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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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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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Why does my EVO 3D think I am talking to it?

Occasionally when biking or walking, something must be going on in my pocketses because my HTC EVO 3D keeps thinking my standard headphones are evolving into headphones with an inline mic. Normally I ...
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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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How do I find out what wifi chipset my phone has?

I've got LG Optimus One phone (model LG-P500h). How do I find out what wifi chipset my phone has? Is there a general mechanism that will work for all phones?
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Is my phone liable to explode if I charge it with a charger that came with a different phone?

My friend and I both have droids and we often user each other's wall chargers out of convenience. I was told that it's possible that my phone might explode if it's charged with a charger that wasn't ...
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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 do I need to improve performance of the Android emulator?

I currently use Ubuntu 10.10, and I find the emulator extremely slow. However, I have an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU (T5200 processor) with 4G of RAM. What do I need to improve performance? Better hardware? ...
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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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Power button fails to work consistently on Motorola Droid. Workarounds?

When I press the power button on my Motorola Droid, nothing happens (usually). Just to get my phone to turn on after being shutdown, I have to plug it in to the charger cable. Once booted, however, I ...
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Are there any Android phones that allow Bluetooth PAN off the shelf?

I'm specifically looking for an off-the-shelf solution. Without going into too much technical detail, I need to connect a phone via Bluetooth to a device and receive IP traffic from the device. ...
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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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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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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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Free system information for Android such as Everest for Windows

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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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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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 does “NFC Connectivity (Optional)” mean for the Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II?

I'm considering to buy a Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II. In the specs, I've read "NFC Connectivity (Optional)". What does that mean? It seems that the first batch of phones won't have an NFC chip. Is it ...
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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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Where are the water damage indicators on a G2?

I got a G2 from eBay and it looks pretty nice. I'm just inspecting to make sure everything is good before I start using it. The battery has a white water damage indicator, which is good, but the ...
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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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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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Can I disable the hardware 'Search' button?

I'm teaching my 85 year old mother to use her first phone. Her first ever bit of computing. The first use is texting and I've removed all the apps from the main screens except for the messaging app, ...
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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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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 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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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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How to get hardware specs of Android device?

How can I find information on the hardware of my Android device like processor architecture, RAM, etc?
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How do RAM and processor speed affect overall performance on Android?

Since Android can be installed on wide range of devices, I'm wondering how important RAM and the CPU speed are to the performance of a device. There are always tradeoffs when something is increased ...
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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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How can I make the button on my headphones control something other than the stock music player?

When I press this button, it plays/pauses the stock music player. I don't use the stock music player--I use a comination of Last.fm, Grooveshark, and Winamp. I would like to make the button play/pause ...
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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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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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Does Android 2.1+ support the ARM9 processor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the minimum specifications for Android? I want to load Android 2+ (i.e 2.1 or 2.2) on an ARM9 processor, is it possible? If I could have a comparative chart of ...
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What Android phones are ANT+ hardware enabled?

I'm trying to gather information regarding ANT+ hardware support in Android phones. Basically, what Android phones have ANT wireless hardware? ANT and ANT+ ( http://thisisant.com/ ) as wireless ...
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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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How water resistant is the HTC Desire?

I read on another question that the Motorola Defy is a good choice if you want a water resistant phone. I assumed I wouldn't get the phone wet so water resistance was not a factor I considered when I ...
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Easiest way to reduce power consumption to phone only

Sometimes I'm in a situation where I can't charge and want to have phone service as long as possible. I won't care if nothing else is enabled. What's the easiest way eliminate as much other power ...
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Any concerns using LED flashlight apps?

I've always wondered with flashlight apps, especially ones that use the LED light(s): Is there any risk of shortening the life of the LEDs? I noticed one app ("ASettings") gives a warning that doing ...
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Will the HTC Desire HD have superior hardware than the Samsung Galaxy S?

I'm thinking about ditching my iPhone and going Android, so far the best contenders are the HTC Desire HD and the Samsung, which one has superior hardware specifications?
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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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Is there an Android PMP equivalent of the iPod Touch? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any devices that are like an iPod Touch, but run Android? In other words, is there a piece of dedicated hardware designed (or shipped with) Android that is ...
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Where can I find a comparison of Android devices?

I recently got fed up with my previous smartphone (name omitted) and I'm considering switching to an Android based phone. However, I have been stumped by the sheer number of handsets. I'm more than ...
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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 ...