07
Aug
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There is a really annoying bug in Android that makes your Home and Recents buttons disappear and prevents the notification shade from working. It only happens after flashing an OS update without wiping, but since I've now run into this issue at least 3 times after updating my Nexus devices, and it's a pain to find any info on how to fix it online, it's time for a quick post.

Specifically, I just flashed the updated LPV81C L preview build on top of LPV79 (again, I did it without wiping data - just open the flash-all script and remove "-w" to do so) and observed the Nexus 5 boot into this:

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If the buttons disappear for you for the first time, you will be stumped.

07
Aug
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The Android L release is the first time Google has offered a developer preview of an upcoming version of the platform, so no one knew how it would handle things. Would there be updates? Could we watch L evolve over time? It was unclear before, but now Google has posted new versions of the images for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5.

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07
Aug
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Whenever there's a new gadget you can personalize, a series of staple geek-inspired designs will make their way onto it as fast as possible—Matrix, Tron, Star Wars, Star Trek, and so on. The terminal look is one such perfect example. Because of its text-based nature, it can replace any graphical interface with more information in a less obvious manner. And it looks cool doing so.

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06
Aug
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Facebook isn't usually known for embracing new Android features quickly, but Android Wear is getting a fair shake from the social network. Facebook Messenger v9 includes a few features especially for those of you who have Google-y watches on your wrists.

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06
Aug
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Sony tends not to push its flagship phones on US carriers, for whatever reason. Sometimes a tweaked version will happen along at a later date, and that was the case with the Xperia Z1. T-Mobile got the Xperia Z1s in January of this year, but it was still on Android 4.3. Well, not anymore—KitKat is rolling out now.

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06
Aug
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Earlier today, someone decided to post to the Android issue tracker complaining about the lack of multiuser support for smartphones. Within a few hours, a developer at Google responded and closed the issue, remarking that "the development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build." Sounds pretty definitive to us.

The "next public build" is the only ambiguous part of this statement, though that Googler is almost definitely referring to the "L" release of Android scheduled to land some time later this year.

06
Aug
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Luca Viscardi is one lucky, lucky, three times lucky guy. He seems to have gotten his hands on a Moto 360 for an extended amount of time and has been putting it through its paces. Thankfully, he has decided to share his thoughts along with many pictures with the world, so we can all feast our eyes on this much-awaited, droolworthy Android Wear watch. And from the looks of it, the Moto 360 won't disappoint.

05
Aug
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The first Android Wear devices have had a few issues related to charging. First the Gear Live charger started breaking, then the pins on the G Watch were corroding, and if you broke either charging mechanism, good luck getting a replacement. Now you can at least replace the G Watch dock by picking up a spare in the Play Store and direct from LG.

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04
Aug
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WhatsApp has become a social staple in many countries around the world. Where I live, it's either use WhatsApp or be a social reject... so everyone uses it. However, by relying on the app for all of your messaging and communication needs, you have to accept that its new Android-specific features will come at the developers' whim. Thankfully, they didn't take long to update the app for Android Wear.

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Version 2.11.318 of WhatsApp has been made available for download on the official website.

04
Aug
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It seems like one out of every four searches I make sends me to Wikipedia for one thing or another - for example, the metric prefix atto- means 10 to the negative eighteenth power, or one quintillionth, or really quite amazingly bloody small. Google itself defaults to a lot of Wikipedia pages for its Knowledge Graph info, and you'll get small cards full of Wikipedia content for many searches from Android Wear.

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