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Which phones have the purest Android?

tl:dr; Google phones have the purest Android. They come with Google apps In Android ecosystem, phones launched by Google are stock Android (aka vanilla). It's the purest form of Android because Google ...
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Which phones have the purest Android?

How about looking for models supported by LineageOS? This is a ROM you can flash to your device, and you can even use it without the Google Apps (or flash them later) Although they are not included ...
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What is the difference between Factory Images and Full OTA Images on the Android download site?

Factory images are meant to be flashed using fastboot or alternative low-level tools or environment. They come with batch and shell scripts to automate flashing. Flashing them requires a device's ...
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Which phones have the purest Android?

The question has quite deep implications. Android is not an OS, it is an "ecosystem". There is Android Open Source Project. This is the "base" of the Android OS. Hardly usable and ...
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Building ROMs & Kernels?

1) Building in Android could mean: - building a deliverable in the android build tree - building a deliverable on an android platform having build tools installed - building the AOSP (Android ...
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Can we backup the stock recovery.img in any way?

Generic Backup/ Restore If you are root you can backup/ restore all partitions (not only recovery) with native tools. To list all mountable partitions and block devices use find and grep adb shell ...
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A/B (Seamless) update device questions

After OTA system update, does the device install OS to both partitions? Or install to only one partition. and whether the device continues to same(current) android version until reboot manually?(...
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After flashing TWRP, device no longer boots

Searching the web gave me a clue: While before Android 7 one could easily flash a custom recovery without fearing side-effects, starting with Android 7 the system enforces DM Verity. That is, at a ...
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I can't find my stock rom?

There is no GT-N5200 or SM-N5200 produced by Samsung, and Samsung never produced MediaTek-based devices. Add the fact that the FCC ID is that of P1000 (Galaxy Tab 1st-gen), and it's obvious that your ...
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Can we backup the stock recovery.img in any way?

The key point is to boot a custom recovery partition such as TWRP without installing it. For instance with an HTC device you would use the platform adb tools and run this command from a terminal in ...
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What is the difference between Samsung 4 files(Repairing firmware) and Single firmware file for flashing?

Some things were not explained. A 4 File is not exactly binary firmware in a sense (even though it's all binary) given that they are used to repair the device. Currently the PDA section when using ...
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Made a Backup with TWRP, but the backup was moved to my computer. Can I still flash?

My experience tells me that for TWRP to detect backup files the latter should be in a directory whose name would be shown as the name of the backup and that directory in turn should be under: /sdcard/...
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Changing custom ROM to another one or to stock rom

If you want to switch to other custom ROM just go to TWRP/CWM and perform the wipes and flash it, no need to install stock ROM. If you want to go to stock ROM than you'll need pc with software to ...
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How to install US/European ROM on Chinese Galaxy S7 Edge?

European/US ROMs have to be ported in order to work, but there isn't one that I know of, since the majority of us Chinese value Samsung Pay heavily, and with a non-stock ROM Samsung Pay capability is ...
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Dangers of modifying a manufacturer firmware

The risks involved by reflashing a firmware are : In case something went wrong during the flashing process (You should have to be very careful while it is flashing tho), The phone will be PERMANENTLY ...
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How to backup a full stock firmware image

Found them! All the missing partitions are listed with their labels in /dev/block/mapper
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What's the correct stock ROM for my unlocked Moto E5 Play?

I've figured it out. Besides the carrier-specific ROMs, Motorola has a "retail channel", called RETUS (Retail - US, I believe). This is not tied to any carrier, and you can match the factory version ...
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Can user data be recovered after formatting and flashing stock ROM?

I have formatted the whole phone including bootloader Bootloader can't be overwritten, your device will be bricked. I think you meant boot partition which contains kernel. But that doesn't contain ...
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Reinstall a new OS on zigo nebula 6.9 tablet

NEBULA6.9_V46_MT6577_V1.26 FIRMWARE : NEBULA6.9_V46_MT6582 FIRMWARE : FIRMWARE FLASH TOOL WITH SUPPORT The above links should be everything you need, from what i can gather, your device ...
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Changing custom ROM to another one or to stock rom

To install a custom rom you need a custom recovery for your phone .Then you can switch from a stock rom to a custom rom or from a custom rom to another custom rom . You do not need to install the ...
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Flashing update.zip signed with OEM keys return "failed to verify whole-file signature"

You are on the right track. The message "failed to verify whole-file signature", means that the file could not be deemed valid for the provided certificate. The missing error message ...
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Rooting Stock Wileyfox Spark CM13 OS

Rooting can be accomplished using Magisk (make sure not to use an old version, but that from the linked XDA thread: v14 at the time of this writing). Flashing Magisk will not modify the /system ...
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Is there an official Google Apps package?

Official GApps package is never available publicly. Google only provides it to authenticated OEMs like Samsung and HTC. It'll be installed only on Google Play Verified devices, in their stock ROMs. ...
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Help while installing stock rom.zip

Place the ROM zip file in /data/media , that won't get wiped, when you wipe with TWRP That's assuming you don't have an external SD. See this for more -What's the difference between Data and ...
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Missing profile pic after repair - Android 7.0

I had the same issue on Nougat and changing the profile photo in contacts app worked for me Open Contacts App - Settings - My Info and change your profile photo. Works immediately, no restart ...
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PLEASE HELP E: failed to mount /cache (No such file or directory)

Your phone is a Mediatek device. So you need flash files with Scatter and SP Flashtool for flashing. You can get all here Edit: Steps below are for flashing Mediatek devices using SP Flashtool and a ...
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How do I disable weird lockscreen camera shortcut in Emotion UI 4?

Found it! In Huawei Camera, in the settings, there is a feature called "Ultra Snapshot", which by default is turned on, and it does what I have described in the question.
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Restoring system partition in TWRP

You need to restore the /system, boot.img, stock recovery also. Your data should be fine, but as always, you should back up just in case. The OTA will check for all three of those things and if they ...
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What is ROM porting?

Porting a ROM is basically having the features of one devices to another devices. By using a Custom ROM you can add software capabilities your device doesn't have provided your phone's hardware ...
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Is there a way to know if the installed Android is official?

To add other methods Samsung phones have an app that can check. Possibly other brands may also be having similar apps If the device OS is Lollipop and above and it accepts OTA , it is offical since ...
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