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It's impossible to root out TouchWiz without modifying the Samsung source code to remove and replace it; it's heavily embedded in the OS. This would be a massive effort and I don't believe anyone's done it. The only alternative is a ROM built from stock in the first place, such as Cyanogen as Ryan mentioned.


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You can't :o( You can install another home screen app from the market if you don't want to use the Sense home screen. If you want to avoid Sense altogether, you will need to root your phone and flash a non-Sense ROM.


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That chat bubble is there because you granted Messenger the permission "draw over other apps". In simple terms, call it overlay. The qualified name of the permission is android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW. Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these ...


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Facebook does a lot more than just bloat your viewing window. Have you seen all of the permissions it requires?! The methods Facebook use to add chat bubbles are called Blocking Overlays. They are built-in feature of Android. There's an app called Tasker that well visualizes these features. Tasker is an automation app, but you can also create activities ...


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Well, nobody seemed to be able to answer this question, so I went ahead and applied the update. Overall, I'm glad I did. I haven't noticed any significant change in performance. I could take or leave most of the UI changes included in Touchwiz, but there are a few things in the new UI that are very nice. One is that toggles for things like bluetooth, wifi, ...


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For rooting, see How do I root my phone? You should be able to use another launcher regardless, but you can get a close-to-AOSP experience with CyanogenMOD. I don't believe that phone is officially supported by CM but someone's porting it: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=946354 The XDA Android Development forum for the Optimus One was ...



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