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Even though Android Beam and S Beam serve similar purposes, they actually work very differently and are not compatible with one another. Android Beam uses NFC to pair your devices over Bluetooth, then transfers files over the Bluetooth connection. I believe it can also transfer very small pieces of data (contacts, links, etc) directly over NFC, as the Ice ...


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Using NFC enabled phone like Nexus S one can read NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) message content present in NFC tags. Gingerbread (i.e. Android 2.3) is capable of reading NDEF format which is specified by NFC Forum Type 2 Specification. NFC operates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range. NFC, is a subset of RFID that limits the range of communication to within ...


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This is a known problem with ICS (up to 4.0.3, I think) : http://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!topic/mobile/ZVK3xcu2NrA If you follow this link you'll also see a solution to the problem (I'd recommend backing up your contacts first, just in case): Assuming your phone is synced with Google Contacts Disable contacts syncing. From ...


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The wallpaper was in data/data/com.android.settings/files/ on previous versions of Android. However it appears that it was moved as part of the multi-user preparations. The current location is data/system/users/0/ The file is conveniently called wallpaper and it is a png file.


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Beware: The instructions are for clean installing an OS. That means ALL YOUR DATA will be permanently LOST. If your phone was previously rooted it will be brought back to an unrooted state (whether you want it or not). Please, remember to make backups of any important data on your phone. It will be lost. 1. Turning on USB debuging Turn on USB debugging ...


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According to the Gingerbread User Guide, under Settings -> Wireless & networks, you should have an NFC option that you can remove the tick from to turn this on or off.


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This is for the NFC functionality. Those contacts are used to transmit the info to and from the receiver/transmitter on the back cover (seen below outlined in green, though you probably guessed it :) ). They have to put it on the back cover because NFC only works for usually no more than a few centimetres, and they need a way to feed the information back to ...


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It primarily means that the boot loader is unlocked so it is much easier to upload ROM's for testing. Additionally the default installation will be the original AOSP version of the code and include root access to the phone's software. It does not mean that the hardware is a "test" model. It's a fully developed phone. What it doesn't have is more important ...


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The specs on the NFC Controller chip in the Nexus S are the following: http://www.nxp.com/acrobat_download2/literature/9397/75016890.pdf To answer your first question, as advertised in the above PDF, the NFC Controller chip inside the Nexus S has an operating distance of about 10 centimeters. However, in practice (specific to the NFC controller in the Nexus ...


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The US Nexus S has a Super AMOLED, But a lot of manufactures are moving to Super LCD for the screens because of the "Super AMOLED Shortages". Even the Galaxy S 2 is supposed to have a Super LCD. From an engadget article comparing the two... there really is no clear winner between SLCD and AMOLED when it comes to picture quality -- the former offers a ...


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The second account probably has nothing to do with the other. You'll want to go to Menu | Settings | Accounts & sync and click on the account that's not working. Ensure that "Sync Gmail" is checked. If that doesn't help, then you should try what I do for all truculent apps. Force stop if that doesn't help Clear cache if that doesn't help ...


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As Ryan has pointed out there isn't that much of a difference between Super AMOLED and Super LCD screens - chances are you will be hard pressed to see the colour difference unless you have two mobiles side by side (or at least the difference is small enough it shouldn't really be an issue) From what I've read, where the two differ are: Battery usage - ...


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Look at something black (e.g. an image of only black) on your phone, and shut off the lights. If you've got an AMOLED screen, it should be pure black (virtually no light emanating). With an LCD it will be significantly brighter/greyish.


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Hardware wise, they are almost identical (at least to some of the US versions of the Galaxy S) but there are some differences Some of the differences are: The Galaxy S has 3 hardware buttons (Menu, Home and Back), the Nexus S has 4 (Back, Menu, Search and Home). These are the buttons below the screen. The Nexus S has slightly curved glass The Nexus S has ...


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From Wikipedia: 720p is the shorthand name for a category of HDTV video modes having a resolution of 1280×720 (for a total of 0.92 megapixels or 921,600 pixels) and a progressive scan. The number 720 stands for the 720 horizontal scan lines of display resolution (also known as 720 pixels of vertical resolution), while the letter p stands ...


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A little bit yes. (See comments below) The app will make this seamless but should still use a bit of data. Edit: After checking Google Help I found this: By calling your own Google number When you call your own Google number and sign into the Google voicemail system, you’ll have the option to place a call. Just press 2 and enter the number. ...


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As the Nexus S is a "Pure Google" Android phone it works the way that Google intend Android to be used, this means that it is designed to sync everything constantly via the internet, it doesn't have any built in way to do old-fashioned occasional cable syncs with a PC. What sort of account is your Outlook connected to? If it is a corporate account, then it ...


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It's not possible to share a Wi-Fi via Wi-Fi, this would require two Wi-Fi chips. Only mobile data tethering is supported via Wi-Fi.


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You can try installing a different launcher app via the Android Market web interface. On your PC go to Play Store and sign in with the same Google account as on your phone. Find any Home replacement app. Click on the Install button to send the app directly to your phone (if you have several Android devices you will need to select the phone.) After a few ...


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The bookmarks are kept in an SQLite database. There is no stock tool to modify them directly. I did, however, find an app that can rearrange the order of your local bookmarks: Bookmark Sort & Backup An issue has been opened about this in Allow User To Arrange Bookmarks In ICS Stock Web Browser.


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To import a vcf: Copy the vcf to your phone, then Contacts > Import/Export To view hidden contacts: Contacts > More > Display options, you have the option of displaying "Only contacts with phones" and under "Choose contacts to display" you can choose to view or hide contacts based on their source. Perhaps your contacts are hidden because they are stored in ...


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You can clear the preferred program from "Settings > Applications > Manage applications > Last.FM > Clear defaults" Then the next time you launch the Voice Action, you'd be prompted with a list of players, click on the "Make default" then on your new preferred application.


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I believe if you uninstall the Last.fm app, then use the Voice Action "Listen to..", a pop up should show asking which of the default players listed here, will show up and be used. If however, you'd prefer the default in-built player to play, use Listen To or the app Choice Dialer, available in both free and paid versions in the market.


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Engadget has just reported that the Nexus S is having issues with random reboots (http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/15/nexus-s-suffering-from-random-data-loss-reboots/) and apparently fixes are coming. To see the log you can get the following app: aLogCat


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The Nexus S uses a traditional SIM card slot, but you should be able to do this provided that you get a proper micro-SIM to SIM adapter. Here's what I got from a quick Google search, and as you can see they are relatively inexpensive. Also be aware that the Nexus S will not have 3G capability on the AT&T network, as I explained in this question. This ...


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Its referring to the resolution that the video camera can record video in. 720p (1280×720 ) is a High Definition resolution. Apparently the maximum video resolution of the Nexus S is only 720x480 which is Standard Definition. Many new Android handsets have the ability to record HD video which is why it would be something to complain about with the Nexus S. ...


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Have you tried these apps: GPS 2 Bluetooth v.2 Bluetooth GPS Output Tether GPS Lite GPS Tether


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Astro File Manager (free, ad supported) will do what you want. Once installed, add a shortcut to Astro to your homescreen and it should let you browse to your PDF (or any other file, for that matter). The shortcut on the homescreen will then take you directly to the file you chose in the file browser.


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The USB Driver for Windows is available for download as an optional SDK component. You need the driver only if you are developing on Windows and want to connect an Android-powered device (ADP, Nexus One, or Nexus S) to your development environment over USB. Are you going to develop android app or just want to browse the internal memory? ...


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There isn't a native notes app for the Nexus S because it doesn't have TouchWiz UI. I'm quite certain the voice action 'Note to self' actually sends an email to yourself (I don't personally use that action, not sure it likes a British accent) There are loads of third party apps though. For example Scribb.it is full to the bursting with features, AK Notepad ...



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