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3 years ago

Sideload apps on your AT&T phones using Linux [How-To]

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Designed for Linux

As Android gets more popular and mainstream, new users are coming out of the woodwork!  I'm very happy to say that a portion of those users are running Linux on their desktops, and they're hungry to learn the things we try to teach all you Windows users.  Since we have more than a few Linux-using Advisers and senior members in the forums, this is something we're more than happy to do.  And we're going to start with something that's pretty important to me -- sideloading apps on phones that have been altered.

It's not hard, it's all done through the terminal using commands you can cut and paste, and the setup from start to finish is laid out pretty clearly.  Check it out in the forums, and be on the lookout for more Linux tips and tricks from Android Central.  And if you're not a Linux user, but need to get your sideload on, check out the Sideload Wonder Machine for Windows.

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3 years ago

How to tell if your phone is rooted

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Am I rootedIt's a question get all the time: "Is my phone rooted?

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3 years ago

Clearing application defaults

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 Clear app defaultsA great feature of Android is the ability to override many of the default applications for core features of the phones.

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3 years ago

Get Android for Christmas? Here's how to get started with your new phone

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Christmas Android

So you just unwrapped our first Android phone, eh? Welcome to the world of smartphones. Whether you're upgrading from a feature phone, or switching to the greatest smartphone platform around, we know things can be a little overwhelming at first. But we're here to help. Welcome, and here are a few links to help get you started!

  • The Android Dictionary: You'll likely want to check back here often. It's a list of commonly used terms in the Android community.
  • Find your phone: There are dozens of Android phones available today. Use our device guide to find news and information specific to yours.
  • Apps, apps and more apps: Now that you have your phone, you're going to need some apps. We review apps on a regular basis, and you can find them here.
  • Tips and tricks: Your phone is full of cool features -- some obvious, some not. We've got a plethora of tips and tricks we've learned over the years.
  • Rooting: What is rooting? Should you root, and how do you do it? We've got your complete guide to rooting your phone.
  • Accessories: Now that you've got your phone, you should check out a case, or a spare battery or headset. And the Android Central Store has everything you could possibly need.
  • Community forums: The best source of Android help and information comes from you folks, the readers. And we've got the best Android Forums around. Don't be afraid to ask questions -- you'll be amazed and how everyone's eager to help

So congrats on your new phone, and welcome to the Android family! We're glad to have you!

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3 years ago

What version of Android do I have?

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3 years ago

Change your screen's brightness level

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Android Brightness settingsSo you've got this snazzy new phone, with some snazzy "Super AMOLED" or "SLCD" or "AMOLED" or "LCD" screen -- or whatever the tech buzzword of the week happens to be.

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3 years ago

Add a signature in gmail

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Android gmail signatureAdding a signature to your e-mail -- especially when you're working from a smartphone -- can be either a badge of honor, or an excuse. (The joke goes that you can get away with typo after typo so long as your signature says "Sent from my iPhone.)

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3 years ago

Know your robots

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid owners: Are you upgrading, or holding strong?

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motorola-droid

About a year ago the Motorola Droid was released, and many of us have held strong with it since then, but with all these new devices being released there is tons of temptations. As many of you know the primary line on Verizon accounts are eligible for annual upgrades, which means it is that time to make the big decision. Are you content with your Droid for the time being, or is there something else that is out that you plan to make the jump to? So, let us know, will the OG Droid be enough to hold you over for now, or will you be making your way to a Verizon store to grab yourself a new device?

Are you ready to upgrade your original Droid?online survey

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3 years ago

Keyboard shortcuts

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab root (and others) just a few clicks away with z4root root

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Galaxy Tab rooted

So you have your new shiny Galaxy Tab, and you want to root it.  I like the way you think.  The good news is that the days of SDK's, cryptic shell commands, and crazy Windows USB drivers are over.  An app from the Market (z4root -- links after the break) will root your Tab, as well as other Galaxy S phones and other NAND unlocked devices with just a button press.

  • Download and install Z4Root from the Market
  • Enable USB debugging (menu>settings>applications>development)
  • Run the app, and press the "root" button

Your Tab will restart, and you're rooted.  Unrooting is just as easy, just run z4root and "unroot."  Of course a lot of the goodies available for other devices just haven't been made for the Tab just yet, but they're coming.  Hit the jump for download links and a list of other phones this will work on.  [XDA Developers via Pocketables]

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3 years ago

Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Galaxy Tab Screen Shot

Now that we're all getting our Samsung Galaxy Tabs, we're going to want to take a screen shot or two, right? And Sammy's made it easy for us. No rooting, no muss, no fuss.

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3 years ago

Preparation for the Dalightly Saving Time switch

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Date and time settingsAs North America prepares to "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (and that's the correct name for it, by the way) at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, we need to make sure everything is ready to go -- including our Android phones.

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3 years ago

Motorola Backflip to Android 2.1 upgrade instructions, release notes

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Motorola Backflip Eclair update

Motorola has sent out the test version of the 2.1 update for the Backflip to a limited group of people.  If you're not one of them, no worries -- the download is out there for the taking -- or at least until it's taken down. Here's what to do:

  • Charge your phone fully.  This could take up to 40 minutes according to AT&T, but our tipster says about 15 minutes.
  • Grab the file right here.
  • Copy it to the root of your SD card (not inside another folder), and make sure it stays named "Blur_Version.3.0.1390.MB300.ATT.en.US.zip."  Sometimes Windows likes to add to the file type extension, so double check.
  • Tap the menu key > Settings > About Phone > System Updates and look for the update. Your Backflip should find it, install it, and reboot.

When you restart (this process may take a while!) you should be running Android 2.1.  Our friend also says that you may experience apps force closing, this can be fixed by uninstalling, then reinstalling.  Good Luck!  Thanks anonymous friends!

Update: Actually, it looks like Moto's ready to go with this update as soon as testing's over. You can find the entire Backflip Eclair update page here, and the release notes here. (pdf)

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3 years ago

What is rooting?

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Root your PhoneProbably the top three questions on your mind when it comes to your Android phone are the following:

  1. What is "rooting?"
  2. Why would I want to root my phone?
  3. And now that I've decided to do it, how do I root my phone?

It's a little scary, we know. But we've got you covered.

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