An operating system (OS) manages the computer hardware in a device, such as the screen, keyboard, memory or wireless devices, performs basic control and maintenance of the running device. It also provides a software platform and services that applications can run on. Android is an OS, as are ...

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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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Does Android suffer from the same “over a period of time” performance degradation that OSes like Windows do?

To clarify, yes, I run a custom ROM on my phone. I thought to myself "I'm going to flash this and keep it stable because I need to depend on it for work". Almost a full month later, I'm finding that ...
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How does the Ubuntu Phone OS relate to the Android OS?

I've read that the new announced Ubuntu Phone OS was heavily inspired by Android, while not using Java and the Dalvik VM for its apps. However, it was also not clear whether it's a fork of the AOSP ...
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Why can't the su binary simply be copied (techical response please)

I have rooted several Samsung devices and the underlying "goal" so to speak seems to be to get the su binary in /system/xbinand install Superuser.apk. My question is why does one have to jump through ...
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Android OS without Google Services?

I have a Sony Xperia Z with version 4.1.2 running. My question is about removing all of the Google baggage from the phone. I have no Google account tied to my phone and would really like to get rid ...
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What determines power management policies in Android?

I am just approaching to the Smart Phone and Android world and have a couple of doubts: Which modules (and SW or FW?) decide the policies with which power is given to any component of the Smart ...
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is it possible to upgrade the android OS on all phones?

Do Android phones as a rule allow you to upgrade the OS version at will, or does this require special support from the manufacturer or carrier?
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What is the meaning to close Google apps source code

According to the recent news, google apps are closed source and one cannot use it after forking android. But, as I understand, I can fork Android, create my own OS and then install Gapps manually. ...
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Can I use dual boot in my Android mobile phone?

I want to know is there any boot loader modifying tool for android so that I can use my cell as dual boot. Like Symbian- Android, Android - Windows Mobile, Android - Java, Android - Bada. Is it ...
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How can I determine if a device is really running Android?

In our area there is gadget called "IRobot" which the supplier claims has Android 1.4 inside. I am afraid that it might be a "fake" version of the Android OS. I do not have experience with Android so ...
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Updating Nexus 5 from 4.4.4 to 5.0 a month late

So my parent's nexus 5 is currently on 4.4.4 and I want to upgrade them to 5. When the initial 5.0 OTA was released they told me they got the notification to upgrade to 5.0 but they didnt update ...
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How do you get Android OS bugs fixed?

I recently got an HTC Shift from Sprint. Within days of getting it, I noticed very bad issues with the phone losing sync to 4g, 3g, and wifi; it would not reacquire data connections unless I manually ...
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Where can I find Android release notes?

Today I upgraded to 2.3.4 Gingerbread MR2 but I wonder: what changed?
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Can I install Android 2.2 or 2.3 on a Samsung Omnia 2? [duplicate]

I would like to install android 2.3 or 2.2 in my Samsung Omnia 2. Could you tell me how should I do?
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Intentionally deleted Android system - how do I fix this?

Right now I own a Sony Ericsson Xperia x10 mini and I rooted it. I had this program installed from Android Marketplace that allows you to delete applications. So guess what... I deleted several ...
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How can I uninstall Firefox OS?

I was handed a phone from my friend who installed Firefox OS over Android, but now wants Android back. I know roughly how to flash ROMs, but am not sure how to go into download mode or equivalent in ...
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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 ...
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Relationship between a recovery and a ROM

As far as I understand: Recoveries (e.g. ClockworkMod) can be used, among other things, to install new versions of the Android OS, like custom ROMs (e.g. CyanogenMod) by updating the ROM section which ...
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How to find the unboxing date of an Android device?

When trying to buy a used phone is there any way to check how long this phone is in use? or the date when this phone is turned on first time? or time of un-boxing? or time of first usage? Someone ...
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Running older windows versions on Android

Read about running Windows 95 (blog post seems to be 9-12 months old) and 98, XP (XDA has few threads) on Android. I'm interested (because of mind mapping software I use on Windows) but don't really ...
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How to upgrade Android 2.3 to 4.0 on ARM 11 based Tablet?

I have tablet which has a IAMPX200 Processor and a M718 Main Board. The current OS is Android 2.3, and I want to upgrade it to Android 4.0. Is it possible? If yes, please give any suggestions.
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What Android distro can boot from USB stick in PC/Laptop?

I have an old HP Pavilion dv2000 laptop with a busted hard drive. I want to put a compatible Android distro onto a USB thumb, plug this in to the laptop and boot into it and use it for casual www ...
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How do timers and alarms function while the device is sleeping?

I would like to preface this by noting that this is not a developer question, more of a interest to know how this particular aspect of Android works in relation to the hardware found in smartphones ...
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What to make of my unused GT-I5800

I've never rooted android before, as I considered it too risky for the device I'm actually using, but I just realized I have an older android phone (a GT-I5800) sitting around, so I thought I might as ...
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Android 4.2.1 - Operating System Storage is occupying too much space

Dunno if this is a proper question to ask here, my problem is about the storage of my android on the internal memory. I have 16gigs of sd card, 16 gigs internal storage as well, but I am seeing this ...
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Are Nexus the only one that receive OS update directly from Google and not from Telecom / Phone Manufacturer?

According to a comment made to this article as shown below: They already do that. Its called the Nexus One, secondly the Nexus S, and thirdly, now the Galaxy Nexus..... they all receive OS updates ...
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Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Deleted system and framework folders

I have a Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Through Root Browser app I unfortunately deleted system and framework folders. From then onwards my phone is not getting booted up. I tried wiping and resetting my phone from ...
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Is it possible to change the Operating System of the K599 (chinese iPhone) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I install Android on my non-Android device? I have an electronic device the model is K599 was built in China. The operating system of this device is a minimalist ...
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Get original xperia play content back on device after removing it

I've rooted my phone a while ago, deleted random apps I didn't really need that were pre installed. But now there's a potential buyer so I'd like to restore to the way it was the second I've brought ...
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Installing original OS on Samsung s3

Is it possible to install Google's original OS without all the manufacturer-added bloatware that comes with the device? Is there a chance that I would ruin the phone and/or not be able to get it to ...
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No operative System and twrp

recently i installed a custom rom on my phone, then i decided to expand my phone memory on a trick i saw on youtube, where i had to go into twrp, unfortunately i clicked on delete system. afterwise ...
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Can I install another OS on Android?

I have a Samsung galaxy note 3 which has root access (I think, I mean I can access and change files in /root by the help of an installed SuperSU) and I'm wondering if I can install and .ISO from a ...
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Is it possible to dual-boot my TF201 with Windows RT?

I'm really liking the look of Windows 8 / Windows RT, and I'd like to try ditching my PC entirely by getting Windows onto my Transformer Prime. I'm aware that there are a few issues around things like ...
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Changing OS completely on galaxy note SC-05D and galaxy s2 SC-02C

I live in Japan and I would like to get these 2 phones but both of them is sold here with Google Android 2.3.7 Japanese OS. I was wondering if it possible to change that into a regular English ...
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Is it possible to get Android on a Nokia e65? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I install Android on my non-Android device? Does anybody know if it is possible to get android on a nokia e65? Thanks for your time
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HP Stream 7 originally runs Windows - Can it run Android viably?

I have an HP Stream 7 that I'm not using here (since I've bought my Asus T100), and I was thinking about putting an Android to run, instead of the Windows OS. I know that is possible, but my question ...
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is it possible to emulate previous OS in an Android Device?

Well, I see no one else have asked this, may be a dummy question, but is it possible (through a menu setting or an app or something) to emulate a previous version of Android OS? For example, my ...
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In which Programming Language Android had Developed

I don't know this question has asked before or not. The programming language had used to develop android open source project. I try to find out the answer of this question many times but still ...
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How much disk space (GB) does Android 5.0 OS take up? Is “System memory” the OS? Is 5.5GB typical? Can I free any of it?

I've been a proud owner of an Android for all of ~6 hours now. I just upgraded from my dumb phone, to a smart phone, for the first time ever, this afternoon. I know, a little later than most... I ...
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Format and fresh install

Is there any option for android phones to format like we do in computers and fresh install with a new OS? I have searched a lot but all are going for custom ROM, and I am not interested in custom ...
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Is there a “clean” Android I can reinstall on my Galaxy S4? [closed]

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S4 and the OS that came with it has many problems IMO. It feels equivalent to the bloated Windows install that would come on my Dell PCs in the 90's, so I'd like to ...
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Is it possible to update the Android platform my phone runs on?

I just got my first Android phone. The ZTE Score which runs on Android 2.3.4.. I'm curious if I can update to a newer Android os, or if I'm stuck with 2.3.4..
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Need help in Upgrading My HTC Magic from Android 1.6 to Android 2.3?

i want to upgrade my HTC Magic Android Mobile form Android 1.6 to Android 2.3, before that i was curious to know what are the steps to be done for this, i downloaded Terminal Emulator in My Mobile and ...
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Android Versions Size Vs Features

This occurred to me while updating Windows laptop. Each version of Windows gets bigger, much bigger in size compared to the extra benefits to "average Joe (or Jane)". Question: What is the size of ...
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Is it possible to copy Android OS from my friend's device and install it on my tablet?

After encountering a serious problem in my Android tablet, I need to reinstall my android. There is no OS available for my tablet on the the internet. My friend has the same Android tablet. So I was ...
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My Nexus 5 won't update

So my phone was doing random shutdowns. I thought maybe rooting it would solve the problem. And it did.. but now I can't do any updates. There is this 10.1 MB Update that keeps prompting to install ...
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Reason for process stopped unexpectedly?

What is the reason for the process stopped unexpectedly error? Is it based on that particular android app or the android os or a particular android device? Example: I installed smash hit on my ...
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How to upgrade Android on the Samsung Galaxy Ace

I have an Samsung Galaxy Ace that came preinstalled with Android v2.3.4 (Gingerbread I believe) I've searched the internet everywhere and couldn't find a way to do so that gave clear instructions on ...
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HTC Desire Phone Storage != Physical size

On my Android HTC Desire, it says that I have 5.30 GB of phone storage, whilst my physical size is 8 GB. The 5.30 GB of phone storage seems to be composed of 4.52 GB available, 776 MB of apps, and a ...
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Dual booting mobile [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use dual boot in my Android mobile phone? Is it possible to dual boot my android mobile(HTC Sensation) with window mango? So that I can use either one of them. I'm ...