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When will my phone get the Android 2.3 update (Gingerbread)?

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) SDK was released on December 6, 2010. (High-level user highlights) Of course, not all devices will get this update right away and others won't get it at all. Each ...
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What does it mean when the connectivity icons in the status bar go white/gray?

The connectivity icons (Data, Mobile Signal, Wifi) in the status bar on my Nexus S are normally green, but sometimes they go white. I can't seem to figure out what this means, as I still have a signal ...
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The music player keeps displaying deleted songs. How do I remove them or refresh the library?

I am using a Droid X with rooted Gingerbread that is otherwise stock. I have root access, but have not used it to do anything. I have inspected the /Music folder multiple times and the 500+ songs I ...
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Can you run Android 2.2 Froyo or 2.3 Gingerbread in a VM?

I came across a how-to guide for running Android 1.7 in a virtual machine (VirtualBox), but 1.7 is old. I haven't been able to find a Android 2.2 or 2.3 image anywhere, does anyone have any ideas on ...
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How can I turn off the “allow automatic updating” for **all** apps?

Recently Google started to check the “allow automatic updating” for their apps without being asked, which I hate. I have to deactivate it for each app separately. But more importantly this pushed ...
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Why does android ignore my etc/hosts change in the browser?

I've remounted /sys as rw, added one entry to etc/hosts (e.g. 10.0.0.1 x.com www.x.com) and rebooted my device. After rebooting, if I check etc/hosts, the entry is fine. If I ping x.com, it pings the ...
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How can I find out what causes “Android OS” to consume battery?

The issue is that I see a high percentage on the "Android OS" item in the Battery Usage, and I want to find out what is causing it. But let me say that I'm interested in diagnostics techniques and ...
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How does NFC on Google Nexus S and Android 2.3 work?

I'm curious on the Near field communication, NFC that the Google Nexus S has. From what I understand, this techonlogy can be used to read RFID-tags, or am I wrong about that? What can I read with an ...
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Is it possible to display nicknames in the contact list?

Is it possible to use nicknames, instead of first+last names, as the contact's display name in the contact list and/or the incoming/outgoing call view? Device is Samsung Galaxy S 2. Edit: to be ...
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WiFi Signal drops out every 3 minutes

For several weeks now my Android (Gingerbread 2.3.6) phone has been losing it's WiFi signal momentarily, typically at about 3 minute intervals (about 3 minutes, 1.5 seconds) and occasionally at some ...
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Default contact for a number

Is there a way to set a default contact for a specific number, which happens to be bound to multiple contacts? I.e. for some reason Alpha and Bravo share a telephone number. Currently if I try to ...
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Is it possible to use the camera without unlocking first?

Is it possible with Android phones (like with iOS 5) to take photos directly from the lock screen without unlocking first?
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Force Google Maps to save cached maps on SD card

I am downloading a large number of map areas in Google Map for offline use. It appears that, by default, Google Map writes its cache to my phone's relatively scarce internal memory. Is there a way to ...
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Noob confused about ROM's

I have a HTC Incredible running 2.2, and i understand you need to Root first before anything else, got that, but now I am confused about the ROM thing. I would like to Root to uninstall the default ...
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Gingerbread has drastically reduced my battery life

I have a Nexus One, and since upgrading to 2.3.3, my phone lasts several hours less compared to 2.2.x. I've swapped out to a new battery, which didn't make a difference. In about 14 hours (of nothing ...
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Droid X Turns Itself on Automatically

I turn off my Droid X (now running Gingerbread) to conserve the battery. However, every morning when I wake up, it is turned on. Has anyone else been having this problem? I don't know how long it ...
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Why does Google play show a “no connection: retry” error?

Recently I bought a Spice MI 280 with Android 2.3.4, I downloaded apps from the Android Market like App2sd, Task killer, Soundhound etc. A few days ago Android Market was upgraded to Google Play and ...
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How do I simulate packet loss on an Android device?

I'd like to simulate packet loss on a rooted Android device to see how different levels affect video streaming quality. I've tried netem and iptables, without success: netem: # tc qdisc change dev ...
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Android “Internal Storage” used but not reported

As an owner of a Nexus One running Gingerbread, I'm continually fighting to keep free space in my phone's Internal Storage. Today, I noticed something odd. The bottom of Andorid's "Manage ...
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What codecs does the 2.3-Gingerbread Internet calling (SIP) use?

I am looking at the internet calling options in 2.3-Gingerbread. Does anyone know what codecs this dialer uses? Can the codecs be configured?
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Change application to be launched using Voice Action

Is there a way I can change which app will launch upon Voice action? For example when I say "Listen to Pink Floyd", it currently opens Last.fm app which is more or less useless for me since Last.fm ...
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Limited internal storage, how to shift stuff to sd card

Total Available Internal storage on my Sony Ericsson is ~412MB. This is really low but many apps apparently need to be installed there and others still need a footprint even after being shifted to SD ...
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Where are the developer options? Android 2.3.6, SGH-T679

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G SGH-T679 Android 2.3.6. I do not see the developer tools anywhere in the Settings menu. Is there something special needed to get it to show up?
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Do I need internet/3G to use GPS?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 that has some problems with the GPS: If I use internet my navigation works but when I turn the 3G off, GPS does not work. Do I need internet/3G to use GPS?
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What is my phone doing when the boot takes a long time?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S with stock Android 2.3.3 (with carrier modifications, regretfully). Usually, when I reboot the phone, it shows the boot animation for a few seconds, then goes to the lock ...
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Use android phone with broken screen as WiFi camera

The screen of my android phone is broken and since I couldn't find a replacement screen I thought of using the phone as wifi camera. I've installed IP cam and use the android.screencast to control and ...
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gingerbread on nexus-one bugs/difficulties

I love Android and have been a proud Nexus One owner for over a year now. I was also really excited when gingerbread dropped and flashed my phone before the OTA update (who can wait for these things ...
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How do I get my picture to appear in message threads?

In the stock messaging app, the contact I'm messaging has their picture next to their replies, but mine is just a grey box; how do I get my picture there? I have a contact called 'me' with my picture ...
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Why does my power button take screenshots?

I haven't installed any screenshot applications, in fact my phone was recently wiped when upgrading to gingerbread. I have Gingerbread 2.3.4 and I use the GoLauncher homescreen. Samsung Mesmerize from ...
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Install apps to sd card by default [duplicate]

How can I do this? I'm using a Samsung Galaxy Ace I've tried this method http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1278349 I confirmed that it was indeed set to 2. But it wouldnt work. Then I ...
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Shortcut to enable / disable VoIP/SIP on Gingerbread?

Gingerbread comes with a cool SIP / VoIP integration. However, this feature drains the battery quite a bit. So I'm looking for a shortcut to enable SIP. So far, I always have to go deep into Settings ...
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How can I disable auto-dimming of the screen?

What I'd like to see: When idling, the screen turns off after the configured amount of time. What I see: When I don't do anything, the screen dims a bit after ~23 seconds, then at 30 seconds it ...
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How do I set up a VPN from Android 2.3 to my home Ubuntu desktop?

I want to configure a VPN from my Nexus S (2.3.4) to my home Ubuntu desktop. Has anyone tried this yet? I would deeply appreciate tips on which VPN server to use (e.g., is openVPN support native ...
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How do I change the number identification format (to associate with a contact's number)?

I have a Sony/Ericsson Xperia Arc phone with Android 2.3 In my country, I can receive calls with the following number patterns (it's the formatting used by my operator): 12345678 0aa12345678 ...
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Slide to unlock appears even when pattern lock is activated. How can I get straight to pattern lock mode after screen is turned on?

I thought the whole idea of pattern lock is to replace the 'slide to unlock' thing with something safe. Well I don't know if this is a bug or not but I have to 'slide to unlock' first before I can use ...
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Instagram creates a new “Camera” folder, how do I deal with it?

I'm on Android 2.3.4, Xperia Active. And I have downloaded and installed Instagram. Normally when I take pictures on the stock Camera app, my photos gets sent to sdcard/DCIM/100ANDRO. However, when I ...
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Where does “battery usage” app collect its data from?

The Battery Usage screen gives nice stats about which application has consumed how much battery. The stats are based on the time each process has kept the phone awake, the CPU time, etc. etc. There ...
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How to display my calendar on the lock screen?

What is the best way to show (non-interactive) widgets on the lock screen? I have bought WidgetLocker, but it forces me to unlock the screen twice (using both WidgetLocker and native slider). ...
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How to show only gmail's contacts in the Contacts app?

I have recently reinstalled Android due to some problems with the SD Card. I decided to keep all my contacts only in Gmail, as a centralized solution to avoid problems in the future. I do not want ...
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Should I run a factory reset on my phone to speed it up? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Factory reset to restore performance? What are the disadvantages? I have a Motorola Droid 2 Global phone, but it has become somewhat slow. It sometimes takes it a couple ...
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How can I force my Nexus One to upgrade to the official Gingerbread without waiting for the formal OTA update?

The OTA update for Gingerbread is being pushed out. But I'm in India and there's a good chance I'll be among the last people to get it. Is there a way to get that official update right now?
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How to pull the apks from my android phone

I have a rooted android phone. I am trying to pull the applications from /system/app/. However this simply does not copy the apk. What I have tried. adb shell su cd data cd app ls ...
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Picture Gallery Slow & Won't Refresh on HTC G2 w Android 2.3 Gingerbread

I'm having a problem with Picture Gallery not refreshing and loading too slowly on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread (HTC G2). After I take a picture and then go to add it on foursquare or facebook from ...
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Log off from GMail on Android 2.3

I have a Samsung Ace, with Android 2.3.6. I logged in with GMail and now I cant log off. I searched a lot of forums etc., but no answer. I need your help, because it consumes a lot of battery juice ...
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Gingerbread phone only queries for AAAA records?

Since yesterday I have (in addition to the regular IPv4) IPv6 in my LAN at home (native IPv6 is provided by my ISP). I have Windows XP, Windows 7 and Linux desktops and an Android 3.1 tablet (Asus ...
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How to change the frequency of Google Play update checks?

Every day I get a notification on my Inc2 that there are app updates available in the market. Is there a way to change the frequency of these update checks? I see no reason to be prompted to update ...
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Root and then unroot afterwards?

On my device, I have a bunch of stock applications. Some of them I don't need. Some of them are outdated. Here's what I want to do: Root my device. Uninstall all my unnecessary apps (no changing of ...
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Is there anything that can show exactly what has awaken my phone?

Recently I had some issues with my phones battery getting drained in 8-10 hours, even though the screen was active for less than 1 hour and wifi/bluetooth/gps was off. My first thought was to check ...
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All apps installed on my SD card have suddenly disappeared

So this is very odd. Last night my phone rebooted itself. Nothing unusual there - it does it from time to time. However, this morning when I try to read the news I get "Application is not ...
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World clock on lock screen

Did anyone meet an app to show the time in several timezones on the lock screen? Android 2.3.4, Xperia Pro