Is it possible to install Android OS on an ordinary laptop PC and work?

Posted 30 June 2018 – 06:12 PM

Hi,

    Can Android OS be easily installed on an ordinary laptop PC and work fine? Or is there a lot of futzing around to pull it off easily? Or does the laptop have to have a touch screen monitor for input in working with Android?

Thank you

Posted 30 June 2018 – 06:54 PM

You can do this using an emulator. I never used one though. A touchscreen isn't required as the mouse and keyboard are used.

https://www.androidauthority.com/best-android-emulators-for-pc-655308/

https://www.techradar.com/best/the-best-android-emulator

Somebody at BC who has experience with these may prefer one out of the list. Hopefully somebody else will comment.

Posted 30 June 2018 – 08:57 PM

Not that I've done it, but it appears it can be done natively.  Start reading here:  https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Install+Android+on+PC 

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Phone suddenly has YouTube restricted turned on, cannot turn off.

Posted 29 June 2018 – 05:25 PM

Since I woke up this last morning, the YouTube app on my phone (LG Stylo 3), has been in "Restricted mode" dissalowing me from viewing comments on any videos and many videos themselves. The help I could find said to go into the account settings on youtube, and click "restricted mode" then dis/enable it. Thing is, that's nowhere to be found in my account settings. Have screenshots, though not sure how to upload here. First time posting. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks.

HELP My android has very strange malware!!

Posted 29 June 2018 – 09:08 AM

I was chatting on my android phone when the screen suddenly went black and very strange audio started playing.

While the audio played I couldn't turn the screen on, but when the strange audio stopped I was able to turn the screen on and the phone was on lock mode where I had to enter my PIN to unlock it.

After a few seconds the phone's screen went black again and it started playing a really really strange audio about Hilary Clinton, I'm not joking.

After the audio was finished and I was able to access my phone again, I decided to turn it off.

I have no clue how the virus got on my phone, literally none. I never visited anywhere shady, and I never installed anything shady either!!!

I use VPN and malwarebytes for android too!!! After restarting my phone everything seems normal and I ran a scan with malwarebytes and AVG and nothing was found.

I have zero idea how this happened, has this ever happened to anyone?

Update:

 

I think I've found the issue. One of the audios I heard was an audio sent to me in a message, maybe I accidentally clicked on the audio and somehow my android phone freaked out and locked the screen black while the audio ran. 

Still seems really strange and a lot of coincidences happening at the same time.

Edited by joaol, 29 June 2018 – 01:53 PM.

Office app for Android

Posted 26 June 2018 – 03:42 PM

I am having trouble with my the Office app for Android (on my LG G6). When attempting to open a Word document, I receive the following error message: Word can't complete your request right now. I have already tried resetting Word, as well as uninstalling all of the office apps including OneDrive, and then reinstalling them again. Any ideas?

Posted 26 June 2018 – 04:03 PM

See if a PC can open the docx file. If it can then I am not sure what the problem is with the App other then trying the below app which can open .doc and .docx files. From doing a quick google it seems to be a common problem with no solution.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=softmaker.applications.textmakertrial

galaxy S8 and Ad Choices

Posted 19 June 2018 – 11:03 AM

Ad Choices is almost everywhere I go on my phone and is progressively gettig worse.  I have removed most of the new programs I installed and still no luck.  I have spent hours on the phone with Verizon and still no luck. I ran malwarebytes and still no luck.   Anyone have any suggestions?  It would be greatly appreciated. 

Posted 19 June 2018 – 11:51 AM

See:   https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ad+choices+removal+android

Several of the responses come from members of the "top shelf" Android-related forums, and appear to have been updated within the last year.

It's good that you came here, but with regard to "deep under the hood" Android issues you'll likely find what you're looking for at androidforums.com or xda-developers.com.  This thread, https://androidforums.com/threads/how-to-get-rid-of-adchoices.894258/, might prove helpful.

It is difficult to advise when you do not identify what steps you have already taken that did not work.

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Posted 19 June 2018 – 01:09 PM

Thank you Britech for the link.  Most of the fixes on the link you provided are for a PC and not an android and I was unable to find a solution there.  I did mention on the original post the things Ive tried.  Ive tried Malwarebytes and removing newly installed apps.  Verizons only solution was to wipe out my phone and start over whcih I do not want to do.  With that said, I saw that you used a browser called duckduckgo.  Ive never heard of it but checked into it and started using it.   So far it works great. Thank you for that. UPDATE: I called Samsung and they told me to remove my google play services update from my phone.  I did so and the problem is gone.  I hope this helps users of this forum in the future. 

Edited by chugg, 19 June 2018 – 02:01 PM.

Posted 26 June 2018 – 12:27 AM

Unfortunately, I thought this got rid of ad choices but it didnt.  Its still all over the place when I go online.  

Posted 27 June 2018 – 10:10 AM

Dos anyone else have any experience and recomendation for ad Choices?  It is on my computer and phone but the phone is worse. 

Edited by chugg, 27 June 2018 – 10:10 AM.

Posted 27 June 2018 – 12:05 PM

Dos anyone else have any experience and recomendation for ad Choices?  It is on my computer and phone but the phone is worse. 

Have you even bothered to look at the material I gave you the link to?   Ad choices, and various methods for removal, are discussed almost endlessly on Android-centric forums.  Look at them.

Brian  AKA  Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

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                    ~ Austin O'Malley

Posted 04 July 2018 – 11:54 PM

Britechguy yes I did spend alot of time looking at the 2 links your provided.  It did help me learn what ad choices is. It seems that there is possbily a setting in Chrome that is allowing adchoices to show me so many ads.  However, alot of that info is out dated and the steps and processes are out dated as well so it doesnt help me.  I am still looking for a fix. 

Posted 05 July 2018 – 07:57 AM

You're in the same boat most of us are when it comes to the change of pace in just how certain things are implemented, particularly how easy they are to find and tweak, as Android marches along.

Your best bet is going to be carefully targeted web searches for your specific version of Android, version of Ad Choices, and the device you're using.

If you finally find the solution you're seeking be kind and post that information here and anywhere else you think it might assist the next person in your shoes.

Brian  AKA  Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

      Memory is a crazy woman that hoards rags and throws away food.

                    ~ Austin O'Malley

Posted 05 July 2018 – 11:02 AM

Thank you Britechguy,

Ive been a member of this forum for a long time and always post my solutions when I find them and will do so with this situation.  I really appreciate your help.  Thanks!

questions about android 5.1

Posted 11 June 2018 – 12:59 AM

good morning all,

i have just bought the energy phone neo light with android 5.1

https://www.energysistem.com/en/products/smartphone/smartphone_series/42435-energy_phone_neo_lite

the phone is quite good and i found it much better than my previous cubot p7 

i have discovered that every time i connect to my wifi i pay charges (three to five cents) and this is something that i don't want

i have disabled every related data settings but again i pay charges every time i connect through my wifi

with my old cubot i haven't had any problem like this

second, i cannot add a second language  for messaging (english and greek) 

i use a pay as you go card

Posted 11 June 2018 – 10:15 AM

You would need to consult your service provider about that charge, as I have never seen any Android device incur a charge related to connecting to WiFi.  This has to be somehow related to something your cell service provider is doing.

With regard to adding languages and switching between them on Android, all I can do is refer you to search results:  https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Android+5.1+add+language

Brian  AKA  Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

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                    ~ Austin O'Malley

Posted 12 June 2018 – 09:00 AM

hi dear britechguy,

i thank you for the reply

your link is very helpful but unfortunately is not working on my phone

as far i know android 5.1 have some issues and my mobile is not an exception

i will try to investigate if my mobile service provider have any extra charges but it seems that the problem have to do with my new mobile

i haven't had that problem with my cubot p7 with the same sim card

thanks

No notification sounds when locked

Posted 25 July 2018 – 11:40 AM

Hello I am running a Samsung galaxy  tap s2. I have set every thing I can find and have made sure the wifi does not turning off wile locked and I will only get notification sounds for about 15 min after it locks. No email, Skype, whatsapp nothing. as soon as I unlock it they sound.

Apps are set to notify.

Tablet settings set to notify wile locked.

Battery saver not on.

And have tried clearing the app cahe

Any ideas?

Edited by Calvinder, 25 July 2018 – 02:53 PM.

Voice Navigation Instructions With Google Maps

Posted 07 June 2018 – 12:09 PM

I have a Blu Studio 5.0 cell phone with Android 4.2.

I would like to test whether I can hear Google Maps' voice navigation instructions with the phone speaker.

I do not have a data plan but I am able to connect to the office Wi-Fi network.
I realize that without a data plan I would not be able to hear voice navigation instruction in my car but while I am in the office I should be able to hear Google Maps' initial navigation instructions while I am connected to the office/s Wi-Fi, right? (Like, if I want to walk from my office to another building with a different address I should at least hear Google Maps' initial voice navigation instructions that tell me in which direction to head, right?)
Instead I do not hear anything…

What am I missing? Is my Android version perhaps too old for that?

PS:  Yes, I have rebooted the phone several times…

Posted 07 June 2018 – 05:09 PM

You could test this out more thoroughly by downloading the Google Maps for your region to your device then trying the navigation.

The data connection is needed to keep maps downloading as you "get close to the edge" of the one that's currently being used.  The text to speech is part of Android itself or of the Google Maps App.

You can definitely download some maps to the device for a defined period.  See:  

Download areas and navigate offline – Android - Google Maps Help

Brian  AKA  Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

      Memory is a crazy woman that hoards rags and throws away food.

                    ~ Austin O'Malley

WIFI on phone

Posted 17 July 2018 – 01:12 PM

hi i have a user who has two phones one work phone one personal phone,

the work phone has no issues and connects to the work WIFI no problem and stays connected, the personal phone however keeps dropping connection to work network ( this does not happen anywhere else ) any ideas? maybe DNS issue or IP not sure what ye think?

Posted 24 July 2018 – 06:58 AM

Hi, i think that if your work phone works ok, & the other one has some issue with wi-fi signals, then either you should check the internet connectivity in your home, or have your phone checked.

Posted 24 July 2018 – 08:02 AM

Hi i have found the issue, the setting  CONNECT AUTOMATICALLY was not checked, it is now ticked and no problems anymore

thanks 

How to clone/ghost cell phone?

Posted 04 June 2018 – 08:54 AM

I want to do manufacturer reset my Android cell phone and install some useful apps.

After that, how to clone or ghost entire cell phone to PC so that if the need, I can easier to restore back to cell phone from PC including OS and Apps?