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How to disable screen lock during Android development?

I am developing Android app with my daily phone, I want to turn off screen lock only during development. I can done this manually, but that is too troublesome and sometimes I forgot to enable it ...
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Run apps at half-size

I have an Android tablet (TF101) which runs really slow, especially with games like Asphalt 8. I was wondering if I could run the slow apps at half-size, so they would run faster. Is there any way to ...
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How can I customize the time to update my android applications? [duplicate]

How can I customize the time to update my android applications? The update process likes to start when I am using my phone. I would like to set a time at night to update applications when I don't use ...
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How to turn off apps toolbar? [duplicate]

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3. Some time ago a toolbar with list of applications appeared. I can edit its position (right or left) and I can edit apps on toolbar, but a cant remove it. ...
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Save image/video thumbnails to external storage

How can I save image/video thumbnails to external storage on my android device? Although the image directory of my galaxy s3 device was set to storage/exSdCard/DCIM/Camera it seems that image and ...
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Galaxy note II will not update from 4.1.2 Failed code# 402

My phone has been trying to update the software via WiFi for the last 2 weeks or so. It starts downloading the file, no problem but when it reboots and the little green man comes out he tips over ...
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Is there a way to get Google Calendar reminders to act like Alarms?

I miss many calendar reminders because they're just too subtle. I might put my phone down and walk out of the room for 5 minutes, missing the reminder, then come back and not touch my phone again for ...
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What apps in base Android can be replaced?

I've seen that you can replace the default launcher app with something like LauncherPro, the onscreen keyboard with Swype or ShapeWriter, and I've heard of others. Does anyone have a list of all ...
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how to batch update one's market application? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a good app that lets me to the app updates in one go? can I batch update the apps I dowloaded from the market? I receive notifications like "14 updates ...
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Anyone knows of way to compare your mobile with a 'standard' installation set?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S mobile phone, running Android 2.1, and am very pleased with it (can't compare though, since it's my first device with Android). When I had some problem with the installed ...
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How to prevent Chrome tabs or any kind of app from sleeping when in background?

I want to listen to things on Youtube (app) or on the web (Chrome) while doing other things on my Asus Transformer. Is there any way to prevent background Chrome tabs or background Apps from falling ...
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How do I set the default messaging app to use google voice? (4.2.2 Galaxy S4)

I keep seeing advice to set the default messaging app by going to Settings> Manage Applications> All Applications> And then clicking on the messaging app (I also tried google hangouts since that can ...
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Drawing on Nexus 10 to Windows 8.1

I have a Google / Samsung Nexus 10 Android tablet, and a Windows 8.1 laptop (Dell Latitude E6430). I'd like to use my Android tablet as a drawing surface, to draw images on my Windows laptop. The ...
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List of apps I can delete/uninstall on my S4

Can someone please give me a list of apps that are safe to uninstall or disable on my Galaxy S4? Thanks!
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How can I move apps from phone to sd card?

I have an LG P769 android phone, running android 4.1.2 and my storage is only 2gb. I have a 4gb sd card inside the phone as well. My apps are taking up 1.32gb and I am receiving 2 warning messages: ...
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Given that every application runs as a separate user, what happens when you want to add a new user account?

According to this, every application in Android runs as a separate kernel-level user, with a unique user ID and group ID. So, what happens under the hood when you add a new user (e.g. to your shared ...
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Is there are way using GDrive or Photos resizing pictures before sync/upload?

I'm synchronising all my cam photos to my google drive. I'm using the photo app on android to upload pictures. There is just one thing that I don't like: I have no option to resize these pictures ...
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Backup paid app from Google Play [duplicate]

How can I backup an app I bought from Google Play so that I can install it on my phone later? I tried to copy /mnt/asec/[appId]-1/pkg.apk but it doesn't work. Can someone help?
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Grabbing a part of the screen as an image

I am reading a pdf file and I need to select a specific area in the file and paste it into my note in Papyrus. How to grab a specific area in a pdf file? Pdf reader iannotate does not allow me to do ...
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is evolution app available for android

I was trying to find android evolution app (originally gnome personal manager application). The only result google gave me was the monkey->man evolution. Does anybody know whether somebody has ported ...
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Phone unable to recover after app crashes

I am using a rooted S4 device for app development purpose. I have joined a new team and working on their Android app. I see a weird issue on my phone, that if my app crashes, after the ANR, the screen ...
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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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App for sharing words between PC web browser and Anroid device

I often surf www on my PC. For foreign language pages I use Firefox add-on gTranslate 0.9. It's quite convenient, just highlight a word in browser, right click, translate. But I'd like to remember ...
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I accidentally deleted my android phones system app

Anyone can help me on how to restore system apps like HOME.apk, i accidentally deleted it so the phone is stuck on boot, cant go to its home, my phone is a goophone4s thanks ...
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How do I know which apps are actually using battery?

There is a Battery section within Settings on my Galaxy Nexus, which shows which apps are using the most battery. However, it would appear that not all apps are present. For example, my mail client ...
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Is there a way to force my application to run at the background

This is not a duplicate of this question - Is there a way to force an app to remain running in the background no matter what? because it mention about Android ver 4 and also about lack of memory. My ...
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How can I find out all sensor my smartphone has?

Is there a way to analyse, which characteristics my smartphone is capable of? I found an app Z-Device Test, that claims to be able to analyse these characteristics: the GPS signal, camera, ...
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Is Adobe Flash deprecated with regards to Android Devices and Apps?

I'm looking at all the cool new Android tablets, but the ones that really catch my eye (with regards to size, resolution, processor, and memory) don't seem to support Adobe Flash. Like the Barnes ...
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Installing an app from Play Store using the command line

Is it possible to install an app from Play Store using the command line and if yes, how? What I am trying to accomplish is something similar to using adb install file.apk but instead of an apk file ...
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Unable to install on USB storage or SD card?

I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy Y (GT-S5360L), which I recently factory reset. Now I have a problem: whenever I try to install most apps it gives the error " Unable to install on USB storage or SD ...
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Google Play Language Setting

I am currently using Samsung Galaxy S2. Recently I found that there are a lot of different language application in the Google play store. I can understand both English and Chinese but It seem like I ...
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Restoring purchase of premium features after reinstall

I was searching for a nice-looking Android app that can keep track of my expenses and I found Expense Manager. The app itself is free and it looks like it suits my needs, but it also has some premium ...
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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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Is the Motorola Xoom tablet suitable for making notes on pdf?

I am considering buying a Motorola Xoom to get rid of piles of notes that I have from uni. My questions are: Does the Xoom have a digitizer pen (or can you buy a compatible one)? Does Android have ...
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Do I need an SD card to add apps to an Advent Amico Android Tablet?

The Advent Amico Android Tablet PC arrives without an SD card, and has 487Mb of internal ROM available. Plenty for a few apps surely? There is no Android marketplace or alternative marketplace app ...
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An app to improve my home location on Google map?

About six months ago I've found an android app (Developed by Google), with which we can fine-tune our location on google map upto our bed room corners. If any body understand about which I'm talking ...
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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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Are apps backed up/restored with Titanium Backup just as “good” as through Google? [closed]

Is the backup/restore process of Titanium Backup just as good and functional as Google's native processes? In other words, will an app backed up and restored by Titanium Backup run and be just as ...
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Do 4.3 JellyBean apps work on 4.4 KitKat?

I am an android developer and would like to upgrade my Nexus 7(2013, JellyBean 4.3) to KitKat 4.4.2. My apps are all developed to work on 4.3 fine. I'm just wondering if my 4.3 apps will work when I ...
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Does the built-in Google app data backup work?

This question is a long time coming I guess. I have been seeing claims in Android since the dark ages that our data is being backed-up to the cloud, and recently "Sync App Data" showed up as well in ...
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install MySQL or any other lite weight database?

I have a android mobile with version 4.1 Installed. for my practices I am thinking that it would be nice if I have a database in that. If it is MySQL I would love that. could somebody tell me how ...
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How to setup an Android tablet for use by an older person

I consider myself fairly competent with tech, but I am more of an Apple guy so I had very limited exposure to Android, so far, and my problem is that I want to set up an Android tablet (Acer Iconia ...
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What does the “Force stop” button mean?

When I go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Downloaded I see an application list. If I select some applications I see button "Force stop" active, but some applications have ...
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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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Android apps on amazon Kindle Fire HDX?

Is there a way to use Google play or regular android apps to work on a kindle fire HDX? Any help would be much appreciated.
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I need some photos that an app use, can i get them?

I'm talking about zombiebooth app. I need those photos of damaged body parts for an after effects project. I guess they are saved as .png and i want those files, how can i get them?
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Why does every application run as a separate user under Android?

If it's for security reasons, so that one application cannot harm another, why is it not like that in the desktop Linux distros? If desktop operating systems do prefer interaction between ...
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Is there any way (or any iOS or Android app) which i can use to change the current location of my mobile device to be detected as a US location?

I want to test a mobile application which has map search and directions functionality, i.e driving directions from the current location. Is there any way in which i can change the current location of ...
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Pure news (scollable) not working

I want to have news appear on the home screen of my tablet so I got Pure news widget. I installed it and added the widget but the widget is empty (no news shows up). I assume I need to add a feed ...
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Android permission and ProtectionLevel [duplicate]

How Do we find what level of Android permission is required for a specific permission. Lets say we have android.permission.SET_ACTIVITY_WATCHER(docs) What permission group does it fall into?(docs) ...