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2014-07-05 07:15 AM
I just got my Z2 two days ago and I ran into the same problem : What's New app **bleep**.
So here is the solution without root
1) run adb (I assume you have a working adb, if not take a look here)
2) adb shell
3) pm block com.sonymobile.advancedwidget.entrance
5) Done! Enjoy your "What's New" free Sony Phone.
2014-07-10 10:10 AM
2014-07-21 06:29 AM
Quickest way to get rid of the whats new business without mucking up your warranty is to just delete the pane its on. Simply hold your finger anywhere on the background until the you go to an "editing" mode where you will see the pane as if you zoomed out beyond the normal edges. There will be an X and a House icon. From here you can delete the pane containing whats new. If there were shortcuts on that pane that wanted you can add a new pane then select the apps icon to add any shortcuts you lost to whichever pane you want them on. If you didnt already realize it you could also just set a different pane as your home pane by selecting the House icon on whichever pane you wish to make the home so you dont see whats new if you dont want to get rid of it entirely. Whats new will become an option in the apps tab should you wish to bring it back up. Anyway this is the easiest way to get rid of it. Hope it helps.
2014-07-21 10:23 AM
This is not the solution for the problem. I think you understood something wrong.
The problem is not a widget on a homescreen.
The problem is the "Whats new" function on the home button.
2014-07-31 10:08 AM
2014-07-31 12:26 PM
Can someone explain how to do this for someone non-technical? I love my Xperian Z1C but this latest update is annoying the heck out of me.
2014-07-31 12:46 PM
Hi and welcome to the community! Since you're new please be sure that you have checked out our Discussion guidelines.
As far as I know it's unfortunately not possible to remove this function or deactivate the Whats New-app.