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Why is it that Android still can't be installed as regular OS?

Are there any technical or others reasons why Android is still a firmware and not an OS which can be just installed without a lot of hassle? Why there is no universal image which could detect ...
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Can you install a generic ROM on any device? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to rooting and stuff. I have just rooted my android tablet. It's a Chinese tablet, not much about it is available on the internet. Can I install ROM for another device on my ...
Plutonium smuggler's user avatar
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Is there any custom rom which can be installed on any android device [duplicate]

My question is, whether there are any custom rom's available which can be installed on any device or the rom's are just intended for a specific device. I always read that like custom rom for galaxy ...
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1 answer
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Is it possible to install Nexus factory reset images on other Android devices [duplicate]

The device I want to install Nexus onto is the Onda VI10 tablet. I found some Nexus factory images here, and I would like to install them. Is this possible?
Hao Ting's user avatar
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Why does Android require porting to each device, unlike Windows? [duplicate]

Why does Android require porting to each device, unlike Windows? Or rather, why isn't there a way to simply download a setup program for pure AOSP and install it in any device? I already read this ...
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What makes porting so difficult? [duplicate]

So now when the new Lollipop is on it's way we all have our feeds filled with magazines or sites telling us how awesome LG or Samsung is to release Lollipop so soon. My question is, Why is this such ...
Jonas Borggren's user avatar
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Why i can install any windows version on my pc but i cannot install any android version on my phone? [duplicate]

I guess it's a silly question but i don't get it xD. I've read it's about controllers, but they can be downloaded from manufacturers, right?
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If Android is Linux based and open source, why are updates and upgrades so difficult and restrictive? [duplicate]

I run Ubuntu on my laptop and desktop. Regardless of the make and model of my computers, I can download Ubuntu from their website and install it with easy instructions designed for laymen to follow. ...
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Why don't new android versions work out-of-the box on non-Google phones? [duplicate]

You can install desktop OS's on basically any device... Why don't new android versions work unless customizations are made for the specific device model?
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175 votes
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What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreaking, ROM, Mod, etc.?

What is the difference between: Unlocking the bootloader (prerequisite for doing many, though not all, other things below) Rooting Jailbreaking ROM NAND and Nandroid Operating System Mod (e.g. ...
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Why must my device be compatible with a certain ROM before I flash it to my device?

This it the explanation telling me not to install a custom ROM without checking the device's compatibility. "Now, be careful as each custom ROM comes with a version that is suitable only with one ...
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Does Lineage OS 16 runs on Nokia 6.1?

I am looking to find if the Nokia 6.1 is able to run Lineage OS 16. I didnt find a Nokia section in the official list of supported device. I looked online and find this list from thedroidguru (same ...
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What position do cellular communcation (1G, 2G, 3G, 4G or other function only implemented in phone) play in Android operating system archtecture?

I am entirely new to Android, but have a little knowledge on Linux. I have view the architecture graph of android on official site: The Problem: Not all android device support cellar network. As a ...
Alexis Abram's user avatar
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1 answer
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is it possible to install 6.0 marshmellow on a non nexus [duplicate]

im new to this community but is it possible to install android 6.0 on a non-nexus phone with a universal install image if not please tell
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Installing flash images on an unrecommended device [duplicate]

I want to install the Nexus Hammerhead flash image on my Samsung Galaxy S Duos. Is this possible and if so is it safe?
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