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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Rgarner, May 27, 2019.

  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I bet almost nobody on here has heard of Zoop. It's a neat little puzzle game, originally for Super Nintendo, ported to Android. I found it and was considering downloading it, but there's no way it needs Internet access or to be messing with the sd card. Is there some way to get it and shut off at least some of those permissions? Would playing offline help?
     


  2. R8a8idF

    R8a8idF Newbie

    You could likely toggle the SD card permission off in your settings and use a firewall app like netguard to block internet access specific to the app itself.
     
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  3. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    That sounds good. I hope netguard is a freebie. What's its footprint?
     
  4. R8a8idF

    R8a8idF Newbie

    Netguard does have a free version. Paid version is really nice though. No special permissions required. Is that what you mean by footprint?
     
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  5. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    There's more than one app of that name in the Play Store, so I can't be sure which one you mean. The first game of that name I looked at had network access but not SD.

    But many games require internet access just because they are ad-supported, or in some cases to check the license. Doesn't have to be anything to do with the gameplay itself.
     
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  6. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    I have a copy of Zoop, wow I was starting to wonder if it had any fan base, yes it is an under rated gem. :O
     
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  7. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    By footprint I mean how many kb or mb. I do finally have a 256 gb sd card, but I know not everything will go on it, at least not without root. Do apks go automatically to sd or do they have to be moved? Are there some that won't without root?
     
  8. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    apks don't automatically go to SD (unless you've used the ADB trick to set the default install location to SD: something like "adb pm shell setInstallLocation 2", but check the exact format because they changed it at one point and I've not used it for about 7 years). And yes there are quite a lot that won't without root. It has to be supported by the developer.
     
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  9. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I assume that's Android Debugging Bridge. I've never used that. Does it require a computer? How much does it cost?
     
  10. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Would be eaiser to track down a copy of Zoop and get a snes next to nothing, on ebay. Save your mental stress that way.
     
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  11. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    It is Android Debug Bridge. It does require a computer: you type the command on a computer (with ADB installed), with the phone connected via USB and USB debugging enabled. It costs nothing.
     
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  12. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Isn't there some noncomputer version of ADB? If I have 2 S5s could I somehow hook them up to each other? I'm sorry for the underline but I don't know how to stop it.
     
  13. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I'm kind of lost right now. What is it you're wanting to accomplish?
    Edit your post and remove the [u] and [/u] from the beginning and end of your text.

    You may have to switch editors to see the code instead of its result.
     
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  14. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    That particular command can only be done via ADB, which does require a computer.

    Some things you'd use ADB for can be done using a terminal emulator on a rooted phone, but I remember back in the HTC Desire days (last time I did this thing) we determined that this one wasn't one of them.
     
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