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Does Android have a “device driver” architecture?

Since 1990, when a new version of Windows comes out, the (only) thing that stops PC owners from upgrading is whether there are compatible device drivers for their hardware (network adapter device ...
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Difference in GPS hardware

I'm currently coding a gps location application, and I have found out, that there is huge difference between hardware and units. Having tried on the Wildfire S, Galaxy S2, GalaxyTab 10,1, and others, ...
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Is a Class 10 MicroSD overkill or is a Class 6 adequate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the class rating of my MicroSD card relevant? I don't see any speed class or × rating markings on the 2GB card that came with my phone. Is a Class 10 card going to be ...
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Setting a Hardware ID on an Android Tablet

I wonder if I could get some guidance. We purchased 6 android tablets for our kids over Christmas and shortly after we also purchased McAfee Live Safe so that we cold protect all these devices. Now, ...
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How do you open an EVO 3D to access the battery or SD card?

How do I open an EVO 3D? I have one right here and I tried googling it, but I dont have the manual and it isn't intuitive. I would like to view the microSD card and switch it out at will.
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Micro USB cables that only charge but no data, no mounting etc (Samsung Galaxy S)

Not all cables seem to be created equal but I've never got to the bottom of why so many (cheap) cables I try only charge - no data. Anyone know why? Certain pins not connecting? I do know that longer ...
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Can a USB pen/hard drive be used with a Logitech Revue?

Can the Logitech Revue play videos and display images from a USB pen/hard drive? What are the hardware specifications of the Logitech Revue?
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Vibration stopped working on Galaxy S2

I can't work out why, but it seems the vibrate and haptic feedback functionality on my SGS2 stopped working recently. First time it failed it seemed to come back after a reboot, but it's since died ...
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My new phone came with super user but I didn't root it

I've just got a new Samsung Galaxy Y from Unique Mobiles (http://www.uniquemobiles.com.au). The package was still intact when I picked it up and the "don't accept this if this sticker is broken" ...
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Antenna Patch/Adaptor for Galaxy Nexus i9250

It's been a month of searching what kind of antenna adapter/patch am I going to use. Anyone knows what kind of patch is this? Thanks.
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Samsung Moment telephone through AUX

I have an iPhone, and while in my car, I can connect to the radio through my AUX jack and use the phone that way. The iPhone microphone picks up just fine and I hear the person through the car ...
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Inspection checklist for new android mobile devices

Many factory faults and bugs in an android device are discovered by the user long time after he/she receive it. Early discovering of faults/bugs in a device is needed when there is a short return ...
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Can I open a photo in a text message without using my data?

I got a Motorola Razr-V phone and received a text with an attached photo. Is it possible to open using Wi-Fi,not my phone data?
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What kind of hardware is needed to run Skype well?

I have been asked to choose a cheap tablet to buy for Skype video calling. The person who will use it isn't going to do anything fancy else, just videocalling her daughter at evening. I have seen ...
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Phone thinks it is charging when not plugged in [closed]

Quite often my phone lights up the charging symbol even if the phone isn't charging. It applies when it's of and on. The behaviour seems somewhat glitchy, it turns on and off. Is this a well known ...
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What kind of hardware can be used to speed up the writing on android phones?

This might be a border line question for this forum, but I will see and learn whether it is relevant. At least I do not believe that anyone here would feel that it is not interesting as it is very ...
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Partially dead digitizer - any way to change slide to unlock?

The middle third (long-narrow thirds way) of my digitizer seems to have crapped out. Diagnosed from having vary hard time unlocking and weird selection issues, to suspecting digitizer, to getting a ...
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Samsung Galaxy S2 Problems - Possibly Hardware Related?

I've had my Galaxy S2 SGH-I777 (AT&T) for about 2 months now and everything has been great up until yesterday. I started experiencing some freezing and strange behavior. The phone is unrooted and ...
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Is Internet tethering possible on Android phone via bluetooth or WiFi?

I have a HTC Desire and use different Wifi networks with it, but don't have mobile internet access. My laptop is usualy connected via a mobile modem. Is there a way to share laptop's internet access ...
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Does a MIUI-Phone work in Europe?

I've just read about the chinese MIUI Phones (Mi Two), my question is wheter they work in Europe, or might there be some issues because of other phone networks? Might there be some other issues apart ...
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Can I add external devices to an Android device?

Can we add external devices to an Android device? For example, can I add a CD player or a power antenna (to detect wireless from long distances) to my Android device? Des Android let us to create our ...
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Does the Android specification include minimum sensor parameters?

Android apps can access sensor data. How do I know how accurate the sensor readings are? Is there a universal standard that specifies operational parameters of a sensor? E.g., a temperature sensor ...
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SGS2 screen gets more and more dark blue, possibly after overheated charging

My phone screen is gradually becoming dark blue and then black--see photo. Started with a single light blueish edge, and growing during the last hours to what can be seen on photo. The only serious ...
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Sending calls to voicemail when I am in a meeting

If my aCalendar, or any calendar for that matter, has an appointment, I would like the phone to recognize that I am in a meeting and the call then vibrates or is silent etc. For instance: If I am ...
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Ignore crack in Android screen (and entire front panel) or take some action

My Galaxy S3 was in my jeans pocket when I leaned over to pick something up that I dropped under the table. A few minutes later, when I took out my phone, I saw a long diagonal crack from one side of ...
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Can bricking my GT - I9100 damage my antennas?

I'm running a cf-root, SG SII with KL1 kernel and cyanogenmod 7. Before getting it done the way it is now, I went through several failed attempts. I'm afraid the first few times I installed the wrong ...
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Phone calls - the other person can't hear me

My phone has just started having a problem where on phone calls, the other person can't hear me. They just hear some static. I can hear them just fine. It's the same whether I call them or they call ...
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How can I reduce latency while tethering?

When tethering with PDAnet (the free version), using a stock moto-Droid 1 on Verizon, I am getting between 1k-3k ms latency on World of Warcraft. I would like to know what is the likeliest culprit, ...
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Phone dropped in water - Now screen won't turn off (Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII))?

I currently have a Samsung Galaxy SII (S2)(I9100) that got dropped in water. I took the phone apart (removed the screws on the back and properly took the back off) and left it to dry in a warm place ...
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Android phone taps touchscreen on its own

I have an LG P690 Optimus Net. The issue I am having is that the phone often enters a state where it keeps on pressing the touchscreen's buttons by its self, and I have to press the back button ...
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Nexus 10 handwriting apps always lag

So I just bought a nexus 10 and among the many reasons for getting one, I want to take notes with it. I've bought myself a nice stylus that works wonderfully on iPads and my galaxy nexus phone. ...
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What's the difference between the Xperia X10 and the Xperia X10a?

What's the difference between the Xperia X10 and the Xperia X10a?
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How to return to call when screen blanked

I was on a call and I was put on hold by the other person. The screen blanked after a time (as expected). When I hit the power button to return to the call. I found the call dropped. How can I ...
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What's the differences between the different processors available in the current lineup of devices?

From what I understand there's the Snapdragon, Hummingbird, OMAP, ARM and now(or soon) Tegra2? Did I miss any? (I apologize if I'm mixing terms here, confusing a technology name with a model name) ...
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Galaxy Note 3 requiring pin for lock-screen due to e-mail account

After syncing my work email with my new Samsung phone I received an on screen notice that in order to have the account synced with my phone I was required to have a password on my lock-screen. This ...
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Physical placement of specific sensors in Google Nexus 7 (2012)

I am working on a project that requires me to know where specific sensors are physically located inside the device. I can estimate the location of NFC and light sensor (of course) but what about other ...
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Battery percentage going down while charging! [duplicate]

(device: Samsung Galaxy S 3) I've just witnessed something rather strange: while tethering to my laptop, with the phone being plugged in a power source (the charger I got with the device) - the ...
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Is there any camera application that can save photos on internal storage?

So my SD card reader is broke, and my only possibility of ever taking photos again is to use the internal memory. The default camera option, says that no SD card was detected and if you press ...
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How does the Asus transformer keyboard dock work?

From a software and hardware standpoint, what kind of interface does the keyboard use? I'm guessing it's not just a usb-hid interface, or if it is there's something special for the special keys. If ...
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HTC ONE X: The process “com.android.phone” has stopped?

I have just brought a Second had HTC ONE X from an auction site, When booting up the phone it works fine, with no sim card. However I have a 2degrees (New Zealand) Micro SIM which is a snapper sim ...
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HTC Desire sticky power button

I have an HTC Desire that is 2 and a bit years old and in the hands of my wife and baby, now has a power button that barely works. Luckily the ROM I'm using allows the device to wake with the select ...
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Sites to search android devices based on features? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find a comparison of Android devices? I've been doing research on various android devices, but I am having a hard time finding a good site to search devices ...
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Baseband and radio in Android

In the below picture 1, It seems that the radio firmware don't need a linux driver in Android, It just need a user space shared library, is it? 2, what is baseband?
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How can I physically remove the internal memory device from my Samsung Galaxy S2?

My Galaxy S2 has recently died completely over night. It does not turn on regardless of which combination of buttons I try and how long I press them. I've tried with two different batteries, without a ...
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Why are android devices equipped with only (relatively) little RAM?

Currently, I can only find devices (phone, tablets or sticks) that are equipped with a maximum of 2GB RAM. While this might be sufficient for current applications, I do wonder why there are no ...
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What information is available to an app from the magnetometer?

I would like to know what other functionality is provided by the magnetometer inside android devices besides allowing applications to display a compass. Can an app do anything else with it besides ...
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Dell Streak's screen cracked - what are my options?

I hope this question is being asked in the right place - it's not a question about the Android OS, but it is about Android hardware. Please move it if it's better off on SuperUser. I have just ...
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What is the round circle next to the “do not dispose in household waste” icon on my Moto Droid?

There is a round indicator of some sort under the battery cover approx 3/16" of an inch in diameter. It is located to the left of the "Do not dispose with household waste" icon (looks like a trash ...
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How do timers and alarms function while the device is sleeping?

I would like to preface this by noting that this is not a developer question, more of a interest to know how this particular aspect of Android works in relation to the hardware found in smartphones ...
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What kind of hardware problems is a cheap Android phone likely to have?

For development and application purposes an organisation I am with is considering buying a cheap Android handset here in India (this is the handset). But what kind of problems can one anticipate in ...