[Lollipop Bug] Adding a widget could freeze the launcher

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You can’t expect a major update to be free of bugs, and Lollipop is no exception. A new bug has been found in that after adding a widget the launcher freezes followed by a transparent widget drawer and transparent launcher.

Tapping the Home or Back buttons does nothing, but supposedly you can tap somewhere between the home and app drawer icon to stop it. We have a video after the break.


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Google encourages developers to use the newer Saved Games feature (Snapshots) instead of AppState

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Back in 2013, Google Play Games launched giving developers the ability to implement game saves using the AppState API. The API made it easier for developers in that they didn’t need their own server for the saves. However, it was limited to only 4 slots of 256k of data, which wasn’t enough for some games.

Google followed up with a new Saved Games feature that used Google Drive and gave developers 3 MB per game and unlimited slots. This was introduced a few months ago at Google I/O, but the older AppState continued to exist.


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Lollipop ‘Smart Lock’ now works with locations after Google Play Services 6.5

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Yesterday, Google announced Google Play Services 6.5 with a slew of new features, but it looks like there is at least one more hidden gem. Smart Lock is a new feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop that already allows you to set certain Bluetooth devices (Trusted Devices), NFC stickers, or even your face as a way to bypass the security lock screen. So for example, if you set your Bluetooth headset as a trusted device, you won’t need to enter your security PIN if your phone is connected to it. That’s all good stuff, but Google didn’t include locations or WiFi networks with the initial launch of Lollipop. That’s changing with Play Services 6.5.


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Google Play Services version 6.5 updates Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit [Updated with APK Download]

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An update is rolling out now to Google Play Services, bringing new features to a slew of the company’s products. Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit are all involved in the version 6.5 update. On top of all of this, developers are being handed more control over the APIs utilized by an app.


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Your dreams of a Nokia Android tablet have come true

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History in the making today folks. The first ever Nokia-branded Android tablet has been announced. The N1 features a one piece all aluminum body, a 7.9-inch 4:3 laminated display (2048×1536), a 2.4 GHz quad-core Atom 64-bit processor (Z3580), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 5,300 mAh battery, and it’s only 6.9 mm thick.

It even runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it won’t be stock. Nokia has installed its own Z launcher, but promises other changes will be kept to a minimum.


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LinkNYC network will bring futuristic payphones to The Big Apple

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Things are about to change in New York City. Traditional payphones are being ushered out in favor of a modern technology. The LinkNYC network brings calling and a wireless connection to sidewalks throughout the city. The physical pillar to represent the LinkNYC network is called a Link. There will be up to 10,000 Links placed in the five boroughs of New York City with construction starting early next year.


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Google Keep gets new Material Design facelift and note sharing capabilities

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Google is currently in the process of pushing out an update for its official Keep application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the ability to share notes with others, together with a makeover that falls in line with the search engine giant’s Material Design guidelines.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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