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Aug
18
comment Tablet shuts down due to low battery when battery meter is above 10%
I don't doubt that the battery's capacity is diminished, but I'd expect that to just make it go from 100% to 0% more quickly overall — not to drop from (around) 15% to 0% in an instant.
Aug
17
comment Launch app with UI in background
Apps can run services in the background, but activities are for UI; it doesn't really make sense to run an activity without displaying it. If the app has useful stuff that it can do when it's not in the foreground, it should do it in a service.
Aug
12
comment Help me please someone
There's not enough detail here to tell what's actually wrong with your phone. But if you get a popup that says you have a virus from visiting adult sites, that's likely to be a scam, or something trying to trick you into buying antivirus software.
Aug
7
comment Install/Run Android Skype on ARM LInux?
It's more than just needing Dalvik. Much of the Android API (such as the whole UI layer) is specific to Android and not available on other platforms.
Jul
29
comment How long can I reasonably expect security updates to be supported?
Note that most devices probably didn't need updates for Heartbleed. Reportedly, only Android 4.1.1 was vulnerable.
Jul
28
comment Stagefright security issue: what can a regular user do to mitigate the issue without a patch?
The "group messaging" checkbox looks like it controls sending MMS, not receiving. That shouldn't be a risk. But turning off "auto-retrieve" seems like it'd prevent the phone from being able to display the contents of a malicious MMS. What additional protection does the APN change provide?
Apr
29
comment Can an Android device's security be circumvented when its screen is being changed?
This is no different from letting someone use a phone whose screen isn't broken.
Feb
25
comment Why is Android so fragmented?
This is similar to another question that I've answered in the past, though different enough that I won't call it a duplicate.
Dec
14
comment Updating from version 4.4 to version 5 let me to a dead phone
The "no command" screen isn't an error, that's just the normal appearance of the recovery system (which you told the phone to boot by holding the volume and power buttons). The fact that you can boot recovery means your phone isn't completely dead; it's just the regular Android OS that's (apparently) having trouble.
Dec
13
comment Previously Rooted Nexus 5 is not recognized via USB after stock 5.0 OTA update
"No command" in recovery mode isn't an error; that's just what the stock recovery looks like when you boot it directly (rather than as part of an update).
Nov
21
comment How can someone else read my Text Messages
Android Beam doesn't send any data unless the user of the sending device taps the screen to send what's displayed. You can't just suck messages out of someone's phone by putting your own phone near it.
Oct
28
comment Nexus 5 Change Resolution/DPI
You could, yes. But it's still simpler and safer to use an AVD.
Oct
28
comment Rubbish storage
It's unclear what you mean by "which was also as I was only allocated 8GB", but if the salesperson lied to you about the storage capacity in order to sell you the phone, you should return it with a complaint.
Oct
12
comment Notification Access in KitKat
It's not there on mine either, but I don't think I have any apps installed that have permission to access notifications anyway. Maybe the setting doesn't appear if there'd be nothing to configure?
Oct
8
comment Storage space issues
Have you looked at the Storage screen in Settings? What does it say?
Sep
20
comment Boot Android Virtual Device into recovery mode
An AVD may not even have a recovery mode. Recovery isn't a different way of booting the Android OS (like, say, Safe Mode in Windows); it's a whole separate partition with its own (minimal) OS, independent of the regular Android system. On a real device, the bootloader decides which partition to boot from (normal system or recovery), but an AVD has a different way of booting.
Sep
11
comment optimum hardware setup for android emulator?
Are you running an ARM or x86 system image?
Jul
2
comment Force Android to display in grayscale
It could be done in a custom ROM by changing the compositor (SurfaceFlinger) to render everything as grayscale regardless of the colors drawn by apps.
Jun
28
comment Updating to 4.4.3
Installing any factory image will wipe your data.
Jun
28
comment Updating to 4.4.3
FWIW, my Nexus 5 is doing fine with KitKat. And 4.4.4 is a security update; you probably ought to install that. SuperSU OTA survival worked fine for both the 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 upgrades on both my Nexus 5 and Nexus 10, so I expect it'll work fine on your Nexus 4 as well.