Any folks here re-purposing ancient Android devices ??

Discussion in 'Android' started by smallhagrid, Sep 13, 2021.

  1. smallhagrid

    smallhagrid MDL Addicted

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    I'm asking because I've got several devices in great condition which have been sitting around for a while...
    (Please don't tell me to trash these things - I know how to do that already !!)

    The saddest of them is an Impression I10 tablet with version 2.3.1;
    I had gotten this way back when I hardly knew anything about Android at all, then found out that even GB apps wouldn't run on it - but it is a gorgeous old thing with lots of ports, etc. - that I cannot find any good way to re-use (except maybe as a BIG paperweight ?!?).
    ((I'd love to have a really old version of VLC which might allow it to display the stream from a wifi cam...)

    On the opposite end of the size scale are our old LG L38C phones with Android version 2.3.6.
    Rugged (but tiny) workhorses - easily rooted, great as MP3 players, and can run a few useful apps (like Localphone) - but not much else as most everything wants newer OS versions.

    There was a time when Apkpure listed way old apps - but not anymore it seems.

    So this thread is made in hopes of 2 possible directions from other members here, please:
    1 - Any highly recommended uses & apps for such super-old OS versions ??
    2 - Any site that keeps & shares really old versions of APKs ??

    Thanks for any helpful replies !!
     
  2. vladnil

    vladnil MDL Senior Member

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    You're a lucky man to have equipment without telemetry and surveillance

    and now install another 56 kb\seconds modem and you can attack the Pentagon.

    you won't be tracked

    because of the weak data flow on the 56 kb network, you will become a black cloak flying on the wings of the night.
     
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  3. NST_Adventure

    NST_Adventure MDL Addicted

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    Heh don't feel happy so fast

    There is one more thing

    Where you can download those old ancient app as op said? @vladnil

    Best Regards
    NST_Adventure
     
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  4. JohnSG

    JohnSG MDL Novice

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    I don't think I have anything that old, but I did buy a bluetooth amp to reuse a LG K20 as a mp3 player for my motorcycle.
     
  5. sml156

    sml156 MDL Member

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  6. Sajjo

    Sajjo MDL Member

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    Cool setup, nice pictures.
    :)
     
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  7. mirchisait

    mirchisait MDL Novice

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    What a cool setup...
     
  8. smallhagrid

    smallhagrid MDL Addicted

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    I agree 100% with those ^ folks - that is a really cool way to get around !!

    My car is a 24 y/o Saab - so as that will show, certain preferences are all about quality rather than newness.
    Another soft spot for me is LG phones & my cellular uses are mostly on an LG Volt with Android 4.4.2;
    That is truly all I need - it will be very missed after the Sprint/T-mobile merger forces me to change phones.
     
  9. ThomasMann

    ThomasMann MDL Expert

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    I do it exactly the other way around. I switched from an Asus and a 5.1.1 Android, to a redmi 9T, with android 11...
    Android 11 is continuosly interfering with my setups. I had set it to a wifi-only data download, but in spite of that the phone uses the voice-only simcard to download its important updates of Themes, and other such necessities... to my inquiry Xiami informed me that this cannot changed.
    As 11 is basically no better for my usages of a few phonecalls, listening to music and taking picture, but instead is stuffed with all kinds of (for me!) totally ridculous apps, I am now using the 5.1 phone again. I weighs half, is smaller, and has all the unecessary garbage removed, because it could be rooted in 5 minutes and sticks to my settings.
    The big heavy redmi 9T is used as a navi in the car, using "Navigator" offline software.