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The Android Development document Tasks and Back Stack actually covers this pretty nicely. A relevant excerpt: A task is a cohesive unit that can move to the "background" when users begin a new task or go to the Home screen, via the HOME key. While in the background, all the activities in the task are stopped, but the back stack for the task remains ...


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Here are the correct wallpaper dimensions for the phones cited in Leimi's answer: 480x320 for devices like the HTC Wildfire 640x480 for devices like the HTC Hero or Legend 960x800 for devices like the Nexus One 960x854 for devices like the Motorola Droid If you device isn't listed there is an easy way to figure out the dimensions of the wallpaper ...


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click "applications", click menu button, click "edit". You should now be able to drag the email icon away. Then just replace it with the gmail icon by dragging it to its place. The other way is to configure the mail application to connect to gmail with imap or pop, but I wouldn't recommend it since gmail app is much better. Hope this helps!


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It may depend on what phone you have but for HTC phones you can add a "Shortcut" of a person and have the shortcut be the whole contact card or just start an e-mail message (or any other contract related actions) Long press on the home screen to bring up the "Add to Home" menu, select "Shortcut" then select "Person". Here you can select the person you want ...


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Pressing the Home switches you from the app to the home screen, whilst leaving your app running in the background. This is a bit like switching between windows on a Windows PC. Except that when your phone is running low on resources like memory it will start to close apps that are running in the background, so that your phone has enough resources for what ...


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Start your device in SAFE MODE and then uninstall the app that's causing problems. Rebooting will exit from Safe Mode. Here's how to access SAFE MODE in a few popular devices. HTC devices with physical buttons: Turn off your Android phone. Press the Menu button on your phone. While holding down the Menu button, turn on your device and keep pressing the ...


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If you don't want use 3rd party apps: This requires decent computer skills and a rooted phone, but here are the steps for android 2.3 Gingerbread. Copy /system/home.apk from your phone to pc. Decompile home.apk using apktool. Goto [decompiled folder]/res/values/integer.xml Change <integer name="number_of_desktop_panes">5</integer>, to 7 or ...


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If it doesn't work out of the box, which is the case with many Android phones, then you have a few different options: A launcher replacement which adds this feature (may not work with all ROMs) A custom ROM like cyanogen mod, which has this feature built in. You can read more about custom ROMs here Wait for an official update which adds this feature. ...


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To create such malicious Launcher it will need to: Disable Settings > Applications > Manage Applications Disable Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging Disable Market (to prevent you from downloading Home Switcher apps) Prevent all other Launcher-type application from opening (otherwise you can just start the other Launcher and go to ...


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I have the same phone and pretty much the same issue(s). First of all, you shouldn't be using a task killer. It's unnecessary and counter productive. (See this question and this other question.) One thing that will help is using a Home Screen replacement. There are several, but I've been using Zeam. While it doesn't remove the homescreen redraw delay ...


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There's no built-in functionality for this, but there are a handful of third-party launchers that support locking the desktop. Off the top of my head, I know that both Apex Launcher and ADW.Launcher do. For Apex, simply double tap on an empty space on the home screen and then select "Lock Desktop" to prevent icons from being added or removed. On ...


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To replace HTC Sense completely you will have to root your phone and replace the ROM completely. Please see this post for more information: http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/1184/how-do-i-root-my-phone If on the other hand you're looking at replacing your homescreen/launcher then there are plenty of options. LauncherPro ADW.Launcher ...


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Sounds like you tapped into some spam trap. Certain apps place advertisements this way -- though the new playstore rules do no longer allow that. Others do the same in the notification area. Airpush is the best known evil source of such. I suggest you scan your device for such apps. Try e.g. with TrustGo Ad Detector. Quoting from the apps description: ...


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It's part of Samsung's multi window feature, and was added by a system update. To disable it, go to the main Settings app. In the Device group, click on Display. In the General group, there's a Multi window item. Uncheck this setting to turn off the sliding tray. If you want to use the multi window feature sometimes, but don't want the sliding tray there ...


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The factory implementation doesn't support landscape. (When you configure the background, you get a hint about this from the dimensions of the image). Lanscape mode would require a custom ROM.


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It's possible that you're long-pressing the icon and then sliding it over to the other screen. This is also how you could put it back where you want it without deleting and re-adding the icon/widget. Several times I've inadvertantly rested a finger on the keyboard long enough to bring up the menu.


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If you install a file manager app like Astro File Manager you can put any files into any directory you create, including pictures. Then all you have to do is make a shortcut to that directory on the home screen.


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That's a little bit tricky with Touchwiz. In order to move app links in and out of the icon bar at the bottom on phones with Touchwiz, you have to enter the app list (App Drawer) via the blue menu icon. This is the only icon that can't be removed. Then press the left hardware key and choose edit, but make sure that you are in the "Customizable Grid" view ...


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More of a status update than an answer: Jelly Bean 4.1.2 allows a landscape rotation on small screens. I previously had the same experience (accidentally changed the rotation but could not reproduce it) -- I received the system update yesterday and was pleasantly surprised after the reboot :-)


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You can add the Power Control widget to the home screen to control those functions. Open the app drawer, find the Power Control widget, long press and drag it to the home screen. There are also many widgets in the market that offer expanded functionality when compared to the stock widget.


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I know an answer has already been accepted but I just wanted to add that you can also use ES File Explorer (I am not the developer I just know some prefer it to Astro) however you must download the ES Bookmark Manager in order for it to work. In order to create the shortcut just long-click on a folder from within the app and select "Shortcut" from the ...


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The main difference is that the launcher screen contains all installed apps on your system. You cannot order it nor do anything but using the icons to access any application. In the main screen you can: Add shortcuts to applications (icons like the ones in the launcher screen), you can place each icon in the place you want. Add widgets that provide rich ...


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No, this won't work for shortcuts to apps. EDIT2: Turns out this part of the answer was wrong. Thanks Bryan and Drake for your answers. Yes, it works for internet bookmarks. From your browser, select Menu > Bookmarks. Long-press the given bookmark and select Edit Bookmark; this will allow you to change its name. You may need to delete/re-add the shortcut ...


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As you're using a Galaxy S2 which has Samsung's TouchWiz interface layered over the Android OS, some of your questions are specific to Touchwiz, so I'll answer them that way too, in a way that may not be helpful to people with a different interface: Yes, there are a number of Lockscreens built in, if you go into Settings -> Location and Security, then you ...


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Basically, yes. That's Samsung's UI/framework, TouchWiz. Other manufacturers have their own UIs as well, including HTC's Sense and Motorola's Motoblur. The Nexus S has the "stock" Android UI.


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Pressing the Home key allows the user to start a new Task, by showing the launcher. All active Tasks (and therefore Activities incl. your "Air Control" example) will call their onPause() method. It is up to the App (and their Activity) to restore the exact previous state when it comes back visible. It is also possible that the Apps Process gets killed while ...


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My reputation is still too low on this site to vote up, so I'm answering to emphaisze Flow's answer. I keep running into this issue in one of my app's. I have various spinner controls and you have to explicitly save their state in onPause() and then restore the states in onResume() -- Android doesn't remember their states automatically. Another ...


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I think ADW Launcher has a setting that should keep the application in memory. Also, CM has a setting to force the OS to keep the launcher in memory. I dont remember where it is at in CM6, but in CM7 it is in Settings -> CyanogenMod Settings -> Performance and it is called "Lock Home in Memory". I don't remember if it was in the same place or if it was ...


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AFAIK there's no built-in method to achieve that personalization. I would go with Apex Launcher by Android Does available from Google Play Store, to use with Android 4.0+, it's free and among the features you'll find: Customizable homescreens and grid size Scrollable dock Infinite & elastic scrolling Customizable app and folder icons ...


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When you are on home screen, press the Menu button, then Edit submenu and you will have all the panels displayed. A long press on one of it will select a panel, then you will be able to move it into the trash. You will be able to reduce the number of panels but no way to have more than 7 panels on a SGS2.



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