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Apps' update status in Market app not always reliable?

So this is kind of a two fold question but it all falls under the same umbrella of update status reliability and might even be caused by the same factor. First, this morning I saw that my Logitech ...
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Fixing “Couldn't install on USB storage or SD card” issue

I recently had a problem that prevented updating any application installed on the SD card. When trying to update the application in the market, the update failed and the following message was given as ...
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How do Android devices receive security updates?

I'm new to Android and I'm thinking about buying an entry-level Android device. Yesterday I read that Android passwords are stored in plain text. That got me to thinking... how do Android devices get ...
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How to decide whether a system update should be installed?

An Android device shows a notification that a system update is available. I guess it is shown because the user has to decide - otherwise it would just be installed silently. How should the user ...
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Will I lose any apps / data if I upgrade my phone's OS?

I'm planning to upgrade my Galaxy S2's OS from android 2.3 to 4.0. This is an official upgrade from Samsung. It sounds like it's an easy process. Just download the Kies program from Samsung and ...
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Who are responsible for pushing out the OTA updates?

There are many parties involved in an Android phone. My question is who is responsible for the OTA updates of my phone. Is it the manufacturer, the phone service provider or Google? I thought this ...
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How to keep Apps, that are banned from the offical market, up to date?

Sadly, a few fine Apps are banned from the official Market by Google (e.g. Transdroid): How can I keep those Apps up to date, without visiting the project sites regularly?
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Marketplace offers downloads in notifications but when I tap notification none are available

I've seen some other places with this question, but no answers that explain/help with what's going on. I've got a Droid 3, and about once a day I get a notification that there are updates available ...
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Is it possible to clear the 'program installed' icons at the top notification bar?

When you perform an update of an installed program, the top notification bar displays a 'downloading' icon. When it is downloaded, it displays a 'successfully updated' icon. Is there a way to clear ...
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If I root the device can I upgrade to Froyo without waiting for the operator's release?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S and am currently waiting indefinitely for the operator to pull its finger out and release its bloated edition of Froyo. If I root the device using the instructions here, ...
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Which mobile company delivers Android system updates the fastest?

Basically, I am an Android developer. I am looking for a new Android mobile phone. Could you recommend the mobile company which first publishes an update of Android system? I am tipping at HTC, but ...
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How can you determine what programs you installed last?

Following my question about logs I wonder if there is a way to determine the last updates and applications which have been installed. Does Android keep a chronological list of installed programs and ...
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Manually Updating your OS?

Is it possible to manually update any Android Device?
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Is there a way see if any of the apps on my phone have updates available?

Is there a way see if any of the apps on my phone have updates available? I occasionally get a notification that updates are available but is there a way of checking manually? If I clear the ...
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Reapplying market updates after using “uninstall updates”

I had an issue with an application that couldn't be updated, and solved it by uninstalling the market updates (maybe there was another method, but in my case it worked). Problem is, now I can't find a ...
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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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Do I need network's SIM in in order to receive OTA update

I have a UK HTC Magic which is from Vodafone - I am in France for the time being and don't have the Vodafone SIM in. The phone is on the internet via wifi a lot. Do I need to have Vodafone's sim in ...
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Sometimes Market update gets stuck downloading. How can I cancel?

Sometimes when I update an app through Market the download gets stuck at 0% or 100% and won't finish download or finish installing. The only way I've found to work around this is to uninstall the app, ...
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Can I jump updates / versions in CyanogenMod like from 10.0.0 to 10.1.2?

When I'm installing updates through the built-in app in CyanogenMod, do I need to install all the previous (stable) versions before installing the last one? Or does the last package contain everything ...
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Is it possible to upgrade, without rooting, to a version not specifically released for the device?

I have inherited an Android mobile and would like to upgrade it to the latest version of Android. Having come across posts such as is it possible to upgrade the android OS on all phones?, it appears I ...
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How to update the LG GT540 Optimus to the lastest stable Android version?

How can I update my LG GT540 Optimus to the latest stable Android? Is if safe to update, or I could "brick" my phone? Or it does it by auto? How are the installed softwares (from Android Market) ...
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Is there any way to force market to update and install apps one at a time?

I'm having problems with my Samsung galaxy Captivate where whenever I attempt to update all the apps in market, every single app begins downloading and installing all at the same time and the result ...
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Is there an easier way to update Swype?

I currently have the Swype beta installed on my EVO - not the pre-installed one that comes with the newer updates, the actual beta from their site. I noticed yesterday that if I launch the Swype ...
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Update to version 2.2 on my HTC Hero Android 1.5 phone

Currently I am using HTC Hero with Android 1.5 and as we know right now Android 2.2 (Froyo) has been released, so i am planning to upgrade from 1.5 to 2.2. Regarding updating, I have the following ...
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Why does Android offer updates for all the gmail accounts on the phone?

I have multiple gmail accounts on my phone and I get Market and other updates listed for each of these accounts. That is simply annoying. How can I disable that and instead set one account as my ...
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Phone log shows numbers not Contact Names after installing Samsung S3 Security Update

My Galaxy S3 was working great until I installed a security update yesterday (26/11/12). Immediately after, the names dropped off the calls list and it is now showing phone numbers only.
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What changed between versions of the Amazon Appstore?

The original version of the Amazon Appstore was v1.07002, and it appears to still be working fine, so the upgrade to the new version (v1.07003) is apparently not mandatory (unsuprising, given the tiny ...
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Galaxy Nexus Official 4.0.4 update and root

Since the official 4.0.4 that be downloaded from Google's servers seems to be an update (39mb) can I update my rooted Galaxy Nexus wuthout losing root?
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G1 - Can I Update to Newer Versions of Android?

I'm considering getting a G1 from T-Mobile (in the US), and am wondering, I can update to new versions of Android as they come out, even ones targeted towards newer Android phones, correct? For ...
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Updating application from Android Market

I have downloaded and installed an app from Android Market. Now I want to know how to update this apk installed in my device. Is this app updated by Android Market? Will it update automatically or do ...
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How can I update the Linux kernel of my Android device?

I am using Sony Xperia E Dual with the kernel that identifies as 3.0.8-perf administrator@ubuntu-scm01 #1 and now I want to update it to the latest and the best one. Please help me understand it can ...
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Do I need to wipe when upgrading from CM10 to CM10.1?

I am using CyanogenMod 10 on my device and saw that CM10.1 (Android 4.2) is available on get.cm. If I upgrade, do I have to wipe my phone or will it just work? Or what problems will I have to expect ...
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What is involved in upgrading Android to a later version, if the manufacturer no longer supports the device?

I recently acquired an Android-based tablet which is now running a rooted version 2.2; however, the manufacturer no longer supports or sells this particular tablet. I'm interested in seeing if I can ...
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What's the “MTC Мобильная Почта” update on my Samsung Galaxy?

What's the wierd looking update that's just turned up on my Samsung Galaxy phone? "MTC Мобильная Почта" by "OJSC Mobile TeleSystems". The review section has lots of one-star comments saying its ...
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I messed up a Firmware update

I just bought this Samsung Galaxy S, installed the Kies software, then it automatically downloaded an update for my phone. I plugged in my phone and it began the update, after a few seconds the ...
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Problem with updating CyanogenMod - Phone will no finish booting up

TL;DR Updated CyanogenMOD with ROM Manager and when it rebooted it is stuck on this screen: I have an EVO with cyanogen 7. The ROM Manager app notified me of of an update. I clicked through ...
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How does the Google Play Store get updated?

I have a Micromax A110 Canvas 2 device with Android ICS 4.0. A few day ago, the Google Play Store app updated automatically with a new look. After a week I updated my device with Jelly Bean 4.1. So I ...
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Is there a way to get detailed information on why an OTA update fails?

I'm trying to figure out why my OTA update is failing. I have unrooted my Droid Bionic, and did a factory reset. It starts to update, then reaches about a quarter of the way and stops. It just ...
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App optimization on every reboot?

I received the official OTA Google update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 on my HTC Sensation. Every time now when I reboot the device, the system displays a notice stating that it is optimizing ...
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Failed to update HTC Desire S to latest firmware with Android 2.3.5

My phone configuration is: Model HTC Desire S Android 2.3.3 HTC Sense 2.1 Build number 1.47.401.4 Today I've got notification that an update is available for my phone with: HTC Sence 3.0 Android ...
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How do I get my rooted Incredible to install the latest Verizon update?

Leaving aside the question of whether the update is a good idea or not -- I'm tired of seeing "update available. Install?" show up every other day. I click "Yes", and it tells me rebooting in ...
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Can 4.3 update notification be removed?

I just got a new 2012 Nexus 7 16 GB Wifi tablet today & setup it up. It is originally running 4.2.1. In a few minutes, I got the message that System update downloaded (4.3 Jelly Bean) & that I ...
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Does unlocking a phone from a Network allow manufacturer updates?

I am having a major problem with Three network not pushing the latest 1.29 update for my HTC One X phone. If i get them to unlock it will that enable me to download the update that HTC have released ...
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How to update my Vodafone 858 Smart? [duplicate]

I have a Vodafone 858 Smart, a branded Huawei U8160 running Android 2.2 Froyo. If possible, how can I update its firmware to Android 2.3?
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Can I update my Galaxy Nexus manually?

I'm having a problem with music playback stutter on my Galaxy Nexus, and after searching about it for a while it seems the problem was fixed on update 4.0.4. Unfortunately, my phone is still on 4.0.2 ...
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Are Android OS updates region specific?

Well, I have a Galaxy Ace with 2.3.3, build XWKPY and Samsung Kies doesn't show an update to 2.3.4 yet. I'm thinking of manually updating it through Odin and I need to know if I can just download any ...
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Google plus application is 24 mb after wrong update

I was updating from the market this app and I got a package error. I uninstalled it and installed it again from scratch. No problem. Now the app is 24 mb! To me it sounds like the broken package is ...
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How can I decline the latest update?

The latest update for the HTC Incredible looks to be mostly bloatware and a few small fixes. I'd rather not update, but the constant reminders are super annoying. Is there anything I can do, or is my ...
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How can I resume cancelled app dowloads after attaching a Google account?

I got a new phone and I signed in with my existing google gmail account. To my surprise, the phone started redownloading all of the apps I had on my other phone over my cellular data connection. ...
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how long does an OTA update normally take?

I am using the Oxygen ROM on my LG P500 (Optimus One) and I just did an OTA Update and the ohone restarted and it has been in a flashing mode every since, the bar is at about 15% for the past 30 ...