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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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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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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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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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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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This app has no inbuilt GUI link on many builds. You can use the app Sound Recorder Shortcut by KN Inc to access it through a shortcut though. The app needs no permission. The recordings are saved on the SD card in path /sdcard/. The files names are recording*.3gpp. The recording was just ok though with some amount of background noise.


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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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well wait-for-device, as you already realized only waits until the adb daemon properly started. This is already at init time. In order to check for a complete boot you cann ad to your script something like: in pseudo: 1) wait-for-device 2) as long as getprop sys.boot_completed != 1 sleep some seconds check getprop sys.boot_completed again 3)shell input ...


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Note this permission is almost completely undocumented, hence we need to feel our way to its real meaning. So this is in no way an "authoritative answer" – but more or less something between a "good guess" and a "deduction from other pointers". The official description for this permission (as said, there's no further documentation) is: Allows an ...


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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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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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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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Devin, I am not extremely familiar with stock Android, so I apologize if some of what I try to describe does not work exactly as I try to explain it. The SMS messages on your phone is maintained in a single database. That means you can use different messaging apps for SMS and the message "streams" or "history" stays the same regardless of the SMS app you ...


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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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You can use an alternative launcher like Launcher Pro / ADW / Go Launcher etc. All of these have options for hiding apps from the app drawer. Unfortunately, the Gallery app will still appear in SHARE and SEND TO menus in various apps. No way around that. If you would rather certain folders remain invisible to the Gallery app, place a blank file named ...


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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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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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