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Android with mouse, keyboard and touchpad

What should I do to be able to use my USB keyboard and mouse with my Android 2.1 tablet? I like the idea of bluetooth, but my tablet doesn't support bluetooth. Is there some device similar to ...
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How to use phone calls without code?

My friends and family need to use my cellphone regulary, it doesnt bother me, because some of them cant have a cell but still need one just in case...the problem is that i dont want them to have ...
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Apps can't see the light sensor but automatic brightness works anyway?

I don't have a toggle for automatic brightness in my phone's settings menu and I cannot install apps like Lux Auto Brightness that depend on the light sensor. I can, however, turn automatic brightness ...
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How do I load android 2.3.4 onto my dev phone?

So, I have an original Droid (rooted), that is also my working cell phone. Can I load 2.3.4 onto it to develop accessory apps? If so how do I load the new OS?
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What's the difference between the 5 Samsung Vibrant models?

I have a T-Mobile Galaxy S Vibrant, which has the Samsung model number SGH-T959. However, Samsung's download page has 5 different sub-models: SGH-T959ZKATMB (appears to be the "default"), ...
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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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Free system information for Android such as Everest for Windows [closed]

There is any apk that shows the system and hardware information about my Adroid phone??? I mean an aplication such as Everest (or msinfo32) does for Windows.
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Hardware backed Credentials Storage on Galaxy Nexus

First, I hope I choose the right stackexchange for that question. Android 4.3 introduces a "Hardware-backed" Credential Storage. If I go to Settings->Security under the "Credentials-Storage" Header ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What should I try to bring a rear camera back to life?

I have been handed an H801+ Android phone, where the rear (main) camera has stopped working, and I have been trying to fix it without much success. I am looking for ideas as to what to try next. The ...
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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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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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How can I find out which bands my phone supports

Background: I recently bought the Padfone X, and have been attempting to get it on my network. Part of this effort has been verifying information I have found online which claims that it supports LTE ...
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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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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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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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Keeps restarting, stuck in Ultra Power Save Mode

I'm asking on behalf of a family member who has a Samsung Galaxy S5. The phone is unrooted and has been updated but not to Android Marshmallow. The OTA had not been released for Marshmallow for this ...
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Moto E (1st Gen) Bootloader Unlocking

There was some problem with my 1-yr-old Moto E 1st gen. It got dead and after some time the dead android guy appears with some red-blue thing on its chest. It appears for half a second. I pressed ...
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How can I use the Dolphin 70E's hardware scanner in an app?

I have a Dolphin 70E that has a hardware scanner. I would like to use this in a an app, but ZXing always uses the camera in the device instead. I have looked into Google Goggles as well, but running ...
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Could a 64-bit hardware device run a 32-bit Android version?

This question comes from How can I tell if my installed Android version, not CPU, is a 64 bit or 32 bit one? On desktop computers it is possible to install a 32-bit operating system on a 64-bit ...
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How to create a hardware shortcuts in Android 4.3?

I have Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 running the latest firmware with Android 4.3. I want to create "hardware shortcuts". For example, if I hold volume up and home at the same time, then it'll open an ...
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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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How can I tell if my International Galaxy S3 is suffering from Sudden Death Syndrome? If it is, how can I fix it?

I have a 16GB International Samsung Galaxy S3 (XEF) running the latest firmware, 4.1.2 (yes, the Premium Suite update, I was thinking that this would've fixed it but it seems not) with baseband ...
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Why does Android not include an Add Hardware Wizard? [closed]

If I want to install Windows on, say, a bare-metal Thinkpad X1 Carbon with no OS, then I can buy Windows and install it. Windows includes numerous drivers. If there are any necessary drivers missing, ...
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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 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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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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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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How does Android account for hardware changes in each individual device?

I recently wanted to use the fingerprint scanner on my Galaxy S6 in an app and doubted if Android would have classes pertaining to it (it does), which led me to ask: Does Android add classes to its ...
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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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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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Is there a hardware or software limitation to how long smartphone can record video? [closed]

Besides the obvious battery and storage limitations, are there any limits to how long can a smartphone record video? For example, could the image sensor overheat after an hour or more? Would the ...
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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 ...