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Removing default apps from a rooted android phone

I recently needed to remove some of those rubbish default apps you get on android phones. You know the ones, the ones that come with the phone but you can't uninstall.  It is especially annoying if you don't ever want to use them and they are taking up loads of space on your phone because you have an Android version prior to Froyo (2.2) so apps can't be installed to the SD card

One of my phones (a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8) is on Android 2.1 and I want it stay on that OS, but it was running out of memory.  I already rooted it some time back, and a quick google search came up with this great guide: http://androidadvices.com/remove-default-applications-rooted-android-phones/

I have one thing to add though, which is why I am writing this.  Once I'd uninstalled FourSquare, Facebook, Stopwatch, Planet3 and loads of other stuff I didn't want, I was surprised that they still showed as installed.  So I checked again with the article above, nope, definitely gone.  But they st…

Using RoboGuice with BlackBerry Android Runtime

I have recently been porting Android application to run on the new BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0 which includes an Android 2.3 runtime.  However, one of my apps kept failing the BlackBerry packager checks because:

3 uses-package com.google.android.maps
However my app wasn't using it, and a search of my code didn't reveal any uses of it either.
It turns out that, because I was using RoboGuice, which has a MapActivity, the BlackBerry packager was picking that up, even though I wasn't using it.

The only solution I could think of was to unpack the roboguice jar, delete the MapActivity class, then repackage it.  Then the BlackBerry packager was happy!

Hope this helps someone