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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 ...
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Rootless CLI Utilities

Do I have to root my android device to install command line utilities? I would really like to run Vim, among other programs on my phone. I have no reason not to root my phone, I just want to know if ...
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Why my app disappear at reboot?

When I reboot the phone, often, some of the apps a get generic icon and won't load anymore. A reinstall solves the problem but I'd rather not have to do that. Device is an Acer Liquid Metal with ...
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How can I know the directories used by an application

I've been testing some dictionaries the last few days and right now I've my SDCard with plenty of directories with many MB of data that belongs to those dictionaries. How can I find out for a ...
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If I uninstall an app do I lose the data?

I want to install Angry Birds from the Amazon App Store but all I get is errors. My guess is it's because I already have it installed. I'm afraid to uninstall just in case I lose the data. Any ideas?
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How to determine what applications are using what features on Android?

With its multi-tasking, it's easy to launch lots of applications on Android. I understand that background applications use fairly minimal resources, but they often activate features (GPS WiFi etc.) ...
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How to keep an app running?

I have installed a talking clock app (named "Tell Me The Time") that say the current time every quarter hour. However I does not stay active and I have reopen it occasionally. At the same time, ...
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How to list my recently updated apps

I would like to be able to see a list of my apps sorted the date the app was last updated. Descending order is preferred, but honestly I'll take anything. One use case: Earlier today I had two apps ...
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Is there a real “Gmail Tap” app?

Gmail Tap, one of Google's April fools, would give the phone a three-keys Morse keyboard. Is there a way to get this functionality for real, preferably for input to any fields?
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Is there an Android app that scans a device for vulnerability issues?

Is there an application that scan the phone or the phone image searching for vulnerability issues? In the internet there are several tools that make Network scanning, but I found nothing specific for ...
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Does Android have a task scheduler?

Microsoft Windows has the Task Scheduler Manager to schedule tasks based on time or other events, as far Linux has cron to the same feature, does Android have something like? Could I install cron on ...
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In general, do Android apps use encrypted connections? If so, is public WiFi safer?

I know that connecting to public WiFi carries risks. I know that much of the risk has to do with sending data over a public connection, allowing it to be intercepted. So, my question is, do most ...
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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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What does the “@” symbol in the Running Applications/Services mean?

What does the "@" symbol in front of the time given in the right column of Running Applications/Services mean? See screenshot below. Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) OS: 4.2.2 Screenshot (click ...
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How to transfer installed apps from one account to another

On my Note 2 I have two accounts configured my.email@gmail.com my.work.email@company.com Usually I have the Play Store configured to buy/install apps under my.email@gmail.com but somehow it got ...
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Is there a way see if any of the apps on my phone have updates available?

Is there a way see if any of the apps on my phone have updates available? I occasionally get a notification that updates are available but is there a way of checking manually? If I clear the ...
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Why do apps legitimately purchased from Android Market warn about missing license?

A few weeks ago I purchased two paid apps, 3G Watchdog Pro (3GWP) and The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE). Both of them displayed warnings that the license is missing, and advised to visit Android ...
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Using Multiple Devices With the Play Store

I've been using a Droid (original model) for a while and recently I bought an Archos 7 Home Tablet at Office Depot (I think it was on clearance, but I don't remember why it was marked down). I ...
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Can my friend's android phone impersonate the star ship Enterprise?

I was recently trol... browsing reddit and found they geekiest command to boldly go where no command has gone before play -n -c1 synth whitenoise lowpass -1 120 lowpass -1 120 lowpass -1 120 gain +14 ...
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how do I get most of my standard linux utilities and commands on Android 3.1?

by standard, i mean just what users often get by default with one of the popular distros. for example, uname, finger, vim, tmux, etc. I have a galaxy tab 10.1 (android version 3.1, already rooted) ...
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Looking for a parts list application [closed]

I am looking for an application like a shopping list, that will let me put in items with the prices and give me a final total...so that if I have a project, I can put in all the prices(scanning ...
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Is there a way to move installed apps from one device to another?

I have Galaxy Tab 7 inch which has some installed apps and I don't have the APK files. I would like to move the apps to a new Galaxy Tab Plus 7 inch. Is there a way to move my installed apps from one ...
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Open source tasks app that syncs automatically with Google Tasks? [closed]

Now that there is an API for Google Tasks (tasks in Calendar), do you know a tasks app with the following features? Automatic sync with Google Tasks Open Source Works offline too. Minimalist (same ...
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Unknown not removable apps

I have two apps: informacje and Czasoumilacz which I cant remove through Settings > Applications > Manage Applications. What's that and how do I handle the problem?
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Can I convert a system app to a user app, uninstall it, or move it to my SD card?

Is it possible to convert a system app to a user app and then uninstall it or move it to SD? I'm thinking about not critical apps, such as Astro filemanager (I use Root Explorer), Google maps, Google ...
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How do I view and manage the list of Intents that launch what apps in my phone? How do I unregister these apps?

During the day I notice that many of my installed apps run themselves automatically. For example, FB all of a sudden asks my GPS data or reads my contact list, without me launching the FB app. FB ...
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How do I install an apk as a system application?

I'm trying to install an application in the system/app folder of a device. It needs to be done since I'm writing a QAT program and the tests need to run with a few privileges not available to third ...
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What system app stores the cellular network settings?

Before installing a new ROM, I backed up all data from my system apps using Titanium. I installed the new ROM, and also put in a new SIM card from a different network (so it was in on first boot-up ...
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The Mystery Of The Disappearing App Icons

If I try to rearrange the shortcuts to app icons on my homescreen, sometimes they disappear. It happens to all apps, bookmarks, and folders, too: even stock apps, like Play Store. I have an LG optimus ...
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Any way to schedule a passive profile-change? (connectivity, volume etc.)

What I am wondering is if there is any way to make Android change its profiles passively from one state to the other at e.g. 3 pm in the afternoon local time: Through Android internally (with some ...
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What to do with 'duplicate' apps? (ie. HTC version and 'vanilla' version)

I was going through my app list today when I saw: Facebook Facebook for HTC Sense similarly, there are other "duplicate" apps like Peep & Twitter, Mail & Gmail, Calendar (red) ...
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Is it possible to install the Nexus One Calendar app on the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate?

I've been using the Galaxy S for a little while now, first on the stock 2.1, and then on stock 2.2. I'm mostly happy with this phone, but one of the things that I don't like is the Calendar app that ...
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My apps status suddenly become “not installed on the phone”, even the google play store!

I have been searching online for problem similar to my case but unfortunately didn't manage to find any solution to my case. INFO Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100T droid version 4.03 STORY I didn't do ...
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All non stock apps are crashing

Suddely without any previous event my application has started crashing. Only stock applications work? Cleared cache of some of them but nothing happened. Do you have any ideas, or I will have to make ...
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Camera app that records EXIF

Is there a camera app that records EXIF information? In particular, I would need the following: GPSLatitude GPSLongitude GPSImgDirection SubjectDistance I've checked that all these fields can be ...
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Note taking app that syncs with the cloud and lets me create a shortcut to a specific saved note?

I'm looking for note taking app that does the following: Syncs with a cloud based account (like simplenote) Keeps a local version of each note (I dont want to have to wait for it to download each ...
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Is it possible to use an AT&T phone for android development without rooting?

This question seems to say that it's necessary to root an at&t phone (like the samsung captivate) in order to install apps from unofficial sources. My question is a bit more focused: if I'm ...
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How to run built-in Sound Recorder?

If you go to Settings -> Apps -> All, you'll be able to find the "Sound Recorder" built-in application in JB 4.2.2, but it's not shown on the app drawer. Curious, how to run it?! PS: it's not ...
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Why am I unable to install some apps?

I own an HTC Salsa with Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). The problem is that I can't download apps like Subway Surfers, Temple Run, Candy Crush, etc. The market reports, "your device is incompatible". ...
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Geofenced ring volume app?

Is there an app to set a ring volume automatically based on location? What I need is an app to switch to vibrate when I'm at home and turn the volume up when I leave home (ringing phone wakes my ...
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How to change the demo OS in Sony xperia tablet z

I have bought a sony xperia tablet z yesterday.. the showroom dint have the stock right now, so he sold me the demo piece in the display.. it is working fine, so i took it.. but after using it i ...
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Application connection errors after phone reset

My phone was reset, now Wordfeud gives constant connections errors. Do I have to reset something for Wordfeud to work?
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Close app as opposed to letting it run in the background

I'm not sure whether this is a Galaxy Nexus question or an ICS question, but here goes: Suppose I'm using some app and then I move to the home screen, rather than shutting down, the app is left to ...
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If I download and install a non-market application and then proceed remove it, does it mitigate any security issues?

If I downloaded a non-market application and installed it and discovered it may be malicious, does removing it from the list of applications completely discard it and help mitigate any security ...
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QR scanner that doesn't want to access my contact list

(I am new to Android and to this site, so please bear with me if my question is extremely stupid and if I got the tags all wrong. Feel free to improve, though.) I want an app to scan the occasional ...
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Help Uninstalling Stubborn Application

I have the original Motorola Droid. I recently installed Lotus Notes Traveler on it (we use Lotus Notes at work). The application is giving some issues, so I was going to uninstall it and re-install ...
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Suddenly can't find several apps in Market

So I've been using several apps for a while now, and all of the sudden, I can't seem to find them in the Market anymore. If I look on the "My downloads" page in the Market, it does show as installed, ...
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Looking for an ePub reader that works without an SD card

I'm looking for a ePub reader to read a collection of .epub files I have but so far each one I've tried has had problems because I don't have an SD card in my phone or I haven't been able to figured ...