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Rooting Micromax A87 to make it faster

What is the best way to root my Micromax A87? My phone RAM shows only 160MB, but I only access about 120MB. I want my phone to run faster. Or is there any common method for rooting my phone. ...
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Choosing apps to load and remove from memory when using Android

I'm not a programmer. And as far as I know, Android uses as much RAM as possible, loading as many apps as possible, so that launching / opening (or returning to them) is smoother. My question is: Is ...
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LG Lucid doesn't recognize SD card as extra memory when dealing with photos [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I deal with “Low on Space” messages on my HTC Incredible? I have an LG Lucid, and recently (more or less) learned how to put files (music, etc.) on it from my ...
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Why do I have so little unused RAM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there guidelines on how much free RAM a phone should have - specifically Samsung Galaxy S? 0 ram free on ICS My device (ASUS TF201, unrooted, stock Firmware) is ...
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What is meant by System Memory in android? [duplicate]

I have an LG -E405 phone running Android 2.3.6. As can be seen here, the phone has 1GB internal memory and 384Mb RAM. When I look at default App manager, this is what I get, RAM - 231Mb System ...
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0 ram free on ICS

I'm new to the ICS os, coming from Gingerbread from another phone. The phone's quite nice and fast when I first used it, but just this morning it started exhibiting weird actions. Camera360 doesn't ...
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LG L3 : difference between system memory and internal memory [duplicate]

I'm using LG L3 E405, and when I see memory usage in App Manager. I see there three sections: First is system memory (just about 200M), second is internal memory (1 GB) and last is my sd card (8GB). ...
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Saving battery life: pressing home button or back button

My friend said when using an app, pressing the home button saves battery life instead of pressing the back button. He thought by pressing the home button, the app stays in RAM so that when you reopen ...
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Message Memory Full, Incoming message rejected

I get the message Message Memory full Incoming messe rejected I have deleted a lot of messages, and I have also run the memory cleaners I have on my phone. What should I do? Exactly which memory is ...
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Why is there such a difference in thr amount RAM used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The RAM total of the apps “Running” never equals the “Used Ram” shown below on the scale I'm owning a Nexus 7 running on 4.2.1. This is a screenshot of the amount of RAM ...
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Android clearing recent applications list

After exiting the applications on my Galaxy nexus, they appear on the recent applications list. Do they still use CPU/battery? Do I have to remove them from recent applications list in order to save ...
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Is there a way to extend the MK802 III's memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you upgrade the RAM of an Android device? In using the MK802III I find that at times it is struggling, the more browser pages I open, and sometimes it just reboots ...
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Android ROM, RAM, Internal storage, External storage and Battery utilization [closed]

I would like to know how the Android OS manages memory for Applications. When are the various memory hardware components like ROM, RAM, Internal storage and External storage used during an ...
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why there are so many tty files in the dev directory?

it is confusing that there are so many tty files in the directory... by the way, what each file in /dev stands for, do they stand for physical devices which are part of my android device? for ...
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The RAM total of the apps “Running” never equals the “Used Ram” shown below on the scale

I realised after a few days of observation, that the total of the RAM usage of indivisual apps shown in the running process is quite lower than that shown below it on the scale And as "Cached ...
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Why is Google Maps always running in the background?

I'm running on JB. The Google Maps application always seems to have 2 instances running in the background inspite of turning the GPS off. Is there a clean solution to prevent it from ever running in ...
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What apps does “Clear memory” actually clears?

What apps does actually get closed when one goes for the option of "Clear Memory" in the Task Manager? It obviously doesn't closes all the apps, as this screenshot shows: As the screenshot clearly ...
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Applications Start automatically , Start again if I Force Stop them or even if I Disable them

Many applications like skype , orkut, yahoo msger etc start automatically... i have already disabled and force stooped them .... I don't want to run these app and others like WiFi sleep etc to save my ...
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is there a way to know what CPU, GPU, RAM my phone / tablet has? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get hardware specs of Android device? I have a generic "cheap" tablet, running ICS; but I'd like to know what GPU does it have. The box says it has an Allwiner ...
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Keeping an app in memory

I once read about an init.d tweak to keep an app in memory. I'm unable to find that tweak now. Does anyone have the link? An alternate method would also be welcome. Edit : I'm using cyanogenmod 10.
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How to log and visualize resource usage stats (to identify resource hogs)?

I want to be able to collect up to, say, a couple of day's worth of resource usage statics for my android, at the resolution of individual apps, and ordered according to their shares of the resource. ...
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v6 Supercharger with Multitask Manager and Tag Home Launchers

I would like to make both launchers Hard To Kill. Tag Home takes way too long to load from cold start because it has to load ~200 app tags from a database into memory. However, it only occupies 8MB ...
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How can I use my internal storage as extra RAM?

So I asked this question on this site and got this answer. Now that I'm rooted, I'm ready to take this route. I've tried looking for ways but almost all the results that came up were unrelated. So ...
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Is there a way to force an app to remain running in the background no matter what?

On Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) the OS categorizes your app and each category has its own threshold in which the OS uses for determining which app to close first when it runs out of memory. Has anyone of ...
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Is there a way to perform a memdump of an android device?

Is there a way to perform a memdump of an android device? I need the content of the entire memory (RAM). Maybe there is a shell command (meminfo will not do because it displays only memory ...
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Is it possible to use my SD card as ROM and my internal ROM as an additional RAM?

I've read somewhere that I can do some certain things to partition my SD Card specially to allot some part or all of it to trick the phone into thinking it's the "internal" ROM. For the life of me, I ...
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How to active the RAM memory which is differents with 512 MB when buying [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my device not utilizing all of its available RAM? I have new problem with my Novo 7 Basic, Android 3.2, 8GB, 512 MB** RAM: When I go into Tools -> System ...
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How to lower OOM value of an app permanently?

I am not challenging Android's memory management technique (like killers do). I just want to give an app higher priority even when it's not in foreground or visible (with notification). AutoKiller ...
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Installing RAM Into Your Android Powered Tablet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you upgrade the RAM of an Android device? I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. I am aware that it only has 1GB of Ram. I am running the Android Ice ...
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Can you upgrade the RAM of an Android device?

I'm sure many people like me are aware and annoyed by the extremely limited amount of RAM in Nexus S (512MB but only 300+ is usable), I have searched all over google for a solution to increase the ...
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Is there a way to white-list an app (web browser) so Froyo 2.2 memory manager does NOT kill it?

One of my biggest pet peeves with Android (due to heavy use of my Droid X for reading web pages) is the fact that it can kill ANY application it wishes when doing its automated memory management. ...
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Why is my device not utilizing all of its available RAM?

I have a Nook Color with Cyanogenmod 7.2 (on mSD), and Nook Color is supposed to be 512MB of RAM (says so on product's page). When I open Menu (on bottom bar, while on desktop) > Manage Applications ...
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What is cleared when I restart my phone?

I haven't restart my phone since the day I got it however decided I would give it a go since my contacts seem to disappear intermittently. Anyhoo, it prompted me that if I restarted my phone anything ...
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Stopping Dolphin Browser Mini from reloading (Question about memory and cache)

After opening certain amount of pages in Dolphin Browser Mini (and I think Dolphin HD), the browser dismesses pages from memory as described here: Can I make the browser stop autmatically refreshing ...
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Why do I see less memory on my Asus tablet then specified?

I have asus eee pad transformer tf101. In application/running I see 195mb used+ 366mb free = 560mb. But it should be 1 gb by specification! Then in Quodrant in section memmory I see: Total: 745932 ...
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How can I edit values in memory?

Is it possible to edit values in memory used by an app? I would assume this requires root.
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Does Android hide some amount of RAM from the User?

I bought a new tablet, but Android (2.3.1) shows that it has only 150MB free of 256MB, and it should have 512MB. I checked the file /proc/meminfo, MemTotal information. It only shows 256MB. Is there ...
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Are there guidelines on how much free RAM a phone should have - specifically Samsung Galaxy S?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S (AT&T Captivate) that is rooted. I have various ways to tweak the amount of free RAM the OS leaves on the phone. The default is 48 MB, but I was wondering if I could ...
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How can I free up RAM automatically?

I'm very tired of seeing my RAM used up by unwanted apps which I don't launch regularly, but they continue to appear in the taskbar. Every time I closed them and free the memory. After I restart my ...
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Is there a concern as far as memory when running ICS ROM on 512MB device (DroidX)

Based on available evidence so far, are there legitimate concerns that people with older phones that have 512MB memory (e.g. Droid X) would experience memory issues when running 4.0 (Ice Cream ...
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How does memory usage compare on Droid X Froyo vs Gingerbread stock ROMs?

If I upgrade my Droid X from Froyo 2.2 stock to Gingerbread 2.3 stock Motorola/Verizon ROM, is it known what the memory footprint impact is expected to be? (assuming I keep my installed app list and ...
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Are there specific cases in which a task-killer or “fast reboot” program is helpful?

I know there have been previous questions regarding task killers, but I wanted to ask about two specific cases. I've heard a debate raging here and on several forums about Android's way of managing ...
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Keep the home launcher from being killed

I have a Motorola Milestone, and I've come to learn that it has a relatively low memory (runtime memory, not storage capacity). The problem that comes with this is that whenever too many apps want to ...
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Isn't Firefox mobile able to save tabs when switching to another app and back to Firefox?

Besides its slowness, one big problem of Firefox to me is whenever I leave the app (e.g. looking up a translation in a dictionary) and switch back via ALT-TAB or long press HOME, Firefox reloads all ...
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reduce memory usage of “Internet” and “contacts”

The DiskUsage app shows 14,8MB data used for "Internet" and 11,5MB used for contacts. Is there a way to reduce memory usage? I know I can delete Internet data using the general app settings but I ...
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Do all android phones have to reload their home screen?

I have had my EVO 4G for coming on 2 years. Lately it has developed this ever so annoying habit of reloading the home screen for 60 seconds any time I return from a memory intensive app such as the ...
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What kinds of memory does an Android device have?

What kind/types of memory (or data storage devices) does and android device have, and what information is stored in that type of memory? I know of: Internal memory RAM Memory ROM Memory Storage ...
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Is there a way to create virtual memory?

I'm curious if there's a way to create virtual memory for an Android phone. I have a 4gb mirco sd card in my phone. Any ideas?
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Is there a way to reduce the CPU and memory usage of the stock Browser?

The stock browser in Gingerbread 2.3.3 seems to take a lot of resources in terms of CPU and memory. This causes other apps, including the launcher, to be killed. Are there any steps I can take to ...
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How much internal memory after updating HTC Desire to official Gingerbread?

I'm very tempted to upgrade my Desire to official 2.3.3, but I was wondering if I'd lose internal memory in doing this. I didn't find any info on the Internet, so I would like to ask that to someone ...