
Live wallpaper. You don't need this if you don't use live wallpapers, but without at least one live wallpaper the live wallpaper picker may crash.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES/NO, check if your live wallpaper picker still works if you freeze Bubbles.

Calendar
Calendar.apk
com.android.calendar
The stock calendar app. Most third party calendars are a front end for the stock calendar, so don't remove it unless you're sure that your replacement app really works independent from the stock calendar.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you never use the Google calendar.

Calendar Storage
CalendarProvider.apk
com.android.providers.calendar
Stores your Google calendar entries. Not only for the stock calendar, but also for most third party calendar apps that tap into Google.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you never use the Google Calendar.

Certificate installer
CertInstaller.apk
com.android.certinstaller
Installs web certificates.
Without this app WiFi won't work.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

ChatON
com.sec.chaton
Samsung's answer to WhatsApp.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES. You can always grab a new copy from the Google Play Store.

ChocoEUKor
ChocoEUKor.apk
com.monotype.android.font.chococooky
A font for Android.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Clientupgradeservice
ClientUpgradeService.apk
?

Clock
DeskClock.apk or ClockPackage.apk
com.android.deskclock or com.sec.android.app.clockpackage
(it may have a different name, depending on your ROM)
Clock app with clock widgets. Other clock apps are often just a front-end for the built-in clock app, so do NOT freeze or remove it.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

CloudAgent
CloudAgent.apk
com.sec.android.cloudagent
Samsung app to sync pictures, movies, messages, contacts, calendar, and other data to Samsung and DropBox. Has Google Device Manager-like remote control features too.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, because on many devices the stock video player won't run without it.

Collage
Collage_qHD.apk
com.sec.android.app.collage
Gallery plugin to make photo collages.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks
PartnerBookmarksProvider.apk
Puts bookmarks for useless sites in Chrome, which your browser won't let you delete.
Safe to freeze: YES.

com.logmein.rescue
LMIRescue.apk
com.logmein.rescuesecurity
LMIRescueSecurity.apk
Allows helpdesks to remotely log into your phone for troubleshooting and support.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

com.motorola.android.omadrm
oma1motService.apk
A digital rights management app to stop you from copying things like ringtones, live wallpapers, etc.
Without this service your ringtones and other media files may stop working.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

com.motorola.android.syncml.service
SyncMLTMo.apk
Motorola service for things like syncing your contacts and calendar with SyncML servers or your computer. Can be used by many apps and servers, not only from Motorola. This one is probably used by T-Mobile.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, because it will break non-Motorola apps too.

com.motorola.android.wmdrm.dla
WmdrmDla.apk
Digital Rights Management for Windows Media content. Used for protected media files and protected media streams (like BBC Iplayer).
Safe to freeze: YES, but unfreeze if media apps stop working.

com.motorola.atcmd.plugin
MotoAtCmdPlugin.apk
com.motorola.atcmd.plugin.att
MotoAttAtCmdPlugin.apk
com.motorola.atcmd.plugin.epu
MotoAtCmdEpuPlugin.apk
Advanced Transportation Control and Movement Document.
Without it your phone may freeze or refuse to boot.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

com.motorola.blur.controller
StartController.apk
Keep if you use Motoblur services.
Safe to freeze: YES, unless you use Motoblur services.

com.motorola.hiddenmenu
PhoneConfig.apk
When you dial *#*#4636#*#* you get a "hidden menu" called testing full of usage stats and other phone info.
Safe to freeze: YES if you don't care about the hidden menu.

com.motorola.phoneaddons
PhoneAddons.apk
Your phone dialler needs it. Many alternative dialers are just a front end for the stock dialer, so they need it too.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

com.motorola.photowidget
PhotoWidget.apk
Shows pictures in a widget on your homescreen. Pretty but useless.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

com.motorola.spellingcheckservice
SpellingCheckService.apk
Safe to freeze or remove: ?

com.samsung.app.playreadyui
PRUI.apk
PlayReady is a Digital Rights Management system. Without it, PlayReady DRM-dependent media may break. For example, some media may refuse to stream to your Samsung Smart TV.
Safe to freeze or remove: MAYBE, depends on what hardware and media you use.

com.sec.android.app.sbrowsertry
SBrowserTry.apk
Scroll in the stock web browser by tilting your phone. Gets annoying real quick.
Safe to freeze: YES

com.sec.android.app.wallpaperchooser
Samsung's built-in wallpapers.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Contacts
Contacts.apk
com.android.contacts
The stock contacts app, which also hold the call log and your favourites list.
Most third party contacts apps and dialers depend on this.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Contacts Storage
ContactsProvider.apk
com.android.providers.contacts
To store your contacts and sync them with Google.
Most third party contacts apps and dialers depend on this.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Contacts sync
BlurContactsSync.apk
To sync your contacts with Motoblur.
You don't need this to sync your contacts with Google.
Safe to freeze: YES, unless you want to sync your contacts with Motoblur.

Contacts Sync Adapter
GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
To sync your contacts with Google.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you don't use Google's contacts storage.

Contacts unconnected
ContactsUnconnected.apk
A very annoying Motorola feature that tries to combine similar contacts and usually messes up your phone book.
Freeze or remove this piece of crapware.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES. YES. YES!

ContactsData
ContactsData.apk
The Motoblur contacts group of the contacts app. Pulls contact pictures from Facebook and other places.
You don't need this if you store your contacts in the Google contact group.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES, unless you want to store your contacts with Motoblur.

Cool down mode
BatteryReport.apk
Protects your phone against overheating by shutting down everything except emergency calls when your battery gets too hot.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

CoolEUKor
CoolEUKor.apk
com.monotype.android.font.cooljazz
A font for Android.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

CSC
CSC.apk
com.samsung.sec.android.application.csc
Country Specific Codes, used for APN settings and other things.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Data manager service
DataManagerService.apk
This is not required by the (Motorola) data manager screen in the Android settings.
Safe to freeze: YES.

Date and time
ClockWidget.apk
Clock widget.
There are better clock widgets in the Google Play Store.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Desk home
Dock.apk
Turns your phone into a desk clock when you plug it into a dock.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES, unless you want to keep the desk clock.

Device Manager
android.apps.adm-1.apk
com.google.android.apps.adm
Remotely locate and wipe lost or stolen phones from your Google account. Security risk: a thief that gets into one of your Android gadgets can remotely wipe your other phones and tablets that use the same Google account. You're better off with the (free) remote control features of avast anti-theft.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, because you never know what other things Google may tie to this app.

Dialler
Phone.apk
com.android.phone
The stock dialer app that launches when you hit the phone icon.
Most third party contacts apps and dialers depend on this.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Dialler Storage
TelephonyProvider.apk
com.android.providers.telephony
Stores the data needed for SMS and MMS, and your messages themselves.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

DMService
DMService.apk
Device Manager.
Some people freeze it without problems, some freeze it and have their notifications messed up, some ROMs don't have this app at all.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Download Manager
DownloadProvider.apk or SecDownloadProvider.apk
com.android.providers.downloads
Manages downloading files for the Android Market/Google Play Store, web browsers, etc.
When you look at your data consumption the download manager traffic may be displayed as downloaded by "Media."
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Downloads
DownloadProviderUi.apk or SecDownloadProviderUi.apk
com.android.providers.downloads.ui
Shortcut to your downloads folder.
You don't need this if you can open your downloads folder with a file manager.
Safe to freeze: YES, unfreeze if you need to remove stuck download notifications from your status bar.

DRM-Protected Content Storage
DrmProvider.apk
com.android.providers.drm
Digital Rights Management.
Protected media may refuse to play without this service. This may included the ringtones that came preinstalled on your phone.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

DSPManager
DSPManager.apk
com.bel.android.dspmanager
Equaliser and other audio settings. Sound may break without it.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Dual Clock (Digital)
DualClockDigital.apk
com.sec.android.widgetapp.dualclockdigital
A widget that shows two clocks.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Email
Email.apk or SecEmail_J.apk or BlurEmail.apk or something similar
com.android.email
Stock email app (usually customised by your phone or tablet manufacturer). The stock email widget needs it too. You don't need it if you use another email app like K-9 Mail.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Email engine
BlurEmailEngine.apk
Motorola app, not only for email.
Without it all messaging on your Motorola phone breaks.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Enterprise SysScope
EdmSysScopeService.apk
com.sec.enterprise.mdm.services.sysscope
This is used by Samsung to check if your phone is rooted or otherwise modified. The app may pass the info on to Samsung.
Safe to freeze: YES/NO, you may lose access to corporate networks or other things that only work with non-modified firmware.

Face Unlock
FaceLock.apk
com.android.facelock
Unlock your Android by face recognition. Not very secure, because a picture of your face will let anyone in.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Favourite Apps
SimpleWidget.apk
com.sec.android.SimpleWidget
Widget for the apps you use most.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Favourite Contacts
EasyFavoritesContactsWidget.apk
com.sec.android.widgetapp.easyfavoritescontactswidget
Widget for your favourite contacts.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

FMRadioService
MotoFMService.apk (may have other, similar names)
com.motorola.android.fmradio (may have other, similar names)
Not on every phone, but if your phone has it then your FM radio apps won't work without it.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you don't mind if your radio breaks.

FOTA
Fota.apk
Firmware Over The Air.
To update your Android system over WiFi or cellular data.
Safe to freeze: YES/NO, depending on where you get your updates from.

FOTA Kill
FOTAKill.apk
com.cyanogenmod.android.fotakill
CyanogenMod app to make sure your Android system doesn't update over WiFi or cellular data.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

FWUpgrade
FWUpgrade.apk
com.sec.android.fwupgrade
Necessary to update your stock firmware. If you run a custom ROM this app is useless. If you're rooted or if you deleted some bloatware this app may be useless too.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES/NO, depending on where you get your updates from.

Gallery
SecGallery2013.apk
com.sec.android.gallery3d
Stock gallery on Samsung gadgets. If you freeze or delete it, you can't set a custom wallpaper for your lockscreen.
Safe to freeze or delete: NO, unless you don't want to put a custom wallpaper on your lockscreen.

Gan Optimizer
GanOptimizer.apk
com.cyanogenmod.ganoptimizer
CyanogenMod helper app for WiFi calling. Not necessary for normal VoIP calls with alternative VoIP apps.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES if you use an alternative VoIP app or if you don't VoIP at all.

Global unplug
GlobalUnplug.apk
Pops up a message to disconnect your charger when you unplug your phone from it.
Your phone doesn't need this app to charge.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Gmail
Gmail.apk
com.google.android.gm
Stock email app that only does Gmail. You can get into your Gmail with any other email app.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Google Backup Transport
GoogleBackupTransport.apk
com.google.android.backup
Backs up settings and app data to Google, and restores it when you reinstall apps, do a factory reset, or switch phones.
You don't need this if you have other backup methods.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Google Calendar Sync
GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk
com.google.android.syncadapters.calendar
You need this if you want to sync your calendars with Google, even if you use an alternative app to manage your Google calendars.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you don't use Google Calendar..

Google Contacts Sync
GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk
com.google.android.syncadapters.contacts
You need this if you want to sync your contacts with Google, even if you manage your Google contacts with an alternative contacts app.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you don't want to sync your contacts with Google..

Google One Time Init
OneTimeInitializer.apk
com.google.android.onetimeinitializer
Runs when you set up Android for the first time, and after a full data wipe. CyanogenMod runs it to ask which Google apps you want to install.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Google Partner Setup
GooglePartnerSetup.apk
com.google.android.partnersetup
The Play Store and the media uploader use it. Unfortunately it's also used by Google ads.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Google Play Services
com.google.android.gms.apk
com.google.android.gms
This lets Google add new features (new APIs in geekspeak) to your phone, even if your phone manufacturer or wireless carrier won't update Android for you. Google+, Google Maps, and YouTube use it (unless your phone runs very old copies of these apps).
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Google Search
com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox-1.apk
Velvet.apk
com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
Google Search. If you freeze or delete this you may not be able to search in your Android contacts list anymore.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Google Services Framework
GoogleServicesFramework.apk
com.google.android.gsf
Sends your Google account details to Google apps.
You need it to sync your data with Google, for Cloud To Device Messaging, to use the Google Play Store and Google Maps, and for other Google services.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Google+
com.google.android.apps.plus-1.apk
PlusOne.apk
com.google.android.apps.plus
App for Google's answer to Facebook. Since Google+ is as empty as a ghost town you can safely freeze or delete this app for now. Keep in mind that an increasing number of Android things (like leaving feedback in the Google Play Store) require a Google+ account, so you may need to restore it later.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES (you can always get it from the Play Store if you need it back).

Group Play
GroupPlay_20.apk
com.samsung.groupcast
Share music and pictures with other Samsung devices.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Hangouts
com.google.android.talk-2.apk
Hangouts.apk
com.google.android.talk
Google's chat network. In recent versions of Android Hangouts is the default SMS app, so make sure you have an alternative SMS/MMS client before you freeze or delete Hangouts.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES if you have another SMS app.

Help
InteractiveTutorial.apk
com.samsung.helphub
Samsung's tutorial for absolute Android beginners.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Home
BlurHome.apk
Stock launcher on Motorola phones.
Parts of the user interface break without it, even if you use another launcher.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

HSTcmd
MotHstcmd.apk
Mobile hotspot.
You can use other apps for this too.
If you freeze "3G Mobile Hotspot" you have to freeze HSTcmd too if you want the icon out of the app drawer.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Indexing service
IndexingService.apk
For Motoblur search. But what does it index?
Safe to freeze or remove: ?

InPocket
InPocketService.apk
Locks your screen when your phone sensors think your phone is in your bag or pocket.
Safe to freeze: YES.

Internet
SBrowser.apk
com.sec.android.app.sbrowser
Stock web browser customized by Samsung. Other apps may launch it to display info.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Key Chain
KeyChain.apk
com.android.keychain
Stores login info for Gmail and other services.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you don't use any Google apps.

Kies via Wi-Fi
kieswifi.apk
com.sec.android.app.kieswifi
Samsung app to let your phone talk to your computer. You don't need this if you have other methods to connect your phone and computer over WiFi.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

KNOX Store
KNOXStore.apk
com.sec.knox.store
Samsung security system that makes life hard for rooters and custom ROM flashers. Get rid of it unless your employer makes you keep it.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES, unless you need it to keep your job.

Latin Input Method Tutorial
LatinImeTutorial.apk
com.google.android.latinimetutorial
Tutorial for the stock keyboard. Without the tutorial app the stock keyboard usually crashes or won't run at all. If you delete it and you ever need to do a factory reset you'll have no keyboard at all.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Live Wallpaper Picker
LiveWallpapersPicker.apk or SecLiveWallpapersPicker.apk
com.android.wallpaper.livepicker
You need this to set live wallpapers on your homescreen. Not just the built-in Android live wallpapers, but third party live wallpapers too.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES if you don't use any live wallpapers.

LogsProvider
LogsProvider.apk
com.sec.android.provider.logsprovider
Call logs break without this app. Many other apps will force-close without LogsProvider.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Market Apps Installer
Pacman.apk
com.teamdouche.pacman
CyanogenMod app which asks you which Google apps from gapps to install. It only runs the first time you boot your phone after you flash CyanogenMod and gapps.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Market Feedback Agent
GoogleFeedback.apk
com.google.android.feedback
Sends error reports to Google if your apps force close, and allows apps to check if you installed them from the Google Play Store or if you sideloaded them. This is sometimes used as an easily circumvented anti-piracy measure.
Without it, your apps or the Google Play Store may break.
More on http://www.strazzare.com/blog/tag/comgoogleandroidfeedback/
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Market Updater
MarketUpdater.apk
com.android.vending.updater
Without this app your Android Market or Google Play Store app won't update, which may be a good thing if you want to keep an older version.
Without this app the Android Market or Google Play Store won't prompt you to update your apps when updates are available.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Master clear error reporter
MasterClearErrorReport.apk
Your phone can work without it.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Media Storage
MediaProvider.apk
com.android.providers.media
Tracks all your media files and playlists.
Most media players depend on Media Storage, and you need it to access ringtones too.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

MediaSync
MediaSync.apk
Tells you when your phone can share media with another device.
You can share media without this app.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Messages
MessagesWidget.apk
Displays your SMSs in a widget on your homescreen. You don't need this app to send or receive messages.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Messaging
MMS.apk
com.android.mms
com.lousou.mms
com.[something else].mms (there are many different flavours, depending on your ROM)
The built-in messaging app for SMS and MMS. Don't be fooled by the name MMS.apk, it is for SMS too. Other SMS/MMS app usually need the built-in messaging app to work.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Messaging
Messaging.apk
Messaging app.
You don't need this for SMS or MMS if you have another messaging app installed.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES if you have another SMS app.

Mobile tracker
MobileTrackerEngineTwo.apk
com.sec.android.app.mt
Samsung Find My Phone service to track down lost or stolen phones.
Safe to freeze: YES, because there are better tracking apps (Cerberus, avast anti-theft, ...).

Motorola services
blur-services.apk
Your Motorola phone needs it for phone calls and messages, even if you don't use Motoblur services.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Motorola storage monitor
StorageMonitorService.apk
This app warns you when your phone runs out of storage space.
Your phone can work without it, but you may lose data due to lack of storage space without being warned.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

MtlrDialog
MtlrNotifier.apk
Something to do with media?
Safe to freeze or delete: ?

My Uploads
MediaUploader.apk
com.google.android.apps.uploader
Uses the share menu in your gallery and other media apps to upload media files to Picasa, Facebook, etc.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

MyPhonebook
MyPhonebook.apk
A Motoblur component of your contacts app.
Your contacts app may crash without this app.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Network Location
NetworkLocation.apk
com.google.android.location
Determines your position from cell tower and WiFi signals.
Less accurate than GPS, but it eats less battery power.
If enabled it polls your location and sends it to Google even when you're not running any apps that need it.
Safe to freeze: YES if you only use GPS or never use location services at all.

OMA client provisioning
OMAProvisioning.apk
Uses special SMSs to send commands to your phone.
Used by anti-theft apps, to let your carrier send network configuration settings to your phone, etc.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

OMA Download
OMADownload.apk
For Download Over The Air. For example, to download app/system updates.
Safe to freeze: YES if you get your updates somewhere else.

Package Access Helper
DefaultContainerService.apk
com.android.defcontainer
You need this to install apps.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Package installer
PackageInstaller.apk
com.android.packageinstaller
Installs "side-loaded" apk files from non-Play Store sources.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Perso
Personalization.apk
com.sec.android.app.personalization
Samsung's "adapt sound" feature.
Safe to freeze: YES.

Pico TTS
PicoTts.apk
com.svox.pico
Text-To-Speech engine that talks with a robotic voice.
Used by virtual assistants, voice control apps, screen readers, and other apps that convert written text to speech.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES if you have another TTS engine.

Policy manager service
MgrService.apk
PolicyMgrProvider.apk
If you use a corporate network for email, calendar, etc., your network administrator may use this app to enforce security policies. For example, an administrator may force you to use a pin or pattern lock, or remotely wipe the data on your phone.
Without this app you may get locked out of your corporate network.
Safe to freeze: YES, but unfreeze if your corporate network won't let you in.

Quick contact
QuickContactWidget.apk
This app lets you contact shortcuts on your homescreen for one click dialling or messaging.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

QuickSMS
QuickSms.apk
This won't make you write SMSs faster. It just lets you auto-respond by SMS if you don't pick up your phone.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Remote Controls
FmmDS.apk, PCWClientS.apk, FmmDM.apk
com.fmm.ds, com.sec.pcw.device, com.fmm.dm
Samsung Dive, Samsung's version of Google's Android Device Manager.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES (but make sure you have Cerberus or avast anti-theft installed in case your phone or tablet goes missing).

Rich clipboard
RichTextCommon.apk
Motoblur app to sync data with Facebook, Twitter, email, Picasa, etc. Yes, "rich clipboard" is a stupid and misleading name for this app.
May use lots of data and suck your battery dry, so you may want to freeze this app.
Safe to freeze: YES.

RoseEUKor
RoseEUKor.apk
com.monotype.android.font.rosemary
Font for Android.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Safety assistance
SecSafetyAssurance.apk
com.sec.android.app.safetyassurance
Sends out location info and pictures when you hit the panic button combo on your phone (combination depends on your phone).
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

SASlideShow
SlideShow.apk
com.sec.android.saslideshow
Photo slide show.
Safe to freeze: YES.

Search
QuickSearchBox.apk
com.android.quicksearchbox
Stock Android search app. This is not the same as Google Search app.
Safe to freeze: YES.

Search Applications Provider
ApplicationsProvider.apk
com.android.providers.applications
Fetches a list of installed applications, used by the search app to auto-complete app names.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Settings
Settings.apk
com.android.settings
Settings Storage
SettingsProvider.apk
com.android.providers.settings
The Android settings menu, and the app that stores settings like those for bluetooth. Not all settings are stored here, because many (accounts, access points, ...) are stored by other apps.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Setup Wizard
SetupWizard.apk
com.google.android.setupwizard
Helps you set up your phone when you boot it the first time.
If you remove this app your phone may crash after a factory reset, so better leave this app alone.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

ShareShotService
ShareShotService.apk
Share pictures over WiFi direct.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

SIM toolkit
Stk.apk
com.android.stk
On my phone this app runs spamware from my SIM card for useless premium SMS services from which T-Mobile takes a cut.
But it may do other things on your phone (like online banking), so check if you need it before you freeze or remove it.
Safe to freeze: YES, but unfreeze if any SIM service stops working.

Status Bar
SystemUI.apk
com.android.systemui
The notification bar on the top of your screen. Not all phones and tablets use this app, but CyanogenMod does.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

SyncmlDS
SyncmlDS.apk
com.smlds
Samsung Account. You won't be able to open Settings > About phone > Software update without this app.
Freezing or removing this app makes your battery drain real quick.
Safe to freeze or delete: NO.

SysScope
SysScope.apk
com.sec.android.app.sysscope
This is used by Samsung to check if your phone is rooted or otherwise modified. The app may pass the info on to Samsung.
Safe to freeze: YES, but unfreeze if corporate networks or apps lock you out.

Talk
Talk.apk
com.google.android.talk
The instant messaging service from Google. Removing it used to break things like the Android Market, but only on very old versions of Android.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES if you have a recent version of Android.

Theme Chooser
ThemeChooser.apk
com.tmobile.themechooser
Themes Provider
ThemeManager.apk
com.tmobile.thememanager
App from T-Mobile to change the look and feel of your phone. CyanogenMod and other custom ROMs use it too.

Toggle widgets
ToggleWidgets.apk
Widgets to toggle WiFi, GPS, bluetooth, etc.
There are better apps for this, like Widgetsoid.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Trim
TrimApp_phone_J.apk
com.lifevibes.trimapp
Trims movies. Launch it from the stock gallery.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

TTS Service
TtsService.apk
android.tts
Text-To-Speech app.
Google Maps needs it for voice navigation.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you don't want your phone to talk..

TwDVFSApp
TwDVFSApp.apk
com.sec.android.app.twdvfs
TouchWiz Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling.
Samsung app to underclock and undervolt your processor when it doesn't have much to do to save battery.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Unified Daemon
WeatherWidgetDaemon.apk
com.sec.android.daemonapp
Pulls in data for weather (and stocks, news) for widgets like the Samsung briefing widget.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.

Universal inbox
UniversalInbox.apk
Mixes your SMSs with your emails.
Usually safe to freeze or remove, but on some phones it may break all messaging apps.
Safe to freeze: YES, but unfreeze if your messaging app breaks.

Updater
BlurUpdater.apk
Upgrader
Upgrader.apk
Motorola apps that update and upgrade something. But what? Your ROM?
Safe to freeze: YES.

User Dictionary
UserDictionaryProvider.apk
com.android.providers.userdictionary
Dictionary for LatinIME (which is your default keyboard app). Without User Dictionary your keyboard won't work, which may leave you without any keyboard at all after a factory reset.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

Vending.apk
Vending.apk
Android Market (old) or Google Play Store.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO.

VPN Services
VpnServices.apk
com.android.server.vpn
Virtual Private Network app. Third party VPN apps are often a front-end for the built-in VpnServices.apk, so don't freeze or remove it if you want to use virtual private networks.
Safe to freeze or remove: NO, unless you never use a VPN.

Wi-Fi Calling
com.android.kineto
WiFi calling from T-Mobile, lets you call and SMS over T-Mobiles network through WiFi (T-Mobile USA only). Useful in areas with bad or no network coverage, but it eats your T-Mobile texts and minutes anyway. Other operators may use this app too.
You don't need this app to use VoIP apps like CSipSimple. The app by Kineto is only meant to turn your WiFi router into an extension of your mobile operators network.
If you freeze this app with Titanium, it will run anyway.
If you uninstall this app, com.android.kineto enters a force-close loop. You can solve this problem by simply rebooting your phone.
Safe to freeze or remove: YES.


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