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The HowToGeek has a set of instructions on how to Run Android on Your Netbook or Desktop here. It uses the Android builds from Android-x86.org but I don't know how active that project still is? However if you just want to try Android out you're probably far better off just using the emulator on your PC.


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Use DropBox. Put the APK in your DropBox folder. Open up the DropBox app on your phone, find the apk, tap on it, and it should download it to your phone and then install it. Use the SD card. Plug your phone into the computer via USB. Mount the SD card drive. Copy the APK into the SD card. Unmount your phone. Browse to the APK using a file browser app ...


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Prior to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) No. Without a custom ROM it's an all-or-nothing affair. Which is part of the reason Google encourages developers to ensure that they're asking for the absolute minimum permissions required for the app to work. Short of getting the app code and modifying it, you either need to accept the access request or not use the app. ...


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Yes: you can connect the phone to your computer via USB, click the notification on your phone to mount the USB storage to the PC, move downloaded apps from your computer to your phone (easiest if you put them on the SD card), and browse on your phone to where you put the apps and click on them to install them. Your phone should have a file browser, but if ...


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CyanogenMod 7 supports this. It activated by going to Settings->CyanogenMod Settings->Applications and checking "Permission management" as of the most recent build. You can then allow and disallow permissions by choosing an app from the app management list (Settings->Applications->Manage applications). There is an article on endgaget with a ...


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If your device allows it (AT&T only recently started producing phones that do) there is a setting which allows you to install non-Market apps. Then you can install APKs from anywhere, assuming you can get them on your device. On my Droid, at least, the setting is at Settings | Applications | Unknown sources.


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Another way... Place the .apk file onto your SD card (by using your phone as a mounted drive). Enable applications from unknown sources (go to Settings > Applications > then verify that Unknown Sources is selected). Use an application such as Installer or APK Manager to install the application.


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If you have a fastboot-enabled bootloader version (such as the old 0.76.0000 engineering HBOOT in the EVO's case) you can use that to flash it from a PC via USB. Reboot into your bootloader, then select the "Fastboot" option from the boot menu (if it has one, it may start up fastboot automatically). Once it's ready, go to your PC's shell and execute: ...


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I prefer using the ADB. However, It's a little less user friendly. This isn't the easiest way, but it will work without an SD card and will work without the device being internet connected(some devices(tablets) aren't). At the command line you would type: adb install "full-absolute-path-to-apk-here.apk" The "tools" directory of the SDK must be in your ...


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for 99% of devices, you have to have a custom recovery image installed on the device in order to install CyanogenMod. And usually, to do that you have to have the device rooted. So you have to have a rooted device before you can install cyanogenmod. CyanogenMod comes rooted and yes, it is an android release. Rooting a device, while it will void your ...


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You can grab the latest .apk on a PC from Mozilla's FTP server and sideload it, as noted on Mozilla's wiki. If you're unsure of how to sideload an app, you can find a variety of methods in How can I install an app given only its APK file? (some require internet connectivity, many do not).


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In fact, it is not necessary to install the entire SDK if one does not want to use it for development. To be able to run basic ADB commands in the context needed by an average user, a rudimentary installation is completely sufficient. I will try to explain how to do this, and hopefully cover the most used computer systems. Requirements First, you will need ...


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You can get the .apk files from developers' sites or other forums like androidfreeware.org and alternative markets like slideme.org. Al Everett's answer above is part of the solution. After changing the settings to enable you to install 3rd party apps, you can either upload / add the APKs of apps that you want on to your SD card and then using a File ...


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The required part of a kernel .zip file looks like this: META-INF com google android update-binary updater-script You'll also want to have the kernel zImage file somewhere else, easiest if you just have it in the root of the archive. updater-script contains the following at minimum (assumes zImage ...


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No. Users are not allowed to write to the /system folder/partition. Any sort of exploit or method that would allow this partition to be writable is equivalent to root access on the device. Some other examples besides root are: "Rooted recovery" which is a recovery partition that has more features than the standard Android recovery; an "Engineering" (HTC) ...


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I do not really understand why anyone would prefer downloading an old version of unknown origin from a malware-ridden website to downloading the latest official version directly from Google itself. I guess to each its own. Here are the links to the Google repository: The latest r19.0.1 version of the platform tools (contains just adb and fastboot binaries ...


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There is a Privacy Blocker (paid) and Privacy Inspector (free) applications. Privacy Blocker does a static analysis of applications for sensitive API calls and rewrites these calls into stub ones which return fake data. As a result a new .apk with rewritten application is generated and installed. Privacy Inspector is an app which only reports the use of ...


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There is an App Shield application. It essentially repackages .apk with permissions removed from manifest. Brilliant idea for stock, non rooted phones. Subject to crashes (force closes), though, as with current CyanogenMod approach.


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On the other note, I also thought that C2DM might have been used to do this, but since my personal device uses 2.1 and C2DM is available to devices having 2.2+, the possibility of use of C2DM is quite less. It is actually quite plausible for 2.1 Market to use C2DM. GTalk, Gmail, and many other Google apps have always used C2DM internally (even ...


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At least on my phone, it seems you need way more available space thanthe size of the app you are actually trying to upgrade. In my case it seems I needed to have at least ~13MB free space to upgrade anything at all (even for 500KB apps). Some tips to free space: Go to Settings, Applications, Manage Applications, click "Move to SD card" on the ones that ...


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If you have a 4.x device, the automatic backup/restore found under Settings -> Backup & reset -> Back up my data and Automatic restore options work fine. It uses Google's own servers to save a list of apps installed on your phone. After a factory reset once you sign in with the same Google account, it gives you an option to restore those apps. ...


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I don't know of a way to do this. I recently bought a new phone, and to save myself the tedium of manually installing 40 odd apps, I went to the Google Play Store using a desktop browser. It will already have a list of apps you have installed under My Apps, so you can quickly spin through the list and install them - you don't need to wait for each app to ...


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Use slideME. Download the apk from here tp your phone, then install the application from your phone and you can use that to download and buy apps. See this question: Alternative Android App Markets for a list of Market alternative Edit: Don't forget to enable non-market installation in Settings > Applications > Unknown sources


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Warning: if you are on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1+), be sure to check whether LBE has been updated for Jelley Bean yet. At the moment (July 27 2012) it is still incompatible, and it will cause your device to boot loop on Jelly Bean. That means you may have to factory-reset your device. Xprivacy is now recommended instead (root required). LBE Privacy Guard ...


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Skype publish their app directly into specific country's Android Markets, they don't publish it to the "Rest of the world Market", Vietnam doesn't have its own Market, it uses the "Rest of The World Market". Skype's FAQ says: Why can’t I download Skype from the Android Market? The Android Market only distributes applications in certain ...


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If you have a fastboot-enabled bootloader then it should be pretty simple. Just put the system.img file somewhere on your PC, connect your device via a USB cable, reboot into your bootloader's fastboot mode and then: fastboot flash system /path/to/system.img If you don't have fastboot then you'll have to jump through some more hoops. One option would be ...


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No, it does not unzip the package every time. The dalvik-cache is where is stores the cache of the the dex (The dalvik executables) files. I know system apps are cached when the device is first booted, if the cache does not exist. User apps, if I had to guess, would be done when installed or first launched. After it is cached, it will not have to update ...


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You can also place an .apk file on a web server and then using the built-in web browser on your android phone, navigate to that URL which will cause the browser to download the apk file. You will then have the ability in the downloads window to click on the downloaded apk file which Android will then try to install. I forgot to mention to make sure the ...



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