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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 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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Determine strength of the cell antenna in an Android phone to ensure good cell reception

In some parts of the world, the cell towers are few and far between. In places like these, when someone is shopping for their next smartphone upgrade, they need to consider cell reception. Boosters ...
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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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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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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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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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Phone not switching on

So I am using my Sony Xperia Neo L, and I accidentally dropped it on the ground and the battery comes out. This has happened hundreds of times before. When I insert my battery back in, the flashlight ...
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How do I connect my tablet to my tv?

I broke my Coby Kyros' screen and now I want to make an emulator console out of it. The problem is my model did not have an HDMI out. I noticed that there is a ribbon cable connecting the tablet ...
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How to solve a softkey error?

I was on CM9 Alpha 14 for few months, suddenly my phone's softkeys stopped working and then the touchscreen stopped responding. On factory reset the device worked smoother than ever before, with ...
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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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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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Can I make Phone Calls with my Xtouch X709 Tablet?

I am getting an Xtouch X709 in a few days. It is running on Android 4.0. Can I insert a SIM card in this tablet and use it to make phone calls?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I opened my phone and tore the power circuit, can it be joined back?

I wanted to reseat my phone speaker because it wasn't working. In the process of dismantling my phone, I tore the power button's circuit. What kind of adhesive can I usually use to join it back ...
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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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How to find sensor hardware specs?

I need a list of all magnetic field sensors, used in Android devices. Where can I find such a thing? Specs is not so important, I mean, I think I can just search for the name of the hardware and find ...
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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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How to Remap the Hardware Buttons On Your Android Phone

I want my return hardware button (capacitive touch buttons) to turn into recent apps button. Please help me out. I don't use return button enough.
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Hardware problem: extreme battery drain

I've been experiencing extreme battery drain on my Nexus 4. Basically the phone drains 10% per hour on idle. I flashed the official Android 4.2.2 image and did a reset. I replaced the battery with a ...
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How to evaluate generic no-name tablets?

I have pretty much decided to buy a cheap Chinese generic / no-name tablet before I leave Taiwan. This will be my first Android and my first touchscreen device of any kind. I'm buying something very ...
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How does the Motorola Razr D3's alarm clock work when phone is off?

I have a Motorola Razr D3. I see that when the phone is turned off, the alarm clock still works. The device is started by the alarm software. I would like to replicate this functionally in a ...
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Right binaries for my Nexus 5 (4.4.3), KRT16M or KOT49H?

I downloaded the AOSP source code and compiled it. I used the Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) binaries. Problem now is that I do not have any camera app at all. If I try to access it from the lock screen it ...
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Android hot SIM swap

Devices like Samsung Galaxy Note III Android 4-3 Sony Xperia Z Android 4.1.2 Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.2.2 Supports hot SIM swap( allows sim change without removing battery from phone). I ...
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Home button doesn't resume from standby

I recently had a problem with the microUSB charging port on my Samsung Galaxy Note 1 and got it replaced. Since then, I notice an odd change in behaviour: when the phone is sleeping (ie, black ...
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How Disable capacitive softekys on Stock ROM

As mentioned in POST ,softkeys are not working and menu keeps popping up. I'm using button savior. I would like to disable capacitive keys to get rid off these popping up issues. I've reverted to ...
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Is there any way to detect Acer's smartphone manufacturing date?

How to detect smartphone manufacturing date?
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Static screen on android - overclocked

I'm seeing almost the exact problem as this, on old 2.2 phone. Random colored static like on the old TVs - on mine, it was almost exactly the same, but with distinct columns of somewhat darker or ...
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What to do with red/dead pixel stuck on Galaxy S4 screen?

I have a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 and for no apparent reason, a dead pixel occurred. It isn't a huge deal, but just very annoying. I am trying this app from the Play Store to detect the dead pixel. ...
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Is there a countdown timer app that I can use with the hardware volume buttons?

I'm doing a kind of meditation that requires regularly setting a countdown timer for a few seconds, then when it stops and buzzes, starting it again. I've used a variety of apps for this, but with a ...
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Is there a new WIMM One community?

I own a WIMM One module (Android watch). About a year ago WIMM announced their technology has been licensed and they closed up shop. I am curious if there is a new community of WIMM users that is ...
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computer crashes while upgrading phone to ice cream sandwich

Twice while upgrading my LG phone to ice cream sandwich the computer crashed. I had to reset the computer. I am using the latest LG PC suite and the computer is a brand new Dell XPS.
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Data Recovery from a HTC One X phone that wont turn on

I have an HTC One X that has recently stopped working for no apparent reason. It was looked at by a repairer and I was told that there was no liquid in the phone and the motherboard required ...
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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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What tablet extensions to Andriod phones exist?

Some 18 months ago I learnt about a product called the Universal Transpad. It is basically a piece of hardware with a 10 inch screen that allows Andriod phones to be extended into a tablet. It works ...
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Model of the phone incorrectly displaying lost device

My Nexus 5 phone started to show from time to time a message that just says: Lost Device. The message comes up randomly and doesn't seem to impact my phone but I am still a bit worried. Does anyone ...