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Android and antiviruses

This is actually three questions: Are anti-viruses needed for smartphones running Android OS? Is the Android Market absolutely safe (because all precatuions are taken by Google to prevent any ...
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How can I bulk install apps with Play Store or App-Brain?

I'm trying to restore a new device with apps from my old device, but neither Android Market nor AppBrain seems to automatically bulk install them? When I use the Execute method in AppBrain it seems to ...
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Android Market - Want to see Best Applications

Is there any way to see "Top Best (i.e. Top 10/50/100, etc.) applications" in Android Market as we are looking in AppStore ? I means to say which applications/Games are famous amongst the people as ...
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How come some apps don't show-up on my phone's Android app market?

Fxcamera is a popular app, but it's not showing in my xperia x10 mini's app market search. I tried: fx camera ymst fxcamera None gives the result. In fact, after that I've tried many apps which ...
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Can I use the Google Market without syncing other Google data?

I have HTC Wildfire phone. I want to access Google Market, but I don't want to import any data from my Google Account. I don't want contacts or any other data from my Google Account on my phone. Is ...
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Download free-software apps from official Android Market without logging in

The Android Market has some apps which are free software, which entails that anyone can redistribute them; and that are also zero cost. (An example is Theremin, but I'm not interested only in that one ...
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Removing App from Play Store (Unpublish) - What happens with the users that have the App already installed?

I have to temporarily unpublish my app from Play Store for legal reason until I sort them out. What happens with the users that have the app already installed? I understand they are not allowed to ...
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How to detect that an app is linked to Play Store or not?

Previously, Android Market didn't show Uninstall button for apps which aren't installed using it. So, this button was a nice identifier of linking status. Now, Play Store displays the button for every ...
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How can I modify the phone model in build.prop to get unsupported apps?

I currently have a rooted HTC Legend. In light of the current Android Market sales, I would love to be able to purchase some of the apps on sale without a compatible handset, since I plan to get a ...
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How does Android Market DRM work?

I have a bunch of rooted tablets purchased for use on a locked-down WiFi network (for security reasons internet access is not allowed). Using a different network, I purchased an RDP client app from ...
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List of apps ever downloaded

I bought myself a new Android phone since my last one died (overheated). So I've lost all the applications. Is there some kind of download history to find what you've downloaded via your Google ...
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Android Market disappeared! How do I get it back?

Since upgrading to FroYo, the Android Market app has disappeared from my wife's Droid X: it doesn't appear on the home screen or in the Applications list in settings. Is there any way to get it back?
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Change gmail account which will make in-app purchase?

What is the procedure to change email account which you want to use to make in-app purchase? Take a look at the image. I am using 2 gmail account and only 1 has credit card attached. The primary ...
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Any way to stop ridiculous translations in Google PlayStore?

Most of the translations are nonsense in Google Playstore. Looks stupid, amateurish and most of all they are annoying. Words by words meaning nothing! My mother language is finnish and Im using ...
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Which apps show up in the market on an Android tablet?

Is the market filtering the same as a phone (auto detects required features and OS version) or do developers need to specifically set attributes on their apps for them to be available on tablets ...
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How do you leave a review on the Google Play Store without a Google+ account?

I would like to leave reviews for some of the Android apps I really appreciate. But leaving reviews on the Google Play Store requires signing up for Google+. Like many others, I refuse to add ...
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Google play store does not show all persmissions at app install

So recently, I was searching for a news app that needs few permissions as possible. I found an app called Flipboard. Google play said I need to allow the following: Identity Photos/Media/Files ...
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Advanced searching in Play app store?

It is not easy to find good apps. Is it possible with some other app website to only search within apps (list apps) that have at least 500k downloads and at least 10k reviews? Something like make the ...
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Are there alternative ways of downloading free applications from Android Market?

I can't download applications from the Android Market very well. The most common problem is that it sends an HTTP request and the remote server replies, but no data follows: the TCP connection just ...
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How do I get play store to stop asking me to auto-update on wifi?

I have an Acer Iconia A200 running Android 4.0.3. Lately whenever I update an app, the Play Store asks me (via a pop-up dialog) if I want to automatically update apps on Wi-Fi. The only answers I can ...
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How do you get Market to work when Android is Unable to Access Android Market?

Right now I am using HTC Hero, having firmware Android 2.1 and I have attached VODAFONE, India SIM-CARD in this phone, and also having Wi-fi connectivity. Whenever I try to "sign-in" to ...
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Android SDK 2.1: Unable to install app from Android Market on the Emulator

I am testing the Emulator that comes with Android SDK 2.1, but I am Unable to install app from Android Market. I made the Login on www.google.com but still no success: This is the error message: ...
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How do I disable the Market App Fast Web Install feature in my android phone settings?

I do not quite like the Fast Web Install idea of Market app. I use AppBrain for my app installs and it lets me manually select if-and-when I would like to install or update an app selected from my ...
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How to “report” a mis-behaving app?

I purchased a very popular IM app from the Marketplace, as it was the only one that was able to connect to my company's Jabber server, and I've been using it successfully for months now. On November ...
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Is there a way to pay for apps with paypal?

Is there a market where I can buy apps with PayPal? Will the original Market going to support payment with PayPal? Thanx.
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How to read comments to app of another country?

Google Market allow me by default to read only comments of my country (Italy). Unfortunately not popular application have only few or even no comments. How can I read comments from other country (USA, ...
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Clear Android Market Search History?

Any thoughts on how one might clear the Android Marketplace search history? For instance, if I recently searched for an android app in the marketplace, the marketplace search maintains a history list ...
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Can my Android phone be hacked without installing permissions?

After reading this article ( Kaspersky smartphone report ) this got me wondering. Obviously if I install a dodgy app through Play Store or directly from a website, that can be dangerous, however if I ...
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Protection from Malicious Intent

Is there an app, or will Google produce a system, where I can protect my Android device? Imagine a soundboard app that's free, but it asks for your contact information. The average user might be ...
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Does the Google Play app always updates automatically?

I use Android 4.0.4 (Cyanogenmod) and I have the habit of disabling automatic updates for all my apps. I have noticed the Google Play app seems to update itself automatically -- when there are updates ...
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At what application size does android add the WiFi tag to it?

In the Google Play Store, when an app is too large in size, a "WiFi" tag is mentioned next to the app name. That way the user can know that the download is heavy. At what application size does Android ...
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Link to app will not open in Google Play

I am using the URI format http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=<package_name> described in Linking to Your Apps on Google Play in order to open the app in Android Market or Google Play ...
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How can I disable shortcuts from being created after install from Google Play?

I own a Galaxy S2 with the Samsung ICS stock, and I've noticed when I download an application from Google Play (Market) it installs it and automatically places the app shortcut on the first free space ...
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Android Market gone after emulator reboot

I have installed Android Market on Android Emulator successfully using steps mention in [How to] Install Android market on Emulator Market is installed without any issue but after emulator reboot ...
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Why can't I find Firefox in Android Market

If I search for Firefox in the Android Market on my phone I can't find Firefox! How can I install it on my Phone?? Thanks.
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How can I rate an app in Honeycomb?

Seems like I can't find out how to do the basics on my Honeycomb tablet. How do you rate an app in the Market?
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Are Google Books DRM protected?

In some countries Google Play offers ebooks. I was wondering if those are DRM protected. Can I export them as e.g. epub? Or are they bound to be read within the Google Play Books application?
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Do Google Talk and Play Store still require background sync on Ice Cream Sandwich?

When I used Android versions up to 2.x, some apps like Google Talk and Android Market (now Play Store) required background synchronization to be activated via Settings -> Account and synchronization ...
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How can I use the Android Paid Market from a region where it's not available yet? [duplicate]

I live in scandinavia and the Market for paid applications is not available here yet. Is there any way I can enable it? Or a workaround?
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Where does the Play Store store the apps I am currently downloading?

I was downloading Facebook from the Play Store awhile ago when the phone suddenly hanged up so I forcefully shut it down by removing the battery. Now when I re-boot Facebook is no longer in the queue ...
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Is there a service that rates app security/permissions?

Is there a service/company/app that vets Android apps and reports on their "trustworthiness"? I recently moved from Blackberry to a Galaxy S2 which does not have an LED indicator light. I searched ...
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Can I change the language for the Android Market website?

I've just visited the android market website from my work computer and the website is displaying in German. For what it's worth, I have an Ubuntu box and tried in both Firefox and Chrome (both ...
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Application Always Downloading

I notice sometimes an app (in this case Dropbox) is always downloading when I go into Market > Downloads. I even uninstalled it. So it doesn't appear in my application list but it still says ...
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How do apps/games become featured in the Android Market?

How do apps/games become featured in the Android Market?
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Applications: Rollback latest update

I updated Winamp today from the market and now I'm having troubles playing shoutcast stations and some mp3's. Is it possible to rollback only the update I installed this morning? or am I out of luck?
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Can't install Google Play Services

I just upgraded Google+ to 3.6.0.44338848 (released late March 2012) and now it won't launch. It says: This app won't run without Google Play services, which are missing from your phone. If I ...
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How to allow auto-update of apps in Play Store only when plugged in?

I would like apps to be updated automatically when my phone is plugged in (charging) and on wifi. I can easily allow auto-update only when wifi is on with the appropriate option in the Play Store ...
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What is error code 495 on Google Play and the YouTube app?

"Facebook" could not be downloaded due to an error. (495) How do I solve this error?
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Android Market won't download apps and Google Talk won't sign in after changing to @gmail.com address

I have tried the suggestions here and here with no results. Google suggest changing back to @googlemail.com, waiting two days and restarting the phone, but that hasn't worked either. Anyone had any ...
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Is there a way to sort apps in Google's app store by size?

Is there a way to sort apps in Google's app store by size? I would like to know what are the heaviest apps and the lightest apps from a search result. For example, to search for a lightweight RSS ...