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Can somebody explain the boot process of an Android device?

From the user's perspective when switch on the phone, I see two boot animations in my LG P500 running CM10. The first animation is from LG and the second animation is from CM10. Then it settles in ...
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7answers
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How to quit Skype on Android?

I'm using the newly released market version of Skype on my ADP1 running CyanogenMod 6.0. I can't seem to quit the Skype program. There doesn't seem to be any mechanism for signing out of Skype once ...
22
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5answers
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How can I use my Galaxy Nexus as an external USB storage drive?

I just got the Galaxy Nexus and learned that it does not support USB Mass Storage mode. It only supports MTP and PTP. I regularly use my phone as a USB flash drive at work so this is a problem. I ...
19
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2answers
18k views

Can you connect USB devices to an Android phone?

I have an HTC Desire and would like to connect USB devices to it, for example an external USB thumb drive to transfer files or a USB keyboard. Is this at all possible?
10
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3answers
5k views

How frequently is it okay to let the battery discharge fully or as low as possible?

I know that atleast once or twice a month a full battery drain and then a 100% charge helps increase the battery life and also gives more accurate battery readings. I was wondering, how frequently is ...
6
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5answers
8k views

Restore only part of nandroid image

In attempt to install 2.2 I've deleted all my contacts(contacts were saved on phone, not as google contacts) I've done full nandroid backup while phone still had those contacts; however when I try ...
19
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5answers
21k views

Is there any way to change the emoticons in the standard android sms app?

The green robot smilies are incredibly irritating, IMO. I'm open to suggestions of other SMS apps that have different emoticons as well, but the few I've looked at seem to just skin the standard SMS ...
17
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2answers
22k views

What's the difference between an AOSP ROM and a stock ROM?

I'd like to know what's the difference between these two. What are the Advantages or Disadvantages of using a AOSP ROM vs a Stock ROM? Is it just the Theme/Skin/UI and Bloatware that's different or ...
17
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3answers
30k views

Does the alarm work when my phone is turned off?

Will the alarm still go off if I turn off the phone before? Example: when I have low battery, I have to go to sleep and wake up at X o'clock, and there is no charger around. Should I turn off the ...
14
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2answers
1k views

How do I root my Kindle Fire?

There are a half-dozen or so questions on the Kindle Fire here where the answers involve having already rooted your device (including my recently-asked How can I get the Android Market installed on my ...
18
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3answers
8k views

How can I make my Samsung Galaxy Nexus volume go louder than what stock allows?

I find the media volume to not be very loud on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus and would like to somehow "boost" it beyond what stock Android allows. My phone is rooted and is running Ice Cream Sandwich ...
16
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2answers
19k views

“Low on space” warning with over 50% free

I recently started getting the following notification: Low on space: Phone storage space is getting low. When I click on the notification, it takes me to the "All" applications screen listing ...
15
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4answers
5k views

Factory reset to restore performance? What are the disadvantages?

tl;dr: What bad things will happen if I do a factory reset? So I've had this original Droid for about a year and a half. I love this phone, and if only I could get it to be a bit faster and have a ...
9
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6answers
44k views

How can I install .jar files on my Android?

I downloaded some 3D games, unzipped them and got .jar files. How can I use these in Android? I have a Galaxy S running 2.1.
8
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2answers
772 views

What is involved in installing Android onto a device?

I just picked up a Viewsonic G-Tablet. It's got killer hardware specs and is running Android 2.2 but it's barely usable because of this terrible TapUI that's crippling the device. I have been ...
19
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3answers
3k views

Can I re-install a purchased app from Google's Play Store?

I've successfully purchased an app from the Market via my Android phone. It's currently too large for my internal memory (still running 2.1), so can I uninstall it and then re-install it at a later ...
13
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9answers
21k views

Galaxy Tab is not being charged through USB Cable

Currently i am using Samsung Galaxy Tab, model is GT-P1000, to test my application, so i usually attach it with PC through USB cable and it is attached for a whole day though it is showing low battery ...
12
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5answers
7k views

How can I get a overview and manage the default applications for file types?

Most OSs show a nice summary about which application will be used to open a certain file type. Android does not seem to have such a function. How can I track and manage the default applications?
19
votes
4answers
2k views

What causes battery to drain faster than it can charge?

I have a Moto DROID (v1). On a trip from Tyler, TX to DFW airport I had my phone in the car dock and charging. I was using Navigation for directions to the airport and also had Listen running to ...
13
votes
1answer
22k views

Why did /sdcard/ turn into /sdcard/0/ with 4.2?

I've never seen this before so I'm assuming that it happened when I upgraded to 4.2: I'm fairly certain that /sdcard/ used to take me straight to my sdcard, but now when I go to that path (in CWM ...
9
votes
4answers
4k views

Unwanted folders showing up in Gallery. Can they be removed?

I'm enjoying Bejeweled 2, but don't want the 'backdrops', 'fonts', and multiple 'images*' folders in the Gallery. They're a pain to wade through when I'm trying to see my own pics. Is there any way ...
5
votes
3answers
39k views

Can I install additional language support (Russian) on HTC Desire HD without rooting?

I bought HTC Desire HD and I want to change UI language to Russian. The issue is that I see in settings only English, German, Italian and French. Is it possible to add other language without rooting ...
4
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1answer
7k views

fastboot not working on my Nexus 4

I'm trying to root my N4, and fastboot doesn't seem to work. Running it on linux, and the fastboot binary seems to run. 'Fastboot devices' produces info on my device, but 'fastboot oem unlock' just ...
3
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2answers
1k views

How to make run only a single application with all other application stopped?

I basically want how to stop all other applicationa when my specific apllication is running. It's like in a BITSAT exam, when we log on for the quiz we cannot access internet and we can't access any ...
16
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5answers
68k views

My Samsung Galaxy S front-facing camera doesn't work in camera app, Gtalk or Skype — How can I use it?

One of the reasons I brought my Samsung Galaxy S was because it has a front facing camera. However I have found since buying it: Camera app can't use it Gtalk doesn't support video calling on ...
12
votes
4answers
15k views

In my Samsung Galaxy S under Settings - Status - Phone number is says 'unknown': Why?

Title says it all ( I think ), if I look under the 'Settings - Status - Phone number' on my Samsung Galaxy S mobile phone, it says 'unknown'. What does that mean ? Do I have to enter the number some ...
12
votes
4answers
728 views

How do I root my HTC Hero?

I'm tired of waiting for my Android 2.1 update to arrive, so I've decided to root my HTC Hero. Any direction as to how I should do this? Note: I actually have a T-Mobile branded version, so I do ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

How can I block incoming SMS from certain senders?

What is a good app for blocking incoming SMS? I want it to be easy and able to add numbers from contacts and not require to many privileges (probably only some storage and intercepting SMS).
8
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1answer
1k views

What is assisted GPS?

This site describes the Galaxy as having "Assisted GPS". What does this mean?
6
votes
1answer
771 views

Is it possible to create a URL link to a website on the home screen?

Is it possible to create an icon on my desktop home screen (Android 2.1 Samsung Galaxy) that I can tap to fire up the browser to a specific web site?
5
votes
7answers
16k views

Is it possible to have multiple instances of the same app (logged in to different accounts)?

Is it possible to have multiple instances of the same app (logged in to different accounts)? Example: I want Instagram A logged in to Account A (personal), and Instagram B logged in to Account B ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

I can't receive SMS when I have low storage

From the time the "low storage" warning appears no synchronization is done at all, including receiving SMS. Can I do anything about it? Can I "force" my Motorola Milestone Froyo to receive SMS ...
4
votes
1answer
876 views

How can I boost the music volume higher than the max limit?

I have a Samsung Galaxy running Android. When I put music to max, it's not loud enough in my ear phone. How can I boost it beyond the maximum volume? On Linux I can do this with ALSA; is there a way ...
3
votes
0answers
2k views

How do I use the US Android Market from Europe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Circumvent the regional limitation in the market How can I buy apps from unsupported countries? I am in Europe and I have an Android phone, but I cannot buy apps on the ...
2
votes
4answers
6k views

Google Maps Location History is showing an incorrect location

I have a major problem that I hope someone can help with. On my Google Maps feature under my Location History it shows a location that I was never at at any point, but when my wife happened to see ...
1
vote
1answer
208 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
3answers
2k views

Restore deleted photos

I accidentally deleted the entire "downloaded" album full of pictures from my Samsung Galaxy S2 (SPH-D710) and am trying to use a recovery program I downloaded. My phone will not show up as a ...
0
votes
7answers
27k views

“SD card is damaged - You may have to reformat.” How do I fix this problem?

I had this before, formatted it and now it's happened again. I suspect it's the problem mentioned here but I don't understand how to apply the fix from that thread. I thought I had to download the ...
65
votes
14answers
37k views

How to use GPS/Maps without an Internet connection?

I need a way (possibly a third-party application) that allows me to use maps and GPS without an Internet connection. I don't use it by car, just for walking in cities. It would be nice if I could ...
36
votes
5answers
63k views

How to backup Angry Birds saves/data?

I need to reinstall my Android ROM but before I would like to backup my Angry Birds savegame/data/scores. Do you have any idea how can I do it?
59
votes
11answers
62k views

How to disable battery full notification sound?

When battery has been charged full, my Galaxy S phone gives the same notification sound that is used when I receive SMS. Is there a way to disable the sound without also disabling sound from SMS? It ...
28
votes
4answers
8k views

Where can I find open source Android apps?

I'm not an open source zealot, but I generally prefer to use open source applications over proprietary ones if they stack up. Are there any directory sites with reviews, ect that specialize on open ...
30
votes
6answers
70k views

Can I connect an Android phone to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse?

Is it possible to somehow connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse to an Android phone and then use it as a lightweight computer (netbook-like)? If it is, what Android version / phone type support it, ...
22
votes
9answers
50k views

How do I use an external microphone with my Galaxy Nexus?

How do I use an external microphone on my Galaxy Nexus, and what kind do I need? I know if it should use a jack plug (3.5 mm), but not all jack connectors are the same, and I don't know if the lower ...
35
votes
2answers
1k views

App that reads images of QR codes?

Very often I will be browsing the internet on my HTC Evo. I constantly come across websites that reference an android application, and provide a QR code of the URL to download the application from ...
19
votes
5answers
1k views

Is there any way to print directly from the phone?

I'm pretty sure the answer is "no" since printer manufacturers haven't yet started making drivers for Android (or iPhone). I guess I'm just curious if anyone has heard anything about this and ...
15
votes
10answers
143k views

“MTP USB Device” driver error (screenshot) when connecting my Galaxy S to my PC in Kies mode — How can I resolve this problem?

I always got this error when trying to connect my Galaxy S to my PC in Kies mode. I can connect it as "Mass storage" with no problem. But I need to connect with Kies mode to get 2.2 (froyo), but I ...
14
votes
2answers
25k 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 ...
12
votes
4answers
16k views

How does Android get the coarse location?

I read that android (and simmilar operation sytems e.g. iOS) get the current coarse location by using either WiFi or GSM tower triangulation. I get the basic idea but have questions about the details. ...
8
votes
6answers
5k views

Find a stolen Android device without sim card [closed]

I'm looking for an app that could help me find/take pictures & record sound/ erase my data / block device if I lose my cell. I don't know if is it possible, but will be really useful if the app ...

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