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How To Fix Missing Home And Recents Buttons, And Notification Shade That Refuses To Pull Down After Android Update

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.

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Android "L" Preview Source Code Going Live In AOSP, Includes Support For Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012+2013), And 10 [Update: It's Only Partial Source]

It looks like Google is serious about getting the "L" preview out to developers in all of its forms, even as code. That's right, some of the source code is already live on AOSP!Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 4.15.59 PM

It looks like all of the recent Nexus devices are covered - everything from the 2012 Nexus 7 up through to the Nexus 5. Of course, just because branches have been published for these devices, it is not absolute confirmation that this entire list of devices will receive an official L release.

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Better Late Than Never - 2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi And Wi-Fi+3G Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L) OTA Urls Have Been Finally Captured

While the majority of Nexus and GPE devices have received their Android 4.4.3 OTAs relatively quickly, the rollout for certain other devices has certainly been... unusual. We still haven't heard anything about the 2013 Nexus 7 LTE, the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, or the Moto G GPE, and until today, the OTA for the 2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (I've been waiting for it to post both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G links together).

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Nexus 7 (16GB) On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals For $139.99 ($90 Off)

It's really been raining Nexus 7 deals lately. This time the 16GB N7 is available as a refurbished unit from eBay Daily Deals for a mere $139.99. That's $90 off the Google Play price.

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[Deal Alert] 16GB, 32GB, And 32GB LTE 2013 Nexus 7 Refurbs On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals ($40-70 Off)

The Nexus 7 is coming up on a year old at this point, but it's still a capable tablet with a great screen. If you don't mind using last year's hardware, the Nexus 7 can be had at a nice discount on eBay today. You get your choice of the 16GB, 32GB, or 32GB LTE variant for up to $70 off.

2014-05-23 11_07_56-Asus Google Nexus 7 2nd Gen 7_ 32 GB Android 4 3 Wi Fi Tablet 2013 Black 8862275

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[Deal Alert] Google's Play Store Accessory Sale Returns For April Fool's Day, Still Genuinely Saves You 25% Off Select Cases

 

Google's 25% off cases sale has returned, and thankfully so. The products the company offers in the Play Store aren't cheap. Yet while there are more affordable options to be found elsewhere, there's nothing quite like a first-party case to provide a perfect fit and that proud Nexus branding. Now you can again snag up one for the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 at 75% of the original price.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished 32GB Nexus 7 (2012 Model) Is $100 After Mail-In Rebate At Newegg

The holiday season saw a ton of tablets dip below the coveted $100 mark, but there weren't many of them that were actually worth even that low price. But today you can pick up the 32GB version of the original Tegra-powered Nexus 7 from Newegg for a cool c-note... assuming you're OK with both a refurbished model and a rebate in the form of a $50 prepaid Visa card.

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That's still a pretty good deal if you're willing to jump through the hoops.

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Verizon's Nexus 7 LTE Is Live For $249.99, Only $100 Off With A 2-Year Contract

It took a few months longer than everyone was hoping, but Verizon is finally supporting the 2013 Nexus 7. Big Red is even selling the device, if you don't want to get it from Google Play for some reason. However, the pricing isn't awesome. Verizon wants $249.99 for the Nexus 7 with a 2-year contract.

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The off-contract price of the LTE Nexus 7 is $349.99, which is the same as the Google price.

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[Bug Watch] Flac Audio Files Are Popping And Stuttering On Android 4.4, A Fix Is Coming

If you're an audio perfectionist, you've surely stumbled onto flac, an audio compression format designed to deliver lossless recordings. The file sizes are considerably larger than your average MP3, but the sound quality is unparalleled by lossy compression algorithms. It's not hard to see why audiophiles drift towards flac as their preferred storage medium. Now imagine the latest version of Android is causing stuttering, cracks, pops, and static in the otherwise perfect playback of flac.

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[Deal Alert] Office Depot Has The 16GB Nexus 7 Available For $50 Off, $40 Savings With The 32GB Model

Google wants to entice you to buy a Nexus 7 from the Play Store, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter where you pick one up. So if you're looking to snag one in time for Christmas at a discounted price, Office Depot is currently willing to sell you one for $50 off. This brings the price of the 16GB model down to $179.99.

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If you insist on buying the larger 32GB model (and really, I wouldn't blame you), Office Depot is willing to part with that for $40 off the usual retail price.

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