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Make Google Search app use Google.com.au

I purchased my HTC Desire (2.2 FroYo) from the UK and by default I guess the Google Search app uses Google.co.uk whenever I run a search through the app. This is quite annoying as you could imagine ...
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Bulk uninstall applications

I like to try out lots of apps. Often a site like Lifehacker or Droidlife will feature several that are similar in functionality and I will install them all in order to compare features. That leaves ...
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Disable all software installation

Is there a way to block (by a password/PIN code or what else) all kinds of software installation on an Android tablet/smart phone? I understand it is possible to block by a PIN code Market app ...
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How to install from unknown sources on AT&T?

A friend of mine has an HTC Aria on AT&T. On his application settings screen, he does not have the option to allow installation of apps from unknown sources. Is there any way to change this ...
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How can I get the stock browser to exit? [closed]

Unlike most apps, the Android browser doesn't seem to exit when you hit the Back key to exit to the home screen. This happens even when I have no web pages open. There doesn't seem to be an Exit ...
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Alarm which could Ring even when Device is Off

Android smartphones are smarter than traditional mobile phones in all aspects, but I am unable to find this smartness in one aspect: In those classic mobile phones, there was an option to ring the ...
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How can I access a Mantis Bug Tracker from Android?

We track our bugs on Mantis, and I was hoping to find an Android App for it, since it exposes a PHP-SOAP API (see this question) which Eclipse uses. Does anyone know of existing apps (or projects) ...
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Remotely uninstall apps?

I have tried through the Google Play store and it does not seem possible from there, but does anyone know if it is possible to remove an application remotely? In other words, if I do not have direct ...
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Storing passwords on your phone? [closed]

I'm considering switching to a service/app like 1Password, Keepass, LastPass, etc. but before deciding on which to use, I was wondering if anyone else had experience with one of these services and ...
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Can my Android phone be hacked without installing permissions?

After reading this article ( Kaspersky smartphone report ) this got me wondering. Obviously if I install a dodgy app through Play Store or directly from a website, that can be dangerous, however if I ...
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Automatically install new applications on SD card

How can I do this? My phone's internal memory is low, yet Android (2.3.3) still deems it fit to attempt installations of files in the phone memory, I haven't found any option for this in the settings. ...
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Application stuck in “Installing…” stage in Market

I'm having the problem mentioned in the title on my Samsung Galaxy S. I updated the app Dock Simulator and for some reason it got stuck while installing. Now it shows the scrolling green bar in the ...
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Are APK files saved on my device when I install from the Play Store?

I used a Nexus 7 for a couple of years and got a Nexus 10 earlier this year. I installed a number of kids books/games on the 7 and wanted to transfer them to the 10. Now I can't find some of them at ...
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Android Market - Want to see Best Applications

Is there any way to see "Top Best (i.e. Top 10/50/100, etc.) applications" in Android Market as we are looking in AppStore ? I means to say which applications/Games are famous amongst the people as ...
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How do I stop apps from installing themselves to my SD-card?

It seems that some apps default to saving to SD-card when they're first installed on Froyo rather than defaulting to internal memory, this is annoying because whenever I mount the SD Card as storage ...
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Good SMS reader app for Android? [closed]

I'm looking for a good Android application for reading SMS messages. My requirements are: Mark all as read option Displaying the number of unread messages on the icon Some anti-spam filter (option ...
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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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Download free-software apps from official Android Market without logging in

The Android Market has some apps which are free software, which entails that anyone can redistribute them; and that are also zero cost. (An example is Theremin, but I'm not interested only in that one ...
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How to transfer apps, contacts and settings between two identical phones?

OS: 2.1 Phone: Samsung Vibrant (Galaxy S) I'm having trouble with my new Samsung Vibrant (it constantly reboots) and I'm going to return it for a replacement unit. How can I transfer all of my phone ...
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Is there a service that rates app security/permissions?

Is there a service/company/app that vets Android apps and reports on their "trustworthiness"? I recently moved from Blackberry to a Galaxy S2 which does not have an LED indicator light. I searched ...
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Applications: Rollback latest update

I updated Winamp today from the market and now I'm having troubles playing shoutcast stations and some mp3's. Is it possible to rollback only the update I installed this morning? or am I out of luck?
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List of apps ever downloaded

I bought myself a new Android phone since my last one died (overheated). So I've lost all the applications. Is there some kind of download history to find what you've downloaded via your Google ...
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Book library management solutions, that allows adding titles with a upc reader?

What would be a good easy way to catalog my physical book library with a UPC reader on android? Would you have suggestions for a simple individual library management solutions?
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Why do certain apps run even when I don't use them?

I've found that certain apps (Amazon MP3 and Stocks, for example) will occasionally be running in the background even when I've never once opened them. Why is this? This is not desirable - those CPU ...
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How can I store Android apps on my SD card?

I just got my 3rd Android phone, the problem is that I must reinstall all my applications every time I get a new phone. Is there any way to store the apps on the SD card so that I can insert the new ...
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Are there alternative ways of downloading free applications from Android Market?

I can't download applications from the Android Market very well. The most common problem is that it sends an HTTP request and the remote server replies, but no data follows: the TCP connection just ...
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App for calling a list of contacts, one after another

My daily commute is rather long, and I make lots of phone calls while driving. Dialing while driving is illegal, so I have to stop by, dial, and drive again, which is inefficient, time consuming and ...
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Is there a way to avoid disk space errors when batch updating apps (using 'Update All')?

This is related to the question 'Is there any way to force market to update and install apps one at a time?'. That question asks specifically if apps can be queued to update, rather than all run ...
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How can I get the Amazon Appstore to stop re-installing applications?

Whenever I install an app through the Amazon store, I usually set my phone down while I wait for the download, and pick it up afterward to hit the "Install" button when the OS prompts me. Sometimes I ...
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Text editor that supports italic text and tab indenting, via keyboard shortcuts [closed]

Background: I've just become to proud new owner of an Asus TF101 honeycomb tablet, which has a nice hardware keyboard attached to it. I do a lot of writing, and cannot find a text editing app which ...
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List all activities of an app

I have an Android phone which is not rooted. Is there any way I can obtain/export a list of all installed packages with their available activities? ADWLauncher has an activity picker in its custom ...
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Is there an app that will drain my battery?

Are there any apps that will specifically help to drain a battery down quickly? The scenario I would want to have this is if I want to quickly drain the battery so I can charge it fully again. Some ...
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How come some apps can't be written to the SD card?

A question that has bugged me is why app developers (especially Google) do not allow apps to be written to the SD card. I understand there are a few that cannot; however, I think there are still ...
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Can I easily redownload all my apps if I get a new phone?

I am considering buying a new phone. Is there a way to easily redownload all of my apps onto the new phone without having to search for each one individually?
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Reinstalling purchased apps on a new phone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Move paid apps between devices? My contract is getting close to finishing so I'll be upgrading to a new Android phone and giving my old phone to a family member. When I ...
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What does APK stand for? What is the internal format?

Is APK an abbreviation for Android Package Kit? What about the file itself? Is it an archive such as ZIP where during install the installer extracts and copies the files onto the file system?
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How to clear all applications data in android?

Hi I want to clear all applications data(preferences and sqlite) from my phone in one tap. How can i do this? is there any app which can do this WITHOUT ROOT PERMISSION?
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Is there an app that will list my phone's info in an easily copy/paste-able format? [closed]

There's a great Add-on for Firefox called InfoLister, all it does is provide a nicely formatted list of stuff and versions, for example here's what it lists for me: Last updated: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 ...
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Discrepancy between sizes of apps listed in Play Store vs. actual installed app size

The Play Store lists the size of all apps available in their store. When a user downloads and installs apps, the actual sizes reported by Android are often larger than the sizes listed by the Play ...
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How can I make sure I've quit a specific app?

As far as I know, some apps quit by pressing the Back button while on the main screen of that app; and some quit by pressing the Menu button and selecting Quit. Should I always first check the Menu ...
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Deauthorize an app

I installed MightyText the other day. But I haven't used it so I uninstalled it. Then I remembered it required links to my Google account - so I went to Google Account security. But it doesn't list ...
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How can I use the Android Paid Market from a region where it's not available yet? [duplicate]

I live in scandinavia and the Market for paid applications is not available here yet. Is there any way I can enable it? Or a workaround?
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Why does Google Search suddenly need a lot more permissions?

I obviously have Google Search installed on my stock Nexus 4, however, a recent update for this app appears to require no less than 11 new permissions. Google does not appear to give any explanation ...
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When I back out of an app is it still using up my data?

When I am coming out of an app such as facebook, do I just back out of it and is it still using up my data?
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“incompatible” apps through google play market

Just a quick one here, I've recently installed gingerbread to my HD2 using cyanogenmod 7, previous to this I was running froyo through a different mod. My problem is this, many of the market apps ...
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How can you determine what programs you installed last?

Following my question about logs I wonder if there is a way to determine the last updates and applications which have been installed. Does Android keep a chronological list of installed programs and ...
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Application Always Downloading

I notice sometimes an app (in this case Dropbox) is always downloading when I go into Market > Downloads. I even uninstalled it. So it doesn't appear in my application list but it still says ...
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Is there a way to erase my personal data without losing my apps?

I have an ADP1 running 2.2.1, and used it with my Google Account. I have to give it to a friend, and want to erase all my personal data viz. email, chat logs, photos in the gallery synced with picasa, ...
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Choosing apps to load and remove from memory when using Android

I'm not a programmer. And as far as I know, Android uses as much RAM as possible, loading as many apps as possible, so that launching / opening (or returning to them) is smoother. My question is: Is ...
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Is there way to view two applications split screen on Android tablets?

Is there way to use two applications simultaneously on split screen on Android tablets? It would be great to put tablet to vertical position open navigation software to upper part of screen and music ...