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[Lollipop Bug] Zut Alors: Setting Android 5.0 Language To Canadian French Can Cause SystemUI Crashes

Our readers in Quebec may want to temper their excitement for any upcoming Lollipop updates. According to this lengthy thread on Google's Android issue tracker, a number of French-speaking users are seeing system-breaking bugs. When setting an Android 5.0 device's language to Canadian French, it will periodically experience a SystemUI crash, usually when plugged in to charge or sync. The problem only seems to be affecting those who select "Français (Canada)," not "Français (France)."

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So far users on the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 9 are experiencing this problem, all running release builds of Lollipop. For some, unplugging the phone resolves the constant crashing of the SystemUI app, and the phone or tablet is once again usable.

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How To Enable Double Tap To Wake On Your Rooted Nexus 6

As we all know at this point, Google was originally going to include double tap to wake on the Nexus 6 just like it did on the Nexus 9. Then for whatever reason, it was disabled a few months ago. The N6 supports this feature, but it's not turned on by default. If you're willing to root the phone, you can get it back super-easily.

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[Lollipop Bug] Android 5.0 Can't Connect To Some Corporate Networks

The longer Android 5.0 is in the wild, the more we come across annoying little bugs. It sounds like Google might have broken something in the wireless framework in 5.0 because a sizeable number of users are reporting issues with connecting to their corporate networks after the 5.0 update.

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[Deal Alert] Get The LG G Watch R For $210 From T-Mobile (That's $90 Off)

The LG G Watch R, which David thinks is the best Android Wear has to offer for now, is an interesting device - it's an Android Wear device that has a circular screen, one that's actually a circle, escaping the "flat tire" design choice Motorola had to make for the Moto 360. But it also has a big funky angled bezel with numbers on it (like some real watches). Still, it's a solid device for the burgeoning category, with a 1.3" POLED display and 410mAh battery.

If you'd been eyeing the GWAR but the $299.99 price tag felt a little hard to justify, T-Mobile has you covered - you can get the G Watch R from T-mo for $209.99 using a special promo code.

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Google Play Services 6.5 Spruces Up Android's System Update Screen Too

Google Play Services version 6.5 began rolling out to users a few days ago, and as we work on an APK teardown to see what's under the hood, it looks like there's at least one more user-facing change in the update. Specifically, Android's system update screen is prettier.

The screen which, until now, consisted of the same drab title, horizontal break, "last checked" text, and "check now" button, has been granted a better design treatment. There's a new header image, new colors, and refined typography, along with a flat text button, per Google's design spec.

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The functionality of the system updates screen may still resemble the button on a crosswalk signal, but it at least looks better.

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Huawei Reassesses Decision To Leave Ascend Mate2 On Jelly Bean, Will Now Go All The Way To Lollipop In H1 2015

Huawei took a lot of heat when it told North American customers a few weeks ago that the Ascend Mate2 would not be getting the promised KitKat update. The original post was removed after the comments got ugly, and now Huawei is backtracking. After "reassessing" the decision to cancel KitKat on the Mate2, Huawei will go all the way to Lollipop, but not until some time in the first half of 2015.

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Chainfire Figures Out How To Root Lollipop Without A Modified Kernel

The newest beta of Chainfire's SuperSU comes with a major improvement—as of v2.27, you no longer need a modified kernel to gain root on Lollipop devices. This is a beta, and as Chainfire says, there's a chance you could break something and get in a bootloop. Still, this is a great development.

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[Deal Alert] Get All Four Andru Chargers From PowerbyGen For $64.99 (That's ~$35 Off)

Andru is probably the most adorable power adapter in the universe. The bugdroid-inspired plug has movable arms, flexible antennae, and light-up eyes (blue means charging, white is for standby), making it a perfect desk charger and about 100 times more dynamic than the average power brick.

The 2.5" adapter has 5V/1A DC output, and normally costs $25 each for an Andru, Andru Dark, Andru Chill, or Andra (pink) unit. In preparation for holiday shopping (or just for fun, who knows?) PowerbyGen is offering all four variants together for just $65, about $35 off the normal price of a full set.

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PowerbyGen doesn't specify exactly how long we can expect this deal to last, but if you're looking for a great small gift for a tech lover in your life, you can't go wrong with Andru.

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Chrome's Upcoming Navigation Transitions API Will Make The Web Animate And Flow Like Material Design In Android

One of the things we all kind of deal with when using a web browser is a total lack of elegant transitions. Most browsers and web pages lack anything in the way of transition animations, and those that do are one-off jobs coded in things like Ajax that can be complex. Otherwise, we're left with white flashes in-between page loads and seemingly random assemblage of elements as they render. Google wants to change that, and they want to do it with something called the Navigation Transitions API. Check out the embedded video below. (If the timecode doesn't work, it starts at 54:10 and ends at about 59:30).

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