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Install adb enabled setting from zip

Is it possible to make a zip file, similar to the one that installs GApps, that stores ADB debug mode as a system setting? Maybe somehow modify a system bootup script to change the ADB debug mode ...
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what app/script is responsible for video media?

When podcast videos or youtube videos or flash videos play, what app is behind that? I'd like to be able to use that script/app to as a trigger for tasker to do something whenever ANY video is ...
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System App Permissions

I have an application that needs root permissions to run. No biggie, all of my personal devices are rooted, so I am very comfortable with the process. The problem is that this application is to be ...
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What Android parts do these terms describe?

Android users frequently use a lot of words with unclear meanings. In particular, they use these words a lot: Framework / framework-res.apk: What purpose does this structure serve? Flashing: What ...
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Where is the Home folder?

On my linux system I have a directory in /home where all my personal files and local program configurations are stored. Where does Android store that type of file?
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What is SNS App?

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy I551 with Android 2.2 FroYo. Sorry for my ignorance, but I have not idea what is that app (which came installed and without rooting can't be removed). And it is using 15MB ...
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What is the system APK that handles the calls in ICS?

I'm trying to figure out what system apk handles the calls in Android ICS? I've found that Messaging is the one for SMS, but what is for phone calls? The reason I'm asking is because I'm adding them ...
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Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn't respond to some secret codes

Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 doesn't respond to all secret codes in here . Specially it can restart with non of the codes in the list. Do I have a fake Galaxy S3 ?
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I accidentally deleted my android phones system app

Anyone can help me on how to restore system apps like HOME.apk, i accidentally deleted it so the phone is stuck on boot, cant go to its home, my phone is a goophone4s thanks ...
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“can't read /etc/fstab: No such file or directory” when mounting system?

I am running CyanogenMod 7.2, and when I type mount system in Terminal Emulator, it gives me mount: can't read '/etc/fstab': No such file or directory What's wrong? It obviously can mount the ...
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Does Flashing Stock ROM in Odin Clear out the System Partition First?

Does Flashing Stock Samsung ROM in Odin Clear out the System Partition First? Options Used: No repartition, ROM put inside PDA slot I'm wondering because I suspect there may have been some malware ...
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Odin - flash only /system partition

Tablet Samsung Galaxy Note, already rooted with CF_Auto_root using Odin. I'm trying to make a custom /system partition. Only preinstall 2 apps and one native binary. Can I do that using odin? I ...
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How to change font for one alphabet [or language] only?

I want to change the font for one language only. For example, I want the English language to use font X, while Arabic language to use font Y. Can this be done?
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System Indicator icon, what does it mean?

What does it mean when the system indicator icon (red triangle with a white exclamation point in the center) shows up next to the phone number I sent a text to?
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Why does the system not recognize my fonts?

My phone is a rooted Nexus S running the custom ROM Replicant. I copied twelve font files comprising three fonts (Arimo, Cousine, and Tinos) from my computer to the SD card, used a root file manager ...
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Disable USB charging

For some reasons not related to the battery life, I need to disable the battery charging when a USB host is connected to my phone (a rooted Nexus 4). Taking a look around on the internet (link1, ...
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rmt_storage keeps polling and spam logcat

In logcat I can see rmt_storage keeps doing something every 2/3 seconds I/rmt_storage(15279): rmt_storage open success I/rmt_storage(15279): rmt_storage shared memory ioctl success ...
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How do I install an apk as a system application?

I'm trying to install an application in the system/app folder of a device. It needs to be done since I'm writing a QAT program and the tests need to run with a few privileges not available to third ...
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Why does bad Busybox installation in /system/xbin/ cause problems?

I've got familiar with Android not long ago. Having almost no experience, I carelessly installed Busybox, and after that the system started resetting itself after each power-off. It also didn't allow ...
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Can I convert a system app to a user app, uninstall it, or move it to my SD card?

Is it possible to convert a system app to a user app and then uninstall it or move it to SD? I'm thinking about not critical apps, such as Astro filemanager (I use Root Explorer), Google maps, Google ...
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Running TRIM from shell

Is it possible to run fstrim in stock android 4.3 from adb shell? I understand it runs every 24 hours when the device is plugged in and idle but I would like to run on demand to test a few theories.
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Is there an internal memory test for Android devices?

I need to fix a friend's phone this evening that has suddenly produced loads of android.process.media and com.google.process.gapps errors. I am going to reinstall the OS as it's an older ROM but it ...
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Auto boot when charger connected (for HTC Magic)

I want to let Android OS to boot automatically when the charger connected (for HTC Magic) without pressing power button I found this guide: Complete boot when charging If your phone only gets one ...
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What might cause my phone to spontaneously stop booting into its custom ROM and only reboot into recovery mode?

My phone is a Samsung Vibrant running CyanogenMod 10.0 (Android 4.1.2). I rebooted my phone, as I do every few days, and instead of starting up CyanogenMod as usual, it dumped me into the ...
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Some /system/app disappear on app drawer! How to start an app not in drawer?

Android 4.1.2 Somehow the original Home launcher icon disappeared after OTA update, I'm not sure if it's the only app that disappears, but it's the most obvious when I'm testing other launchers. ...
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Music playback stops randomly

I have bought the Xperia ZQ (Xperia ZL's alias in Brazil) C6503. I am experiencing a very annoying problem: from time to time the audio playback in any audio app just stops. If I hit play again it ...
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Does the Android OS provide any overheating protection?

Apple iOS devices display the following warning and suspend operation should they overheat: Temperature [iDevice] needs to cool down before you can use it. Does the Android OS contain ...
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How do I keep my /system mounted as read+write all the time?

I'm running ChainFire3D and for some reason, the per-app setting doesn't seem to work at all. But when I set the default setting itself, it works. I saw that one of ChainFire 3D's requirement is for ...
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What are the differences between a system app and user app?

As I've played around with different ROMs and used Titanium Backup, I see that apps are categorized into system and user apps. Several ROM developers state that Titanium Backup should only be used ...
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Can Android provide as USB storage a filesystem not from a physical disk?

I'm not sure how an Android device works when connected as USB storage to a PC. Perhaps, it's not a direct access to a physical disk, but rather the Android system "emulates" a FAT filesystem for the ...
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How can I deal with unwanted system applications without rooting?

There are a lot of system apps in my mobile that I do not use, and have no intention of ever using. I know that is is possible to uninstall system apps and bloatware with root, but is it possible ...
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How to manually disable or hide the system bar (menu bar) at the bottom of the screen?

I am using an ASUS Transformer TF300 with Android 4.1.1, and there is an app that shows the playing cards at the bottom of the screen, and show the "Continue" button when the card game is finished. ...
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How to give root access to apps that don't request it?

I've been using the app SystemPanel for some time now to archive my Android apps. It works great, but it cannot archive apps that have been installed under /data/app-private, because this directory ...
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How can I make the system folder writable without rooting?

My device is Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III Model number: SPH-L710 I want to do this, because I want to stop the camera shutter sound. And I don't want to root my device.
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Is It Possible To Backup Settings And All Customized Stuff I Made On Android Cellphone?

Which backup is that? Full backup that backs up whole system? Or is it only backup that backs up settings and customized stuff?
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Is it possible to change the system language to Japanese? [duplicate]

I was wondering if it is possible to install Japanese as a System Language on my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S2). My friend is from Japan and wants to buy her smartphone in Europe - but she wants to ...
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How can I uninstall applications that are locked by phone vendor?

I'm using a Samsung I9000 and I have some annoying apps that came pre installed by the phone vendor, like a music store, a custom web browser and other memory leaking apps. Those crappy apps can't be ...
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What is the exact difference between user and eng binaries?

What is the exact difference between user and eng binaries for a phone (mobile device)? These are two of the build variants. I want to know the exact difference between them.
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Is it possible to write to a device's clipboard using ADB?

I am interested in learning how to write to (and if possible, read from) a rooted Android device's clipboard. I hope to do so using ADB over USB and I am not interested in installing any apps to help ...
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How can I monitor and visualize the current resource usage (CPU, Memory, etc.) caused by the running Apps?

I am looking for typical per app/process resource usage information (CPU, Memory, etc.). This information is often useful to find and identify misbehaving apps. How can I monitor and visualize the ...
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How to switch on/off system load and running processes overlay

Somehow I have managed to get my Android phone (HTC Wildfire running Cyanogenmod 7.1 / Android 2.3.7) into a state where the system load (in unix uptime format) and running process list is constantly ...
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Is Android a 32-bit or 64-bit OS?

The title is pretty much self-explanatory: is Android a 32- or 64- bit OS? I assume that it is one or another and not both, as that would force both 32- and 64-bit binaries to be hosted on Google ...
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Toshiba Thrive, changing system font

I am currently running the Favum 1.1 ROM on my toshiba thrive, and I tried to use Font Installer to install a new system font. For some reason the font will install, but the actual font on my thrive ...
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Installing Android on Symbian Phone [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I install Android on my non-Android device? I want to know if I can install Android on my Symbian phone. Please provide the link where I can download Android, and ...
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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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What's the meaning of signal strength colors in battery usage screens?

The battery usage screen has an indicator for "Signal strength" that, instead of being blue/black like WiFi, has many colors: green, gray, yellow. What's their meaning?
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Which system files are safe to delete?

I got only 160MB internal storage out of which 100MB is reserved by android operating system. Which System files and folders are safe to delete? For example: de, fr, es and it files in ...
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Changing some system file values in Android failing

I am trying to change some sys values but I don't seem to be having much success. In my case I am trying to change values of files in the folder ...
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Reinstalling Android after mobile has been erased by DBAN?

I was curious if a Android mobile is erased using DBAN, then can the Android be reinstalled on the mobile or it becomes useless ?
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Why my (unrooted) /data partition appears to be empty?

I am having some issue with my /data partition. Among other things, when I browse its contents with the Astro app, it appears to be empty. The phone has never been rooted and it has been factory-reset ...