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6answers
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Is it possible to install Android on a PC?

Is it possible to install Android on a PC? If so, how would this be accomplished?
26
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1answer
11k views

What are some general tips on improving overall performance of an Android phone?

I was wondering if anyone could share some general tips on speeding up/ improving performance of your phone. I have had my droid eris for about a year now and it seems more sluggish than ever. I ...
42
votes
3answers
41k views

How can I fix the GPS on my Samsung Galaxy S?

As has been well documented, the Galaxy S phones have terrible GPS functionality. It works for a minority, but it is slow/inaccurate for some and for others it just doesn't work at all. How can I ...
23
votes
2answers
153k views

Where Android apps store data?

Could you list all possible directories where Android apps may store data, providing description what kind of data are stored in each directory?
6
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2answers
99k views

How to enable USB Debugging in Android if forgotten pattern for screen-unlock?

I want to use some third party software to clear my device's screen unlock pattern which I forgot. They require USB debugging enabled but I don't have it enabled in my Android. How do I turn on USB ...
19
votes
5answers
92k views

Are there any Android browsers that support loading a Java Applet in-browser?

We have a client who are switching away from Windows Mobile (and IE Mobile) to Android based devices. We have some specific software that we deploy to their WM workforce by an ActiveX applet that ...
14
votes
1answer
115k views

Android 5.0 Lollipop device not detected via USB

When the device is set to use MTP, neither Windows, nor ADB will detect the device when connect via USB cable. I have tried multiple cables, in multiple USB ports. I have not tried other computers ...
8
votes
1answer
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self-signed certificate install claims success, but android acts as if cert isn't there

I am trying to install the self-signed certificate for my web server in Android 4.3. I have the .crt file in the root of the SD card (which is actually emulated as I have no SD card in the slot). To ...
22
votes
3answers
49k views

Where does Google Music store offline songs?

I have a song I want to use for a ringtone, but the Google Music app doesn't let me set it. I've checked on my sdcard/internal storage for a music/google/gmusic etc folder but can't find anything. ...
16
votes
1answer
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What is the meaning of “flashing a custom ROM”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.? What is a custom ROM, and what does "flashing a custom ROM" mean?
8
votes
1answer
4k views

Obtain package name AND common name of apps via ADB

I'm looking for a possibility to retrieve both, the package names and the common names of apps installed on an Android device via ADB – or at least to retrieve the common name if the package name is ...
8
votes
1answer
9k views

How to listen which URLs an app tries to connect

Is there an app (or some other way) that could listen to other apps, and their network? I have this one app, and I couldn't figure out where it gets its images. I tried to google an app to listen to ...
5
votes
4answers
868 views

Why is it that Android still can't be installed as regular OS?

Are there any technical or others reasons why Android is still a firmware and not an OS which can be just installed without a lot of hassle? Why there is no universal image which could detect ...
9
votes
1answer
3k views

When will my tablet get the Android 3.x update (Honeycomb)?

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was released in February 2011, however not all of the devices that will get this update have received it yet. Each manufacturer and carrier needs to add their custom ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

Is it possible record videos of my screen?

Suppose that I would like to record some video sessions of Angry Birds on my phone. Are there any apps that I can use? I have root permissions.
8
votes
1answer
6k views

Is there an official Android “Google” ROM?

So I have an old unlocked phone and I'd like to load up my own OS. I've seen some mods out there. CyanogenMod seems to be the most popular. However, I was curious if I could just install a pure ...
5
votes
3answers
60k views

How to recover data from a damaged SD card?

I have an HTC Inspire. I have had my 8 GB SD Card for three years...needless to say, it has like 5000 pictures and hundreds of videos on it. It has a lot of music on it too, but I'm not worried ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

How can I install custom fonts on Android? [duplicate]

I am trying to display a Powerpoint slide deck on an android tablet, but the slides contain fonts that don't exist in android. Is there a way to install custom fonts on the tablet? If so, how?
111
votes
5answers
64k views

What actually happens when you swipe an app out of the recent apps list?

The recent apps list in Ice Cream Sandwich added the ability to swipe apps out of the list, thereby dismissing them permanently (and as far as I know this is a vanilla function, not a CM/custom ROM ...
32
votes
3answers
28k views

Is there a way to look inside and modify an adb backup created file?

I created a backup of my Galaxy Nexus with adb backup. The resulting file is named backup.db and it's somehow encrypted. I wanted to restore the backup, but it stops when it comes to restoring ...
37
votes
6answers
84k views

How do I change the name of my Android device?

My Android device is the Nexus One. But this should apply to all current Android devices. How do I change the name of my Android device? When I connect to my wireless router's client tables, my ...
23
votes
4answers
91k views

Can I use my Android device as Wi-Fi Adapter for my PC (i.e. Tethering to PC through USB, but using Wi-Fi not Phone Network)?

I want to use my Android phone to connect a desktop (windows 7) PC to the internet via Wi-Fi (ie, not muching though my Data plan). Is this possible with the various tethering options out there? The ...
19
votes
4answers
90k views

How safe is it to use Aptoide?

As with the latest update to Google Play one now longer sees the full list of permissions requested by an app on install/update1, I feel my privacy invaded. Even worse, an app could sneak in ...
21
votes
2answers
30k views

SD card partitioning? why? how?

I am going to install cm7 and it seems to me that is 'good' to partition my SD card. I did some reading but I am not sure if ext partition will become accessible as mass storage when an Android phone ...
10
votes
3answers
8k views

Resize screen for Dead touch zone

I have Star N7189 (5.5") with the lower zone of touch screen dead The menu and back buttons don't work,but the physical home button works. I tried to press hard on the edges of the screen, I ...
23
votes
5answers
3k views

Suggestions for syncing data to someone besides Google? Funambol?

I've been toying with the idea of getting away from syncing my contacts and calendar with Google. I'd like more control over my data. I've heard that Funambol might be a good solution to this and I'm ...
32
votes
1answer
14k views

What is the ODIN tool?

Recently, I've been learning about rooting/flashing android devices and I often come across web-pages mentioning "ODIN". From my common sense, I've come to realise that it is some sort of Windows GUI ...
17
votes
3answers
4k views

Is there any way to erase personal information from my phone that has already been stolen?

My phone has been stolen. I do not want the thief to have access to any of my personal information such as calls, texts, and information saved in the phones contents. Is there any possible way I can ...
8
votes
2answers
23k views

How to completely uninstall an app on Android Lollipop?

I am having a problem with uninstalling apps on Android 5.0 (nexus 5). I am developing an android app so I debug/run the app directly on my device. For production, I exported the same app with my ...
15
votes
5answers
6k views

How can I reliably screen or block callers on a number-by-number basis?

Last night I got a telemarketing call on my Verizon Droid X. I was horrified, to say the least. I absolutely do NOT want telemarketers wasting my time and minutes with their B.S. I looked into ...
8
votes
8answers
55k views

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 ...
5
votes
9answers
4k views

Page up and page down in web pages and elsewhere

I can't figure out a usable way of scrolling page by page. I'm using Android 4.1 (stock Android from Google). I have root access if needed. I want this especially in the default browser, but a ...
7
votes
2answers
26k views

Is it posible to change the locale of my device?

In my Android phone when I go to Settings -> Language and Keyboard Settings -> Select Language I see "Locale" as the title on the top row and see that only few languages are listed. I suspect ...
5
votes
3answers
89k views

How to transfer WhatsApp conversations to a new phone?

I recently changed smartphones from an unknown to Samsung, and I've lost my WhatsApp conversations. I want them on the new phone. I have reinstalled it on the new phone, and the msgstore.db.crypt ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

Which program allows remote management of Android devices?

I have 50 Android tablets. I want to be able to control from a central place the following things on the devices: General settings like date-time, unlock method, display sleep time etc; Chrome ...
1
vote
1answer
223 views

How do I install missing command line tools onto an Android device?

Android installations do not always have all the tools one would expect to have on a Unix-like system. For example, right now I have a problematic device which doesn't have find CLI utility. I mean, ...
12
votes
0answers
2k views

Closing internet access for some apps [duplicate]

Is there a way to prevent some apps from accessing to internet when wi-fi or mobile data is on?
99
votes
11answers
255k views

How do I view source in the Android browser?

Is there a way to view the source HTML in the Android web browser?
74
votes
5answers
47k views

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?. Specifically: Phone calls read phone state and identity For example Quickpedia is a Wikipedia portal, but ...
25
votes
10answers
4k views

Other than portability, are there any other advantages (or disadvantages) to storing apps on external storage?

Are there any particular advantages/disadvantages to storing apps on the external storage of an Android device? As I have a Nexus S, I can't think of advantages for me as I can't remove the storage, ...
28
votes
2answers
25k views

What information does stock Android send to Google by default, and how do I opt-out?

I'm about to buy my first Android phone. My understanding is that, in order to download apps and get updates from Google Play, I need to be permanently signed into a Google account that's linked to my ...
35
votes
3answers
233k views

Where on the file system are SMS messages stored?

Where in the file system are SMS messages stored? I'm using ES File Explorer to browse around but can't seem to find this - is it on the phone or the SD, and where? I have an HTC Wildfire but I ...
19
votes
6answers
3k views

How can I find a lost phone or help people return it?

I'm looking for an app like Where's My Droid to help locate a lost device. Ideally I'm hoping there is one that might have two specific features: The ability to display a message to the screen to ...
26
votes
7answers
113k views

How can I open an HTML file I have copied from PC to SD Card of Phone?

How can I open an HTML file I have copied from PC to SD Card of Phone? I've tried opening it with the default application which is HTML Viewer but I get a "Web page not available" system page. The ...
46
votes
7answers
52k views

Can I use 2 android phones as walkie talkie? (without internet!)

I want to use 2 (or more) android phones as walkie-talkie (i.e. they talk each other without needing internet/voice call). Of course this should work with WiFi, because it doesn't make much sense a ...
26
votes
10answers
24k views

How to get rid of update notifications for a given app in Google Play Store?

General question I have an app X installed on my device in version Y. I don't want to update it to any newer version (Y+z) for some reason. Still, the Google Play Store app always lists updates for ...
38
votes
5answers
404k views

Getting “Authentication is required” when trying to access the Play Store

Over the past week, whenever I try to open the Play Store/Market app on my phone, the app thinks for a while and then displays this error message: Authentication is required. You need to sign ...
27
votes
3answers
79k views

Can an Android phone be used as a Bluetooth headset/speakers?

Is there a way to make an Android phone (HTC Desire HD) act as Bluetooth speakers or headset? I'd like to use the phone as wireless headphones whilst watching a movie on a computer (running Ubuntu).
20
votes
2answers
32k views

Install 4.3 (OTA) on rooted Nexus 4 (CWM + stock rom, kernel)

I'm running Android 4.2.2 on my Nexus 4. It is rooted, and I have ClockworkMod recovery installed, but rom and kernel are stock. I received the OTA update to 4.3, and would like to install it, but it ...
20
votes
2answers
30k views

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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