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Claudio asks: What are some best practices for those who like to experiment with different ROMs but are put off by having to reset everything just to try out a new one?
You might not like this answer, but for the most part, reseting everything is the best practice. Personally, when I flash a new ROM, I wipe everything, including my data.
Though it isn’t exactly common, it’s possible that settings and data that you back up might use an unusual file structure that could cause problems when you restore them. For the most part, you can use an app like Titanium Backup to restore your apps, but be careful as this can cause problems as well, especially if you’re flashing a ROM with a different version of Android. Unless you really have a great reason to, and you know exactly why you’re doing it, restoring system apps isn’t a good idea.
When it comes to photos, music, etc., cloud storage is your best friend: Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Play Music and similar apps can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
Nazeeb says: My Samsung Galaxy S3 used to charge from 20% to 100% in around 3 hours, but lately it’s taking as long as 6 hours to charge, though sometimes it still charges quickly. Why is this happening?
It’s possible that your battery is starting to go, but you didn’t mention anything like your battery draining faster, so this doesn’t appear to be the case. If you notice anything like your phone feeling hotter than normal as it charges, you might want to look into replacing the battery.
It seems much more likely that you could be having problems with your charger. If you have another charger available to try, you can try charging your phone with it and see if your problem is resolved. If you don’t have another charger but do have another phone, try charging that with your charger and see if the problem occurs with that phone as well.
Raul says: The HTC One Developer Edition has an unlocked bootloader. Does this mean that it doesn’t have a warranty?
The HTC One Developer Edition does have a warranty. In fact, that’s one of the key points of the Developer Edition: you get the unlocked bootloader and get to keep your warranty. To verify this, just head over to the product page and head to the “Features” tab. Down at the bottom you’ll see that it has a 1 year warranty.
A few users wrote in to ask: When is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 going to be updated to Android 4.2.2?
Rumor has it that higher-end Samsung devices like the Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 are going to be receiving an update to Android 4.2.2 some time in June. Of course, at this point, this is still just a rumor, but we definitely wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be true.
Jon asks: Is there any way for an Android phone to recognize the NTFS file system?
Why yes, Jon, there is a way, but there is one caveat: it requires your phone to be rooted. That said, if you do happen to be rooted, then simply head to the Play Store and pick up Paragon. Not only does it claim to support NTFS, but also exFAT and HFS+. I’ve never used the app personally, but reviews seem to be fairly positive.
Adrien says: I have a Nexus 10. Is there an app that can turn my handwritten notes into text?
It’s possible that there are a ton of other apps that may do this, but I found one that was specifically mentioned as working by Nexus 10 users. The app is called 7notes with mazec. Yes, even the case is exactly as shown. I haven’t used the app myself, but the app is rated 4.3 on its Play Store page.
Jacob says: My contract ends July 1st, and I’m not sure if I should wait for the Note 3 or get whatever the best phablet is at the time. Basically, is the Note 3 worth waiting for?
This is a difficult question to answer, as we don’t currently have many concrete details on the Galaxy Note 3 regarding either the specs or the release date. Based on the rumors we’re seeing, it definitely seems like it should be a very nice piece of hardware no matter what the final specs are, but that still leaves the release date. Some rumors have the Note 3 being released this summer, while others are saying that we likely won’t see it until September. I’m betting on the latter.
The main question to ask yourself is this: how long are you willing to wait?
Jessie says: I have a Galaxy S3 running a stock stable 4.1.2 TouchWiz ROM. I recently flash an AOSP ROM but returned to my current ROM. Now videos on my phone and YouTube occasionally won’t play. Will reflashing the ROM fix this?
It’s hard to tell, but it seems possible that you didn’t completely wipe your phone before moving back to the ROM you’re currently using. If that’s the case, then yes, reflashing might help as long as you completely wipe the right partitions, as well as the Dalvik Cache. If it doesn’t, it might be worth looking to see if there are any known issues with the ROM you’re using.
Tamir asks: Do I need to install the Adobe Flash Player on my Galaxy S3 or is it already included? And how can I update it?
The Galaxy S3 doesn’t include Adobe Flash, and installing it is going to be a little difficult since Flash is no longer supported on Android. Luckily, we have a guide that will walk you through getting the .apk installed. Unfortunately, since Adobe no longer supports Flash on Android, you won’t be seeing any updates.
Damian says: I bought a Nexus wireless charger for my Droid DNA, but it won’t charge the battery. I get the indication that it’s charging, but even with the screen off, it seems the battery drains faster than the charger charges it. What gives?
First, let’s just make sure that nothing is partially affecting the charging capability. For instance, are you using a case with your DNA? If so, try removing it.
A little searching around uncovered a thread on XDA Developers that revealed that at least a few users found they had to use their warranty to get a replacement phone in order to reliably use wireless charging. It isn’t easy to get a good figure of how many people needed to do this, but it has definitely happened a few times.
That said, I’ve never had wireless charging work reliably, and this is across quite a few devices. It would work occasionally, but it was never anything I could count on. You might just have my luck when it comes to wireless charging.
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