GAThrawn
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What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreaking, ROM, Mod, etc.?
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Rooting and Jailbreaking are essentially the same things, Jailbreaking is the iPhone users' word for what Android users call Rooting. Rooting is when you gain "Root" access to the phone giving you the ...

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How can I determine if my device has USB Host Mode (OTG) support?
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To use an attached USB device you need to have: A USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) cable USB Host Mode drivers loaded on your device A version of the Android operating system loaded on that device that ...

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Is it possible to install Android on a PC?
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The HowToGeek has a set of instructions on how to Run Android on Your Netbook or Desktop here. It uses the Android builds from Android-x86.org but I don't know how active that project still is? ...

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How can phone companies detect tethering (incl. Wifi hotspot)
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How they detect that someone is tethering a device isn't something that network providers often want to talk about, for the obvious reason that the more consumers know about how this is being detected,...

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Why is Google Maps telling me that Offline Maps aren't available?
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It turns out that just because you can see and use a map online, that doesn't mean that Google will allow you to make the area available offline. Offline maps are only currently available for certain ...

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How does the Ubuntu Phone OS relate to the Android OS?
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Both Ubuntu Phone (which is based on the same Linux distro as full Ubuntu) and Android run on a Linux kernel. However they differ above the kernel level, whereas Ubuntu runs a full GNU/Linux OS with ...

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What is the right way to close apps in Android?
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I'm pretty sure that everything I've ever read says that the Back button is the right way to exit out of apps. Pressing Home leaves them running in the background until Android decides that they're ...

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Just how secure is a pattern lock?
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You don't even need much technical know how to crack most touch screen phones. There was a white-paper written recently about the security of touch screen lock mechanisms (and pattern locks in ...

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Is there any way to erase personal information from my phone that has already been stolen?
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As long as your phone still has battery power left and is still switched on and connected to the phone networks, you can use one of the phone wiping apps that specifically advertise that they can be ...

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In my Samsung Galaxy S under Settings - Status - Phone number is says 'unknown': Why?
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This is just showing whether your phone number is saved to the phone number description property on your SIM card. Some networks always program this in for you, many don't. Some phones let you write ...

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Can I connect an Android phone to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse?
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Samsung have a dock for the Galaxy Tab which connects it to a pretty much full-size keyboard, and props the screen in a position where it's like a laptop's screen. There are also a number of Android ...

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Google Maps Location History is showing an incorrect location
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From Google's Location Source and Accuracy page: Data sources The following location data sources may be used to derive location: GPS: GPS accuracy can be up to several meters ...

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My Samsung Galaxy S front-facing camera doesn't work in camera app, Gtalk or Skype -- How can I use it?
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The built-in Camera app on the Galaxy S can use the front facing camera. It's called "Self Shot Mode" and I've used it on mine once or twice, easiest way to grab a quick picture of you and a friend ...

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Does access to logcat need root?
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These free apps in the Market claim to be able to display your logcat, and don't make any mention of root. Should only take you a few minutes to try them out: CatLog aLogcat LogViewer EDIT: Thanks ...

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What's the meaning of signal strength colors in battery usage screens?
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I assume that you mean on the graph you get if you go to Settings -> About Phone -> Battery Use and tap the graph at the top? I have a signal strength line there, under the battery level graph that ...

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Defragmenting my Android Phone
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Defragging a normal Windows machine with a normal "spinning disk" hard disk drive rarely produces a noticeable speed improvement, certainly nothing like a lot of the 3rd party companies advertise, and ...

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Quickly send file from phone to PC via internet?
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A service like Dropbox should be able to do this for you. It'll sync the files up to the web, and then your PC (with Dropbox installed) should pull them down.

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Is Google Earth available for Android phones?
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Google Earth is definitely available, I can see it in my Market right now, however it needs Android 2.1 as a minimum to work, so if your phone is running an older version of the OS, then you won't be ...

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What are the features that TouchWiz has that vanilla Android does not have?
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Home Screen Up to 7 Home screens, with the ability to add and remove screens at will, and drag them around to change the order (pinch zoom the home screen) Customizable dock area at the bottom of the ...

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Can bought Android apps be shared between devices you own?
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On your phone open the Android Market app, press Menu, then select Help, then choose Troubleshooting (under Users), you should now see the "Retrieving previously purchased apps" headline. This says: ...

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How does WiFiKill actually work?
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The app's author himself explains how it works at the top of the second page of that thread you linked to: It's the same idea as FaceNiff (I'm a developer of it also), basically it sends ARP ...

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How to open downloaded kindle files from Android?
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If you have the Kindle app installed, just open it and it should show a selection of the books you've purchased from the Kindle store. Books that haven't been downloaded to your device yet are ...

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Google authenticator app says that this version is no longer supported
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For some reason Google have created a whole new app for the new version of the Authenticator app: New version Old version See also Why does the Google authentication app have “obsolete” in its title ...

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Where can I find a thorough introduction to Android?
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Google do actually publish Android manuals for each major version, unfortunately they do hide them fairly well. Your phone's manufacturer and/or your network/carrier may also publish manuals for your ...

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What is the difference between GSM and WCDMA when switching to manual Network Mode?
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What the phone's essentially asking you here is, do you want to use only 2G data networks, only 3G data networks, or automatically switch between them depending which is best? The GSM setting will ...

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How to find app based on package name?
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The easiest way, without using any specialized tools is just to visit that app's page in the Play Store (website, not app). All apps in the Play Store have their package name as part of their URL, so ...

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What happens to a running program when "home" button is pressed in Android phone?
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Pressing the Home switches you from the app to the home screen, whilst leaving your app running in the background. This is a bit like switching between windows on a Windows PC. Except that when your ...

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Why does Google always need personal data?
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As Goggles is an app that you've said you're curious about, here are the permissions it asks for(copied from the Market web page): This application has access to the following: Your accounts ...

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Why is Google Music preinstalled outside of the US?
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Google Music (or Play Music as it's called now) isn't just used for music purchased from the Play Music store, or for music stored in its cloud service, it can also play music stored locally on the ...

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How do I remove an account for a phone I sold but did not factory reset first?
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If you go to the Market Account settings part of the Android Market webpage at https://market.android.com/account and click on the Settings tab, you should see a list of the devices registered on that ...

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