Captainkrtek · Oct 3, 2010 at 06:00 pm

The Weekly Q&A: Week 8

Here are the chosen questions and answers for the week. This week we found 5 interesting questions along with some great responses to them.

Q: What is the Difference between Branded and Unbranded Smartphones?

A: Branded smartphones come with the Carrier’s logo and are usually cheaper because they are purchased with a contract, unbranded phones are unlocked and free to use.

Q&A Originally Posted in General Q&A

Q: I recently switched to an Android smartphone from a BREW based phone and I’m getting these text messages from Verizon “//BREW:0108f3d4:GCD”, what is this?

A: When you switch from a BREW based phone (Verizon LG phones) to an Android phone Verizon may send these messages. To get rid of them power off the phone, remove the battery for 2 minutes, turn it back on, call *228 and select option 2.

Q&A Originally Posted in General Q&A

Q: I just tried to flash a ROM from recovery on my Android phone and got “Verification Failed, Installation Aborted” What happened?

A: Before you can flash a custom ROM the .zip file must be digitally signed in the ROM kitchen, if unzipped and re-zipped it will lose its verification, this happens often using the Safari browser as it likes to decompress .zip’s. Or if your download is corrupted (download the ROM again) it will fail the Verification.

Q&A Originally Posted in HTC Hero: Touch Q&A

Q: Is it possible to stop apps from starting up at boot time?

A: Yes, there are many free and paid apps available on the Android market that will let you choose which apps are allowed to start on boot up.

Q&A Originally Posted in Droid Eris Q&A

Q: What apps are safe to remove from my HTC Wildfire?

A: Apps that are not dependent on each other or part of another app are okay to remove, apps built in such as Footprint and Peep should not be removed as they are part of HTC Sense, but app’s like Amazon MP3 can be removed via /system/app.

Q&A Originally Posted in Wildfire Android Development

We hope this helped to answer a question you may have had, the site has plenty of information and if you roam around your forum you’ll be sure to find great answers to your questions. If you have any questions feel free to PM any of the News Writers.

-News Writer Team


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Captainkrtek

Captainkrtek is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. My name is Steven, Im a resident of Seattle Washington and an owner of a Droid Eris, Moto Droid 1, and an HTC Mega. I moderate 7 forums and am a News Writer for XDA. If you have any news tips or need help with your Android phone feel free to PM me! View Captainkrtek's posts and articles here.
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