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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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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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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 ...
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How can I get a overview and manage the default applications for file types?

Most OSs show a nice summary about which application will be used to open a certain file type. Android does not seem to have such a function. How can I track and manage the default applications?
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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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Is it possible to run Android applications on (normal) Linux?

Since Android is a forked Linux kernel plus software stack I am wondering whether there are any projects or ideas regarding creating a version of Android that can be added to a Linux system to allow a ...
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Is there a minimum app price at app stores?

Is there a limit on minimum app price? I ask as I never saw any app less than .99 in any app store (apart from free apps). Can an app be like .49 for example in Google or Amazon app store?
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How to uninstall “not installed” apps

I just found out that some apps that I uninstall from my tablet are still listed in "all apps" section by my device, although marked as "not installed": Apps List (click image for larger variant) ...
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How can I export a list of currently installed applications to a file?

When switching between ROMs, I've found it helpful to have a list of the applications that I had installed before wiping and flashing the new ROM. Is there a way to export such a list to a file so I ...
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App <X> isn't working correctly. How can I fix it?

I have an application that isn't working correctly. Either it's not launching, or not responding to commands, or some of the functionality isn't doing what I expect. What are some simple steps I can ...
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Is there a reliable way to detect the app responsible for an Airpush ad?

I noticed the other day that my Xoom's notification bar has started receiving Airpush ads (which is what it sounds like - push notifications that are really ads). I'm rather philosophically opposed to ...
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Are there any specific advantages to using the Amazon Android App Store over the Google Android Market?

Is the new Amazon Android App Store just another marketplace or are there any specific features or benefits that the Google Android Market doesn't have?
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Are there any side effects of uninstalling Apps

Are there any side effects of Installing and uninstalling lots of apps on an Android smart phone? Specifically are there any things that do not get cleaned up that I need to be aware off?
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Is there a stylus-based notepad app for Android?

One of the things I assumed the Android OS could do was let me use a stylus and just record notes in my own handwriting (without handwriting recognition). The goal being that I could remove the need ...
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How to install apps which are targeted for another country? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I circumvent regional restrictions in the Android Market? I'd like to install an app from the Market which is limited to the USA (specifically Google Music). ...
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How can I make my phone/tablet ring remotely without a SIM card?

I appear to have lost my Streak somewhere in my apartment, and I can't call it since I don't have a SIM card in it. I've remotely installed Plan B just because, but unfortunately the GPS coordinates ...
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How can I choose a music player?

I am looking for a music player for my android device which has a number of specific features (such as having a play queue, lock screen controls, etc.) I am finding it difficult because there are lots ...
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Which apps do gapless music playback?

Are there any apps around that are good at gapless audio playback? I listen to a lot of music that continues from one track to another and the stock app puts a small but noticeable gap between tracks. ...
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Any reason not to allow automatic updating for an app?

Since Android 2.2 (Froyo), you can select "Allow automatic updating" for applications. For some reason, I haven't started using this yet. The benefit would be to save time, but are there any good ...
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Is it possible to have multiple instances of the same app (logged in to different accounts)?

Is it possible to have multiple instances of the same app (logged in to different accounts)? Example: I want Instagram A logged in to Account A (personal), and Instagram B logged in to Account B ...
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How can I track app usage?

Is there a way to show usage stats for installed applications on my Android phone? I'd like to know how much I use my apps and if there are any I can get rid of (because I don't use them).
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How can I minimize Applications in Android?

In Android, is it possible to Minimize applications and continue using them again from the same point? When I press the middle button, the application closes, I see the application as "Running" in ...
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How to recover apps from a factory reset?

I have some apps installed on my device and I want to perform a factory reset. Is there a simpler way to re-install my applications after the reset (with the least possible number of user ...
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Hide applications from Apps menu

I don't want to root my phone to delete some applications installed by the provider, but I would like to hide them from the menu, since I know that I won't use them often. I know that it is possible ...
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Should apps take up any internal storage when installed to SD?

I'm running very low on interal phone memory storage - I'm down to 5 MB of the 180 MB available. I understand that not all apps can be installed into SD card, and those will instead use up my internal ...
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How do you disable system apps in Android 4.x.x (and up)?

I heard you can "freeze" or "disable" system apps starting in Android 4.0 without rooting. How do you do it?
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Why is there a blank white space under some Apps?

This seems to happen in any app that uses some kind of comment display thing. Here are some pictures. (sorry that they're not screenshots, I don't think it's possible without root) This also ...
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Is there any sniffer aplication for Android 2.2?

Is there any network sniffer program for Android 2.2 similar to Wireshark for Windows?
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Can I transfer application from account to account on a single tablet?

I bought an android tablet to my parents for christmas. I registered it on my Google account and went on and installed some apps. (Some are the ones I own on my second tablet, some are the ones I ...
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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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Can you fully remove Google system apps from Android including the Play Store updates?

Believe it or not, but I want to remove a few Google Apps which I have no use for and want to free up space, resources and mobile data usage by not having them on my phone at all. These include: ...
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Are there any Jabber (XMPP) apps out there that support jabber conferencing?

I've tried several, and so far I can't get one that will just work with my work jabber + conferencing (jabber 'rooms'). They all seem mostly clunky. Does anyone have a rec that has worked well for ...
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Why does this ad keep showing up below my notification bar and how do I stop it?

I keep getting an ad that shows up BELOW my notification bar. It is NOT in the notifications, nor on the homescreen, as far as I can tell. I am using CyanogenMod 12.1 nightlies on a HTC M8. ...
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How does android transfer with bump apps work?

I've come across several apps which allows the user to transfer data (like files, photos, contacts) when they "bump" their phones. An example is Bump, which use the the bump to transfer files and add ...
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How can I prevent services from running in the background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? Is there a way to prevent the service apps (or any other apps) from automatically running in the background?
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How to disable Notification Sounds on per-app basis?

I have an news app which gives me the option to get informed via push notification. I would like to receive this notification but I don't want it to make a notification sound. However the app doesn't ...
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Do prepaid phones have issues with downloading certain Apps in the Android Market?

My company has written and published some Android Apps on the Android Market. A couple of times now we've had complaints from customers who are not able to download and install the App - I believe the ...
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“Update unsuccessful” on all apps running on SD card

I know this problem has been reported before, but man, I am really, really getting tired of it. I have not been able to update any app running from the SD card on my HTC Evo since I got it nearly 6 ...
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How to exclude a program from being presented as program to update

I have an Archos 101 tablet which has Google maps installed. I cannot uninstall Google maps but since I don't need it on my tablet I don't update it. However, it is constantly being presented in the ...
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App/shortcut to quickly change screen lock type?

Two scenarios: I'm at a "trusted" place, and don't want to enter unlock password/pattern all the time I'm at an "untrusted" place and want my phone to be password/pattern screen locked is there ...
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Can you get a list of the RUNNING applications on Android for the purpose of activating them?

On my Samsung Galaxy S Android phone: if I start a couple of apps, I can get an overview of them in the 'Active applications' icon on my first screen. Clicking this icon, shows me all active ...
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How does the Amazon Appstore verify its apps?

A few times after I've downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, I get an error pop-up similar to the following when opening the app: Amazon Appstore There was a problem verifying this ...
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What precisely is CloudAgent process? Its files eats space like crazy

I have bunch of usual stuff going on in my phone (Samsung Grand, Android 4.1.2) like app auto-updates, Twitter, Dropbox, etc. Most of the time it's clear what the network-related settings for them are ...
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Is removing an app any different from disabling an app?

One of the main advantage of rooting is removing bloatware [I guess]. Is removing unwanted brand-based or operator-based app any different from disabling it from All Application in Settings? I don't ...
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How do I get quick access to common text snippets?

When filling out an online shopping form the other day via my browser, it sucked that I needed to manually type my email address, street address, postal code, etc. Even credit card number (though I ...
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Is there a way of ordering the applications alphabetically?

Can I order the apps alphabetically or group them into folders? Or maybe there's a better way of managing with an ever increasing number of installed apps?
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Can a Factory Reset fix Malware Problem?

This recent story appeared on Slashdot regarding various malware apps that had invaded the Android Market. Google quickly removed them (and I was not infected - I don't typically download apps), but I ...