Debloat your Sony smart TV
Here's a little tweak for your Sony smart TV that runs Android.
The start screen for these TV's (at least mine did) has a section that shows you recommended apps. Having things recommended for me by some <>algorithm> has become somewhat of an annoyance and the stuff it was showing me wasn't really helpful. Not terrible mind you, but I never clicked on a single one of them.
It wasn't until I installed VLC to play some videos of a USB stick. Every time I wanted to start the app, it was all the way at the end of my 'recommended' apps. Now this was a problem. Not only taking up space, but also getting in the way. That crap needed to go.
After digging through all the settings and options in the settings menu I wasn't able to find anything that referred to that section on the start screen and the manual (yes, I opened, and read it! ... well skimmed it) did mention it, but only its existence on the screen, no options.
Turns out, there's a system app on the TV called SonyShelf that's in charge of that portion of the screen.
Sorry about the Dutch text :-)
Force close -> Gedwongen stoppen.
Notifications -> Meldingen.
- Open the settings menu.
- Go to the Apps section and open it.
- Scroll all the way down to where you see the SonyShelf app and select it.
- Click "Force close" and disable notifications.
A garbage free start screen showing a list of installed apps instead of a double row of crap.
It didn't come back after a reboot, I tried, and is also the reason the first image is a pic I found online because I couldn't get it back for a picture... But I assume you might have to repeat this process at some point due to updates and whatnot. Enjoy!