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Can we connect a normal earphone / headphone to a Android device?

Can we connect a normal earphone / headphone (those that we connect to the Desktop PC) to the Android phone or devices? This is because I notice that the one on the left (the original one that come ...
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Where is the NFC hardware located?

I noticed that certain Samsung batteries say "Near Field Communication" on them. Is the NFC h/w located in the battery? Does it differ by the manufacturer of the Android device? A friend of mine ...
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What are the minimum hardware specifications for Android?

As per the title, what hardware do I need to be able to run various versions of Android?
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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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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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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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GT-I9100G screen replacement

I have a GT-I9100G and the screen went bad, I'd like to replace it but all the screen replacements on amazon are for the GT-I9100 version. They look the same but I am still not sure if this will work ...
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Using the a smartphone's speaker as a microphone [closed]

I have a hardware accessing question. For a project, I was wondering if it would be possible to use the smartphone's speaker as a second microphone, similar to the idea that you can plug in a headset ...
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why there are so many tty files in the dev directory?

it is confusing that there are so many tty files in the directory... by the way, what each file in /dev stands for, do they stand for physical devices which are part of my android device? for ...
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How to find exact HTC One S version (S3/S4)

I have begun doing research about rooting my HTC One S phone (HTC Sense looks so nice but unfortunately is so unstable) and one of the first things I've noticed is that there are two versions of HTC ...
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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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how can I change the language of the keyboard of sony ericsson xperia mini pro?

my mobile keyboard is supported with Arabic alphabet but I don't know how to use it !! I need to write a lot in arabic and I'm not used to the touch keyboard so I need to change the language of the ...
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What color was the first android phone? [closed]

I'm doing some research on the first google powered phone, but I can't find out what color it officially shipped with first. Black or white?
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ghost key and unpressable keys issue on android HTC desire Z

On my screen the area where the letters "w e r" and "a s d" seems to press itself on its own, to a point most of my apps are inaccessible. If I have to write a text message or dial a number, I have to ...
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When do Force Closes imply hardware problems?

In general: how do you know if random Force Closes (FC) are due to faulty hardware or not? I experience a few FC's per day on standard apps (Skype, Facebook, Chrome) using stock Ice Cream Sandwich ...
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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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How can I find out the make and model of the chips in my device?

I'm trying to find out what kind of GPS receiver is in my phone. Every spec sheet is vague on this. I can easily find out what kind Soc or CPU it has, but parts like GPS and FM receivers, Bluetooth ...
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What else is occupying my android phone's internal space [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: HTC Desire low on internal storage, I'm clueless — Any help? Something is secretly eating up my tablet memory and I need help finding it I have a HTC Desire ...
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Do Samsung tablets have the same USB connector as Apple's iPad?

It seems that the USB cable for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and other Samsung tablets) looks like the one used for Apple's iPad or iPhone. Is it the same?
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Does the Google Nexus 7 support external keyboards?

Can I use an external keyboard with a Google Nexus 7? Will the Nexus pair with an Apple Wireless keyboard? Are there other companies that make compatible keyboards?
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In Android Is it possible to access the physical layer of 2G/3G to transmit voice/data

I wanted to make an walkie talkie app in android, i know there are a lot of apps like these but they use the Wi-fi or they are just web services. But if we want to like transmit voice/data on 2G/3G ...
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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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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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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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Why can the Nexus 7 display so much more content on-screen than the Galaxy Nexus?

The Galaxy Nexus is 1280x720, and the Nexus 7 tablet is 1280x800. I realize that the tablet is physically larger, but it's screen resolution, not display size, that determines screen real-estate. ...
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How to test suspected hardware on Android

I have a problem with my HTC Sensation that I think is either due to problems with the electronics that interfaces to the battery or a memory problem. Basically the phone turns off spontaneously by ...
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How to fix the infamous Nook Color / Nook Tablet charging USB cable for good?

The Barnes&Noble Nook Color / Nook Tablet have a proprietary micro USB charging port which is longer than normal and allows power charging with 2Amps. The charging/data cable from BN is infamous ...
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What do the 2 pins on the back of the Nexus S do?

I'm really frustrated with a Nexus S turning off while in my pocket. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the pin positions, or these 2 strange back pins and contacts on the cover that don't ...
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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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USB host port via Android accessory protocol adapter

Is it possible for an Android 4 phone with only a standard micro-USB port (not OTG), to be provided with a USB host port through an adapter using the Android accessory protocol? Do such adapters ...
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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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What is Phablet?

How to define a phablet? I first read this word in article about "ZTE building some Galaxy Note-style phablets". This is something larger than a smartphone, but smaller than a tablet. But where is ...
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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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Multitouch hardware on Android devices

Are all touch-screens on modern devices multitouch capable on hardware level (if software supports it)? If not than how to detect if touchscreen screen by itself is multitouch or not?
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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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How to tell if your phone is refurbished

Is there a way to tell if an Android phone is an original or a refurbished product?
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Can you damage the proximity sensor if you keep it always on?

If you keep the proximity sensor always on (like for applications that turn on the screen when you tap the sensor a few times) is there a risk to damage it? I'm assuming that the sensor works only in ...
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How to get android device model number connected to a PC via USB?

How do I get the android phone model number from a Windows PC connected via USB, provided all the USB device drivers are installed properly? Is there anyway to get it via Android SDK?
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How to recover files from SD card on HTC Merge?

So today somehow my phone completely reset itself. I went into my local wireless office and they helped me a bit. My phone has lost all of it's contacts and apps (no biggie) but the employee told me ...
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How does Android calculate battery consumption by apps?

How does Android measure energy used by individual hardware component? How does Android measure energy used by each individual process?
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How can I determine Max CPU speed at runtime?

I'd like to know the max cpu speed for the processor on an Android system at runtime. I've seen at least a couple different techniques that result in the current cpu clockrate, but not the max. Root ...
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When I plug in Samsung Skyrocket & Moto Atrix to Windows 7 my USB ports stop working [closed]

I have a USB adapter to pick up internet on my desktop and an external hard drive through USB, and they stop responding immediately after I plug in either android phone, I have to restart after this ...
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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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What to check when buying a used device

I'm thinking about buying a used Android device and I want to know what should I check on the device before I buy it? Is there an app or something that does some sort of testing on the phone? Are ...
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Is is possible two tablets of the same model has different functionalities?

I've bought a Huawei IDEOS S7 up front (there isn't a monthly fee) for SGD 885 (682 USD) before realizing that it costs only: SGD 468 (USD 360) SGD 549 (USD423) SGD 488 (USD 376) (SGD 324) USD 250 ...
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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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List of devices with screen parameters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find a comparison of Android devices? Is there any list with devices and their params? I'd like to know if this device is ldpi/mdpi/hdpi and what screen it ...
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Linux on Android and HW support

I see that there are some projects about installing Linux on an Android Device, but how is the Hardware support? If I install linux, can I have access to the hardware via Python, like in Android?
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minimal hardware requirements for Android [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the minimum specifications for Android? I would like to know the minimum hardware (memory, CPU) to run Android, good documentation is also a good answer. ...
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Is GSM telephony feasible on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9?

I'm looking to buy a small tablet to use as a "table phone" for use with a headset, and for video telephony. GSM telephony is a must - I don't want to rely entirely on Skype, or Internet connectivity ...