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Which phones have the purest Android?

tl:dr; Google phones have the purest Android. They come with Google apps In Android ecosystem, phones launched by Google are stock Android (aka vanilla). It's the purest form of Android because Google ...
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Which phones have the purest Android?

How about looking for models supported by LineageOS? This is a ROM you can flash to your device, and you can even use it without the Google Apps (or flash them later) Although they are not included ...
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Which phones have the purest Android?

The question has quite deep implications. Android is not an OS, it is an "ecosystem". There is Android Open Source Project. This is the "base" of the Android OS. Hardly usable and ...
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How can I disable a stock app that has its Disable button greyed out?

On some Android versions you can use adb to disable apps that you would otherwise not be able to deactivate via the UI. The Debloater app linked to above automates and simplifies this process. This ...
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How can I disable a stock app that has its Disable button greyed out?

Sorry, but you have to root in order to do this. There is no other way. Root (optional) Install Titanium Backup and backup your phone. If you mess something up you can restore your phone using this ...
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Can't remove bloatware after rooted

You don't have to root your device for debloating. System apps can be "uninstalled" from adb shell adb shell pm disable --user 0 <pkgname> (actually that will disable the app. Do this ...
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Does uninstalling system apps using ADB commands increase internal storage?

Yes and no - that depends if the app has created user data at run-time and if it has installed an update e.g. via Google Play Store (system updates are irrelevant here). No Update via Play Store ...
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Remove google app (velvet) from android marshmallow

You need to go settings/apps/configure apps (cog)/default apps/assist & voice input select NONE then Reboot, uninstall Google app and reboot and you have no bootloop enjoy!!
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Can I delete factory apps

Not all apps are safe to delete or disable. Most are, though. If you are able to remove an app that came with your phone, it is safe to do so. If you can only freeze the app, then it is in the /...
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How can I disable a stock app that has its Disable button greyed out?

Yes, there is another way :) You are lucky because you have Android Kitkat version. Just use tool Debloater by Gatesjunior from XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/software/debloater-remove-...
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Disabling the Google App

Disabling the Google App (com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox) may cause the Voice Input button on some standard keyboards (including the AOSP keyboard) to not appear or not work. Some alternate ...
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Android - Application Manager - Disable multiple apps at once?

You can hook the tablets one-by-one up to a computer with ADB drivers installed and USB debugging turned on in the tablets' settings, and run a .bat file with the list of stuff to disable which will ...
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Cyanogen installs bloatware automatically

If the apps in question appears to be user-uninstallable but keeps coming back, they might be in /vendor and /system/vendor. But if they are only available for disabling, then they're real system apps....
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Deleting system files

PSNeuter and ZergRush are too old-school (2.3.x-era), no wonder why they won't work. This is a very unpopular phone so it doesn't have a custom recovery either. If the one-clickers (usually comes ...
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Will deleting all system apps from Android for debloating purpose prevent it from starting up?

1. All of the system apps cannot be deleted System apps are not just apps to be used by end users, but many of them don't have any user interface and they provide some core functionality of Android ...
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Is there a "temporary root" for Samsung phones?

As others said, if you remove the crapware, well, that proves the rooting. Anyway, you can try towelroot in order to gain temporary root permissions. Open the app and tap three times on welcome to ...
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Nokia phone has pre-installed survey: how can I remove it?

If you are familiar with adb and the command prompt you can remove any apps including system apps with this command: adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.evenwell.nps com.evenwell.nps is the ...
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Remove Bloatware on my Xperia L

It should be --user 0 not --users 0 Also - k flag is optional But to acknowledge a comment you must be rooted to completely remove bloatware, because if you add another account or work profile that ...
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Does OnePlus support removing NetFlix?

That screenshot suffices to say that the Netflix app is a permanent bloatware. A permanent bloatware has Disable option instead of Uninstall option. Furthermore, it is not the only bloatware. Many ...
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How can I remove system apps on my amazon fire 7 9th gen tablet using adb commands?

1. Find out the package names In order to uninstall the apps, you need their package names. Within an adb shell, execute: pm list packages Take note of all the package names that you want to ...
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Permanently delete apps using Titanium Backup (they keep re-installing!)

There are times Titanium Backup does not work, so I use System App Remover (root needed). However, as indicated here, a workaround for Titanium Backup is to install Termux. Issue the following ...
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Can system reserved memory be recovered after debloating?

You are totally right, removing pre-installed apps from the system partition has absolutely no effect on the free space of the user data partition where apps and their data are stored into. The only ...
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How to prevent phone to install bloatware automatically

Looks like malware in your phone is pre-installed by manufacturer. It's better to install another ROM. You may check here which one owners of your device recommend.
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Prevent bloatware which gets reinstalled from starting

After a rather long exchange in the comments, it was discovered that installing a dummy package with the same name as the bloatware helps, by making the bloatware installation silently fail. @...
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How to delete Alcatel File Manager?

I just found a post that said, "This issue is there in most of the cheap Chinese phones and tablets. These phones have a pre-installed trojan program which cannot be removed from the phone." They ...
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Is it OK to remove this SaleTracker app?

It isn't any vital Android component, as I don't have it on my OnePlus One, so you could go ahead and either freeze or remove it and see after a restart if that poses a problem. If so, you should have ...
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Is it safe to remove "Google app" from android system completely?

I have removed Google App on several Orignal stock ROMs without any problems. It provides a Search Bar and some other functionality which is not required for their other apps to function (Maps, Gmail, ...
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Is it safe to remove "Google app" from android system completely?

Sure you can iff the Google app has the "G" logo, it is just a search app. I am on a custom ROM, Cyanogen Mod 13 and it doesn't come with bloatwares or Google apps.
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Android app identifier?

Unlikely such a site exists and is complete. See the two links in this answer: The first currently covers 1718 apps, the second ~7,350 apps. My own site currently covers ~13,000+ apps (from multiple ...
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