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Offline Italian translate - error message “no connection for speech input (E4)”

I've downloaded the italian translate package for android, the voice recognition does not work offline. i get the error message "no connection for speech input (E4)" the following work-around does ...
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Recovering data from broken android phone which is sent for replacement

Sent broken android phone to Sony customer care for replacement. I had the device encrypted with a 4 digit numeric pin. I erased it. I found when searching on Google that data can be recovered easily ...
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I have lost my MOTO E [duplicate]

My device has stolen by someone,,, i need to block the Device as completely useless Find the following IMEI Details, IMEI No.: 359299053253550 359899053253568
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Re-Installing google play [duplicate]

I got my google play and google play services deleted from my rooted phone.I had moved all the apps on internal apps to my partitioned sd card,which got corrupted.Tried installing google play apk and ...
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Proprietary software distributed along with Linux kernel

What is the licensing rationale behind distributing proprietary (copyrighted) software within a common smartphone's Android system? I mean software like device drivers (camera, GSM modules etc.) or ...
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Point of using 4G enabled Nexus tablet in the USA

As far as I know, the providers (AT&T, Verizon, TMobile) in the USA neither sell nor support mobile connection for Nexus tablets. So what is the point of buying a Nexus tablet with 4G support in ...
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Why does my phone need to connect to google servers?

You can tell the difference between when your phone is connected to Google's servers, and when it isn't by the following in 4.3: Connected Not connected Please note one is blue and one is grey. ...
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Configure Google instead of S-Voice

My s5 allows me to have S-Voice always listening for its hot word. I would rather have Google always listening for its hot word. I don't see how to do this. Any ideas? thanks
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Nexus 5 front camera not working

Yesterday my front camera on Nexus 5 stopped working. It doesn't show up in any app (& there's a bug in the new Google camera app - I can switch camera only if the HDR+ is on, but then it's stuck ...
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Google agenda question (Still need help)

my question is more related to the Google contacts system than to Android itself, but hope you can help me.. I have a Nexus 5, and my agenda looks organized with everything that I added perfectly. The ...
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Device almost unusable after Google password change

Today I changed my Google password. The next time I turn on my tablet I am suddenly confronted with a "Re-type password" screen - yes, it takes the whole screen. So I jump over to another app to ...
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Technical problems with Nexus 7

I have a one year old Nexus 7 and recently my tablet acts on its own. It starts to action commands without me doing anything. The only way I manage to recover control is to power it off and on again. ...
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Why does Google have am 18-months-policy on allowing devices to get updates?

Why does Google have this 18-months-policy for Android devices, such that if the the device is older than 18 months, it will not get any further updates? For example, the Galaxy Nexus didn't get ...
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Google Nexus 4 Battery icon does not appear while charging

It so happened that my LG google nexus 4 was water damaged. I kept it under a bulb to dry the water for 1 day Next day I took it to LG service center, he opened the phone and removed the water and ...
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Google Voice Search Activation

I was wondering if there was any way I could activate Google voice search simply by saying OK Google while using any app on my phone. I tried searching the XDA forums and couldn't find what I was ...
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How to remove the picture next to my name in gmail

here is my problem. I recently bought an samsung s4 Active. When I started using it I noticed that there was a random picture next to my name on all my outgoing emails from my phone. The picture is a ...
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Google Now not replying to voice commands, just parsing the words to search terms in browser

I am using LG OPtimus L5 and when I use Google Now I speak into the mic ,but it just transfers what I say to web search. I want it to take some commands, like add this, call this person, etc., but it ...
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Get back cards in google now

I turned off navigation suggestions in google now by mistake. I hit never show this card again. I was driving, honest mistake :P Now is there any way to get them back? I have tried anything I can ...
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Install fonts to Quickoffice?

I'm looking to get the standard Word fonts on QuickOffice for Android. Is it possible? All my searches on the internet have yielded nothing. If it isn't possible, are the fonts that QuickOffice does ...
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Where to check what apps I have purchased

I got a statement from my bank and I have 2 transactions I do not know what they are. Google *E-Commerce Ltd GOOGLE.COM of 15.99 Normally I have a text, which indicates what app or service I ...
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List of all Google™ app developer ids

Google Inc "owns" most of the apps made by Google for Android. However, there are notable ones that most would consider Google apps, such as Ingress by NianticLabs@Google Sky Map by Sky Map Devs. ...
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Installing Play Store on Chinese Samsung Note 3

I have a Chinese Note 3 running Android 4.3. It doesn't have the Play Store which defeats everything that made Samsung dominate the smartphone space. I can't download GMail; I am stuck with a browser ...
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How to pay for my kids apps?

Here is the story. I have two kids (5-7 years), they have their Android tablets... and I have the credit card. I have created two google accounts, each for one tablet. I want to buy apps for them, but ...
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How to revert Hangouts to Google Talk in Samsung S4

I just updated my Android version to 4.3. However, Google Talk is replaced by Hangouts automatically. I don't like Hangouts, since I cannot see friends who are online/offline. I wish to revert to ...
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Why does Google Now display my “Home” and “Work” locations inaccurately?

I'm in my home all day, every day, as are my internet-capable devices such as phone, Chromebook, etcetera, etcetera. Yet, when I click the magic wand at the bottom of Google Now (settings), it ...
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Does Google take any of my file data on Android?

I read about syncing photos with Google on Android somewhere, and got a little concerned. It is probably just a special Google service you have to sign up for, but just in case, I want to relieve me ...
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GTalk_ASYNC_CONN wakelock detailed report. Keeps draining batteries

It's been a month since I've tried dealing with this wakelock. I've read a lot of articles, including this. A week ago I was also dealing with NlpWakelockCollector, which sometimes gets stucked ...
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Where is my exported nexus 5 (kitkat) contact list? How do I access it?

I exported my nexus 5 contact list and it said on the phone that the contact list has been exported to 'file: /storage/emulated/0/00002.vcf.', so where is this 'file: /storage/emulated/0/00002.vcf.', ...
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Google Calendar gone nuts since DST has ended

Ever since the 28th of October when DST has ended all of my events in my Google Calendar has moved one hour earlier. The web calendar shows currect dates and times but the one on my Nexus 4 is one ...
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Cannot install google play services

My HTC Desire S (Rooted and installed with Sabsa Prime ROM) have Avast Mobile Security as antivirus. Recently I was given a free Premium Security code by Avast. But I'm unable to update the code on to ...
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How to prevent my Google account from acting like it's from the US?

I'm from the Czech Republic and via some proxy I made my Google account look like a US-based one to try Google music etc. Now Google music with all access arrived in my country and it's cheaper than ...
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Google Play Music freezes the touch screen

I'm running a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. I'm having intermittent issue with the touch screen freezing and no longer responding to any touches. The power button works, as does the home key. The volume ...
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Would Non-Open Handset Alliance Android phones have Google Now?

I understand that whilst Android is free and open source, in order to use Google services, an OEM has to be approved to join the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). One of the biggest additions to Android ...
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Are Nexus the only one that receive OS update directly from Google and not from Telecom / Phone Manufacturer?

According to a comment made to this article as shown below: They already do that. Its called the Nexus One, secondly the Nexus S, and thirdly, now the Galaxy Nexus..... they all receive OS updates ...
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What exactly is synced with Google?

If you enable syncing to Google, what exactly is synced in a more technical way? E.g. about syncing app data, I guess there is just one standard path synchronized? Has anyone seen a more technical ...
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Selective syncing with Google?

By default if you sync with Google, contacts, calendar, app data and wifi keys are synchronized. Is it possible to synchronize only some of these things, e.g. only calendar and contacts? Thanks :-)
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Set my phone contacts to sync to Google not Google to phone

I want to set my phone to pull contacts from my Google Contacts so that it uses google as a master. I organised my contacts on Google Contacts page and when I synced my phone it messed everything up ...
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Why does Google always need personal data? [closed]

Whenever there is an app from Google Inc in the Android market, I am uncomfortable with their permission levels: Why do they always need read/write permissions to personal data/contacts and all our ...
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How practical it is to use an Android phone, bypassing Google completely?

One of the first things that I noticed on my Nexus One as I turned it on the first time, was GMail, Talk, Voice, Maps, Google Calendar and many other Google based services. I know that even on a ...
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Does Nexus One WiFi traffic go through Google?

When I use the default browser (what is it? Is it Chrome? Firefox? other?) to view a site (not necessarily via Google search), does any of that visit information reach Google servers? How about DNS?