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[Bug Watch] Nexus 4 KitKat OTA KRT16S Causing Bizarre Home Button And Quick Settings Issues For Some [Update: Possible Fix]

Since the OTAs for KRT16S started rolling out in the middle of last week, some Nexus 4 owners updating from Jelly Bean are experiencing really troubling behavior after installing the new version. There are reports of issues with core interface functionality like a non-working Home button, Quick Settings toggle, a broken dialer, and various other issues. Not all affected devices have had exactly the same results, and many weren't hit, but some unusual complications have definitely started turning up.

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The problems seem to be limited to those upgrading from the final version of Jelly Bean (JWR66Y) to the most recent build of KitKat (KRT16S) via the OTA, or using the factory image without wiping data.

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The Nexus 4 Finally Gets 4.4 - Here's How You Can Flash The KitKat KRT16S OTA Manually [Root Or Unlock Not Required)

Good news, everyone! The coveted Nexus 4 OTA to Android 4.4 is finally here after a brief delay caused by several serious bugs. It started rolling out very slowly a few days ago, but it wasn't until just now that we were able to finally identify the OTA zip urls for those of you who want to flash KitKat manually without having to wait any longer. No need to mash the Check for updates button over and over - let alone it doesn't actually do anything.

So grab and flash the 239MB KRT16S Android 4.4 OTA right now, no matter what your rooting/bootloader situation is.

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Black And Grey Nexus 5 Bumper Cases Are Now In Stock In The Play Store, Shipping To The US And Canada

 Flaming red and safety vest yellow might accessorize well if you're a firefighter with an insatiable enthusiasm for Nexus hardware, but they'll stand out like a sore thumb for anyone else. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if you prefer your Nexus 5 protective case in a more subtle hue, Google just posted both black and grey versions of the bumper case to the Play Store.

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Like the more flamboyant options, the grey and black cases are $34.99 each, and they cover everything except the screen and camera. Pretty standard stuff, and certainly pricey, but none of the third-party cases have a "Nexus" badge on the back, do they?

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Google Engineer Dan Morrill Sheds Some Light On The Nexus OTA Process, Urges You To Never Clear Google Service Framework Data

The Android 4.4 update, aka KitKat, still has yet to roll out to a large number of Nexus device owners out there. And, in desperation, some users are resorting to methods they probably don't fully understand in order to get the OTA, one of which is clearing the Google Service Framework data. This method isn't new, but it's one whose side effects are not generally considered by those who use it, at least according to Google engineer Dan Morrill.

In a reddit thread on the subject, Morrill states, essentially, that clearing the framework data is going to break stuff. Specifically, any apps relying on GCM functionality (Google Cloud Messenger) for things like push updates may freak out, stop sending notifications, or engage in other odd / less than useful behavior.

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[Developer Changelog] KRT16O To KRT16S, Critical Bug In Full-Disk Encryption Explains Hotfix

If you've recently updated your Nexus device from Jelly Bean to KitKat, there's a chance you're already being notified of an OTA update to KRT16S. If you're wondering what's changed, the collected list of source commits has been posted by Al Sutton. Most of the tweaks are pretty minor, including an improvement to the backup service, a few updated APNs for assorted carriers, and code to handle rare issues with the 3G Nexus 7 (2012) radio. However, there is one emergency fix for a serious bug that could result in the loss of access to encrypted disks on a device upgrading from 4.3 to 4.4.

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A Hardware Modification Gives The Nexus 5's Underpowered Speaker A Little More Oomph

If you read our Nexus 5 Voltron-style review, you know that one of the Nexus 5's only real failings is its tiny, tinny speaker. To quote Mr. Ruddock: "It doesn't get very loud, the quality is pretty gag-worthy." A few XDA-Developers members decided to investigate the actual hardware on the speaker, leading Adam Outler to conclude that at least some units were affected by a manufacturing defect. He decided to fix this problem the XDA way: by cracking the phone open and poking holes in it.

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OK, so it's a little more subtle than that. Outler suspects that runny manufacturer glue is covering some of the ports in the speaker unit used to resonate sound outwards, muffling the speaker to an extreme and annoying degree for some users.

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Google Releases KitKat 4.4 Bugfix Update KRT16S For Nexus Devices - Factory Images, Binaries, Kernel Source And AOSP Code Are Already Up

The first notable update for KitKat has just been released across most of the major AOSP and Nexus channels. According to Google software engineer Conley Owens, the KRT16S build includes bugfixes for the original Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi and mobile versions), Nexus 4, and Nexus 10. The binaries have already been added to the Nexus repository.

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Google has also updated the factory images for the relevant Nexus devices. You can see the full list here, or follow the links for the Nexus 7 WiFi, Nexus 7 Mobile, N7 2013 WiFi, N7 2013 Mobile, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10.

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Google Now Selling Play Store Devices In Hong Kong And India, Starts Off With Nexus 5 And Nexus 7 (2013)

While the Nexus 5 launched nearly three weeks ago in some parts of the world, as we all know, the Google Play Store doesn't exactly ship to every corner of the globe. Today, we're getting a little closer to that goal, though, as India and Hong Kong can now purchase the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) direct from Google, as confirmed by the Nexus page on Google+.

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Starting with Hong Kong (Play Store pictured above), pricing for the Nexus 5 is HK$3,198 for the 16GB version, and HK$3,588 for the 32GB variant. The 2013 Nexus 7 will run HK$2,398 at the 16GB level, HK$2,798 for 32GB, and HK$3,598 if you desire the 32GB LTE mobile data model.

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Google's New Nexus Wireless Charger, Red/Yellow N5 Bumpers, And Black/White QuickCases Are On Sale In The US Play Store [Update: Canada Too]

Google made a big deal out of the Qi-compatible wireless charger last year, but it took months to finally arrive. This year Google's updated Nexus Wireless Charger is making its entrance in a much more timely manner. You can order it right now and it'll ship on or around November 22nd.

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The Nexus charger is compatible with all recent devices with Qi technology – the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and 2013 Nexus 7. Unlike the last wireless charger from Google, this one is flat and parallel with the surface it sits on. The orb was, well, an orb.

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The charger only comes in black and weighs 105g.

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MKBHD Goes Hands-On With The LG G Flex, Fails To Break It

Noted YouTube guy and occasional Android Police guest, MKBHD got his hands on an LG G Flex from South Korea and as is his custom, has made a video about it. If you've been wondering about that self-healing back, this video will clear some things up for you.

LG went to great pains to show off the scratch-resistant back material in a recent video, and it was pretty impressive. As MKBHD points out, though, that was shot under ideal conditions. The wire brush used made a cluster of very light, but easy to spot scratches. A deeper, more jagged scratch from your keys might not heal as well.

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