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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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[Deal Alert] Nexus 5 D821 (International LTE) On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals For $329.99

The Nexus 5 isn't being retired just yet, so you can still have the latest and greatest Nexus for a few more months. It seems kind of silly to pay full price for it at this point, though. Luckily, the international LTE variant (D821) is on sale today for $329.99 with free shipping in the US. There's no tax unless you're in Missouri, where it's 8%.

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LG G Watch Charging Cradle Now Available In The Play Store For $19.99

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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LG Slips The Unannounced G3 Stylus, A Probable Galaxy Note Competitor, Into A Promo Video

Tucked into the end of an otherwise unremarkable promo video for the G3 Beat is a fleeting glance of a new, unannounced variant of LG's latest flagship device. The phone is unapologetically labeled the G3 Stylus. It looks identical to the G3 save for a slightly larger screen and, well, a stylus. This is the first we've heard of this particular phone, though it's hardly a surprising addition to the lineup.

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The video glimpse of the G3 Stylus is about three seconds long, but shows a phone with a stylus bay on the top right of the device. It's got the same layout and pseudo-metal build from the G3, with a screen that looks like it's somewhere in the 5.7-6.0-inch range, presumably competing with Samsung's Galaxy Note series.

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AT&T Adds The LG G Pad 7.0 To Its Lineup On August 8th: $150 On-Contract, $250 Outright

When it comes to Android tablets on US carriers, you're lucky to find anything that isn't Samsung. But LG has been making a determined push as of late - in addition to expanding its G Pad lineup with three new models, they landed last year's G Pad 8.3 on Verizon. Today AT&T announced that it would make the smallest and cheapest current LG tablet, the G Pad 7.0, available on its LTE network starting this Friday, August 8th.

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You'll be able to buy a G Pad 7.0 with a new line of service and a two-year contract for $149.99, or $249.99 by itself.

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[Deal Alert] eBay Daily Deals Offers The 16GB Nexus 5 For $339.99 With Free Shipping And No Tax Outside California

At this point, it's likely that everyone who really wants a Nexus 5 already has one. But if by some chance you don't, an eBay seller is offering it at a small discount that could add up to significant savings. The Daily Deals page is selling the standard 16GB Nexus 5 for $339.99, $10 off of the price you get in the Google Play Store.

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Maybe that doesn't seem like much, but add in the fact that you get free shipping and no sales tax if you live outside California, and the savings add up. If I bought one from the Play Store and had it shipped here to Texas, the tax and $10 shipping would make the total $383.22, more than $40 above this eBay price.

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LG Issues G Watch Update In Response To Complaints About Corrosion And Skin Irritation

Reports began circulating over the last couple of days about an OTA update making its way out to owners of the LG G Watch, bumping the build number from KMV78V to KMV78Y. No official changelog has been posted for the update, but it looks like its main purpose is to fix the growing problem of corrosion buildup on the exposed POGO pins located on the back of the smartwatch.

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Photos collected by Ariel Ruff.

An explanation for the update was first posted by a commenter going by the name of Jack, who received this statement from an LG representative during an online chat.

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Exclusive: Google Exploring 'Google Workshop' To Take Customized Smartphone Cases To A New Level

Google hasn't exactly had a great track record when it comes to official Nexus accessories. Accessories have been teased or shown off only to arrive months later or not at all (remember that Nexus 10 dock?).

Recently, though, Google has done a much better job - there are a bevy of case options available for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) in a variety of colors, catering to almost all tastes (though at times the quality may not be ideal). According to information made available to us, it appears Google is exploring a tool that would take their accessory strategy to a new level - introducing custom cases and even live wallpapers, created by users in a special interface called - for now - Workshop.

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Some LG G Watch Owners Are Getting An OTA Update To KMV78Y

The Samsung Gear Live got an extra OTA update a few weeks ago, and now it looks like it's the G Watch's turn. There are scattered reports today of an OTA update rolling out with build number KMV78Y. The current build is KMV78V.

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Android 4.4.2 Update For Verizon's LG G Pad 8.3 Is Rolling Out Now

I really like my LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition (or as we call it 'round the office, the LGGP83GPE), and it's a bit disheartening that the standard version isn't getting more traction. But at least Verizon's LTE model is now on Android 4.4, as confirmed by Google+ users. Verizon's standard upgrade page says that the KitKat 4.4.2 OTA update adds a few changes to LG's software skin as well.

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In addition to the backend and user interface changes, at least some of which follow Google's lead (check out the white battery and signal bars), the G Pad 8.3 now has access to the Knock Code lock screen replacement found on other LG devices.

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