The version of Android originally on the device as supplied by the manufacturer or phone network, including any customizations, alternative interfaces and updates.

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My EVO 3D is narcissistic and won't stop taking pictures of itself

My SD card is filling up with screen caps. I mean, it's not a big problem that's taxing my storage. Still, with all the activity in my pockets, my phone frequently like to waste time photographing ...
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Market App Downloads always fails/never starts

Brand new LG GT540, everything works except for the Market. Clicking on Install on any App resultings in it sitting on 'Starting download..." for several seconds then as soon as it changes to "...
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Will updating to Android 5.0 cause my phone to lose all its application data ? If so, how can I prevent this?

I own a Nexus 5, and I wish to update the device firmware from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0. When I do this, will it wipe all my phone data (i.e. essentially perform a factory reset) ? I know that my ...
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Can Android phones be set to automatically wipe all data after a certain amount of failed logins without an app?

A new policy at my work is being drafted regarding email access on phones. A requirement will be that the phone must automatically have all data erased after a certain amount of failed login attempts. ...
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Is it possible to continue upgrading an Android device if the OEM stops supporting it?

Suppose the OEM loses interest in my device; can I still install the stock distro updates when issued by Google? Are there issues with device drivers if I go this route?
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Does turning WiFi on and off use more power than it being constantly on for a set amount of time?

So, often battery saving apps switch off WiFi when not connected to "save battery" (obviously). However, my question is this: if I was only out of the house for a couple of minutes, out of range of ...
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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 disable the stock Gallery app?

I just downloaded QuickPic and so far it's all good and fast. It has more features than the stock Gallery including the ability to include / exclude certain folders from view. For this reason, I don't ...
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What is the Android Permission “WRITE_GSERVICES” doing?

There is a mysterious and undocumented Android Permission called: WRITE_GSERVICES. As usual Googles own documentation is even more mysterious than any bad fairytale, writing: android.permission....
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Original OS For Samsung Galaxy S I9000 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device? I put a ROM on my Samsung Galaxy S I9000 and now it doesn't fully work. I was wondering if there was a way to ...
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Remove word from autocorrect - Six Android versions and three phones later

Okay, so I've seen this question asked before, but literally none of the solutions has ever worked for me, and I've now gone through three phones and six iterations of Android, multiply versions of ...
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How to downgrade an HTC Desire to stock version?

I know the first thing you gonna say is to google it, there is plenty of tutorials for it, but I tried at least 5 of them (including some in XDA), and every time I didn't succeed. First of all, here'...
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How can I permanently disable (not uninstall) a stock app?

I want to disable some of the stock apps that I don't use (e.g. Drive, Keep). These are stock Android/Google apps, not third-party apps. When I attempt to disable them: I get a warning that ...
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Restoring LG Optimus 2X P990 back to stock LG software

I have flashed a lot of custom ROMs onto my phone, like CM7, kangs and such of CM9 before it's released, MIUI, and so on. I didn't want to wait till the third quarter of 2012 before I got some IC on ...
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Dvorak keyboard layout on stock Android

I just updated my Nexus 7 to Jelly-Bean 4.2, and it has the swipe keyboard which is awesome. I want to keep this feature of the stock android keyboard, but with the Dvorak keyboard layout. Is this ...
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Replace notification bar

The default notification bar in Nexus S is very basic. It doesn't have any toggle buttons like others do. Can I replace it?
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Android 6.0 drains my Nexus 5 battery within an hour

So. This morning I received the OTA update for Android 6.0 on my Nexus 5. Previously had no problems with battery usage, but after installing the update my battery is drained within an hour, without ...
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How do I take a full image backup of an Android device? [duplicate]

I am trying to do a full system image backup of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. It is unrooted at present, and is running Android Kitkat 4.4.2 . I have no desire of rooting it as of now. I have tried ...
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After reinstalling Android from stock images, why do updates complain about modified /system files?

After discovering the hard way that rooting modifying /system looking at /system the wrong way breaks updates, I've decided to drop all of the power-user stuff and just go the sanctioned route—no ...
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How to remove the Google Now search bar from Nexus 5

My Nexus 5 has a useless and space-wasting Google Now search bar: QUESTION: How can I remove the Google bar? My rooted Nexus 5 runs stock Android 5.1.1, and I would rather get rid of Google Now if ...
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Does switching user accounts in Lollipop affect battery life or performance?

I recently updated my Moto G2 to Android Lollipop via OTA update. I've successfully installed the update(around 500mb i guess). I saw the new feature of adding new Guest and New user acccounts just ...
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How to export bookmark list from stock android(ICS) browser to pc

I have been using the stock browser which came with the phone for awhile and it has been really useful. Currently I have a large number of articles I have bookmarked that I would somehow like to get ...
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How to run built-in Sound Recorder?

If you go to Settings -> Apps -> All, you'll be able to find the "Sound Recorder" built-in application in JB 4.2.2, but it's not shown on the app drawer. Curious, how to run it?! PS: it's not ...
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Is there currently an easy way to root Sony Xperia S with stock ICS 4.0.4 ROM?

I'm looking for an easy way, which doesn't need Unlocking bootloader or flashing Roms, just like root solution for SE 2011 devices (one click). It's because I currently use my Xperia S for development ...
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Samsung S Galaxy II (i9100): possible with stock Google Android OS?

I'm in the market for a new Smartphone. Except for iPhone's, I'm new in the field and probably have some misconceptions. My first choice was the Google Nexus S, but I was offered a great deal on the ...
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Do I have to install a custom ROM if I root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does rooting require a custom ROM? I have an HTC Desire S with the stock ROM. Can I root the phone but keep my stock ROM, that is the one provided by HTC ? Or do I HAVE ...
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How to reinstall android to the fresh stock?

I have recently bought a used HTC Evo 3D from the internet. The phone itself is in perfectly working condition and the software is in its original state; that means it's not rooted, it's not running ...
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Rooting Stock Firmware - GSII with NFC

I have a Galaxy S2 with NFC (GT-I9100P) and I wish to have root access to properly administrate my phone. I've been looking at various forum posts on different sites and I've just been getting more ...
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HTC Desire HD Android 2.2 disable screen shut off when timer is running

I tried to use the timer for a countdown of 3 minutes. 1 minute in, the screen shut off and the phone locked, disabling the countdown. After 4 minutes, I realised what had happened. Is there a way ...
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How do I get my mobile data to work again, after the new Android 5.1 update?

I am having an issue with Mobile data no longer working. Mobile data WAS working the day after updating to Android 5.1 on my Nexus 5. But now (1 day later) it is not connecting to Mobile data. It just ...
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What is the difference between AOSP/vanilla and stock? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between an AOSP ROM and a stock ROM? When referring to Android ROMs or kernels (etc.), what is the difference between: AOSP ("vanilla") Stock
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want to get my Droid back to stock, but don't want to reinstall apps

I foolishly rooted my Motorola Droid and fumbled around until I got Cyanogenmod 6.1.0-RC3-Droid installed on the thing. There's really no reason I should have done this, however. It didn't exactly ...
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Return my motorola defy to its original state

I'd really like to find a way to reset my phone to the way it was when I bought it, like before I customized it. Is that something that would be possible?
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How can I delete ALL alarms in the stock Clock app?

How can I delete ALL alarms in the stock Clock app? I see that you can delete them one-by-one, but I have 50+ (created regularly with voice commands), and I'd like to get rid of them in one action.
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Resetting Android Phone from CyanogenMod to Original

When I bought my (pre-owned) Nexus One, it came with CyanogenMod. I would like to change it back to Google's official 2.2 (or 2.3) Android. What does this entail and how do I go about doing this in ...
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YouTube no longer available for old Android 2.2 devices?

I unrooted my HTC Desire today and restored the stock ROM image, recovery image, etc. It's running Android 2.2.2 now. I noticed that the YouTube app is broken. I can run it, but it complains about not ...
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How to associate alternative app to stock Gallery app when launched from stock Camera app

I am running Android on a Samsung Galaxy SIII Neo (Android KitKat 4.4.2). I would like the stock Camera application to launch a different application than the stock Gallery application when the small ...
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What does “Restricted” (aka. “Do not”) system icon on Lollipop mean?

I'm using Nexus tablet on stock Lollipop. For the life of me, I can't find what the "restricted" sign in the top right corner means. I've checked the user manual as well but still not worked out what ...
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Disable list “bounce” effect on Samsung Galaxy Mini

I have a Samsung Galaxy Mini (GT-S5570) with Froyo (Build FROYO.XWKE3 in case this is relevant). When scrolling a list it allows the list to scroll past the end, and then slowly scrolls it back. This ...
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Unable to restore stock OS on Nexus S

I had a post on how can I restore the default OS on phone that has custom build? however this got closed because it was a possible duplicate. Unfortunately the duplicate did not answer my question so ...
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How can I reload original software back to nexus one

I unlock my nexus one, and compile and install the ginger bread build load to the phone. But now, I realize that it does not have all the google software e.g. gmail, map, market, etc. How can I reset ...
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How to share contact via sms on Android 4.4.2?

I'm using Moto G with stock android running 4.4.2. I would like to share contact detail via SMS. I don't want to use 3rd party app for this basic functionality. Was this functionality available with ...
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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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How to add a text message server to contacts

I work in a rather large company, and I'm a emergency first responder (basically: provide life-saving first-aid, fight small fires and ensure buildings are properly evacuated when necessary). The ...
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Remove notification count when swiped away in notification drawer

I have a Galaxy S5 running 4.4.2 rooted. When I swipe away a notification from my notification drawer, is there a way I can make it also consider the notification as seen/read so that I don't have to ...
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how to find out secret service codes for android

I have a Spice Dream Uno (Android One) and none of the secret service codes I found on the internet (like ##197328640## and ##7378423##) work on it. Do I have to root my phone in order for these to ...
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Can't boot, can't view recovery options, winok w77, no support from manufacturer

I have a friend staying over and he has an android tablet: winok model w77 The tablet is stuck on a boot loop and I am trying to get it working again however nothing I have done so far has been of ...
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Export bookmarks from Android 4.1.2 Stock Browser for use in PC Browser

How can I export bookmarks from my Android 4.1.2 Stock Browser, for use in Chrome and Firefox on my PC? I've checked the stock browser thoroughly, but could not find anything like the Export feature ...
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Problems with installing stock ROM for Nexus S

I'm trying to install a stock Nexus S ROM from Google's site, but I keep getting the error E:signature verification failed Any ideas how I can fix this?
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how to adb wait-for-device until the home screen shows up?

I need to unlock my screen using adb, and wait-for-device exits way too early(when the device is booting up), and screen unlock fails. Is there a way to detect that the home screen, so I can fire ...