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Since which Android version is exFat supported?

It seems that, according to plugable - Adding MicroSD and USB Storage Support to Android Devices, it's been supported since KitKat (whether using apps or not) but (as always) it's down to the OEM's ...
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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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When will my device get the Android 8.0 update (Oreo)?

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

exFAT has been natively supported since A13: Why not earlier? In August of 2019, Microsoft published the technical specification for exFAT and endorsed its addition to the Linux kernel. While ...
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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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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 Percentage of Android Devices Run on a 64-bit Architecture?

I have not yet been able to view recent statistics, but according to this article published end of 2017: The ARMv8 instruction set architecture rolled out 64-bit hardware support in 2014, and now ...
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Are there any stats of Android version distribution by region?

StatCounter have stats by region, showing for example, India's most popular is 6.0 Marshmallow compared with 7.0 Nougat in Europe. India: Europe: To get an idea how these might compare with the ...
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Are there "end of life" plans for Android?

Since at least 2017 (and now in 2020), major manufacturers have published support plans. Google supports each phone for at least 3 years (Pixel & Pixel XL were supported for 3 years exactly): ...
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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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About Android versions and naming

The names and numbers are decided by Google's marketing department. It's got nothing to do with the developers, who don't even know the name or number until shortly before it's announced: they use an ...
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NFC battery draining through constant use

The Tag Dispatch System of Android Developers says Android-powered devices are usually looking for NFC tags when the screen is unlocked, unless NFC is disabled in the device's Settings menu. When ...
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Where is the chart that shows device model popularity?

Many third-parties do this statistical work. Here's one I can find that's relatively new (Aug. 2015) and in English (Chinese groups do it too but I'd not bother looking for it because people here ...
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unkown android icon

The icon with 6-curved lines is the logo of Swiftkey keyboard.
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Clone the Andriod version from Samsung to Lenovo?

Android version are always device specific. Therefore you can't use Android from device X and copy/clone it to a different device Y. The main reason for this is that each Android version contains a ...
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Why files/directories under Android's root filesystem don't change across different version updates?

Android OS has two parts: kernel and userspace binaries, libraries, configuration etc. Android's kernel is taken from Linux, slightly modified and rarely gets major updates in years (other than ...
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Call barring in Android

Edit: Based on OP's clarification in comments and subsequent search - Call Barring refers to both incoming and outgoing calls being blocked whereas Call blocking/Number blocking refers to only ...
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Install a fully functional Audible app on Android older than Android 6.0

Audible 3.0.1 (APK Mirror) is the latest version that supports Android 4.1+ before it jumped to requiring a minimum Android version of Android 6.0. Some additional clarifications to the question: ...
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Android settings and Microsoft Intune report different security patch levels on Huawei devices

Some suspected that Huawei couldn't get the security patch update on their Android devices certified by Google anymore because of the TGL (Temporary General License) extension timed out in August 2020....
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How to upgrade Android past the device's supported limit

Bought a cheaper tablet and it only supports Android 8. I'd like to install OneNote for Android but Android V8 does not support it. Is there a way to force the upgrade of the Android OS version past ...
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Touch screen changing

It is possible theoretically, but impractical because of some reasons. Android needs drivers to communicate with the hardware, and because you are replacing a hardware part, the old drivers will ...
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Converting a android phone to a satellite phone

Yes, SatSleeve+ from Thuraya comes with a universal adaptor in the package that allows you to switch between various Android and iPhone phone models between 58 and 85mm in width.
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Will new Play Store minsdk restrictions prevent my phone from accessing new apps?

No, that requirement is the target SDK level not the minimum. Target API level is different from minimum API level. As the name implies, minimum API level is used to declare the lowest version of ...
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