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When will my device get the Android 4.0 update (Ice Cream Sandwich)?

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was officially announced on October 19, 2011. (You can review the high level SDK changes in Android 4.0 or the official changelog at the official Android Developer's ...
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What actually happens when you swipe an app out of the recent apps list?

The recent apps list in Ice Cream Sandwich added the ability to swipe apps out of the list, thereby dismissing them permanently (and as far as I know this is a vanilla function, not a CM/custom ROM ...
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How do I disable the “Select input method” Notification?

I don't know if this is standard ICS behavior or if it's due to my Cyanogenmod based ROM, but every time I open the soft keyboard by clicking on a text box/area a notification appears in the ...
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Use existing contact for “Me” in Ice Cream Sandwich

My Nexus S has just been updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, and I notice that in contacts there is a new space for "me". Is there a way to assign the existing ordinary contact for me (a contact with my ...
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Undo Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) Full Disk Encryption

Just upgraded my Nexus S to Android 4 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. Was looking through all the new features, and decided to enable encryption, which worked (and is working) just fine. Now I'm wondering if ...
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How to edit the “ME” contact?

On my Galaxy Nexus running (stock, non-rooted) ICS, there is a contact entry for "ME". This is different from the contact entry farther down the list with my actual name on it. And the contact for ...
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How to change a default application in Ice Cream Sandwich?

I used the ADWLauncher EX by default while having Gingerbread 2.3.6. Today I have manually updated my Nexus S to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3, and I wanted to give the new default launcher a shot, but I ...
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How can I send a file wirelessly without bluetooth or a Wi-Fi network in ICS?

I know that one of the new features is WiFi-direct for ICS (noted at the very bottom of the page in the link). Is there a way to leverage this new feature to transmit files from one ICS device to ...
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How can I make my Samsung Galaxy Nexus volume go louder than what stock allows?

I find the media volume to not be very loud on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus and would like to somehow "boost" it beyond what stock Android allows. My phone is rooted and is running Ice Cream Sandwich ...
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Contacts with and without international extensions

I'm in the UK. My Nexus S received its update to 4.0.4 yesterday, and I now have the following problem. If I have a contact with (say) the number 07123456789 and I receive a text from this contact, ...
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Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) - Encryption, select different PIN than Screen Lock

I was wondering if one can select different passwords for device encryption in ICS? Having the same password for encryption and unlocking the screen isn't quite that secure... Thanks for hints.
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What kind of app optimization does Ice Cream Sandwich do at the first reboot?

I received from my phone carrier, Vodafone IT, the official OTA Google update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on my Nexus S. When automatically rebooting for the first time after the update, the ...
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Change own phone number in ICS

I've change the SIM in my Galaxy-Nexus-S. Under Settings -> About phone -> Status there still is the old phone number and I cannot manage to change it. I've seen this answer which is outdated. ...
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Where is “Stay Awake” option in Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S3?

I just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S III (Ice Cream Sandwich) from the Motorola Droid Bionic (Gingerbread). On my Bionic, there was a "Stay Awake" check box that made it so my "Screen will never ...
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How can I determine the cause of random device reboots?

After being annoyed with my previous ROM, I thought I'd install ICS on my SGS2 (until CM9 comes out). But, sadly, it now reboots several times a day without any real reason. The device is just lying ...
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Enabling AdHoc Networking on ICS to Connect to AdHoc Devices

I'm looking for a way to connect my Galaxy Nexus (Android 4.0.x) to my laptop via adhoc wifi. (The laptop will act as my wireless NAS.) The WiFi Ad Hoc enabler for Android does not work on the Galaxy ...
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How can I change the behavior of the volume buttons vs. the orientation of the screen

On the Acer Iconia A200, when you change the orientation of the screen, the function of the volume rocker flips. In landscape mode, with the volume rocker on the right side and at the top, you find ...
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is Android single task or multitasking and multithreading?

I am trying to understand why I cannot keep listening the audio of a YouTube video on my Galaxy S 2 while moving to another application for example reading a wikipedia article on the browser. is ...
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How can I get a random image on my lockscreen?

Could you recommend me a simple solution to set a random image for my lockscreen? I have the stock Samsung launcher, stock ICS rom and I don't want to install any custom launcher. I'm just looking ...
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2answers
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Why can't the su binary simply be copied (techical response please)

I have rooted several Samsung devices and the underlying "goal" so to speak seems to be to get the su binary in /system/xbinand install Superuser.apk. My question is why does one have to jump through ...
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Better way to connect Galaxy Nexus (ICS) to Linux

I can connect my Galaxy Nexus to my Kubuntu machine using the PTP protocol, but it's really slow. I've read this interview about why Galaxy Nexus doesn't support USB Mass storage, and I've gone to ...
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1answer
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How do I disable the on screen keyboard? I have a USB keyboard attached

I have a ZeniThink C91 using Ice Cream. I also have a case that has a USB keyboard. How do i disable the android Keyboard so only the USB keyboard is active? Ice Cream 4.0
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Is it possible to use android phone as bluetooth headset for ps3?

Does anyone know how to use the android phone as a bluetooth headset so that i can use it as a mic while playing several games (COD) for example. I'm using Ice Cream Sandwich and i have a Galaxy ...
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“Show only contacts with phone number” - Filter missing in Android 4

The stock contacts app of Android 2.3. (and older versions) had a filter that displays only contacts with a phone number, accessible under Menu -> Display Options -> Only contacts with phones. ...
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Does Android 4.0 support WPA2 Enterprise?

At the place I work, everyone can log on to the wifi network with an iPhone. They just need to add a new network, type in the network name and choose wpa2 enterprise and then add their username and ...
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How to avoid duplicate generated calendar entries?

I'm using Google Calendar on my desktop computer. It seems to auto-generate birthday entries for my contacts in Google Mail. Unfortunately these entries show up twice in "My calendar" in the generic ...
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Security options grayed out

I have my mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S2) running on ICS. Recently I activated Microsoft Exchnage ActiveSync to connect to my corporate email. It disabled all the security options like 'Pattern ...
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Partial adb restore

ICS devices support creating backups using adb backup, and restoring them using adb restore. Using adb backup, one can select that everything should be backed up, or only a certain package. However, ...
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Retrieving text messages from stolen Android phone

My Samsung Galaxy Nexus was stolen the other night. Is it possible to retrieve my texts and save them to my computer if I know the phone number and IMEI? I have a Gmail account set up on the phone ...
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Why is the SSH server not working on Android 4, are the ports being blocked?

I am having difficulty ssh'ing into my new Android 4 (Samsung Nexus) phone. I have installed various SSH Servers but in in all cases the ssh connection just hangs (i.e. I don't get as far as ...
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“Unfortunately, Launcher has stopped” error after 4.0.4 OTA Upgrade

This morning, I received the Android 4.0.4 Over The Air upgrade. After my phone rebooted, I saw the following error: Unfortunately, Launcher has stopped. [Report] [OK] If I pressed OK, I ...
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How do I “train” Face Unlock?

After updating my UK HTC Sensation to Android 4.0 I was keen to try out Face Unlock. I'm happy to say that it works reasonably well, however the setup process has led to me having a query. When ...
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How do I disable the data usage warning and notification in ICS?

I'm running ICS on a Galaxy Nexus and my data plan is grandfathered in from the days of unlimited data with my carrier- so I don't need any warning or notification for the amount of data I'm using. ...
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How can I exclude an App (camera) from the recent Apps list?

How to exclude camera from recent App list? (long-press Home Key in Galaxy S 2) I don't want it to appear in the Recent app list since it has traces/image of last captured image.
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Installing ICS update

I have a problem - a half year ago I installed the 4.0.3 on my Nexus S. I installed it by placing the 'update.zip' file in the \sdcard folder, restarting phone, holding Power+VolUp buttons, then ...
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Connecting to VPN forces having secure screen lock [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Transformer Prime, VPN and password protection I noticed that creating a VPN connection in ICS forces me to use a secure screen lock. I want to have Slide method for my ...
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“Charging paused. Voltage too high” on Samsung Galaxy S2 after upgrading to ICS

I am keep on getting this pop-up every 30 sec. I searched on the internet, and most of the solutions are to play with the charging pin. It's also showing it's charging when it's not. My phone thinks ...
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How to unlock device when I forgot my password?

I've read Recovering from forgotten lock pattern which states that there is an option to disable the lock using my Google account information. However I did not noticed such an option when I entered ...
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How do you disable system apps in Android 4.x.x (and up)?

I heard you can "freeze" or "disable" apps starting in Android 4.0 without rooting. How do you do it?
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Can still sync email after revoking app specific password on gmail

I was rather shocked today to discover that my android phone was still syncing email after I had revoked it's app specific password on gmail. Can anyone else confirm that this happens on their ...
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Why is Android System always keeping my phone awake?

I woke this morning and discovered that my phone's battery was at 70% capacity, even though it had been fully charged when I went to sleep. I went into the battery settings, and found that Android ...
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Samsung Galaxy S3 - after AT&T over the wire update - google search doesn't find installed apps

I just purchased a Galaxy S III from AT&T, and only after a few days, I got a pushed, forced update from AT&T (not stating what it does, just "AT&T Software update" version: "V3_1205_2_2") ...
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Turning on encryption for an Android 4.0 device

I need to encrypt my full file system on Android device. From this link, I understand that Android provides support to enable full file system encryption based on a password but that need to be ...
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Auto focus not working on Galaxy Nexus

I seem to have lost the auto focus capability on my Nexus. The phone is stock, only one update done (so it's XWKL2). I don't use the camera much, but I think I had auto focus when I first started ...
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How to know if an app is ICS compatible?

I am thinking to upgrade my phone with Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) to 4.0.3 (Icre Cream Sandwich), but I would like to know first, if the applications I normally use are available and working on ICS. ...
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How can I change the order of local bookmarks in the stock browser

The local bookmarks on my stock Browser are in an inconvenient order. The first is one I added recently, then there are a dozen which came with the Android OS, then come the bookmarks I added over the ...
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Incoming call notification that supports landscape mode

With my HTC One V in the car dock in landscape mode, incoming call notifications still appear in portrait mode. Is there a way I can configure or replace this with something that will display properly ...
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How to resolve that both Wifi Hotspot and USB Tethering need reboot to work?

I am using a Huawei Honor Device running the official Ice Cream Sandwich. I use the wifi tethering quite often to get my notebook online, and realized following behavior: I am connected to Wifi. ...
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Disabling the 5 GhZ wifi band on the HTC One X

I had some wifi connection dropping issues with my One X. I don't appear to have the "you're holding it wrong" issue (the squeeze test comes out negative), but some googling found that there seem to ...
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ICS: Use site's bookmark icon

The bookmarks on the home screens of my Galaxy Nexus have the same red bookmark icon. Is it possible to automatically display the site's default icon (i.e., the one which appears in the URL bar) as ...