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How to flash Samsung devices from a GNU/Linux host running on ARM architecture?

To flash a Samsung Galaxy S (where do not have root access in the currently running OS, and with a stock recovery) with a new firmware (OS), I need to connect it with a USB cable to another computer ...
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Trying to get a PC to boot off a bootable SD card that is inside an USB attached Android device

First, I'd like to make myself look less a madman than I may have appeared to be. I wanted to have a bootable USB stick with me at all times, but it's less convenient because it's an extra object and ...
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Linux fails to mount Android device in USB MSC mode

I wish to mount my Sony Xperia ST21i (Android 4.0.4) under Linux (Debian) via USB. However, I get this error: # mount /dev/sdb /mnt mount: no medium found on /dev/sdb What I did so far: On the ...
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Device recognized as ????? in ubuntu

Hello good people of stack exchange, I am having trouble setting up my Ubuntu 11.04 boot to use for app development on a hardware device. I have followed the instructions here to try and recongnize ...
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How to use adb to back up more than 2GB?

I'm trying to back up my Nexus 7 before installing a new factory image. (There is an issue preventing OTA update from succeeding.) But when I run adb backup -f android-nosystem-backup.ab -apk -...
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How to Remote Control Android smartphone, if not in same subnet

I'd like to "Remote Control" my Android 2.3.x (Oxygen 2.3.2 ROM) from my PC. I know that there are VNC servers available and also apps like "Remote Web Desktop". This works fine, but only if the ...
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Configuring ADB for Nexus 4 on Ubuntu 11.10

I'm trying to deploy and test an Android app on my Nexus 4 from my Ubuntu 11.10 computer, but ADB doesn't recognize it. I think I need the Google USB drivers, but I cannot find instructions on how to ...
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Anyone have an alternative dowload site for a fastboot binary?

I'm working on rooting my android kernel and most sites list http://android-dls.com/files/linux/fastboot as the place to look for the fastboot binary. However, I've been getting a 404 (Page not Found) ...
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Telnet from Linux to Android devices

I am attempting to telnet from my Ubuntu commandline to my Android phone and pad using the following syntax: > telnet 192.168.0.4 Trying 192.168.0.4... telnet: Unable to connect to remote host:...
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X Window with GNURoot

I have installed GNURoot (Fedora flavour) on my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 10.1 (2014 edition). I am trying to get GUI applications to work (gvim, for starters), but I've been unsuccessful so far. I've ...
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How can I update the Linux kernel of my Android device?

I am using Sony Xperia E Dual with the kernel that identifies as 3.0.8-perf administrator@ubuntu-scm01 #1 and now I want to update it to the latest and the best one. Please help me understand it can ...
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How is it that Rooting is always possible?

Having spent some time researching what actually goes behind rooting an Android phone, the main reason that leads to the ability root is an inherent vulnerability on the Linux kernel that leads to the ...
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File Transfer: How to transfer files betwen my Xperia Neo (Android 2.3) and Kubuntu Linux?

I have bought a Xperia Neo which runs Android 2.3 and I'm running Kubuntu Linux on my Laptop. I just connected the Phone using a USB Cable and set it to Mass Storage Mode. I expected to have the ...
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Android tablet as music remote

I imagine a setup where I use an android tablet computer as a remote control for my hifi system - at least for selecting music. I have connected a low-power, cheap and small linux computer to the amp. ...
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Dual booting linux on android galaxy note 10.1

I have a samsung galaxy note 10.1 and would like to be able to run a linux distribution. I would suspect that this is attainable, and that people have already done it. What I want to know is the ...
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How to access a linux shell from my phone via bluetooth?

Basically I want to send shell commands from my phone to my PC (Ubuntu 11.10) via bluetooth. Why? Because I don't always have WLAN and WLAN on my phone sucks. All possible solutions are welcome. I ...
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what do the numbers after the : /dev/block/vold/179:xx mean?

I've been trying to figure out an micro sd card issue and just stumbled upon a page where someone mentioned that the numbers after the colon would represent xyz and if they are something different ...
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Rooting GT-i9100G under linux

What is the safest method to root a Samsung Galaxy S 2 i9100 G under a GNU/Linux system? (ArchLinux). I am a programmer (without android programming experience, only desktop and web), it does not ...
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How can I root my Droid X with Ubuntu Linux?

My sanity is at stake here. I need root but I don't have access to any fancy proprietary OS. I'd appreciate any help.
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Run Ubuntu from SD Card on Android Tablet

I'll be acquiring my first tablet in a few weeks, and haven't tinkered with Android much besides my 1st gen Motorola Droid (I had an HTC Sense, but a power surge fried it and turned it into a brick, ...
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Access to android usb port from chroot linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Android chroot ubuntu - is it possible to get ubuntu to recognise usb devices IS it possible to communicate over the real USB port of an android host when running linux in ...
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FFMpeg stream to FFServer from Back Camera

I'm looking for a way to stream my camera video from my Android phone to an FFServer, like I would with FFMpeg from the command line in Linux: ffmpeg -f video4linux2 -i /dev/video0 http://IP:8090/...
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How do I check if I have Cyanogenmod on my phone?

Is it possible to check using shell whether or not Cyanogenmod is installed on a device? In other words, something like uname -a (which tells the system Linux version and architecture). Can the ...
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Any “must read” docs for Linux-head buying an Android device?

I've decided to finally upgrade to an Android phone from my perfectly good N900 because Twitter open sourced the encrypted SMS messaging application TextSecure by Whisper Systems. I'll want vanilla ...
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Client-Server Android audio remote

I'd like to get a low power pc (arm or atom) running linux and control the music that it plays through an android app, effectively becoming androids version of Logitech's Squeezebox. I'd prefer not to ...
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How to transfer files from an Android phone to a Ubuntu PC by using a USB cable?

Im completely new user and inexpert. I made a video with the phone. How do l transfer it to an ubuntu pc? I plugged in the usb cable but apparenntly my pc does not see the phone. Thanks for help
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How to root Samsung S6 using Linux?

All the guides that I can find online refer to the Windows-only "Odin" software. I also found an open-source alternative "Heimdall" but the Samsung S6 is not supported (and apparently it's not ...
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How to delete a file (e.g. malware app) that cannot be even removed with root access?

I have root access in my device, but there is a malware in /system/app/ that I can't delete. This malware installs TimeService, MonkeyTest, and also some other apps like DR battery and privacy guard, ...
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How do I send a YouTube video from my desktop to my Android tablet?

Apps such as YouTube and Netflix use the X protcol to conect to smart TVs so you can send (a link to) the video you're watching to the TV, and it starts playing on the TV right away. I'm looking for ...
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Mount inside subdir of /storage/emulated/0/

I'm using Debian Kit to run a Linux system on my Nexus 7 running Cyanogenmod 10.1, and I'd like to be able to mount arbitrary things inside of my /storage/emulated/0/, such as WebDAV or sshfs. The ...
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“Ubuntu” kernel version - what does it mean?

I have a 4.0.3 tablet (Genesis GT 1230 running some preinstalled rooted custom rom from factory). It reports its kernel as "3.0.8+ root@ubuntu #412". Why "ubuntu"? What does it mean? Do I have ...
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How do I export display to Android native X server?

I downloaded Ubuntu precise with Complete Linux Installer which uses VNC by default. Then I found a native X server on Google Play and I'd like to try it. I read somewhere I must export display, but I ...
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Connecting Google Nexus 7 to Linux

Has someone been able to connect Google Nexus 7 to Linux. I'm using Linux Ubuntu 12.04? I've already installed mtp-tools and mtpfs but still cannot get it right. Can someone help?
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Running a Debian installation on Android as a NAS / VPN - what would I lose as compared to a Raspberry Pi or similar comp? [closed]

I have a rooted Android phone that is no longer in use. I have currently been using Linux Deploy on an Android tablet to run a Debian installation in chroot, and have found it so useful that this (...
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how to measure the RSSI strength signal between peers using wifi direct?

there is no feature to measure the RSSI between peers in Wifi-direct, so how to get RSSI between them. actually i go under API for WIFI to see how they measure WIFI RSSI So i see that they send ...
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Galaxy S4 Mini not recognized by Linux in Download Mode

I'm currently trying to root my Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, so to install CWM, I boot the device into download mode using my Linux Mint 17.2 laptop: $ adb reboot bootloader Now, as intended, my phone ...
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Is it possible to reinstall stock Android on the Nexus 7

I'm new to rooting my phone, but I was thinking of trying out the KDE tablet interface on my Nexus 7. I'm probably not going to keep using this, since I like the huge app ecosystem on Android, so is ...
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Run X11 natively via Chroot in Android?

Is it possible to run X11 natively in Android via Chroot ? Without any kind of VNC ? Thanks.
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I want to execute shell commands on my pc from my android via USB

I have a linux box, without any network interface, only usb. I have my andorid phone, and the USB cable. I would like to connect from my android device to the linux box,and execute shell commands on ...
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can't mount iso in android

I tried to mount an iso on android, using busybox mount. It always gives me No such device. strace -- busybox mount -t iso9660 /sdcard/some_iso.iso /sdcard/a: execve("/system/xbin/busybox", ["...
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Mounting a remote folder as local folder

I have spent hours researching this and unable to come up with a solution, if anyone knows of one please let me know. I am looking for a way to mount a remote folder on a server (using either WebDAV, ...
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How to install Gmail apk on emulator (from Android Development Tools, ADT)?

I'm working on an email app for Android, and I'd like to install the Gmail apk on my emulator in order to test it. How can I do that? I have seen tutorials on how to do it on windows, but I'm ...
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adb backup hangs and never finishes (Linux)

Whenever I run adb backup for a full backup, it never finishes. In Terminal, the command hangs indefinitely, and on the device, the backup cycles through a few apps before hanging on one (more about ...
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What are loop devices?

How to Install Ubuntu on Android! states "your Android OS must support loop devices". What is a loop device?
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Can I run Ubuntu desktop x86 applications On Ubuntu For Android?

This may be a fairly simple question, but I want to be sure. My guess is that it can't be done. Question 1: For example, I have an executable for Linux (no GUI , just cmd line , it just makes some ...
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Browse or mount SD card over WiFi on Linux?

Is there a way to browse the contents of my SD card from my Linux (Ubuntu 10.04) machine over WiFi? I used to connect with a mini-usb cable, or send files through gmail. Surely there must be a way to ...
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Is it possible to have a TCP/IP network using bluetooth?

I have my Android U8220 and I need to have a network with my laptop as if it was an ad-hoc wifi connection (tcp/ip). Is that even possible? If you want to know, I'm using bluez as manager in my Linux ...
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How to browse files on a Motorola Defy (Android) with ubuntu 10.04?

I want to browse files on my mobile with ubuntu.
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How do I get my device detected by ADB on Linux?

I just got my shiny new Wileyfox Swift – and before putting it to use I want to oem unlock and root it (as I usually do with new devices ;) Trouble is, though usb-debugging is enabled on the device, ...
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Connect LG Optimus 2X to Windows/Ubuntu via Bluetooth/Data Cable to use Internet

I want to connect my LG Optimus 2X (P990) to my PC to use the Internet. I tried using the LG PC Suite 4 available for windows, but it crashes as soon as I make a connection with my phone. And, There'...