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Consider the following sentence:

I am developing an application to be installed on Android.

And this:

This has been a major flaw in Android...

To be clear I am unsure of the usage of "in" vs. "on". When should I use "in" and when to use "on"?

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This question is way too broad. But if you limit it to the two particular examples, the answer is: just memorize it. That's how native speakers learn it as well. A flaw is in something. Applications are installed on platforms. –  RegDwigнt Mar 2 '12 at 11:18
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Install software on a platform. Find defects in a program.

If you are developing an application to be installed in Android, then it's going to be incorporated into that software and form part of the platform.

If you find a major flaw on Android, you are not talking about Android itself, but something else which is running on that platform (and which works well on other platforms).

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