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What are the alternative Android app markets?

How many competing Android markets (other than Android Market itself) are there and are they any good? I know that there are at least two others: SlideME and AppBrain which I have looked at and seem ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the drawbacks of moving an app to SD card?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the default Android Root Password?

What is the default password for the android root account? Can I change the root password after rooting my android device by simply typing "passwd"? How does the rooting process work? What is the ...
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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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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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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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Converting phone to SIP gateway

Is there an application that can make the phone to be a SIP GSM gateway so I can make and receive cellular calls using SIP phone and/or re-route them through a SIP PBX?
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apps automatically starting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? I noticed that some apps automatically starts without me opening it. Some of them runs everytime I turn on the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 do I secure/encrypt SD card data transparent to apps?

Are there any off-the-shelf options for securing the contents of an SD card so that files written by apps writing to SD are encrypted? If so, what is the best option? I'm looking for something for ...
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What podcast apps include variable speed playback?

I know about Astro Player. Any other apps that feature podcast managment and variable speed playback?
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Watch Coursera's videos with the video app on Jelly Bean

Coursera has a html5 based video viewer that works on the android browser on Jelly Bean, but I would like instead to use the video app, in order to have full screen and better controls. On my Kindle ...
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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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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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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): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.king.candycrushsaga I'm not interested in the main ...
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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 ...
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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 can I run Android applications on my PC with the Android emulator?

Is it possible to run Android applications on PC (with emulator)? I have Android SDK on my PC and I want to run Angry Bird on it. Can any body help to me?
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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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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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How do you link to applications in the Android market? [duplicate]

When posting app links, I'm always using a link on Cyrket or AppBrain -- becuase I can't get a link to anything in the official Android Market. But I have seen some links out there for use w/ Android ...
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How Should I Handle This Suspicious App?

While traversing the 'installed' list of Google Play, I noticed a very odd app named SOUPER ANDROID DEVELOPMENT. What's so suspicious about it is: It does absolutely nothing to explain what it ...
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Is there a music player that supports play counts and smart playlists?

I'm looking for a music player for Android that supports smart playlists and play count metadata like the iPod and iTunes. Ideally I'd like something that: Keeps track of statistics like last ...
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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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What Android app replicates the iPhone Siri (voice recognition) functionality?

The new Siri app on the iPhone looks pretty intersting (at least from the videos). Is there an application on Android that matches or improves on the same functionality? Specifically, something that ...
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Wi-Fi icon next to apps in android market

In Android market some app have a Wi-Fi icon next to them. Some examples are Cordy, Fieldrunners HD, Flight Control, Where's My Water?, Wind-up Knight, World of Goo. What dose it mean that these apps ...
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Why do apps get smaller when they are moved to the SD card?

For example, the Barcode Scanner app takes up: Total: 0.96MB Application: 0.92MB Data: 40KB on the phone. When I move it to the SD Card, it changes to: Total: 524KB Application: 484KB Data: 40KB ...
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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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Call blocking with spoken message?

Does anyone know of a call blocker that will let you create a voice message for blocked calls? What I want is to block calls from hidden numbers. This is almost always salespeople so I want to just ...