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Entering a backtick with the Swype keyboard

I have a Samsung Galaxy S and use the Swype keyboard by default (OK, I'm addicted to it). Using Swype, I can't find the backtick character, `, which limits my ability to answer questions or add ...
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How to customize the quick settings drop-down menu in android 4.2?

As of title, is there any way to customize the quick settings grid available in Android 4.2 ? This feature has potential, but in most cases it does not take advantage of the screen size.
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Customize date display format?

Is it possible to customize the format in which Android displays the current date? I'm interested mainly in: the date format at the top on screen when pulling down the notification menu (currently ...
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Is it possible to change the background automatically when charging battery?

This is a feature of older nokias, I would like to have it on android! On a related note, it would be nice to have a different background when silenced or on airplane mode.
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Can I customize the list of text messages that I can send when I slide to 'Text' instead of 'Answer' for an incoming call?

I love the ICS feature that allows you to select 'Text' instead of 'Answer' or 'Ignore' for incoming calls, but I would love to be able to set what the options are for outgoing texts. Is this ...
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Is it possible to override automatic screen orientation?

Very often I use my phone lying in bed (with phone camera facing the ceiling) and the orientation changes drive me crazy. Literally if I turn the phone a few degrees it will go from portait to ...
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Is there a user accessible font size preference?

I would like to change the font size throughout the entire operating system, not just in one app or on one screen. Is there a way to do this? Searching the internet brought up someone saying the ...
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Is There *Any* Way To Increase Internal Memory?

Ok, even to me this question sounds stupid but I let's just go with "the only dumb question is the one not asked". I have nearly 14Gb free on my SD card but the Motorola Droid only has 128Mb internal ...
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Configuring identical home screens on multiple devices

I need to modify the home screen icons' disposition and add new shortcuts, but I need to do it programmatically from a flashable ZIP through recovery. I need this because I will have to do it on ...
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Customize Android 4.0 (ICS) Bluetooth HID

I have a Targus bluetooth presentation remote. It acts a mouse amoungt other things. I was hoping to find an app that allows me to capture the different buttons on the mouse and customize them. For ...
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Show IP and connection info in Minimalistic Text

is it possible to show the phone IP and/or connection info using the Minimalistic Text widget ? I did not find any field of this kind in the customization menu, but I do know that is possible to ...
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How do I customize the look/feel of my lock screen?

I have a Samsung Droid Charge (running 2.2) and it comes with two lock screen slider styles: Glass and Puzzle. Is there any way to get additional styles? I've done quite a bit of searching but haven't ...
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Can I hide the time on the Cyanogenmod 7 Lockscreen?

I've flashed CM7 onto my phone, and am wondering if there is a way to hide the clock. The only way I see is the Widget Layout setting to Default/Hidden/Centered. But this hides ALL text on the lock ...
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How hard is it to modify Android to add/remove required applications

I am new to Android world and I am really curious about how difficult it is to modify OS to add/remove applications. I am not talking about installing/removing apps from Android Market, but actually ...
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How can I customize what notifications show up on my notifications bar (RAZR MAXX running ICS)?

I want to customize what I see in the notifications bar/shade. (eg. I don't want notifications for facebook messages, I don't want to see my weather app in the notification bar). I looked in the ...
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Disabling smiley key on keyboards with the stock messaging app in ICS

I'm using a custom ROM for ICS on my Samsung Galaxy S. I like being able to create a new line in a text message, but the 'enter' key on all keyboards I use (though primarily Swype) is replaced with a ...
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How can I change the Icon of a Shortcut on my Home Screen? [duplicate]

I have a couple direct dial to landline shortcuts that I use at work regularly. There are no avatars associated with those contacts and the Homescreen icon just shows a generic Android Avatar so they ...
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Are there any landline phones running Android?

I'm looking for a landline phone (not necessarily cordless) which runs on Android and gives me the associated control, customisability, and for a bonus, market access. Does such a thing exist?
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How do I change the function of the earphone button?

I have a Nexus S running Gingerbread and I use the stock app to listen to music. The bundled earphone has a button that plays/pauses music, but I find this redundant since I can either reduce the ...
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ICS silence on lockscreen

On Gingerbread, there was a nice silence slider on the lockscreen: How do I get something like that in ICS?
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How to customize the notification bar?

I don't know even thats possible in case of Xperia mini pro. When I flashed Cyanogen ROM into my Xperia Mini Pro, I was able to customize the notification bar. I mean I was able to change the ...
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Where do I start if I want to learn custom modding an android device?

I have some basic knowledge of android phones from a fan's point of view and have had a bit of experience with testing of custom ROMs but I really would like to start with basic development on my own. ...
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How can I remove the default browser favorites?

The default browser on my Galaxy S Vibrant running Froyo has a bunch of favorites pre-loaded -- CNN, Facebook, etc. The browser tells me they can't be deleted when I try. How can I delete them? Is ...
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How to make custom apps to appear by default in the lower dock panel in my custom ROM

At the very bottom of my device (MT6577 + ICS + TouchWiz Launcher) are the default icons for "phone", "contacts", "web", and "applications". I want to replace them with my own apps in my custom ROM so ...
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Is there a way to combine settings (Mobile/GPS/Bluetooth/etc) into profiles?

I'd like to setup some combination of On/Off settings and create profiles. For example, when at home, I'd like Bluetooth/Wifi On, but Mobile Off. When going to work, I want Mobile On and everything ...
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iPhone-to-Android convert: how do I change the lock screen, set up 2-click speed dialing, etc.

I just left my iPhone 3G for a Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone. I am trying to recreate certain iPhone behaviors and am wondering if it's possible, and how. Android 2.3's default lock screen is ...
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Personalize Text Wallpaper

Anyone came across a android application (preferably Gingerbread, 2.3) that allow you to set personalize Nice text as your wallpaper? (I know there are some not nice application around) I search for ...
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Connect with adb to device via network

I want to do some android theming, but I have a question on what the best way is to set up the system. I have 2 computers here at home. So i was thinking of having the following setup if that is ...
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How can I get the look and feel of Sony's Android on my HTC

The same Android version often looks different on phones from different manufacturers. For instance, Android GingerBread that runs on my HTC Explorer looks like this: The same Android on the Sony ...
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Is it possible to remove text from under the icons on the home screen?

I'm familiar with all the icons on my home screen. I think it would look better, at least to me, if the text from under those icons is gone. Is this possible? I'm willing to root my device for this, ...
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How to help Android users with reduced ability to see

What can we do in Android phone to help users whose ability to see is reduced? To be clear they are not blind persons, they are just 55+ years old and with age they have reduced ability to see. When ...
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Can I change what the button on my earphone does?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Young with Gingerbread. I also have a pair of Samsung earphones. Is there any way I can change the pause button so that it functions as a previous track button?
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Can I reduce app space by deleting unwanted files?

Specifically, I'm an artist and use PicsArt photo studio a lot, which is a great app. The issue is that my phone is ALWAYS low on space (thanks a bunch, sprint bloatware!) So this app is awesome, but ...
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How to add a custom keyboard layout?

Disclaimer: There seem to be a number of potential duplicates to this question on common android forums and SX sites (e.g.: How to install a custom keyboard in Android?), but many are a couple of ...
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Is there a way to customize the services in the direct contact shortcut?

I added a contact shortcut to my home screen, and I noticed that the Messaging icon in the pop-up changed to Handcent when I changed the default messaging app on my phone. One thing that's always ...
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What do I get if I install a custom ROM instead of installing new launcher, new phone app, …?

I have been thinking about installing a new ROM, like CyanogenMod (most probably), but thought it would be a mess to return to stock ROM if I messed it up, plus, last time I checked, not all features ...
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HTC WildFire Home Screen

Couple of weeks back I purchased HTC-WildFire. I did not find a way to change my default home screen. Is it possible to change my default home screen with my own custom screen. If it is possible I ...
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Radical Android customization

I have a need to setup a touch screen GUI for a booking system and I am exploring Android as a option to accomplish this. Some crucial things I need to know are: Can I customize an Android based ...
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How to create Android themes

I would like to create a whole new theme for Android jelly bean but not sure where to start. I have rooted my phone and have poked around the file system a little but haven't really seen all that much ...
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Is it possible to replace a carrier-customized system with the original version from phone manufacturer?

Is it possible to replace carrier customizations, and all of their junk, by, instead of rooting, removing undesired apps, and performing specific steps that by no means ensure a clean stock install, ...
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How to change/remove icons on LG lock screen?

I have LG Optimus L5 with Android 4.0.3. When screen is locked there are four icons (Phone, Messaging, E-mail, Camera) in the bottom of it. If I tap on it and slide, screen unlocks and the tapped app ...
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Remap menu key to multitasking

I'd like to remap the physical menu key of my Xperia Neo V running Cyanogenmod 9 to multi-tasking, the way it is on phones that were launched with ICS or Jelly Bean to begin with. Apps built for ICS ...
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How To Make Menu Slide In 3D?

I saw it here: http://theunlockr.com/2011/04/12/android-101-how-to-scan-use-a-qr-code/ Watch video and you will see. I want to know how to create this effect on Android Gingerbread. Thanks.
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What LauncherPro Shortcuts Have You Used?

If you have LauncherPro you may be familiar with one of it's powerful features: LauncherPro Shortcuts. By using the LauncherPro Shortcut Generator, you can create powerful custom "shortcuts" that ...
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Zooper: How do I change the font in part of a Rich Text element?

I want to make part of a Rich Text item in a Zooper widget a different font. For instance, making the hours on a clock Roboto Black, the colon Roboto, and the minutes Roboto Thin. However, I don't see ...
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change amber/weather alert turns

does anyone know how to change the alert tone for weather/amber alerts? I'd like to get them, but I can't stand the ear splitting EAS tone, especially in the middle of the night. Cyanogenmod 10.2 if ...
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How to customize font size and color in Jelly Bean?

The combination of small font size, low contrast color schemes (gray on gray), and the erratic operation of the auto-intensity makes the screen difficult to read in many circumstances. I like ...
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Change background color for notification entries?

Samsung Galaxy 5 (aka 550, Europa, Corby), Samsung's Froyo version (so, Touchwiz. Launcher is ADW Launcher (non-EX). My notifications (the things in the list when you pull down the notification bar, ...
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How to install extensions on Android's stock browser?

I have JellyTime (R30 - https://code.google.com/p/jellytime/) installed on my HTC Desire HD phone which is running a variance of Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Is it possible to add some extensions/features to ...
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Bufferbloat on Android [closed]

I am looking for practical solutions to address the problem of Bufferbloat on Android handsets. To narrow down the problem just a little bit, appropriate solutions would meet the following criteria: ...