I heard you can "freeze" or "disable" apps starting in Android 4.0 without rooting. How do you do it?
You can disable only System apps from Android 4.0 onwards.
Check the guide here with video.
Basically you have to:
To enable it again:
To disable user installed apps I use this aswesome software called Titanium backup pro (needs root). Freezing app i.e. disabling app is only one of its many features.
To freeze one app:
Note: Freezing app still consumes space.
I personally use this to freeze heavy app like Skype. Application settings like username and password aren't lost in this way.
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