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What are the alternative Android app markets?

How many competing Android markets (other than the Play Store itself) are there and are they any good? Which ones do you use and why?
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Is it possible to install an app and exclude some of its requested permissions?

Occasionally I want to install an application which requires certain permissions that I feel it really shouldn't need. Can I install the app without giving it these permissions? For example, GPS ...
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Where in the file system are applications installed?

I have installed a few Android applications both with the adb install MyApplication.apk command and via a webserver (like an alternative to Android Market). But where in the Android file system on my ...
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What is the right way to close apps in Android?

I'm new to the Android platform, and this is probably a dumb question, but... How do you close an app? When I'm in an app, and I want to get out, I just click on "Home" and move on, but I just ...
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1answer
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How can I stop applications and services from running?

When my phone starts up there are several application/services running in the background that I would rather not. And when I press the Home button while using an app, that app usually goes into the ...
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How to buy an app for a friend?

I would like to buy a game (well several copies of it really) for some of my friends for Christmas. Is there any way to do this? Would I have to rely on the publisher, or is there some way to "gift" ...
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How can I prevent applications from running on startup? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? I've installed some applications that I mostly like, except for the fact that they all decided they were too ...
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Where can find older versions of Apps?

Is is possible to download older versions of Android applications? Is there some kind of online archive for all versions of Android apps? Like how you can find older versions of some Windows app.
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What's using my GPS?

On my Android phone (a Desire HD), the GPS indicator is currently on & flashing away. How can I find out which app is responsible for using the GPS? I have my suspicions but would like to know ...
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How can I install an app given only its APK file?

I downloaded the APK file for an app to my PC. How can I install it on my phone?
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Where can I find open source Android apps?

I'm not an open source zealot, but I generally prefer to use open source applications over proprietary ones if they stack up. Are there any directory sites with reviews, ect that specialize on open ...
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View app's full package name?

I am using Android 4.0.3 and I can no longer find package name for some app. If I recall, I used to go to Applications and has been able to see it there. So, how can I see full package name of some ...
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How to keep two versions of an app installed?

Android Market has just updated an app in my device. I liked the update, but its fully different from last version which was also my favorite. So, I want to keep last version too. I have last version'...
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Where Android apps store data?

Could you list all possible directories where Android apps may store data, providing description what kind of data are stored in each directory?
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What are the drawbacks of moving an app to SD card? [duplicate]

Since I upgraded to Android 2.2, I noted some minor disadvantages of moving an app to SD card, like having to wait the SD card to be mounted after a reboot to be able launch the app. What other ...
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Unfortunately (any) app has stopped. What should I report?

When one gets the ever popular "such and such" app has stopped, you get offered the option to report it. What are you supposed to say in the "report"?
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How to check what apps are running in Android 6.0?

I used to be able to view what apps are running in the background under settings/apps for 5.1, but in 6.0 you can only see what apps are installed in the same location. Does anyone know where to view ...
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Are iOS apps faster than android apps since android apps are interpreted?

Android apps are interpreted rather than compiled. Does this make them slower than iOS apps at runtime?
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How to use GPS to remind me to shop for something?

In my town I have to do a lot of shopping in a lot of different places. Sometimes I find myself wanting to remember to buy some things when I'm passing by a certain place. Is there some easy and ...
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Can there be malicious apps on Google Play?

Do I need to worry about malicious apps on Google Play, or can I trust everything I install, so long as I install it from Google Play? And if I need to worry, what red flags should I look for - ...
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What kind of app optimizations do newer Android versions 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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Audit app permissions easily in one place?

Is there anyway to list all the applications installed on your phone and the permissions they require all on one page, or export the list so it can easily be audited?
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How can I get apps from the Amazon app store from an unsupported region?

Currently, the Amazon app store appears to be US-only. Similar to How do I use the US Android Market, I want to know: How can I use the US Amazon Appstore? Market Enabler doesn't seem to work, and ...
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Emacs on Android

I would like to run emacs on my android phone. Has anyone done this? If so, how can I? I've looked, and I haven't been able to find either an executable or instructions to compile emacs for android. ...
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Why are some apps on the market incompatible with my device?

I own a Motorola Flipout, Android 2.1 stock ROM. According to the market the app "Handyticket Deutschland" is not compatible with my phone. The required Android version is 1.5 or above. How can I tell ...
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Securing a young child's tablet

My wife has decided to get the kids a set of android tablets for christmas. These are Coby Kyros 4GB wi-fi only models. The kids are ages 6-10 so I don’t particularly want to let them have free ...
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Does uninstalling apps leave any traces?

I come from a Windows background where anything you install-uninstall usually leaves traces which are sometimes hard to detect and remove. Does the same happen when you remove Android apps? I know ...
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Is there a black list for Android apps?

Is there a blacklist yet for Android apps? After reading things like this on slashdot, I think this sort of thing would be extremely helpful. As much as I like Android because I'm not censored as to ...
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How can I find app name by UID?

In "battery history" I have found that the app with UID 10058 is using a lot of battery. How can I find the name of the app with UID equal to 10058?
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Useful or cool Tasker recipes [closed]

In a similar vein to this question, I'm interested in finding any useful recipes for Tasker. I've found several profiles and "Step Throughs" on their wiki, but would be interested in any others that ...
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Does using Android Instant Apps count as installation on Play store?

As I saw yesterday, Google I/O 2016 Keynotes with awesome release of many new features. One of the best feature which I like most as an Android Developer that is Android Instant Apps. The new ...
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Open source app for remote wiping Android phone?

I recently lost my android phone, and regretted not having a remote wipe app installed. However, I do not trust 3rd party compiled apps with such power (too many weak links). Does anyone know of an ...
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What are my most frequently used apps?

As I want to optimize my workflow, how do I determine my most frequently used apps?, so I can put them on start screen. Of course I guess the 3-5 most frequently used apps by myself, but as there ...
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Why can't I download games, apps, etc from any site except the Official Android Market?

Every time I try to download any of the games I love from any site except the Android Market, my phone tells me that the settings are set to not allow unknown apps to be run on my phone. By the way I ...
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How can I deal with unwanted system applications without rooting?

There are a lot of system apps in my mobile that I do not use, and have no intention of ever using. I know that is is possible to uninstall system apps and bloatware with root, but is it possible ...
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Can I install apps on phone without using the Android Market?

I have this Huawei Device that does not come with the Android Market installed. Is there any work-around for this? As in how can I install Android Apps without the Android Market? Is there a way to ...
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How can I manage Intent association with Apps?

When the system emits an Intent for which you have multiple apps that can handle the intent, a dialog opens to tell you which application you want to use with that intent. Is there a way to see what ...
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What happens with the installed apps when you switch Google Account on a phone?

I am going to buy a new Android phone. I would like to give my current one to my wife when I do this. She already owns an Android phone so she has her own Google account. I am just wondering what ...
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How can I find a lost phone or help people return it?

I'm looking for an app like Where's My Droid to help locate a lost device. Ideally I'm hoping there is one that might have two specific features: The ability to display a message to the screen to ...
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Why do apps on the Google Play Store have com. at the start?

When you get an app from the play store, the apps are always given in this format (For example): play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.king.candycrushsaga I'm not interested in the main URL, and ...
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What does the “Force stop” button mean?

When I go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Downloaded I see an application list. If I select some applications I see button "Force stop" active, but some applications have ...
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What are the differences between a system app and user app?

As I've played around with different ROMs and used Titanium Backup, I see that apps are categorized into system and user apps. Several ROM developers state that Titanium Backup should only be used ...
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What podcast apps include variable speed playback? [closed]

I know about Astro Player. Any other apps that feature podcast managment and variable speed playback?
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Is possible install Eclipse IDE in Honeycomb?

Since Eclipse IDE can run in Linux and the new Honeycomb has a Linux Kernel, can Eclipse IDE run in Android Honeycomb ? I know that isn't pretty much comfortable coding in a tablet, but I'd want to ...
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Will I get automatically lifetime FREE updates if I pay for an app?

If I buy a paid app, will I be able to get free updates for the rest of the lifetime of that app or should I pay later for the updates? What's the norm? Can you perhaps give 1-2 examples? Thanks!
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Where can I find out when I installed an app?

Is there a Play Store log file? Or should I be looking where apps are installed on the phone for time/date stamps?
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Is there a way to clear your Google Play App history? (Not the search history) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove apps from “all downloaded” in Play Store I'm looking to see if there is a way to clear the actual history of installed apps in Google Play, as ...
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Are the apps safe? How can I make my Android more secure?

Are the apps on the Android Market checked or audited? If I search Google for "hardening Android", the best hit I can find is Google Android Hardening Checklist. What's your opinion regarding this? ...
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How can I categorize the apps on my phone?

I'm downloading many apps but then forget about them. I'd like to be able to see all my "note taking" apps, "todo" apps etc. So I can quickly compare and discard those I don't want. Of course I'd also ...
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How do I remove HTC Desire pre-installed Android applications? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I uninstall applications that are locked by phone vendor? My HTC Desire from Orange came with a number of pre-installed demo applications and games, these cannot be ...