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[Follow up] List of phones that work with “How to move almost all apps to SD card” procedure

How to move almost all Android apps to SD card (no root required) remains the most popular post on this blog despite being 2.5 years old. One of the most common questions about that procedure is which phone does it work on. To help answer this question, I added a Google Form to record success/failure reports and […]
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How to manually upgrade Nexus S from Android 2.3.6 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

If you own T-Mobile’s variant of Samsung Nexus S (i9020t) and don’t want to wait for the official OTA Android 4.0.3 update, you can install it manually. The procedure below will upgrade stock Android 2.3.6 build GRK39F to Android 4.0.3 build IML74K. With a rooted phone the easiest update process is to use ROM Manager (Download ROM […]
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Tip: how to prevent Swype keyboard from disabling on reboot

Swype is a very fast way to type on a touchscreen and once you get used to it going back to the regular keyboard is impossible. One nagging issue I’ve been having with Swype was that it was disappearing from the list of keyboards after reboot. As a result I had to re-enable it in Settings -> […]
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How to manually update Nexus One to Gingerbread 2.3.3 (FRG83G to GRI40)

While the official Gingerbread 2.3.3 release continues to roll out to Nexus One phones, impatient Nexus One owners can upgrade manually without waiting for the over-the-air update. The update procedure was described in details for the Froyo update and remains the same with the obvious exception of the update file downloaded in step 2. Make sure that you […]
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Speed up your Android: free up internal phone storage

If your Android phone seems to be running slower than it used to, check how much available internal storage it has left. If it has less than 30% left, freeing up some space will speed up the phone. That is because flash memory which is used for internal storage gets significantly slower as it gets […]
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How to move almost all Android apps to SD card (no root required)

[Update – May 2013] To see whether this procedure may work on your phone, check out the new post [Follow up] List of phones that work with “How to move almost all apps to SD card” procedure and comments to this post. Please note that this procedure does NOT work on the best selling Samsung Galaxy S3. [/Update] [Update […]
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How to update Android 2.2 (FroYo) FRF50 and FRF72 to FRF83

[Update 4]: No need for manual Android 2.2 updates anymore. Official Android 2.2 has arrived and will be installed over-the-air in the next few days. [/Update 4] [Update 3] FRF85B was not the final FroYo build. FRF91 is. To upgrade from FRF85B, use this link. [/Update 3] [Update 2] FRF85B is now available for T-Mobile and AT&T Nexus […]
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How to update Android 2.2 (FroYo) FRF50 to FRF72

[Update 2]: No need for manual Android 2.2 updates anymore. Official Android 2.2 has arrived and will be installed over-the-air in the next few days. [/Update 2] [Update]: Another Android 2.2 update is now available: FRF83. It can be installed if you are running either FRF50 or FRF72. To update to FRF83 use the procedure below for the update […]
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How to manually update Nexus One with Android 2.2 FroYo (ERE27 to FRF50)

[Update 3]: No need for manual Android 2.2 updates anymore. Official Android 2.2 has arrived and will be installed over-the-air in the next few days. Of course, you can install it manually too. [/Update 3] [Update 2]: Another Android 2.2 update is now available: FRF83. It can be installed if you are running either FRF50 or […]
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