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Samsung Galaxy S stuck upgrading firmware. Should I unplug my phone? Should I keep on waiting?

I tried to upgrade my firmware on my Samsung Galaxy S using Kies The Firmware upgrade appears to have gotten stuck. Kies says Upgradeing firmware... Do not disconnect a mobile device from the PC ...
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Will updating to Android 5.0 cause my phone to lose all its application data ? If so, how can I prevent this?

I own a Nexus 5, and I wish to update the device firmware from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0. When I do this, will it wipe all my phone data (i.e. essentially perform a factory reset) ? I know that my ...
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What is yakju, gn, yakjuxw, takju etc?

I'm in the market of buying a Nexus 7, and these are what I understand some kind of firmware/maker identification. Can someone please explain all the different names? Google sadly wasn't much help ...
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What determines power management policies in Android?

I am just approaching to the Smart Phone and Android world and have a couple of doubts: Which modules (and SW or FW?) decide the policies with which power is given to any component of the Smart ...
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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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Is there a way to preserve my configuration between firmware updates?

I had some apps installed on my Galaxy S2 and configured them on screen the way I liked to have them. Today, the firmware got updated (it looks cool) and all my installed apps are gone from my ...
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Samsung S Galaxy II (i9100): possible with stock Google Android OS?

I'm in the market for a new Smartphone. Except for iPhone's, I'm new in the field and probably have some misconceptions. My first choice was the Google Nexus S, but I was offered a great deal on the ...
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I messed up a Firmware update

I just bought this Samsung Galaxy S, installed the Kies software, then it automatically downloaded an update for my phone. I plugged in my phone and it began the update, after a few seconds the ...
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Is a phone's ROM and Firmware the same thing?

I have heard of Custom ROMs and Custom Firmware, are they the same thing? If not, whats the difference?
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How to update my Vodafone 858 Smart? [duplicate]

I have a Vodafone 858 Smart, a branded Huawei U8160 running Android 2.2 Froyo. If possible, how can I update its firmware to Android 2.3?
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Signing Firmware

I have successfully created my own custom firmware and loaded it onto a phone. But I was wondering why I didn't need to sign the firmware before loading it, or was it signed with a debug key similar ...
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how long does an OTA update normally take?

I am using the Oxygen ROM on my LG P500 (Optimus One) and I just did an OTA Update and the ohone restarted and it has been in a flashing mode every since, the bar is at about 15% for the past 30 ...
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How do you find out what changes there are in new firmware?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 running ICS 4.0.3. It has desktop software with it called Kies for managing the phone and when I plugged it in today it told me that there was new firmware available: ...
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Galaxy S2 no USB Conenction after firmware update

I just got an automatic firmware update for my Galaxy S2 Android 2.3.6 I9100GXXKL4 Kernel 2.6.35.7 dpi@DELL164 #2 GINGERBREAD.XXLB1 Now the USB connection does not work anymore and I cannot ...
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Are Samsung firmware updates regional?

Silly straightforward question: are updates to Samsung devices firmware regional, meaning that US may get an update earlier than South America or EU? Also: who controls those updates? Do they depend ...
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How can I determine the latest released firmware for my Samsung device?

This problem eludes me. I have two Samsung Android devices, a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a Galaxy S2. I keep'em up-to-date using the update option in the settings panel, however, I think I'm not always ...
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What's in an update?

My Samsung Galaxy S2 just updated to version I9100XWKI4. Is there a place where I can see what's in that update? And in the ones before that? All I could find was a blog post from a site that shows ...
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Why has my Android firmware upgrade been stuck at 0% for an hour? (Samsung Galaxy Ace)

I'm using Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830. More than an hour ago, Samsung-Kies prompted me to install a firmware update. It downloaded the required files and then proceeded to the actual upgrade. Now, ...
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Odin not allowing firmware to be flashed

I'm following the instructions here to try and upgrade the firmware to I9000XWJS8: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=846913 As soon as I hit start it does nothing, as you can see in ...
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What exactly happens when I use Kies to perform a “Firmware upgrade and initialisation”?

I bought an unlocked Telstra Samsung Galaxy S3 4G, and it's loaded with some Telstra software. I wanted to get rid of those, so I loaded up Kies and it gives me the option to perform a "Firmware ...
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Is it possible to run a Firmware Over The Air update server?

Is it possible to run a Firmware Over The Air update server? and is it possible to configure stock devices to point at it?
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Extracting firmware from a device for reflashing?

OK, so I have a Ubislate 7C+ tablet, and it's screwed up and the Wi-fi is unusable. See Tablet won't connect to any WiFi network anymore, always shows "saved" for details on the problem. ...
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Kies dies when trying to update Galaxy Note firmware

I downloaded and installed Kies in my Windows 7 laptop. (Toshiba Satellite.) I plug the phone in the USB, it is recognized and its storage shows in Explorer. Then I run Kies. It says there is a ...
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What are important things to look for when choosing firmware?

I just got a Pandigital eReader and I'm browsing the firmware options(official and hacks). What are important things to look for when choosing firmware? Is there anything important to look for?
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Firmware upgrade gone wrong

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 (SPH-D710) and was trying to do a firmware upgrade through Kies and the upgrade encountered an error (I think the usb cable came loose and lost connection). After that, when ...
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Can I update my Saudi Arabian Samsung Galaxy S2 to the latest Android version over the air in India?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 which my cousin bought for me in Saudi Arabia. It is running on Android 2.3 ginger bread. Will I get firmware updates for this phone in India over the air (OTA)?
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Restoring original 2.2 firmware on Samsung Galaxy Tab GT-P1000L

I've originally asked this question on stackoverflow, and I was suggested to ask it here. I'm currently in trouble with my samsung Galaxy Tab GT-P1000L GSM+WiFi model from Brazilian's Vivo carrier. ...
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Installing “xyz firmware” vs Rooting on “xyz firmware”.

What's the difference between rooting on a particular firmware and installing a particular firmware? Does that mean to root on "xyz" you must have installed "xyz" on your device?
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LG optimus P-500 firmware update: PC suite for Linux?

My phone, a LG Optimus P-500 requested to be connected to the PC suite in order to perform a firmware update (the official one). I don't have the PC suite and have only access to Linux computers. The ...
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Samsung Galaxy S Firmware Update

I'm experiencing trouble with the 2.1 to 2.2 update. It looks like this advice doesn't work for me as I have no Software Update button. I also tried this advice but it seems that I'm not able to put ...
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Compile JellyBean's Keyboard for ICS Rom

I tried creating an Image with a JellyBean's LatinIME.apk, replacing ICS's LatinIME.apk, in system apps folder of ICS ROM, but it crashed. But when I put it in preInstalledApk folder, it got compiled ...
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How to flash stock ROM .DZ file on a semi-bricked LG Android phone?

Is it possible to flash a .DZ stock ROM on a LG Android phone (Doubleplay / C729 / Flip II) that doesn't fully load (T-Mobile logo repeats itself)? If yes, how exactly? Details: Recovery mode has ...
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Heimdall firmware package of cyanogemmod

How I can get a Heimdall firmware package of CyanogenMod? For example, I want get this firmware, convert it to Odin images, and package and flash it with Heimdall. Is it possible?
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info on firmware upgrade

My Asus Eee transformer just received a firmware update. Where can I go to check what the update included? Asus' website isn't helpful. I'm on 8.6.5.19, and I've already noticed the market place is ...
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Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3.3 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When will my phone get the Android 2.3 update (Gingerbread)? How do I update the OS on my device? I live in Uruguay and I've recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab. The ...
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Does the IR Blaster on an Android phone receive as well as send?

Is the IR Blaster communication two-way or only one-way? I have seen many remote control apps for my Android phone but none that learn from an existing remote.
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Galaxy S2 X t989d firmware update - Kies crashes

I am trying to apply Jelly Bean firmware update on my Galaxy S2 X, but everytime I try to, Kies dies at 0% of the firmware update, without any error message. I tried uninstalling and installing Kies ...
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“install zip from sd card” missing on Samsung Ace

When I go into the recovery mode I am missing the option "install zip from sd card". I have installed the Android 2.3.6 DDKQ8 Fimware (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L_w-MNxAzE). How can I get this ...
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How to backup original firmware and personal data before firmware change?

Before I try a custom-built firmware, I would like to backup the original one from my 2.1 SE Xperia phone. I know some original firmwares are out there to download but I would trust my own one better. ...
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is fastboot a part of firmware

I was thinking of installing kali linux on my phone but before that I just had few doubts. Is fastboot a part of firmware and can any one overwrite it to brick my phone?
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Firmware upgrade encountered error when going into Recovery Mode

My Galaxy GT-N8000 is showing this message Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again. I cannot enter into recovery mode. It keeps showing the same ...
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Trouble understanding this Cyanogenmod PSA

I've been using Cyanogenmod for over a year now, with my own modifications to the dalvik VM. I have teamwin recovery installed on my Samsung Galaxy S3, which I use to install new builds of ...
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Boot hangs after firmware update

I flashed my Samsung Galaxy Ace (GT-S5830) with the Cyanogenmod 7.2 release, the install went fine without any errors. Powering the phone on shows a black screen with the word "ANDROID" in white, ...
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Not sure if Kernel Version correct

I recently updated my Samsung GT-S5830 to Gingerbread via Kies. After the update my phone is displaying the kernel version as 2.6.35.7-perf-CL5XXXXX root@DELL 142 #1. The Xs are some 5 digit number. ...
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How do I send my own IR signal the with IR blaster?

How do I send my own IR signal with the IR blaster? I have a projector that came with an IR remote that doesn't have an app already. I want to program my galaxyS4 to control it. I have IR receivers ...
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Modifying Samsung ROM and flashing it on a device

I downloaded a Samsung firmware for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (SM-T230) device and would like to remove certain applications and files from the firmware and then load it into the mobile device using ...
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Remove KNOX from a pre-installed Samsung Galaxy Note II

How should one remove KNOX from a pre-installed Samsung Galaxy Note II or similar? As I understand it, Samsung's official instructions for removing KNOX do not even remove the KNOX installer, but ...
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Kobo Glo Running Android

I recently bought a Kobo Glo, and while carelessly googling around, stumbled into this: http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/04/kobo-glo-android-hack/ 1) Has any of the fellow SE-Android-lings attempted ...
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What is the baseband and do i need to update mine?

I have a Samsung galaxy note which I've rooted and installed Cyanogenmod. I've always been using Cyanogenmod and always used the inbuilt updater. My radio has been giving me trouble. For example I ...
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Cannot charge battery via usb cable to pc after upgrade firmware and android version to 4.1.2 (Galaxy S2)

I cannot charge battery via USB cable to PC after upgrading firmware and android version to 4.1.2 (Galaxy S2 mobile). Anybody please explain to or advise me, how I can I get my PC charge my mobile's ...