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Availability of the Menu Key

As seen on backwards compatibility for the Android phones, do some phones always have traditional physical keys like the Menu Key, ususally on Gingerbread and older only? I was wondering if most ...
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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 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 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 the back Chassis for the Canadian Rogers I747M the same as I747 T999?

The camera protection lens on my Samsung Galaxy S3 I747M broke some time ago. The camera itself stopped focusing correctly some time ago as well due to that. At some point, I had to have the camera ...
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Help identifying tablet

I don't know if here is the right place to put this but I need your help identifying what I believe is a Chinese tablet that a friend of mine received as a gift. The problem is that it is locked in ...
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How can I test if my GPS has a hardware problem?

Some days ago, my GPS stopped working. It doesn't lock, no matter how long I leave it on. I've read this question but had no luck. Sometimes it reports that it found one GPS satellite available, ...
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Is it possible to run any sort of hardware diagnostics through ADB

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 that I had for a little over months before getting caught outside in a serious rainstorm. As I was pulling the battery out of the phone, I noticed the screen flicker. I ...
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phone stuck while loading cyanogenmod

I am using a Samsung Galaxy Y. Everytime I switch on my phone it goes from samsung logo to cyanogenmod loading. What do i do? I have waited for an hour.
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Yellow tint on S4's screen

The phone's screen has an annoying yellow tint. Is there any app that can fix gamma correction ? Or shall I return the phone and get another one ? Anyone else has this ? This picture is from ...
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Why My android device show less RAM and Slow at Jelly bean?

I bought a new Samsung galaxy S Advance(GT-i9070). It came with Gingerbread. It was actually a phone with 768 RAM. I clearly verified this with the shop when I bought it. Last day I upgraded my phone ...
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How to Use Camera in ICS to store images on internal memory?

The SD card slot on my HTC Dezire Z is broken and a replacement is not available. How can I use my camera without an SD Card? I am using ICS.
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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 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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Is there any good micro USB cable (not loose)?

I'm not sure if this could be considered as an Android question, but it's definetely related to Android, since this kind of cable became a standard for mobile devices recently. The thing is, I have ...
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Galaxy S 4: A custom OS can cause critical problems

today I restarted my cell and suddenly this message appeard when I turned it on. I've already looked thought many forums and tried out different things to make it work. But nothing helped yet. I ...
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Hardware/Software layer of an android device

I need knowing the differences between a PC hardware and a android device (smartphone), because i have some issues understanding somethings about some subjects. Generally when I have a computer if I ...
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Disable android.hardware.foo feature to hide hardware from ROM?

Is it possible to tell an Android ROM (without recompiling it, but repacking is okay, I guess) that the device it runs on does not have a certain android.hardware.something feature? I want to ...
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gionee e7 mini screen lock problem

I aam using Gionee E7 mini. My phonee is working perfeectly but as soon i pick up up any call, the screen loacks and it reopens only when the other side hangs up.I am not able to disconnect any call ...
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How does the Samsung Galaxy wake-command work?

How does the Samsung Galaxy wake-command work? Is the microprocessor always on? Or does it wake when it detects sound?
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SGS2 mobile connectivity/GPS intermittent problems after DIY repair

Looks like my SGS2 started to have mobile connectivity/GPS problems, possibly as a result of DIY repair (I manually replaced LCD+digitizer after an LCD damage): GSM signal level frequently drops to ...
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Internal storage interface [closed]

What interface is used to read and write the internal storage of the phone? SPI? I2C? SATA? SD? If the answer varies from phone to phone, I'd like to know the interface of the Samsung Galaxy S II ...
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Mobile network not available on unlocked Active

I purchased a "new" unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-I537 phone on E-Bay. Everything works fine except when I use the phone with my local carrier SIM card. When I insert the SIM card and turn on ...
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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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How to type quickly and use the full ASCII character set [closed]

Probably 90% of my time on my phone is spent typing. So I like to be able to do it quickly. Also, because I take complex notes and write code on my phone, I would like to be able to have the full ...
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How is GPS stack organized on Android, down to UART level? [closed]

I had some reading on location faking, and got eye caught on the report of using "fake NMEA data from UART port". Can anyone clarify, does Android GPS stack HAL supports direct access to one of the ...
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Galaxy Note 2 screen problems

I'm experiencing a spot of trouble with my N7105 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 device. It boots up just fine, the screen works absolutely flawlessly for a few minutes, but then the problems start to appear. ...
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How can I force-disable all dock detection/HDMI connectivity?

Context: I have a RAZR MAXX XT912 with 4.1.2 (3.0.8-gbacb1cf). As soon as I wake it for any reason, it immediately acts as if it is connected via HDMI, despite the fact that no cable is connected. ...
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SD card limit says 8gb, Can I get a larger sd card to work?

I'm thinking a buying a new phone, but it says the external sd card size limit is 8gb. Can I do something to increase this to 16 or 32 gb. Details: phone: I-Mobile IQ 5.3 ...
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Will my phone will get locked after upgrading to Jelly Bean? [duplicate]

My phone is Docomo Samsung Galaxy S2. The default network is Docomo but I unlocked it by giving it to a shop I want to upgrade it to Jelly Bean will it be lock again? How can I upgrade it ?
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Some Android contacts with phone numbers are missing after update

After I updated my Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro from Gingerbread to ICS some of my contacts went missing. The strange thing is when these people call me, the phone recognizes them and displays their ...
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How to gain access to the SPI port on any Android phone

I am a hardware developer and want to connect my hardware board by hacking into the SPI port of a form factor Android Phone. My objective is to connect my board using jumper wires to a Smartphone to ...
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How to separate the two pieces of the AC adapter for Samsung tab 2 7.0

I am trying to separate the two parts of the Samsung tab 2 7.0 AC adapter, since I am traveling to a country with different outlets. I have tried pulling them but nothing seems to work. Do you know ...
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Stock JB ROMs for Chinese-made devices [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device? I'm looking for a good source for MT, RK and Allwinner-based phones and tablets, but I couldn't find any. ...
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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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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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What are the differences between the two Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0" models?

I have just got a new Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 7.0" (SM-T230NU). What is the difference (or improvements) between the 'stock' SM-T230 model GALAXY Tab 4 7.0" and the 'newer' SM-T230NU, recently released ...
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Do Android-enabled smartphones support other operating systems?

Are there smartphones which support Android and, in addition to it, some other operating systems, in particular Symbian and RIM Blackberry? Or, maybe, the last two are constrained to devices which ...
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GPS Accuracy Data for Android phones

I'm try to gather data on the feasibility of my next Android project in which I would like to use GPS indoors. Knowing that GPS wasn't built to be accurate indoors, I'm trying to decide if the ...
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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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Home and Search don't work on my Nexus One

I'm using a beta of Cyanogenmod 7 and it seems unlikely they would leave out home and search button functionality. I tried rolling back to the RC and then getting the latest nightly and then wiping ...
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What to do when mobile gets wet and the battery is not removable

I got my mobile (HTC One X) wet yesterday and I could not take out the battery since it is not removable. Currently, everything works fine but I can see a dark blur shadow on the right of the screen ...
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Does the Nexus 7 have a LED flash for its camera?

Does the Nexus 7 have a LED flash for its front facing camera? Can somebody point me to some documentation online that states whether this is true or not?
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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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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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How clean master measure device temperature

Clean master app latest version added the feature device cooler when CPU is overheating. I want to know that how this app measure the temperature of device if there is no hardware support (sensor) is ...
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Is there any way to check the phone before buying a new device

My friend is buying xperia Z1. The actual price of the phone is around 40000 INR but he is getting it around 25000 INR. It has 1 year seller warranty with all accessories.He said the phone is ...
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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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Can I make phone call and receive SMS with Nexus 9?

Does the Nexus 9 come with standard phone and sms functions?
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I am not able to open Google Account on New Galaxy Ace 3 Phone

I have tried to open a Google account but after many attempts have failed. When I tap the Gmail icon I get a window, prompting me to add an account, for either an "Existing" or "New" account. When I ...