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Question: how do device manufacturers prevent applications from being deleted/wiped even after a factory reset? I ask because I need this capability for an enterprise project I'm working on. The target device will be running Android 4.0.3.

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There are solutions out there for this kind of thing. We looked at some Toshiba tablets which came with central management software for locking down/deploying updates etc. If you already have the hardware it might be worth your while contacting your supplier, they should be able to help.
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Many thanks for the reply. Who made the software for those Toshibas you mentioned?
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Doesn't a system wipe only wipe the "data" partition of the phone and not the system? Or does it not touch the "system app" directory? I have been out of the Android game for a while unfortunately frown.gif
   
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@TUDJ

Many thanks for the reply. Who made the software for those Toshibas you mentioned?

I think Toshiba did. It was still in development when we trialed the tablets so we never got to see it.
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Doesn't a system wipe only wipe the "data" partition of the phone and not the system? Or does it not touch the "system app" directory? I have been out of the Android game for a while unfortunately frown.gif

Correct. Every device that I have played with will not wipe the system_app partition when formatting data, system etc.

OP if the software is installed to the system_app partition (odex or not) you shouldn't lose it when wiping.
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Many thanks for that. smile.gif Another question: is there a way to stop an application from being uninstalled by just anybody?
Edited by parityboy - 2/19/13 at 2:12pm
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