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Contacts with and without international extensions

I'm in the UK. My Nexus S received its update to 4.0.4 yesterday, and I now have the following problem. If I have a contact with (say) the number 07123456789 and I receive a text from this contact, ...
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Change own phone number in ICS

I've change the SIM in my Galaxy-Nexus-S. Under Settings -> About phone -> Status there still is the old phone number and I cannot manage to change it. I've seen this answer which is outdated. ...
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What's the difference between Android Beam vs S Beam?

What is the difference between Android Beam on the Galaxy Nexus and S Beam on Galaxy S3? Are these two features inter-compatible? Can I transfer data between the two devices?
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Doing a clean install of Android on a Nexus phone or tablet

Recently I had a problem where my Nexus S phone would not upgrade to Jelly Bean. During the upgrade process I was getting an error message saying one of the files on my current system is corrupted, so ...
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How does NFC on Google Nexus S and Android 2.3 work?

I'm curious on the Near field communication, NFC that the Google Nexus S has. From what I understand, this techonlogy can be used to read RFID-tags, or am I wrong about that? What can I read with an ...
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How do I detect if I have a Super AMOLED or LCD Screen on my Nexus S?

Many sources are citing that the Nexus S is shipping with 2 different types of screen due to Super AMOLED shortages. As I am in the UK it is likely I will have the Super LCD, which I read somewhere is ...
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Where is current wallpaper stored on Jellybean?

On my Nexus S running 4.1.1, I am unable to find where the current wallpaper is stored. I referred to Where is the background image saved?, but my /data/data/com.android.settings/files folder is empty ...
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Change application to be launched using Voice Action

Is there a way I can change which app will launch upon Voice action? For example when I say "Listen to Pink Floyd", it currently opens Last.fm app which is more or less useless for me since Last.fm ...
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Installing ICS update

I have a problem - a half year ago I installed the 4.0.3 on my Nexus S. I installed it by placing the 'update.zip' file in the \sdcard folder, restarting phone, holding Power+VolUp buttons, then ...
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How can I change the order of local bookmarks in the stock browser

The local bookmarks on my stock Browser are in an inconvenient order. The first is one I added recently, then there are a dozen which came with the Android OS, then come the bookmarks I added over the ...
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Difference between Super LCD screen of Nexus S and Super AMOLED screen of Samsung Galaxy S — Which is better?

I was wondering has anyone of you experience the difference among super LCD screen of Nexus S, and Super AMOLED screen of Samsung Galaxy S? Which type of screen is better?
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What is meant by the Nexus S being a “developer Phone”?

I have heard lots of times that the Nexus S is a "developer phone". What exactly does it mean?
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How do I Switch off NFC?

My Nexus S alerts me when it is close to my Oyster season ticket. It says New Tag Collected. Unknown tag type. Can I stop it doing this.
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Nexus S 4G: Use wifi for LAN, 3G/4G for WAN?

I'm developing a remote control app that will use wifi to communicate with my car stereo. The car stereo has ethernet, and I have the ethernet wired to a wireless AP in my trunk. This works great, but ...
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NFC functionality in Google Nexus S?

How physically close will a tag need to be for the phone to detect a NFC card? (10cm or can it greater) Also can the phone present itself as a NFC tag to other phones? If this is possible is the ...
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How much internal storage for Apps does Nexus S have?

I have a Nexus One now, and the internal storage is very limited. For the moment I have only 164 MB internal storage for apps (From DiskUsage). Nexus One seem to have totally 512MB of internal ...
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Create pdf document shortcuts on home screen

I had downloaded a PDF file. How can I create a shortcut to the PDF document on my home screen. I use Anycut, but it doesn't do what I want.
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What does the random “ding” in Google Maps Navigation signify?

Ever since updating my Nexus S to ICS, I've noticed that when using Navigation I sometimes hear a random "ding" when driving around. Any idea what this means? I was thinking maybe it was a warning ...
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Jelly Bean OTA Update failing on Nexus S (“assert failed”)

I've got a Nexus S phone. It was never rooted or modified. It currently runs the most recent version of Ice Cream Sandwich (that was installed as an Over The Air update, without any issues). Couple ...
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Does Nexus S Wifi and GPS have issues?

So there I was, happily reading reviews about Google's/Samsumg Nexus S building my judgement whether to buy it or not after my Nexus 1 got stolen. Happily enough there were very few posts on issues ...
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Use custom lock screen on encrypted Jelly Bean device

I recently enabled encryption on my Nexus S running Android 4.1.1. I'm aware of all the benefits and drawbacks, and device encryption is definitely something I want. It's currently working fine. ...
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ICS: how to get to browser home page?

Newbie ICS question: how do I get back to my browser home page? My Nexus S was OTA-upgraded yesterday to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 from 2.3 (Gingerbread), and I'm still finding my way around. On ...
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Can not answer phone after enabling Google Voice

I Have a Sprint Google Nexus S. Was working fine. Enabled Google Voice - set up my account, options, etc. All incoming calls require pressing "1" to answer. This worked for a while. Now, when a ...
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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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How can I live without a trackball?

I've been using a Nexus One for the past year and half and am very happy with it as a phone. I am not, however, happy with my carrier and so will be trading up very soon. Amongst the current crop of ...
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Can I import contacts from vcf and NOT sync to Google?

I bought the Nexus S with Android 2.3 and am in the process of migrating my contacts from the Apple Address book. I was able to create and import a vcf file containing all the contacts into Android. ...
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Does google voice require a data plan to place calls?

I own a Nexus S and will be travelling to US on a business trip. I will have a T-Mobile prepaid connection and intend to use Google Voice to make and receive calls. Since I am currently outside the ...
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Can my friend's android phone impersonate the star ship Enterprise?

I was recently trol... browsing reddit and found they geekiest command to boldly go where no command has gone before play -n -c1 synth whitenoise lowpass -1 120 lowpass -1 120 lowpass -1 120 gain +14 ...
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Why aren't there notifications for updates to built-in applications?

On July 29th, Google released an update for the Gmail application, that brought it to version 2.3.5. Since I had version 2.3.4, I was expecting to be notified of the update shortly as I had for ...
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can't update, can't do a factory reset

I have a Nexus S running Android 2.3.4. For a while now it's been trying to prompt me to install newer versions. Every time I try, it restarts, displays the cute robot error screen and doesn't come ...
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How can I root my Nexus S?

I recently unlocked the bootloader on my Nexus S, and I am looking at ways to finish rooting it. Every reference I find seems to be written assuming non-Google hardware, but the Nexus S is supposed ...
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ICS: any way to restore the “combined view” email notification I had on Gingerbread?

My Nexus S was OTA-upgraded yesterday to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 from 2.3 (Gingerbread). I use the stock mail app with two email accounts. On Gingerbread, if I got new emails in both accounts, I ...
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Phone boots very slow and restarts by itself

My problem is when I turn on the phone, the Google logo stays stuck and after unknown minutes boots in with the software animation, but very slow and then starts over again! First a little history of ...
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Force GPU rendering in ICS. How does this affect system performance?

I thankfully discovered the option to force GPU rendering of apps in the system settings of ICS. So far, I did only notice a difference with one app: Twitter for Android was very annoying to use ...
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WiFi on my Nexus S no longer works after update to ICS - How can I troubleshoot or fix this?

I just updated My Nexus S to ICS today and everything is working properly except for WiFi. It shows the network's SSID but says it is "Out of range". How can I fix this?
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Windows doesn't detect Nexus S

I recently switched from Linux to Windows 8 consumer preview. I have installed the latest android SDK including the Google USB driver. I connect my Nexus S to the laptop, the phone goes into USB ...
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Change Launcher without starting it

I have installed GO Launcher and GO Locker. Now, when I updated them, they got an error. The problem is that, nothing shows up when I press unlock button (I have Nexus S). So, there's nothing I can ...
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Can I use the Nexus-S GPS as an external GPS for another device (via Bluetooth)?

Is it possible to use the Nexus-S GPS as an external GPS for another device (via Bluetooth) ?
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Changing the voice used on Nexus 7 for Google Now search

I have recently bought a Nexus 7 from the Google Play UK store and it seems to be configured as a US tablet in that the voice on the Google Now search is an american woman, whereas on my Nexus S when ...
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No sound through handset speaker of Nexus S

Suddenly when I was playing music on my Nexus S it stopped playing all sounds through the handset speaker. It still works though if I use an external headset though. I don't really have that much ...
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Why doesn't my device ever show 100% charged?

I have a Samsung Google Nexus S I9020A which showed fully charged @ 92%. 100% charging doesn't seem possible. What is the reason?
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How can I stop the bootloader unlock process?

My 4 year old turned on my phone (Nexus S, 2.3.4 I think) while pressing the volume button. Apparently, this triggers the bootloader unlock process, which I don't want. The phone is now stuck on the ...
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Phone randomly cannot recognize my Wifi network

I have a few WiFi network in the neighborhood and the Nexus S will always detect those networks that I never use. However, for my own WiFi network, it randomly fails to recognize the network, even ...
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Nexus S 4.0.3 (OTA) missing icon in the phone app

How can I solve missing icon issue? Restarted couple of times doesn't help. Note: It was fine for a couple of months back. When it start happening, I just need to reboot, but now it's permanent. The ...
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Problem with wi-fi after updating Nexus S to Android 4

My Nexus S phone doesn't detect any wi-fi networks after the update to Ice Cream Sandwich. Any suggestions?
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Wifi sleep policy not working

I tried some stuff I found about sleep policy. I obviously tried setting it to Never, I tried the Wi-Fi keep alive app, it doesn't seem to work. When I let the phone lie for a few minutes and then ...
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What is an unsupported unsolicited response code 11016?

My UK Nexus S (Android 2.3.2) has real problems sustaining a reliable data connection on 3G even when I have a full signal in London. Connections time out or pages/tweets/whatever load exceptionally ...
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Backup using ADB without root or usb debugging

I have a Nexus S (on android 4, not rooted) device who's not able to boot. It opens and get stucks to the X screen. I can only access the recovery mode. I tried to backup data via ADB, but the phone ...
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Can't get past the pulsating boot screen after complete battery drain

My phone ran out of charge this morning after I made a couple of phone calls in bed. I was too lazy to get out of bed to plug it in. When I plugged it in later, and pushed the power button, the phone ...