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Alternative market app without country limitations

I want to download Apps from the US for researching purposes. A co-worker of mine could do that by installing an alternative Market. He did not have a rooted phone and probably got that app from the ...
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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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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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Check what storage an app uses?

Is there a way to check what storage a third party application is using? i.e which of these it uses?
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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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Tablet Market: How to know if a game supports tablet size?

I'm shopping the android market on my tablet (TF Prime) but can't seem to find anywhere if an app/game support tablet size. I don't want to spend money on a game that is zoomed so much that I can ...
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My alarm clock program is no longer installed. Can I re-download it?

I have an HTC Incredible 2. I went to check my alarm clock before I went to sleep last night by pressing the clock on the home screen and nothing happened. It usually opens up my alarm clock. After ...
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How do I run an AIR app on the device?

I've installed Adobe Air, and I have a few AIR apps that I have built over time and am curious to see how they will look running on the device, but am not clear on how to install them. I uploaded the ...
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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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My new Nexus 7 doesn't allow me to receive apk files with bluetooth

I have just got a Nexus 7, and I am trying to send an app that i made into my Nexus, neither sending it with my phone using bluetooth or directly from my laptop using bluetooth works: on my phone it ...
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How to migrate applications to other user account without downloading the applications again?

I created a new user in Nexus 7 but it doesn't have any applications already installed in primary user. I don't want to move/share any app data like scores/progress. I want the apps/games to appear as ...
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If I install something from Google Play, can I be sure it can uninstall itself?

So recently bought an Android tablet, having first had an iPhone. So with Apple's strategy, apps seem quite restricted. They can really only do a couple of minor things outside of the app (like ...
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What is Blackmart, and is it legitimate?

I have an HTC One X. I want to install the Blackmart app, but I'm a little wary about its implications. Can it safely be installed without it messing up root security? Is it a legitimate app source?
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Buying apps and entering credit card number via 3G/GPRS. Is it secure enough?

As title. Of course using Android market and the Google Checkout payment. By the way, how about other market-like apps?
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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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Copying applications between phones?

Is it possible to easy copy applications between phones (eg. two HTCs via bluetooth) and get them running fine? Or apps just need to be downloaded from AM each time because of some installation ...
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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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Why can apps access the whole SD card?

Is there a technical reason for why apps that only need their own data are not limited to one folder? I do realise that some apps use other apps' data, but I'd be much more likely to install an app ...
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How do I find a list of open applications / switch to open applications

Where can I find a list of open applications ? Is it possible to switch to them using that ?
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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 purchase apps from the Amazon Appstore without downloading them?

I've been procrastinating on swapping out my full 2 GB SD card for a 16 GB one I have, so I can't install many apps at the moment. It's annoying to have to wait for a download and cancel the install ...
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Reading list manager? [closed]

Does anyone know of an app for managing a reading list? Features I'd like to get include being able search names and authors from some kind of book database, link to common book sellers (Amazon, ...
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Any way to listen again to BBC radio?

I would love to listen again to BBC radio in the UK. There was an app called beebplayer for watching BBC TV as catch up, and for live radio, but not for radio listen again, although it has now been ...
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how to fake my personal information

I downloaded a game from Google Play. In the permission page, I noticed that it asks for my personal information. Allow this application to: Your personal information read sensitive log data. Why ...
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Do Android Default apps (phone, browser,…) support NFC?

Is there any default support on Android basic apps (phone, browser, contacts...) for NFC? Because if I want to develop for NFC, the user will need to install my NFC app. But for simple tasks that use ...
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Rooted Phone but still can't uninstall Apps

So I finally temp-rooted my HTC Desire HD and set about trying to uninstall some of the stock apps that came with it (Stocks (no pun intended), Facebook for HTc and so on). But it won't let me - the ...
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How can I find the nearest ATM in India?

There are some applications that can find and locate ATMs but those I tried are not for India or for Indian banks. Is there an app that supports this for India?
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Secure keyboard application from android market

Is it safe to install a keyboard application from android market that asks full internet access permission? Will it not lead to certain security risks? There are several free and paid keyboards that ...
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Can I build an APK from an installed app and its data?

I would like to take an installed app, including its data, from a rooted Android device and produce from it an APK suitable for installing on a non-rooted Android device. Is this possible? Edit: ...
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Why do App Locker apps need so many permissions? Am i safe?

I've been trying to password protect an app, and it seems that the permissions vary from app to app for App Lockers. Why do so many of them require full phone access? Is there any danger if i use a ...
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Can an android app cause my phone to reboot?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S (i500) running Android 2.3.5 Lately it has been rebooting randomly. Sitting on my desk and it just reboots, sometimes when I'm on the phone, etc. Does Android protect ...
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How secure are the “app password protection” apps?

I know there are a number of apps available that can password protect specified apps. I want to know how secure they really are. As far as I know, there aren't any exposed OS hooks in android to ...
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Why do the “Successfully updated” notifications disappear?

I noticed a weird behavior when updating applications with the newer Gingerbread (2.3.5?) and now Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) builds. It might also be the case with other versions, but I have not seen ...
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How to circumvent the market compatibility check?

Sometimes I would like to install some App on my Notion Ink Adam but the Android Market says that my device is not compatible with the App. ATM I simply google for the specific App and search some ...
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Add me feature of Galaxy S

There is an interesting feature in the camera of Galaxy S phones, called Add me. Using this one can take photo of a person sitting in two postures in the same frame. (A normal photo is taken, the ...
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App to hand write notes [closed]

I am looking for an app that would be good for taking hand written notes on a 10 inch screen tablet The closest app that i found is "note everything" What makes it short of my requirements is ...
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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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Closing applications [duplicate]

I guess this has to do with our habit on desktop computers where we open an application use it close the application AFAIK there's no direct way from within the application to close it. And by ...
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How can I force the Market to reinstall an installed app?

I have an app, installed from the Market, which I just updated. The "updating" notification was present for several hours, so it appears to have gotten stuck somehow. I believe it now claims to be ...
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Application folder naming convention

I was just wondering why the naming of some folders on android is such: com.dropbox.android com.android.browser
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Android 2.2: Avoid disappearing of home shortcuts to apps into SD card. Restore app list items

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy i5510. The space in internal memory was just about to finish so I decided to move some apps to the SD card. After I did it a lot of the apps moved (not all of them) ...
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What do CPU Total, CPU Foreground, and Keep awake mean?

I've been keeping an eye on my battery usage on my Android device (HTC One), mostly to see if I can drain it during a full work-day, and I came across the app usage details under the Power settings. ...
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Import data from ColorNote app?

I have lost my Android phone but I have backup of my SD-card on which I have backup of my ColorNote app. How can I get all my notes from that backup? NOTE: I am using iPhone now so don't have a ...
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Where are the .apk files of currently installed apps stored on my Android device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the file system are applications installed? How can I view the .apk files of currenly installed apps on my android phone?
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How to keep Apps, that are banned from the offical market, up to date?

Sadly, a few fine Apps are banned from the official Market by Google (e.g. Transdroid): How can I keep those Apps up to date, without visiting the project sites regularly?
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Is there a WhosHere-style (location-based) social networking chat app for Android? [closed]

I like the WhosHere app for Apple iPhone iOS. Is there a similar social networking/chat app that uses location / gps to find people to chat or network with for Android? Here's some more info on the ...
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How can I group apps together in the menu view?

The menu view of the phone lists all of the apps I've installed. All of them. The phone came pre-installed with 2.5 pages of apps, and I'm up to 5. I've had the phone for 3 weeks... Is there any ...
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How to get the installation date and time of application?

I want to find the installation date and time of the applications in my mobile. Where is it stored? In Ubuntu it can be found from the /var/log/dpkg.log. What about Android? I am using Android 4.1.2.
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Can anyone explain all these Developer Options?

I hope this is not a duplicate question. Explain these options briefly if anyone could explain - Force GPU rendering Disable non-rectangular clip ops Force 4X MSAA Disable HW overlays What are ...
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Force Android to display in grayscale

Is there a way to force all of Android to display in monochrome(also known as grayscale)? I'm working with a someone who has ADHD (and I am mildly ADHD myself). The colors are too much for him/her to ...