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You're going to need to install a Sense-based ROM. CyanogenMod is basically a customized build of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code, which is released in source form by Google. They use only open source components, and Sense is a proprietary, closed source UI made by HTC. Installing a ROM with Sense is very easy, though. The procedure will be just ...


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Rest assured, that is not a virus, its a warning dialog to make you aware that you may have the app install from outside of Google Play blocked. It is normal! :) To proceed to check and confirm it is indeed unblocked... Go into Settings > Security > Device Administration, tap on "Unknown sources", a dialog box appears, tap ok as that's a standard ...


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Unfortunately, No. The "dock" is part of the entire launcher and "home screens". They are, all the "same application". But there are widgets like most of the widgets that HTC Sense has. If you really don't like it that much, you should be able to find replacement widgets for the ones you like that work with other launchers like Launcher Pro, GO Launcher, or ...


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Unfortunately you can't change the number of screens and still use the HTC Sense UI. At least not in any of the versions I've seen. You can uninstall it or turn it off, but then you won't have free access to all of the HTC widgets, if you like those. If you really want the performance kick you'll get from less screens in total, and therefore using less ...


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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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The HTC Mail and Messaging apps may have memory leak issues -- if this is the case, having a large DB of messages could cause a slowdown. I had some system slowdowns and freezes. After I started using the K9Mail/Gmail and Handcent SMS apps -- I had no more slowdowns or freezes. Since HTC apps cannot be uninstalled or turned off (unless you root), you can ...


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This is pretty much just a matter of preference, to be honest. I don't think you'll really "lose" any functionality on a Desire by going to an AOSP based ROM, either 2.3 or otherwise. You should gain built-in USB and wifi tethering, though, since those are a standard part of Android 2.2+. The real deciding factor will just be if you prefer the Sense UI or ...


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My first thought was the same as Al Everett's answer but if you, for some reason, don't have that setting, you can achieve it through Tasker. New Profile -> Event -> Hardware -> choose the button event you'd like -> Done + button on the left bottom corner to add a task Phone -> End Call -> Done And you are ready to go ;)


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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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To answer my own question - here's a different approach to achieve this (Google-only contacts) Ensure all required Android contacts are synced to Google Export the contacts to CSV on a computer Delete all contacts from the Android (that'll be both "Phone" and "Google") Import the contacts from CSV to Google Google will then sync to the phone Kind of ...


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Were these pre-installed apps? You won't get market update notificatins for apps that are pre-installed, you have to go to the market and manually install any newer versions of the app and then you'll get future updates via the market. The same thing happened with my Droid. I heard about an update for Facebook (which came on my phone), but never saw an ...


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Are you entering an actual password, or an unlock-pattern? Lock-patterns have the option to display/not-display the path entered, so it's a lot more difficult to "shoulder-surf" Use visible pattern This is selected by default. Clear this if you do not want the screen unlock pattern to display as you enter it.


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I wouldn't want to call MotoBlur or HTC Sense just "skins" -- they aren't a suite of visual enhancements, but an entire app suite that sits on top of the OS. They're full-fledged graphical user interfaces with additional custom apps, virtual keyboards, widgets, etc. So, as to the benefits? I like Sense - its my major UI on the Incredible, but I've also used ...


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In general, the less widgets you use on your home screens, the better performance your phone is going to have (less processing for widgets). If you want to reduce the number of homescreens, then I suggest switching to another home launcher such as LauncherPro which will let you change how many homescreens you have. LauncherPro has some similar widgets to ...


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Two questions: Are you sure the SIM contacts were really imported or only displayed. Is the option to show phone contacts checked after you changed the SIM. If you go to Contacts, press Menu -> Import/Export -> Import from SIM card. The SIM contacts should be imported into the phone and remain there. It is then just a matter of getting phone contacts ...


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integration with social networks (Facebook, Flickr, Twitter), including down to the contacts application, with contact pictures and everything free "lost phone" functionality, without the need for a third-party application (eg. Lookout), including remote lock and wipe an (arguably) easier to use keyboard, with quick access to numbers and common symbols ...


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There are a lot of toggle switches available. Some even come pre-installed -- just check it out: go to your homescreen long-press on an empty space select to add a widget scroll through the list of available widgets select the one you want to use Usually, there are a lot of separate widgets to toggle either Wifi, GPS, ... -- but also a "power-widget" (or ...


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I know you mentioned Sense UI but you could use LauncherPro which has the ability to auto-rotate the homescreen. Personally I believe LauncherPro is a far better implemented launcher than Sense. If you purchase LauncherPro Plus you'll get 90% of the Sense UI widgets anyway but also you'll get an increase in speed and stability. LauncherPro:


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I don't have an HTC phone but on my Samsung Spica running rooted Eclair (2.1), here's how I restrict a particular group of contacts. Start the CONTACTS app. Press MENU > DISPLAY OPTIONS Select "Show only contacts with phones" (personal prefs) Below that will be a list of Google accounts linked to the device - each one will have system groups like FAMILY ...


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"Vanilla" Android devices (like the N1) usually mean that you wait less time to get updates for the phone (as it'll come straight from Google). This is because it takes additional time for manufacturers to add in their tweaks and UIs on top of the newer version of Android. The second fastest to Vanilla stock would be a custom rom like CyanogenMod which ...


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This is the procedure I use on my phone; hope there's something similar for yours: On the Samsung Vibrant (also Android 2.1) when I open the contact, there's an entry for Linked Contacts that shows both the Google contact and the Phone contact (and a SIM contact if you have one). If you select that, you get a new screen showing the linked contacts; each ...


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Have tried LauncherPro? The paid version has widgets that look a lot like Sense' widgets. As far as I know, you can't just change the dock of Sense and keep the rest of the launcher. You'd have to completely change to a new launcher.


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My answer focuses a bit more on the Sense vs No-Sense (see the bottom part for links about 2.3 vs 2.2). I currently have a Sense based ROM on my EVO and CyanogenMod on my old Hero. Now there are differences in the devices so that must be taken into account but here is what I have found. On my Hero, I had a Sense based ROM for a long time and liked it (I ...


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Follow these steps: Open Contacts. You can reach this from the contacts shortcut in your app drawer or home screen, or via the contacts tab in your phone dialer. Press the Menu button. Select Import/Export. Select Export from SIM. Click Select All, or manually tick each contact you wish to copy to the phone. You may be asked where to copy the contacts to; ...


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I also have the safe device and had faced the same problem. I have two wonderful solutions: 1) Use link2sd. This app moves your app's apk, lib and dex file to second partition of you SD card. It will leave only the data files in the internal memory. So you can install nearly five times the more apps. I have a blog post if you want to try it out. 2) Use ...


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I cannot check you image (corporate proxy forbids), but I take it you mean those "toggle buttons" to switch on/off things like Wifi, Bluetooth, etc. In this case, you can do so e.g. with Elixier (first picture1) or Notification Toggle (second picture2) Some Custom ROMs also come with something similar pre-installed, as e.g. CyanogenMod does.


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If you are not rooted then Shywim's answer is correct. However, if you have rooted your device you can install the Xposed framework. This allows you to install modules that tweak various aspects of Android. The module GravityBox (KK) for kitkat and (JB) for Jelly Bean, which you can install via the Xposed Installer has an option "Allow Any Widget" for ...


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If you mean that thingy in the notification bar that upon touching let's you chose your desired mode -- that's still there with Launcher Pro as it has nothing to do with Sense and Launcher Pro has nothing to do with your notification area (unless of course you decide to disable it)


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There are quite a few replacement dialer apps in the market - just search for 'Dialer'. There are quite a few, both paid and free. I've only tried one (Dialer One) just to confirm that it can indeed replace the default dialer, but I don't think it's sensible to go into any particular dialer's merits here.



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