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May
12
comment Why am I not getting access to the full internal storage space?
Apparently, some of the flash isn't mapped through that mechanism. You can look into the kernel configuration, but it is also possible that the radio firmware ("baseband") which runs outside the kernel (and often on a different processor core) "owns" that, and the Linux kernel has either not been notified of its existence, or actually locked out.
May
12
comment No External Storage available Galaxy S2
That sounds like a configuration problem with your custom ROM.
May
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Apr
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comment Can Android tablet read external hard drive and if so which formats?
Stock Android won't mount external filesystems, period. Only a few vendor and "custom ROM" variations will. Android will grant an app permission to access a USB device, which means that if it is willing to do all the down-and-dirty work of talking raw USB operations it can access contents of any file system it cares to implement. But android won't let an app expose that to the rest of the system as a "mounted" filesystem - ie, you can't share the contents with the File API, though you can in other ways.
Apr
2
comment Can Android tablet read external hard drive and if so which formats?
Actually, the majority of Android builds have no built-in support whatsoever for mounting USB filesystems. On those devices, any capability comes form an app working against the USB host APIs, meaning that the supported file systems will be whatever that app's developer felt like including. Of course app-based methods lack permission to actually "mount" a filesystem - they can only access the content, maybe even to the point of providing a ContentProvider to other apps.
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Jun
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comment What actually happens when you swipe an app out of the recent apps list?
Although written in everyday language, this is actually a fairly accurate answer - it captures the fact that the process is disposed of, something a lot of the other answers (those mistakenly comparing it to the back button) are missing. However, what is missing here is the realization that Android will dispose of processes when needed to obtain memory anyway, so while it accomplishes some memory cleanup, that would happen automatically if/when needed.
May
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Feb
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Feb
10
comment Call recording problem
While one should not expect audio recording to work, in this case it sounds like it basically is working, as the reported problem is quite minor and easily corrected.
Feb
10
comment Call recording problem
Good investigation, however it's unclear why you believe this cannot be corrected within the phone. It would be trivial to write an audio player which makes the same change. Likely, what is actually happening is a confusion between 8 KSPS and 44.1 KSPS (your ~5.5 ratio) and all that needs to happen is to change the sample rate field in the files.
Feb
4
revised How can I verify the authenticity of an apk file I downloaded?
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Jan
31
comment Android ADB connect to device with broken USB and no root
I don't believe you can. However, you can install applications from email attachments, websites which serve with the correct mime type, etc
Jan
28
comment mount: Permission denied (when mounting /system directory on android device)
You don't need to do anything - you have your answer and the question may or may not be closed by the community.
Oct
9
comment Disable Android USB Auto-Detect
It's rather doubtful that what you suspect is actually the case. Does the USB drive behave differently when connected to a typical desktop system?
May
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Jan
10
comment CyanogenMod 10 Galaxy Tab 10.1 USB Driver
An Android 4.x build probably uses MTP instead of USB mass storage as it's end-user data interchange mechanism. You may need to figure out how to access an MTP device (typically a recent digital camera or media player) from your PC os. Or you can see if the Cyanogen people have any suggestions for reverting to mass storage instead of MTP. Incidentally, USB mass storage should not require a driver at all, as a modern desktop operating system have built in support (except in cases where that's been removed from an installation for security reasons).
Oct
13
comment How can I prevent apps from running in the background?
The problem here is that the lack of specificity means too many entirely distinct cases are lumped together: there is background residence without actual running, simply pending resource reclamation. There is background running to do something on your behalf you didn't realize still needed to happen. There is background running due to bugs/developers who don't understand activity and service lifecycle issues. And finally there is background running to accomplish things you wish the app were not trying to do, that are either useless or actively detrimental.
Oct
13
comment How can I prevent apps from running in the background?
@bigbadonk420 - good point, questions with an invalid premise often can't really be answered. But your example is an odd one, given that a stock android install has a dd command but lacks a cp one ;-)