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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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What is JTAG in regards to Android?

I see the term JTAG used for reviving dead Android devices that otherwise don't respond to anything and aren't seen when USB connected. It seems that it's something done from the physical hardware ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Google Nexus 4 weird sound problem

Are there any solutions to the Google Nexus 4 weird sound problem? This is how it sounds. Will Google replace the phone? I am in Singapore and bought this phone through a friend in the US. There is ...
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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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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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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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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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Damage risk of using flashlight

I'm using a flashlight app on my Xperia L phone. I accidentally turned on the flashlight, but noticed it only 4 hours later. I turned it off then. Is this keeping the flashlight on for a long period ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Is there an internal memory test for Android devices?

I need to fix a friend's phone this evening that has suddenly produced loads of android.process.media and com.google.process.gapps errors. I am going to reinstall the OS as it's an older ROM but it ...
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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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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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Will I be removed from groups on WhatsApp if I upgrade to a new phone?

I was removed from all groups before, when I changed my number. Will the same happen if I change my phone? This time, I have the same number but a different phone.
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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 ...