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OTA updates don't wipe the device: all apps and data are preserved across the update. Even so, it's always a good idea to back up your data frequently. As you point out, not all apps support the in-built Google backup mechanism, so it's wise to have a full backup just in case. See our backup tag wiki and top questions to learn about what options are ...


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Once a manufacturer abandons supporting the device, your only choice is rooting it, unlocking its bootloader (if possible) and installing custom ROMs. Google only releases the Android source code into AOSP (Android Open Source Project,) and has no say whether or not the manufacturer or carrier will update a given device. The only exception is the Nexus ...


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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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Your phone is almost certainly not permanently bricked. Chances are you can boot into recovery to flash a new ROM. Worst case, you'll have to flash the phone back to stock with RSD Lite. That said, there's really no way to unroot the phone or flash a stock ROM without having to re-install your apps. You can try flashing a stock ROM without wiping data ...


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As Uri Herrera commented, you'll need to root your phone to be able to install custom firmware, and then install a community aftermarket firmware, like CyanogenMod. Most likely the open source community will keep updating the firmware (ROM) even after OEM has lost interest. How to root: You can refer to a nice guide by LifeHacker - most likely it can be ...


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They are both Linux, but the AOSP kernel is a very standardized, general Linux kernel provided by Google that requires minimal modification to work across different devices, to make it easier for manufacturers to get Android working. The various modifications made by manufacturers to their own kernels relate to the different hardware found in these devices. ...


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The problem is that wiping data requires to overwrite it. On todays devices with lots of in-device flash memory and large SD-cards this can take a while - up to several hours. This leaves a lot for the attacker to interrupt this process and try again. Therefore wiping triggered by false login attempts is only reasonable if your data is encrypted. Then you ...


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It is very unlikely that Samsung will ever release an unmodified Android firmware for the Galaxy S II. They've never released one for their Galaxy S family of phones without their TouchWiz "enhancements". Historically the only Android devices that have run the stock OS have been the very early phones released by each manufacturer (before they'd written ...


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If it's not rooted and not running a custom ROM, a factory reset will reset everything back to stock and wipe the internal SD card. If you also wipe the external SD card, you will have a clean slate. Checkout Chapter Update and Reset, Section Resetting HTC EVO 3D, (Page 209) of the manual: ...


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You don't have to install a custom ROM, you can use a stock one. There's usually rooted versions of stock ROMs readily available for most devices, with the only difference between them and a completely stock ROM being the addition of Superuser and the su binary (and often busybox). If your device is supported by a simple software rooting method (HTC stuff ...


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There's a guide on Rooting Xperia S ICS and GB over at XDAs. Not having any XPeria device, I cannot verify -- but the comments on the thread confirm it working. It does not even require the bootloader to be unlocked. Requirements for that method: Windows Net framework 3.5 or later Preparation: Application Settings: [Unknown sources] checked {Allowed} ...


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AOSP software is released by the Android Open Source Project (i.e., by Google), while stock software may include modifications by manufacturers.


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Go to this XDA thread and download the newest firmware for your region. Download Odin for Windows (search for "Heimdall" if you are on Linux). Then do the following: Put your phone into Download mode Remove the battery Hold VolumeDown plus the Home key Reinsert the battery. Let go of the power button only about 1 second after the white device logo ...


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The steps you will have to take to restore to original state (Stock) if you are rooted Unroot using z4root (if you are rooted) you may not even have to do this with flashing the stock rom. Download the Stock ROM for the Defy http://and-developers.com/sbf:defy You will need RDSLite to flash, and AFAIK, you can only flash the UK version as 2.51 builds ...


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Provided you haven't rooted your phone or changed the kernel, a simple Factory Reset will do what you require. Tap Settings. Scroll down and tap Privacy. Tap Factory Data Reset. Tap Reset Phone.


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You'll need to download official firmware. You can find it by searching "nexus one stock 2.x rom", and XDA might be better than Google. I'd also look up how to use the Android SDK to flash it, probably using flashboot through ADB. I have a Galaxy S which uses another tool, so I can't help with more detail without looking that up myself ;)


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The cause of these problems is a bug in Google Framework Services, at least in 2.1 and 2.2. I have been able to fix it temporarily by clearing the cache for all Google apps -- GFS, Talk, Voice, GMail, Market, etc. -- but I do not believe there is a permanent fix. Perhaps in 2.3, I don't have it on my phone yet.


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The clock don't have a specific name, although if I do need to mention them specifically, since the top bar is usually called the notification bar or status bar, I'd probably call them notification bar clock or status bar clock.


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You should try a factory reset before trying to reflash the phone. AFAIK you need to unlock the bootloader (voiding your warranty) to flash a ROM, even on the Nexus S. Instructions: Turn the power off. If your Nexus S is frozen, pull the battery out and reinsert it Hold the Volume Down button Press and release the Power button You are now ...


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This is supported in stock android. Settings -> Languages & Input -> Android Keyboard (Settings icon) -> Advanced settings -> Custom input styles -> Add style -> Set Language & Layout Then to activate this style, go back to the keyboard settings and go to the input languages and uncheck "use system language" then check the languages you want. :-)


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I finally succeeded !! (YOUHOU!! You can't believe how proud I am !) First of all, I want to indicate that links on XDA (those that goes in multiupload.com, that redirect to lnx.lu), SUCKS! I can't believe it. You have to download a "download manager", with so many related ads and apps you must install. It's a shame. (I am very angry agains't them (lnx.lu) ...


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This menu button is a backwards compatibility feature. It's displayed on all apps that say they are designed for a version of Android from when Android devices had physical menu buttons. (That's Froyo or earlier.) The Android system can't tell whether such an app needs the menu button or not, so it has to display it to make sure the app is usable on newer ...


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As you already pointed out in your question, it's a matter of intervals. Of course, turning it off-and-on like a cars indicator light is more power consuming than simply leaving it on – and turning it off for 12 hours does really save juice. The matter is to find the right "interval". Not quite up-to-date anymore, but still sufficient for the "raw ...


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From what I've seen this is not generally very easy to do. I know that replacing the icons and such requires modifying the underlying framework-res.apk file, and I've never really seen anything that modifies the functionality of the bar itself (aside from custom ROMs with custom frameworks and the like). I'm not completely positive on this, however. If you ...


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Is this a Google account issue or an issue with the phone+software combination? Is it possible for you to use the same Google account in another phone (or different Google account on the LG phone, since you seem to have reset it a few times)?


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If you install a completely original ROM for the device, it will be unrooted. flashing the correct Stock ROM for your device will revert it back to its original factory state. Remember to Wipe both the Cache and Data when you flash. in the post you linked it also says: Notice: These are NOT rooted, and contain radio/hboot rom updates


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Stock Gallery is a system app which can't be disabled if you are not rooted. Titanium Backup Pro can freeze it, but only if it gets root access. Rooting will violate your warranty, but you can always get your warranty back after un-rooting device. There's no way for anyone to catch you after that. In case, you are unable to find an un-rooting method, you ...


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If all you need is root access, try flashing the Siyah kernel via ODIN. Ensure you get the S2 version, as the dev has one for the S3 as well. Also, you will need the TAR version as you will flash it via ODIN (at least for the first time). Later instances, you can get the ZIP format and flash it via CWM (ClockworkMod recovery, which is built into the kernel). ...


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I deleted all alarms in Android Jellybean 4.1.1 by performing the following operations in Settings > Apps > All > Clock: Force stop Clear data Clear cache YMMV


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Kitkat has only 3 defaults for this: Bluetooth Email Gmail Other options can be added with 3rd Party software, e.g. ES File Exploere adds "Share over LAN". As per the Google products page this is a know issue. I too am annoyed that this issue is happening with the Nexus 5.I can only hope that they will have an update that will resolve this ...



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