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Can I install Android on my non-Android device?

Many people want to try/use Android without buying a new Android phone. How can I install Android on my current phone or device running Nokia Symbian, Maemo, or MeeGo; Microsoft Windows Mobile or ...
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Is it possible to install an app and exclude some of its requested permissions?

Occasionally I want to install an application which requires certain permissions that I feel it really shouldn't need. Can I install the app without giving it these permissions? For example, GPS ...
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Why can't I press the Install button when installing applications from unknown sources?

I'm trying to sideload an application, as seen in the picture below. I have allowed the installation of applications from unknown applied actions in settings, but I can't seem to press the install ...
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Is it possible to install Android on a PC?

Is it possible to install Android on a PC? If so, how would this be accomplished?
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Is there a minimal installation of ADB?

When it comes to troubleshooting, I often read recommendations like "Use adb logcat to find some more details". Looking for a good way to backup all my apps including their data, Full Backup of ...
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How can I install the Google Apps Package (Play Store, …) on my Android device?

I have recently installed a custom ROM and cannot find the Play Store. It seems like all apps that belong to Google are missing. How can I install the Google Apps Package (Play Store, ...) on my ...
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How can I install an app given only its APK file?

I downloaded the APK file for an app to my PC. How can I install it on my phone?
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Is there a way to know the actual permissions of an app now before installing?

I'm not a fan of the current so-called "simplified" permissions in the Play store, and would like a way to check the exact permissions of an app before installing. This need not be a tool that does ...
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Can I install apps on phone without using the Android Market?

I have this Huawei Device that does not come with the Android Market installed. Is there any work-around for this? As in how can I install Android Apps without the Android Market? Is there a way to ...
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Is there any way to install android app without having internet?

I just bought a Samsung Galaxy Mini S, but I don't have 3g or wi-fi internet - I have internet only on my computer. Is there any way to install android apps without internet, via bluetooth or using ...
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Why is “insufficient storage” wrongly reported when installing an .apk via adb? [duplicate]

I have an HTC Desire running Froyo. It is not rooted, nor have I installed any custom ROM. I get an "Insufficient Storage" error when I'm trying to install an app via adb/eclipse. The .apk is only ...
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Error 504 when downloading apps from Play Store?

My device is Motorola Xoom MZ604. The internet connectivity is 4G WiMax via my laptop as hotspot. The problem is when I'm trying to download any app from Google Play Store, it gives me an Error 504 ...
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Why can't I install apps when I have enough storage?

In "Settings" > "SD card & phone storage settings" under "Internal Phone Storage" it lists "Available Space" as 13.78MB. I'm trying to install an app that is 2.38MB. Why do I get the ...
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How can I download Android apps by scanning the barcode?

I see all these apps that can be downloaded by scanning a barcode. The question is, how do I actually do this? What app do I use to scan the barcode and install an app?
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Installing Android on iPhone 3G [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I install Android on my non-Android device? I read somewhere that someone managed to get Android running on an iPhone 3G. Is there an easy tutorial on how to do ...
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How to recover apps from a factory reset?

I have some apps installed on my device and I want to perform a factory reset. Is there a simpler way to re-install my applications after the reset (with the least possible number of user ...
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Are there any side effects of uninstalling Apps

Are there any side effects of Installing and uninstalling lots of apps on an Android smart phone? Specifically are there any things that do not get cleaned up that I need to be aware off?
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“Insufficient storage available”. Ok, but where?

When I upgrade an Android application from Google Play, it gets downloaded, then the upgrade stops with the message “Error: Insufficient storage available.” Yet none of the partitions seem to be ...
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How can I bulk install apps with Play Store or App-Brain?

I'm trying to restore a new device with apps from my old device, but neither Android Market nor AppBrain seems to automatically bulk install them? When I use the Execute method in AppBrain it seems to ...
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How to install new Recovery image from .img file

I recently found that I could upgrade to the new CWM touch recovery version for my EVO 4g! However, to do this through the ROM manager app or get it directly onto the phone at all, it required a ...
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Discrepancy between sizes of apps listed in Play Store vs. actual installed app size

The Play Store lists the size of all apps available in their store. When a user downloads and installs apps, the actual sizes reported by Android are often larger than the sizes listed by the Play ...
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How do I create a ClockworkMod installation package?

I'm a seasoned Linux veteran and recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S2 from T-Mobile. I've been feeling the tinkering bug, so I opted to download the source code from Samsung's site and start fiddling. ...
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Disable all software installation

Is there a way to block (by a password/PIN code or what else) all kinds of software installation on an Android tablet/smart phone? I understand it is possible to block by a PIN code Market app ...
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“Insufficient storage” when trying to install new app

Every time I go to install a new app, I get the message "Insufficient storage", and an unable to install anything! I have spent quite a long time moving every possible app to the SD card, and still ...
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Are APK files saved on my device when I install from the Play Store?

I used a Nexus 7 for a couple of years and got a Nexus 10 earlier this year. I installed a number of kids books/games on the 7 and wanted to transfer them to the 10. Now I can't find some of them at ...
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How to install kernel module for android?

I currently have a custom kernel and ROM installed on my android device. The kernel I'm using comes with a separate download with kernel modules that you are to install yourself if you want. However ...
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Minimal .apks for play store

Introduction I just installed CyanogenMod 10.2 on HTC One X+ and I want to install ONLY the Google Play Store. I know there is Gapps, but I want to have even less apps on my phone than what is in ...
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Install WhatsApp on Android running under Virtualbox

I've just installed Android using Virtualbox on Ubuntu, and now I want to install WhatsApp on it. When I visit Google Play and try to install WhatsApp, it tells me that I have to associate a device ...
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Angry Birds Seasons “Installation Unsuccessful” — Help?

I have tried several times to install Angry Birds Seasons from the marketplace. Every time, I get a notification saying "Installation unsuccessful" without anything more descriptive. Has anyone else ...
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How can you determine what programs you installed last?

Following my question about logs I wonder if there is a way to determine the last updates and applications which have been installed. Does Android keep a chronological list of installed programs and ...
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What's the cause of “Application not installed” error?

So I just downloaded the nightly version of Firefox (ARMv6) apk and when I install, I get the following error message:- This, isn't a very friendly message.. what could be the cause? How do I find ...
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Difference between installing SuperSU using Play Store versus a custom recovery that installs it from a file?

I see that some rooting guides say that rooting involves: Download a SuperSU as a zip file that would be accessible to the phone (e.g. the sdcard). Unlock the phone's bootloader. Booting into a ...
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What does error 923 when downloading apps from Google Play Store mean?

I've seen this error a few times just now, it seems to only occur when I install an app through the Google Play web interface. Haven't seen it when installing apps directly from my mobile device. ...
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How do I install CyanogenMod on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Wi-Fi?

I put off buying a tablet or smartphone, because they seem like a kind of toy (not bad per se) and a way for big companies to use you. Even a laptop is not always practical though, and modern tablets ...
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How do I fix “Unknown reason -110”?

Whenever I try to install/upgrade an application, I get an "Installation Error: Unknown reason -110" message. What does this error mean, and how do I fix it? HTC Incredible 2 [Verizon Wireless] ...
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Is CyanogenMod rooting the phone?

If I install CyanogenMod, will I have 'rooted' my phone? Is CyanogenMod a rooting program, or is the procedure of installing CyanogenMod rooting, and CyanogenMod is something needing root? Is ...
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Android - how to install apk from SD card

Is it possible to install an app to an Android phone from an SD card? To install it without a data connection, the marketplace, or using ADB? I've tried searching for this but no luck so far.
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Google play fails to install application with RPC:S-5:AEC-0

Someone has reported me that he cannot install or upgrade applications on Google Play. It fails with error RPC:S-5:AEC-0 What does that mean? How to fix this?
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How can I install Firefox on an Android with no service or Google account?

This is for a very narrow use case with a phone that is used as a mobile GUI environment only. The phone has no service and is not associated with a Google account, so it can't access Google Play. Is ...
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Will Play Store update a SideLoaded APK

We have created an android App, and we wish to share the APK with a few friends and family before publishing it to the Play Store. Our concern is that, if they install the APK, and then later we push ...
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How to find out my Galaxy Nexus' version? (maguro, toro or toroplus) [duplicate]

I have a Galaxy Nexus phone. I want to install JellyBean manually, but I don't know which one of these I should download. How do I know if my phone is maguro, toro or toroplus?
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Can't install previously installed apps from Google Play

My Samsung Galaxy S2(I-9100) was upgraded to 2.3.6 by the technician at a Samsung Service Station. This resulted in a wiped-off of all the apps that I had installed along with some other data(like ...
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Apps download but do not install

I'm using a two-week old HTC Sensation. A number of times now, I've tried to download apps (this is happening on multiple apps, not just one) and although they download, they never install. I can see ...
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Where are the resource (/res) files used by an app stored?

I'd like to know where in the file system the /res folder of an APK archive is unpacked upon installation? If the /res folder is not unpacked upon installation, I'd like to know how an application is ...
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Can I install an app directly to my SD card?

I'm trying to install a large application (EA games' Scrabble free), but I have insufficient space on my phone, so I can't complete the installation. I have plenty of space on my SD card though, but I ...
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Apps won't install (silently fail after 100% downloaded)

I have a problem with installing apps from Google Play onto my Samsung Galaxy S Plus phone. It has Android 2.3.6. Yesterday I tried to download some apps. When I clicked 'Install', the app began to ...
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How do I install an apk as a system application?

I'm trying to install an application in the system/app folder of a device. It needs to be done since I'm writing a QAT program and the tests need to run with a few privileges not available to third ...
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Is copying an .apk into /{system, data}/app sufficient to install an Android application?

If not, what else is done under the covers? Also, what are the differences when installing applications From the android market sideloaded from web download sideloaded using adb install sideloaded ...
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no adb devices detected after failed revert to Android

Just a few days ago I tried to revert my Asus Nexus 7 wifi back to Android from Ubuntu Touch Preview and made a mistake somewhere. To sum up, now my device has no OS on it so it will only show the ...
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App installs result in “Process System Not Responding” message [closed]

After installing or updating an app in the newest version of the android market I receive the warning "Process System is not responding" with the option to either force close or wait. I choose "wait" ...