How to stop ‘OK Google’ from displaying over your Android Wear watch face

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You might have noticed that “OK Google” appears every time your watch face lights up on your Android Wear smartwatch. It’s there to remind you that you can say “OK Google” to search for something or start an app. After a week or so, you pretty much get the hint and no longer want it covering your face. How do you get rid of it?


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How to use Motorola Keylink to bypass your lock screen on non Lollipop devices

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Motorola introduced Keylink today, which does a variety of things for $24.99. For starters, it’s a keychain that you can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Using the Motorola Connect app, you will be able to see where your keys are on a map in the event that you misplaced them. If it’s your phone that you misplaced, you can force it to ring.

All good stuff, but probably the coolest feature is that Keylink will bypass your security lock screen as long as it’s connected to your phone. Motorola says this will work with only the Moto X (2014), the DROID Turbo, or any other smartphone running Lollipop. The reason for Lollipop is that it has a built-in function called Smart Lock, allowing you to set any Bluetooth device as trusted in order to bypass your security lock screen. Does that mean that users on KitKat, Jelly Bean or other versions of Android can’t use Keylink? Absolutely not.


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Watch faces auto shift in ‘Always On’ mode on the LG G Watch R, here’s how to compensate for it

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If you own the LG G Watch R, you might have noticed that your watch faces seem to shift ever so slightly when in the dimmed “Always On” mode. Then when the face fully lights up, it goes back to center, especially with apps like Facer. You’re not alone in that a lot of people have noticed it. It appears to be by design as a way to prevent screen burn in. The only problem is that some faces look horrible as you can see in the image above. You want to utilize the “Always On” display so you can enjoy your watch face, but seeing white around the sides just ruins the experience. There is no way to turn this feature off (you wouldn’t want to), but there is something that you can do to compensate for it.


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How to manage which folders are automatically backed up to Google’s Photos app cloud storage

google photo backupOne of the best features of Google+ is the streamlined photo backup service that’s baked right into the social media app. Once it’s turned on, it keeps all of the photos on your device backed up to cloud storage on your Google account so you can easily access the photos and never have to worry about losing them in case something happens to your phone or tablet.

The backup service is great, but sometimes you may not want Google backing up every photo on your device, especially the stuff in your downloads or screenshot folder. Fortunately, there’s a way to control exactly which folders do and don’t get backed up, even if it’s not completely obvious to find. 
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How to manually install the Lollipop OTA on your Nexus device, download links included

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There are two methods for manually updating your Nexus device to Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can flash the factory image, but if your bootloader isn’t unlocked, it means you have to do a factory reset. The good news is that there is another method and that is to install the actual Over-The-Air (OTA) update. Even better news….you won’t lose your data!! Oh wait, there’s even better news…..we have all the instructions on how to do it right after the break.


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How to install the Lollipop factory image on your Nexus device [and keep your data]

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The Lollipop update is rolling to Nexus devices as we speak, but it could take up to a week till your device receives it. If you’re the impatient type, we have all the instructions to get Lollipop up and running in no time. You can download and flash the appropriate factory image for your device.

Now there are a couple of caveats. The first is that your bootloader must be unlocked. It’s not a big deal to unlock it, but the only issue with that is that your device will be wiped clean as in you will lose all your data. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the OTA update, which keeps your data. If you happen to already have an unlocked bootloader, you can  flash the factory image without wiping your data. Depending on your situation, we have two sets of instructions for you right after the break.


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How to bring back the ‘steps today’ card on your Android Wear smartwatch after installing Google Fit

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Google released the Fit app a few days ago, which keeps track of all our fitness activities. If you own an Android Wear smartwatch and installed the Fit app, you might have noticed that you’re no longer getting the “XXXX steps today” card. Instead, you might be seeing a card for “X min today” as in how many minutes you were active. It’s pretty easy to get your “Steps” card back. Hit the break to get started.


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How to stop notification cards from covering your Android Wear watch face

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Upon receiving the 4.4W.2 update on my G Watch, I noticed that notification cards weren’t appearing on my watch face anymore. Of course, I could still see them if I swiped up. The way I was expecting it to work was that the most recent notification card would appear over my watch face, but the update would now allow me to swipe down, thus removing it from my watch face, but not clearing it. I immediately posted on Google+, but nobody knew what was going on.


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How to beam files and photos from one phone to another with the new Android Beam in Android Lollipop

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Android Beam debuted in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which was kind of cool at the time, but not all that useful. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has upped the game by adding Android Beam to the Share menu and allowing you to send files, documents, or even photos from one phone to another phone by simply touching the two devices together. It will even work for files or photos that are stored in the cloud, as in not physically on your device. Assuming both devices have NFC, and at least the sending device has Android Lollipop or higher, it’s quite easy to do.


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