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When will my device get the Android 5.0 update (Lollipop)?

This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep devices ...
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Since which Android version is exFat supported?

It seems that, according to here, It's been supported since KitKat (whether using apps or not) But (as always) it's down to The OEM's discretion if a device can Run it. Chances are, If a device ...
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Nexus 5 Lollipop goes into Recovery while trying to update to 5.0.1

Try using this method: https://gist.github.com/eyecatchup/ec0a852428c19705380e Give thanks to this guy of course. EDIT: The steps outlined in this document assume the Android SDK to be installed ...
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Since which Android version is exFat supported?

As of today (03-Apr-2020), exFAT is not yet officially supported in AOSP. exFAT - a filesystem developed by Microsoft - was (is?) not open-source, so it was never a part of Linux (and hence Android) ...
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Retrieve a List of Application Versions

In ADB shell issue the following command: dumpsys package packages This gives you all the information about installed packages, including the version number. You can then play around with grep ...
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When will my device get the Android 5.1 update (Lollipop)?

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When will my device get the Android 7.0 update (Nougat)?

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When will my device get the Android 8.0 update (Oreo)?

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When will my device get the Android 6.0 update (Marshmallow)?

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will I get android updates on Moto G after Cyanogenmod 11

CyanogenMod has its own OTA Updater. You will not get the official Android updates, but the CM updates.
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Can an app installed from Play Store being dropped support due to changing requirement in Android version?

Can an app installed from Play Store being dropped support due to changing requirement in Android version? App developer (free/paid app) is at complete liberty to support/not support later Android ...
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Android support for TLS

Assuming you are not doing Android development, you do not need to worry about Android version. Any serious security-minded application like Chrome on Android will use TLS 1.2. You can verify this ...
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How to pick a phone for long usage?

Yes, it is possible to buy an Android phone that will last for 5 years. My phone has served me well for 7-8 years, so far, and I believe it will last even longer. However, you can't tell what will ...
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Are security patches only applied to the latest Android version?

Google provides security updates for older AOSP major versions, but they do not provide updates for Pixel phones. You can see this easily in the list of available Firmware images for Pixel devices: ...
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Graph of Android API distribution over time?

Here is a site that automatically updates to the latest data from the android.com Dashboard, and which has three graphs showing different aspects of it.
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What are the minimum hardware specifications for Android?

Here follows a somewhat simpler answer regarding the RAM memory requirements. According to the above mentioned docs, all versions from "Lollipop" (Android 5.0) up to Android 11 need at least ...
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Update Android device, but not to latest version

All you have to do is install a factory image of 5.0.1 to the Nexus before you update fully. Head Here(all instructions are here, just posted below in case link breaks) to find the image that ...
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Use Android fully independent from Google products

Yes. It is possible to have an Android OS without anything remotely related to Google. First approach would be to root your phone. Then next step would be to install a custom ROM which is by default ...
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Are security patches only applied to the latest Android version?

Security patches are (almost) always applied to the latest Android version. It may be easier to imagine the Android version as codebase A and the security patch as codebase B. Each Android version can ...
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How can you sort apps alphabetically in android jellybean 4.2.2?

From a Home screen, touch Apps. 2. Touch Menu ➔ View type. 3. Touch Alphabetical grid
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Android /d folder

if you type on a terminal console: ls -l /d lrwxrwxrwx root root 2013-01-01 01:00 d -> /sys/kernel/debug/ meaning /d is a symlink to that other folder, probably there for compatibility with ...
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What percentage of devices have each of the Android versions?

As the Google dashboards page has stopped giving version percentages for some time, years to my memory, I thought I'd give an updated answer to this salient issue. First off, when you create a new ...
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How can I get Google Play store to work on my Samsung S3 mini with CyanogenMod OS?

From what you described, to me it seems like you've installed wrong Gapps package (probably for different Android version), check your gapps package, and if it's the wrong one, simply download the ...
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Can an app installed from Play Store being dropped support due to changing requirement in Android version?

There is a term called "Buyer Beware". The same way old phones or old operating systems are stopped being supported, the apps can also share the same fate. Especially when considering the fact that ...
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Can I install packages to external SD card on Termux in Android?

Unfortunately you can't. The packages you install using pkg install, which is actually a wrapper for the frontend of the famous Debian Package Manager, APT. APT downloads packages provided by Termux ...
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What is PD1A.180720.030 in Android 9.0.0 (PD1A.180720.030)?

They are build numbers: According to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL First Factory Images are Available!: Google just posted the first factory image and OTA files for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Since today ...
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What are the names of the various versions of the Android OS, and how are these names chosen?

https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/manifest/uses-sdk-element.html#ApiLevels contains a table that links all the naming mess, excerpt: Platform Version API Level VERSION_CODE Android 6.0 ...
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Updating to 4.4.3

Put the stock recovery back and use that for the update, instead of trying to do it with CWM. For a Nexus device, you can get the official factory images from here. Download the Nexus 4 factory ...
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