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Security of Paid apps in Google Play?

What measures does Google takes to ensure that paid apps that are downloaded do not get spread for free? Currently I see a possibility that can leak out a large number of apps: Someone pays to ...
21
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4answers
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How can I use shell commands and interact with the Linux system underneath?

Android is based on Linux and has a Linux kernel underneath. Is there any way I can use shell commands and interact directly with the Linux system? E.g. A shell app that has access to the Linux ...
21
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3answers
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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 ...
21
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Is there a way to know the actual permissions of an app now before installing?

I'm not a fan of the current so-called "simplified" permissions in the Play store, and would like a way to check the exact permissions of an app before installing. This need not be a tool that does ...
21
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1answer
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What kind of app optimization does Ice Cream Sandwich do at the first reboot?

I received from my phone carrier, Vodafone IT, the official OTA Google update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on my Nexus S. When automatically rebooting for the first time after the update, the ...
21
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2answers
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What exactly is superuser.apk and su?

I've done a lot of reading into rooting of Android devices. I really want to know exactly what is going on at each step before I commit to the process. I'm a little confused as to where the ...
21
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3answers
4k views

Is the data associated with an app cleared when an app is uninstalled?

The data associated with an app which we see when we go to Applications > Manage Applications > application, is it cleared when we hit "Uninstall" or is it left untouched by the uninstaller? The ...
21
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3answers
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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, ...
21
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1answer
6k views

How does the Ubuntu Phone OS relate to the Android OS?

I've read that the new announced Ubuntu Phone OS was heavily inspired by Android, while not using Java and the Dalvik VM for its apps. However, it was also not clear whether it's a fork of the AOSP ...
21
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5answers
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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 ...
21
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4answers
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What is USB debugging? Can I keep it ON forever?

Sometimes I need to transfer some music from my PC to my Galaxy S2 and must always activate USB debugging. Then I think, can I keep it ON forever? I mean, Keep it ON for ever can give me a problem ...
21
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10answers
16k views

How does power usage for data over WiFi compare to data over 3G? (Ignore LTE for now)

If you have unlimited data over 3G so that cost is no option, which is more power efficient? Using the WiFi or 3G connection for data usage? Extending battery life being the goal
21
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4answers
1k views

Android and iTunes

Is it possible to sync an Android phone with iTunes? If so, are there any limitations?
21
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3answers
19k views

Will a Custom Recovery work with an encrypted device?

I wanted to know whether using Android's built-in encryption (introduced in 3.0) would affect my ability to use a custom recovery (Clockwork Mod in my case). More specifically if I will still be able ...
21
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3answers
61k views

How to change a default application in Ice Cream Sandwich?

I used the ADWLauncher EX by default while having Gingerbread 2.3.6. Today I have manually updated my Nexus S to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3, and I wanted to give the new default launcher a shot, but I ...
21
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1answer
10k views

Why does the new Chrome update want the permission to use my camera and audio recording?

Seriously, it specifically states that it can use the camera and audio recording any time it wants, whether or not I wish it to. Why is Chrome on Android requesting those permissions? Should I be ...
21
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1answer
10k 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 ...
21
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3answers
21k views

View app's full package name?

I am using Android 4.0.3 and I can no longer find package name for some app. If I recall, I used to go to Applications and has been able to see it there. So, how can I see full package name of some ...
21
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4answers
39k views

How can I send a file wirelessly without bluetooth or a Wi-Fi network in ICS?

I know that one of the new features is WiFi-direct for ICS (noted at the very bottom of the page in the link). Is there a way to leverage this new feature to transmit files from one ICS device to ...
21
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4answers
9k views

Does Android have support for IPv6?

I wonder if Android has support for IPv6? I have heard that the phone company I use has support for IPv6 and I have a IPv6 address if I visit http://ipv6.whatismyipv6.net.ipv4.sixxs.org/. But I can ...
21
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5answers
15k views

Is there an Android media payer that allows you to speed up an mp3?

Is there a media player for android that can play an mp3 10% faster or slower if the user wants to?
21
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6answers
42k views

Is there a way to disable the default calendar app on a Samsung Galaxy S4?

I'd like to use the standard Google Calendar app (as available in the Play Store) too keep track of events. However, Samsung includes a modified version of the calendar on the S4. In previous ...
21
votes
1answer
12k views

How do I delete an email in Gmail from the notification screen?

The latest Gmail app update (26 MAR 2013) introduced a feature for devices running Android 4.1 (Jellybean) and higher wherein a user could directly archive / reply to an email from within the ...
21
votes
2answers
20k 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?
21
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3answers
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What the s*!+ do I do to make the 4.2 swipe keyboard stop censoring me?

The new swype-style keyboard on my 4.2.1 updated Galaxy Nexus is great. However, when I attempt to express myself more colorfully, the swiping action does not yield the word I would like to write. ...
21
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1answer
1k views

Why do some apps with no internet features require internet access?

A couple of apps I've installed or considered say they require internet access even though they have no obvious internet features. One of the most surprising ones was a simple compass app. Why is ...
21
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4answers
3k 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 ...
21
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7answers
33k views

Backup and restore Android Settings and Application through ADB

I would like to ask if it possible to backup and restore all Android Settings and applications through ADB. I tried: adb backup -all adb: unable to connect for backup It is not working, while all ...
21
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1answer
20k views

How does Google Play's “Market license check” work?

About a month ago I bought a game called Whale Trail during a sale on Google Play. Today, when I tried to play the game on the subway, it asked to verify the game's license, and failing to do so ...
21
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3answers
9k views

Does official Gmail app use a secure connection?

As simple as that, when I'm using the official Gmail app to access my email account, does it use a secure connection?
21
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6answers
3k views

Are there any devices that are like an iPod Touch, but run Android? [closed]

A lot of people like iPod Touches because they're almost identical to iPhones, but without cell service (and the monthly fees that go along with it), while still being able to connect to a wireless ...
21
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1answer
6k views

When will my device get the Android 4.3 update (Jelly Bean)?

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) was officially announced on July 24, 2013. (You can review the high level changes in Jelly Bean at the official Android Developer's site or the announcement on the official ...
21
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4answers
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Can we use an Android phone as a Wi-Fi repeater?

Can we use an Android phone as a Wi-Fi repeater? Imagine situation when you can access a weak Wi-Fi signal from a free hotspot (coffee shop) signal near window, but want to work in the middle of the ...
21
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2answers
20k views

Doing a clean install of Android on a Nexus phone or tablet

Recently I had a problem where my Nexus S phone would not upgrade to Jelly Bean. During the upgrade process I was getting an error message saying one of the files on my current system is corrupted, so ...
21
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2answers
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What Android sync'd data is encrypted?

With the release of the firesheep plug-in for firefox it has become trivial for website browsing on open Wi-Fi networks to be hijacked by 3rd party listeners. Android offers the convenient auto-sync ...
21
votes
5answers
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Does moving apps to the SD card negatively affect performance?

Does moving an application to the SD card negatively influence I/O performance of the app or of Android in any way, in particular loading times?
21
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2answers
2k views

Best way to read programming/technical/math PDFs on Android device

I have a ton of programming/technical/math PDFs that I would like to read on my Samsung Epic 4G. I have tried Adobe's PDF reader and ThinkFree office and the reading views destroy the code snippets ...
21
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3answers
2k views

Is there a black list for Android apps?

Is there a blacklist yet for Android apps? After reading things like this on slashdot, I think this sort of thing would be extremely helpful. As much as I like Android because I'm not censored as to ...
21
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4answers
1k views

Clock to use when giving presentations

When I give presentations, I have to keep an eye on the clock to make sure my speech does not take more than alloted time, or in the end to know whether I can take more questions. Looking at my watch ...
21
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4answers
8k views

How do I sync only “My Contacts” from Google on Samsung Galaxy S?

Is there any way that I can limit my Galaxy S to only download & sync contacts from the google account that are in "My Contacts"? Right now, it downloads everything, in particular, contacts in the ...
21
votes
2answers
25k views

Can I automatically log in to open WiFi that requires web login/password?

There are lots of wifi hotspots that are open, but require a web-based login to use. Hotels, coffeeshops, workplaces. For password-protected wifi, it's easy to set up Android phones to remember the ...
21
votes
1answer
70k views

How do I add a new language?

The aftermarket ROM I use seems to have the language list parred down to just a couple selections, probably to save space. I would like to add a language back into the system. I can already set the ...
21
votes
2answers
26k views

How to disable “reject call with an SMS”?

ICS introduced an option to reject incoming calls with an SMS. Is there a way to disable this function. If yes, how? Sony Xperia S handset running JB
21
votes
1answer
4k views

Is there any shortcut for closing a tab in Chrome?

I find it very annoying opening the tabs list and swiping over or hitting the little X for closing a tab (an action which I do a lot...) Is there any shortcut for closing the front tab using some ...
21
votes
1answer
5k views

Send fax directly to or from phone without going through a web-based service?

Is there a way to send or receive faxes directly to/from the phone without routing through a web-based service? There are times when I've needed to send or receive a document image without going ...
20
votes
9answers
45k views

How to restart an Android device?

Is there a way to restart an Android device? Now I have to shut it down and manually turn it on again, but I'm looking for a solution where the whole process happens automatically. This might be ...
20
votes
8answers
7k views

Is it possible to block ads in Android applications?

Are there any applications that attempt to block ads in applications? It seems that it should be theoreticaly possible, by blocking web requests to certain sites, for example.
20
votes
4answers
15k views

Move paid apps between devices?

I have an android phone(1) on 2.3.3 and a tablet(2) on preorder that will be on 3. (And a bad gadget habit.) Can I, when the tablet arrives, uninstall paid apps on the phone and install them on the ...
20
votes
2answers
24k views

What is `Snapshot` and `Use host GPU` emulation option(s) for?

When creating an emulator device, the option Emulation Options makes me confused. What do Snapshot and Use host GPU mean?
20
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7answers
26k views

Is there a way to permanently turn off Google Maps until needed?

Google maps seems to have an insane amount of Intents registered for it, as well as other ways of being started. Since this is a pretty resource hungry app (especially memory wise), I would very much ...

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