covid 19 – Can I travel to Dubai without a smartphone?

The United Arab Emirates is currently open for tourism, subject to certain COVID-19–related rules, which are set out on the government’s travel website and which vary slightly from emirate to emirate. One of the rules for Dubai is as follows:

Rules that apply to all passengers arriving at or transiting through Dubai

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  • They must download COVID-19 DXB app available on App Store and Google Play.

We are planning a holiday to Dubai but there are at least two travellers in our group who do not own smartphones at all. If we want to travel to Dubai, do the rules as written and as applied in practice necessarily mean that these travellers would need to buy or borrow a COVID-19 DXB-compatible smartphone before travelling?

The wording on the government website doesn’t appear to grant any exceptions to Dubai’s rules, not even for children. But perhaps the rules given there are a simplification of the actual legal regulations which specifically address, and make alternative arrangements for, the minority of travellers without (compatible) smartphones? In particular:

  • Is it perhaps permitted for only one traveller in a family group to have the app installed, provided the group always stays together?
  • Are children or infants below a certain age exempt from the smartphone rule?

unbricking – Smartphone laggy and slow: when a factory reset is ineffective

First of all, I would like to say that I recognize how tiring it must be to read about people asking for help to solve problems all the time. I tried to not be that person… but here goes my story.

I have Galaxy S6 (SM-G920i), 4.5 years old, that I used a lot, and always served me well (within its capabilities). It is running Samsung’s stock Android 8.1.

However, two days ago, out of nowhere, he became excessively slow. It was very sudden: in a second I was reading some messages on WhatsApp, and in the next second the device was not responding, taking many seconds to answer any command from me.

I decided to restart it. But even that I couldn’t. It was as if it didn’t recognize that I was hitting the screen lock button. Then I forced a shutdown (I connected it to the charger, and held the power off + volume key).

After that, I turned it on again, but now the phone was stuck in the boot loop: taking 5 or 6 minutes to boot (screen with the Samsung logo) and as soon as it went to the lock screen, it restarted on its own.

I did a search on some specialized sites and forums, and the first recommendation was to “Wipe Cache” through the recovery mode. I was able to enter recovery mode, but I received the message “NO COMMAND” on a blue screen with the green android! Moments later, while I was searching about that new and unexpected error, the recovery screen finally appeared. I selected the option to clear the cache (Wipe Cache Partition), waited for completion, and then restarted the device… No success there! The problem persisted. Bootloop again.

The next recommended step now was to perform a factory reset. Against my will, I did. But, unfortunately, it did not solve the problem: the smartphone is still very slow, it is taking several minutes to boot up, it is taking 3 or 4 seconds to respond to simple commands (lock, unlock, scroll, etc…) and is exaggeratedly slow to open any application (simple as it may be, such as a calculator). Sometimes it hangs and gets hot (e.g. if I try to open the camera). Even in the safe mode, it behaves this way.

I am aware that this problem may be something related to the hardware since the storage units have a life cycle (although unlikely, it is possible that this occurred in less than 5 years). That said, I am also aware that the problem may not have a solution.

On the other hand, hope dies last: have you guys ever seen something similar, even on other devices? Am I missing something? Is there a path that I have not explored? Is it (soft or hard) bricked? Or, considering the facts, it is indeed a dying device?

Thank you for your time!

TL;DR: A Samsung Galaxy S6 with 4.5 years of use suddenly became laggy and unresponsive. “Wipe cache partition” and “Factory reset” were unable to restore device performance. Is there a solution?

updates – If I buy the cheapest possible Android smartphone today, how long can I keep it without having to buy a new one?

I’m forced to get a “smartphone”, even though I want nothing to do with them, simply to be able to use as a “digital identification” thing and similar things for companies that refuse to provide a website — only an “app”. So I’m trying to find the cheapest possible one.

There appears to be only two “kinds”: iPhone (ridiculously expensive beyond words) and Android (less expensive, but infested with Google). Since I don’t actually want to use them for their intended purpose, and will only power it on briefly when forced to, I’m going to have to pick an Android one.

The cheapest one I can find where I live is $189. A bit more than I expected. Could’ve sworn they sold sub-$100 ones not long ago. Either way, what I’m wondering is if they are going to make me keep buying new ones every few years, or if I can just perpetually update that one with new versions of the “Android” OS? Or do new versions eventually require newer phone hardware and refuse to install, leaving me with a rotting brick which eventually stops working?

I have a feeling that these things are made to become obsolete rather quickly. Is that feeling correct?

data recovery – Recover deleted chrome bookmarks, saved passwords, etc on android smartphone

My google account wasn’t even logged into google chrome. I was looking to backup my saved bookmarks and passwords and dissociate any such linked data with my google account. I went on to “chrome synced data” page and there it stated that if i clicked on “clear data” it’ll only delete history, bookmarks, passwords, etc. from my google account and not from my device. The fact of the matter is that even if that action could delete stored chrome data on my device, my chrome was not linked to any google account in the first place. I don’t know what happened, i lost 2 year worth of my life’s work in an instant. I really need those passwords and bookmarks. I don’t remember any of them. I’m using an android smartphone running on android 10. Please help me. I’m really desperate and tensed. If you don’t know how to recover them, then atleast guide me how or who should i contact .

data recovery – Recover deleted chrome bookmarks, saved passwords, etc on android smartphone

My google account wasn’t even logged into google chrome. I was looking to backup my saved bookmarks and passwords and dissociate any such linked data with my google account. I went on to “chrome synced data” page and there it stated that if i clicked on “clear data” it’ll only delete history, bookmarks, passwords, etc. from my google account and not from my device. The fact of the matter is that even if that action could delete stored chrome data on my device, my chrome was not linked to any google account in the first place. I don’t know what happened, i lost 2 year worth of my life’s work in an instant. I really need those passwords and bookmarks. I don’t remember any of them. I’m using an android smartphone running on android 10. Please help me. I’m really desperate and tensed. If you don’t know how to recover them, then atleast guide me how or who should i contact .

applications – Android app designed to work on SmartPhone But not TV

I have installed an app call mytv+ https://mytv-plus.com/mytvws/ for Samsung A7 and worked fine. I tried to install it on the android tv box (MX9 PRO 4k) but simply not working, just getting error code: (100). I contacted the developer he said this app is designed only for the smartphone and Error:(100) means that your android is rooted! so I noticed Supersu on my Android TV BOX! I went for a full unrooting yet the app still shows Error Code: (100).

is there any way I can force the app to work with the android tv box?

deletion – Reccomended way to securely erase SSD storage of a smartphone?

deletion – Reccomended way to securely erase SSD storage of a smartphone? – Information Security Stack Exchange

Is it possible to create a .ISO or .IMG of my smartphone and emulate it in a Android Emulator?

I have a moto g6 running Android 9 here. I would like to generate a ISO or IMG of my smartphone and load it by using a Android Emulator in a computer… Is that possible?

samsung – Does the sensors work when smartphone is switched off and what can make sensors work incorrect?

We want to track the movement and location of employees based on information from the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors (there are some control points, but their number is very small, mainly tracking is based on sensors).
I want to understand what can affect the operation of the sensors and do they work when the phone is switched off? In order to understand possible ways how employees can outsmart the system.

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