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Bloatware/Crapware on Nokia mobile x.1 phones — really?

I got a new Nokia 6.1 in December and gave away two Nokia 2.1 for Christmas. I used Windows Phones for a long time and still am convinced that Windows Mobile is the better OS and has better Apps, better UX and an integrated design to offer, but sadly many companies only develop their apps for Apple 🍏 and Android although it should be very easy to develop apps for the Windows Mobile Platform (WMP). However, I saw myself pushed to change the platform.

Some days after I got my phone, I decided that I don’t need most of the Google Apps and wanted to delete them. Not possible. You can only deactivate them. “Okay fine”, I thought and so I did. The situation was not satisfying to me and I read about the Android Debug Bridge.

The ADB “is a versatile command-line tool that lets you communicate with a device. The adb command facilitates a variety of device actions, such as installing and debugging apps, and it provides access to a Unix shell that you can use to run a variety of commands on a device. It is a client-server program that includes three components…”

With the command adb shell pm list packages you can get a list of all installed packages. With adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 <package.name> you can uninstall the mentioned package for the main user (not from root, because you are not rooting your phone this way and I would avoid rooting if you use banking apps).

I will skip the necessary explanations here (sorry newbies) and want to talk to the more accomplished audience about what I found. I will list most of the more or less necessary apps here.

(1) All Apps by Google LLC

To find out more about the app, you can look it up in the App Store. Just go to the app store URL and paste the name of the package to the end. E. g. the following link will direct you to the “Chrome Dev” app.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chrome.dev

com.android.chrome [Warning below]
com.chrome.beta
com.chrome.canary
com.chrome.dev
com.google.android.apps.access.wifi.consumer
com.google.android.apps.adm
com.google.android.apps.ads.publisher
com.google.android.apps.adwords
com.google.android.apps.authenticator2
com.google.android.apps.blogger
com.google.android.apps.books
com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app
com.google.android.apps.cloudprint
com.google.android.apps.cultural
com.google.android.apps.docs
com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs
com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.sheets
com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.slides
com.google.android.apps.dynamite
com.google.android.apps.enterprise.cpanel
com.google.android.apps.enterprise.dmagent
com.google.android.apps.fireball
com.google.android.apps.fitness
com.google.android.apps.freighter
com.google.android.apps.giant
com.google.android.apps.googleassistant
com.google.android.apps.handwriting.ime
com.google.android.apps.hangoutsdialer
com.google.android.apps.inbox
com.google.android.apps.inputmethod.hindi
com.google.android.apps.kids.familylink
com.google.android.apps.kids.familylinkhelper
com.google.android.apps.m4b
com.google.android.apps.magazines
com.google.android.apps.maps
com.google.android.apps.mapslite
com.google.android.apps.meetings
com.google.android.apps.messaging [Warning below]
com.google.android.apps.navlite
com.google.android.apps.nbu.files
com.google.android.apps.paidtasks
com.google.android.apps.pdfviewer
com.google.android.apps.photos
com.google.android.apps.photos.scanner
com.google.android.apps.plus
com.google.android.apps.podcasts
com.google.android.apps.santatracker
com.google.android.apps.subscriptions.red
com.google.android.apps.tachyon
com.google.android.apps.tasks
com.google.android.apps.translate
com.google.android.apps.travel.onthego
com.google.android.apps.vega
com.google.android.apps.walletnfcrel
com.google.android.apps.wallpaper
com.google.android.apps.wellbeing
com.google.android.apps.youtube.creator
com.google.android.apps.youtube.gaming
com.google.android.apps.youtube.kids
com.google.android.apps.youtube.music
com.google.android.apps.youtube.vr
com.google.android.calculator [Hint below]
com.google.android.calendar
com.google.android.contacts [Warning below]
com.google.android.deskclock [Hint below]
com.google.android.gm
com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
com.google.android.ims
com.google.android.inputmethod.japanese
com.google.android.inputmethod.korean
com.google.android.inputmethod.latin
com.google.android.inputmethod.pinyin
com.google.android.keep
com.google.android.launcher
com.google.android.marvin.talkback
com.google.android.music
com.google.android.play.games
com.google.android.projection.gearhead
com.google.android.street
com.google.android.talk
com.google.android.tts
com.google.android.tv.remote
com.google.android.videos
com.google.android.vr.home
com.google.android.vr.inputmethod
com.google.android.wearable.app
com.google.android.webview
com.google.android.youtube
com.google.ar.core
com.google.ar.lens
com.google.chromeremotedesktop
com.google.earth
com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo
com.google.tango.measure
com.google.vr.cyclops
com.google.vr.expeditions
com.google.vr.vrcore
com.niksoftware.snapseed

Some warnings and hints

com.android.chrome
Removing or even deactivating Chrome may cause serious problems with other browsers and email apps. In my case, Firefox and Firefox Klar crashed on every start. Outlook was able to configure my profile settings and after finishing, it crashed. The only solution is to keep Chrome and try to change it’s settings to more privacy (e. g. change the default search engine, deactivate everything automatic, etc.).

com.google.android.apps.messaging
Before you remove this app, you would want to have an alternative installed.

com.google.android.calculator
I wanted to keep the Android calculator, but it is safe to remove it.

com.google.android.contacts
It could get difficult to manage contacts without having an alternative contacts app. Remove only if you are sure.

com.google.android.deskclock
I wanted to keep the Android clock, but it is safe to remove it. Be aware that after removal, you also have no clock widget.

(2) Other Apps related to Google LLC

com.google.android.feedback

This app seems to regularly ask the user for feedback. Safe to remove.

(3) Apps by HMD Global

com.hmdglobal.camera2 [Warning below]
com.evenwell.camera2 [Warning below]
com.hmdglobal.support
com.evenwell.hdrservice

Before or after removing the camera app, you should look for an alternative. For me the best camera apps are Open Camera and the new Footej Camera. I can recommend both of them. Within Open Camera, make sure to activate the Android-5-Camera2-API.

(4) Apps by Evenwell

Evenwell is supposed to be a subsidiary company by Qualcomm, that programs apps for the Nokia phones. If you have any knowledge about the apps below, feel free to comment. I will be happy to learn from you, because the internet has very few information so far.

com.evenwell.apnwidget.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.AprUploadService
com.evenwell.AprUploadService.data.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.autoregistration
com.evenwell.autoregistration.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.batteryprotect
com.evenwell.batteryprotect.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.bboxsbox
com.evenwell.bboxsbox.app
com.evenwell.bokeheditor
com.evenwell.bokeheditor.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.CPClient
com.evenwell.CPClient.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.custmanager
com.evenwell.custmanager.data.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.customerfeedback.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.dataagent
com.evenwell.dataagent.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.DbgCfgTool
com.evenwell.DbgCfgTool.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.defaultappconfigure.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.DeviceMonitorControl
com.evenwell.DeviceMonitorControl.data.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.email.data.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.factorywizard
com.evenwell.factorywizard.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.fmradio
com.evenwell.fmradio.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.foxlauncher.partner
com.evenwell.fqc
com.evenwell.legalterm
com.evenwell.legalterm.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.managedprovisioning.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.mappartner
com.evenwell.nps
com.evenwell.nps.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.OTAUpdate
com.evenwell.OTAUpdate.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.partnerbrowsercustomizations.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.permissiondetection
com.evenwell.permissiondetection.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.phone.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.PowerMonitor
com.evenwell.PowerMonitor
com.evenwell.PowerMonitor.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.powersaving.g3
com.evenwell.powersaving.g3.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.providers.downloads.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.providers.downloads.ui.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.providers.partnerbookmarks.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.providers.weather
com.evenwell.providers.weather.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.pushagent
com.evenwell.pushagent.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.retaildemoapp
com.evenwell.retaildemoapp.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.screenlock.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.settings.data.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.SettingsUtils
com.evenwell.SettingsUtils.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.SetupWizard
com.evenwell.setupwizard.btl.s600ww.overlay
com.evenwell.SetupWizard.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.stbmonitor
com.evenwell.stbmonitor.data.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.telecom.data.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.UsageStatsLogReceiver
com.evenwell.UsageStatsLogReceiver.data.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.weather.overlay.base.s600ww
com.evenwell.weatherservice
com.evenwell.weatherservice.overlay.base.s600ww

I removed all of these and cannot find any effect on system settings or any of the apps I use.

When I asked the Nokia Support about the use of these apps and the way they work, the answer was neither useful nor meaningful:

Evenwell are packages and apps from Google, or you can install from Google play store evenwell camera 2 HMD Global, which is our Nokia camera app.
They are common apps and if you would like to deactivate it, please go to Google play store and uninstall all needed apps.
I need to inform you that some apps are not possible to uninstall, those are apps which were already there when you bought a phone — inbuilt applications.

Of course, none of the above apps can be found in the Android App Store. They are just installed APK packages. Think about this: 71 APK packages installed and with a handfull of them you can guess what they are for, and Nokia does not put any effort in explaining them.

My phone runs two weeks without them and I experience absolutely no problems. I hope this little article helps and will possibly initiate sharing your experience with app removals.

Robert Wallis

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IT Consultant, Virtual Assistant, Travel Blogger, non-conformist and free of double standards.

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