Ask MTE: Install Android 4.0 On Galaxy Y? Install Windows 8 On Android Tablet? How Safe is Google In Handling Your Data? (Android, Week 16)

In this week’s Android question roundup, we talk about privacy, Android 4.0, Windows 8 on an Android tablet and wireless picture transfer from Android to a PC.

There is a lot of exciting stuff happening with the Android devices and OSes recently. Are you keeping up with what’s happening? Apple blocking the Samsung 10” tablet sales, Jelly Bean being introduced, the Samsung Galaxy S3 coming out…. fun stuff! What are your thoughts on Apple finally winning a ban on the Samsung tablet?

The Q&A

Note: Some of the questions will be rephrased and will not appear exactly as they were written in MTE’s inbox, for the sake of simplifying the question and giving as much space as possible to the answer. If you believe your answer was not adequately answered, go ahead and leave a comment at the bottom. We’ll get to you ASAP.

Q: How can i install Android 4 on Galaxy Y?

A: The device would first need to be rooted and a aftermarket ROM would need to be installed on your Galaxy Y. The problem I am seeing is, the internal memory is a bit low in the Galaxy Y compared to the minimum needed for 4.0. From what I can see, Android 4.0 needs at least 1GB of memory.

Device implementations MUST offer shared storage for applications. The shared storage provided MUST be at least
1GB in size. (ref: 4.0 compatibility PDF)


Q: How safe is Google? I mean, they want to store and save all of my information. I don’t know how comfortable I am with that.

A: A lot of people are concerned about their privacy when it comes to mobile devices. All companies use the information you share with them to better understand their customers; Google is no different. If you are not comfortable giving them your info, you can use other email addresses like Yahoo or whoever. If you want to download apps, you can use the Amazon App Store or one of the others to get your applications. While you will have some limitations, in essence, you can use a Google phone without much Google.


Q: If I bought an Android tablet, can I Change its OS to Windows 8 RT?

A: While it isn’t impossible, it is not worth the time and effort. From everything I’ve read, the problem is the processor. By making a Windows Emulator, you will slow the processor way down making it pointless to run an app on the tablet. Here is a Windows tablet with both Windows and Android OSes on it from Viewsonic. I have no idea how well it works, but you could probably install Windows 8 on it.

Q: What is the easiest way to send pictures wirelessly from my Android to my computer?

A: My personal preference is Dropbox. I have a folder for images called One Time Use in my Dropbox folder. I know anything in here is shared from my mobile devices. Also Dropbox added automatic camera uploads to their Android app a while ago. So if you are looking to sync your camera photos and video, it will be automatic.


Why Wasn’t My Question Answered?

If you asked a question and it wasn’t answered here, it could be one of three reasons:

  • Relevance: Your question needs to be totally relevant to the Android operating system.
  • Detail: Try to include as much detail as you can, such as the Android device and version of the Android OS you’re using.
  • Other Reasons: For some unfortunate reason, we couldn’t include your question in this edition. We’ll try our best effort to include the question in the next edition.

What’s your Android question?

If you have questions you think might fit well with MTE’s next edition of “Ask an Android Expert,” send us an email at “android-help [at]”. Leave comments only to discuss the questions presented here. If you want to ask a question, use the aforementioned email address.

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