I have an Archos 101 tablet which has Google maps installed.

I cannot uninstall Google maps but since I don't need it on my tablet I don't update it.

However, it is constantly being presented in the list of apps with 'new update available.

Can I somehow exclude this app ?

I have not rooted my device and are running Android 2.2

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    Related question, rooted solution: android.stackexchange.com/questions/14421/… – onik Jan 14 '12 at 17:23
  • @onik: I don't want to root my device simply bacause my knowledge of it is not large enough to make sure I don't do anything wrong. – Edelcom Jan 15 '12 at 10:35
  • @Edelcom Out of curiosity: Why don't you want the Maps update? – Flow Jan 16 '12 at 19:35
  • @Flow: It is a tablet without SIM car which I only use at home. I don't need to look up addresses or the likes on my tablet (I use my phone or the PC to do that). It is a rather large program ( which U unfortunately cannot uninstall ). I don't want to make it even larger with updates I don't use. Memory in my Archos is not that large to waste it. – Edelcom Jan 17 '12 at 8:12

The only way I see around this is to uninstall Google Maps and the only way to remove built in apps is to be rooted and either use a 3rd part app or use ADB and uninstall the app yourself. There's no way of "excluding" an app from updates unless you simply uninstall it.

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    I don't want to root my devices until I know enough of the system to make sure I don't screw things up. – Edelcom Mar 16 '12 at 8:50

If you meanwhile changed your mind concerning rooting your device (you had a full year to get to know enough of the system to make sure [you] don't screw things up. ;), next to un-installation there're some more options available using e.g. Titanium Backup:

  • freeze (i.e. disable) Maps. This way it becomes "unavailable" on the device (and thus would no longer be updated, if you have a recent version of the Google Playstore on the device) -- but could be "unfrozen/re-enabled" any time.
  • detach it from "market" (yeah, old term). This would leave the app available and useable, while telling Google Play it's not installed. Not installed → no updates.
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