A new glitch has been identified in the Android Wear platform that results in apps closing unexpectedly. The problem is primarily connected to the accelerometer. Apparently Android Wear attempts to access the accelerometer to update the pedometer step count. In the course of doing this, the system tries to create a new card to display this new step count data. If another application that is also collecting accelerometer data is open in full screen mode, creation of the new step count card will cause a crash of the application.
A temporary workaround for the problem involves ensuring applications do not open in full screen mode. Instead, developers need to configure their apps to create a persistent notification in the context stream and give that notification an action to go full screen.
An update to Android Wear to stop this particular problem, and perhaps others that may involve sensors being accessed by more than one application at a time, will likely be developed and pushed out soon.
According to Google, a recent Gmail bug which affected the iOS app, the offline version of Gmail, and mobile browsers may have resulted in users accidentally spam-marking or even deleting the wrong emails.
The bug was in effect between the 15th and 22nd of January, and Google says that users should check their spam and trash folders for emails that they may have accidentally put there.
Sources and some users are reporting a possible bug in Android 4.4.2 involving sound files for notifications, ringtones and alarms. The problems appears to be triggered by some file explorer programs that results in new sounds not being recognized as an available sound.
Gibson Security has found a security issue in Snapchat, the popular photo/video messaging platform, which could allow hackers to easily exploit the program’s API to steal data, as well as scam/stalk Snapchat users.
The security team had presented the issues to Snapchat in August and says that they still have not been addressed, and warn that they pose serious privacy risks for users.
Phone numbers of users can easily be discovered, and dummy accounts can be created in bulk. The code of the exploit is now available to the public, so pretty much anyone with any hacking experience could exploit it. Gibson Security says that the bug can be fixed with “ten lines of code.”
Source: Gibson Security
If you own the new Nexus 5 and experience some trouble with Google Now, you’re not alone. According to multiple reports, Google Now is not functioning properly on the new device and it is also effecting other Android devices that they own. In some cases, Google Now doesn’t load any information, rendering it useless. The app will not sync and is even crashing when activating it for the first time.
A solution for the issue has been to sign out of their accounts and then signing back in; however, this hasn’t been a successful resolution for many. Some people have even performed a factory reset, but that too has been hit or miss. Android Police explains that it could be due to Location History being turned off or not available. Certain countries do not allow location tracking; therefore, they would be left out from using Google Now.
HTC has been using the UltraPixel camera as a major selling point on the HTC One, but apparently more than a few devices are afflicted with some crippling camera issues. Some owners have been reporting that the device has begun failing to take pictures in low light, instead tinting everything purple, blue, or red. Some cameras have the issue so severely that the entire shot turns purple. Some cameras are also imprinting grid lines in low-light shots.
HTC has acknowledged that some devices are experiencing problems, but they claim to have a solution in place and will be pushing it out in Android 4.3. In the meantime, HTC is replacing phones for users that are having problems. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer for the Android 4.3 update to get pushed out to devices, and that the big carriers in the US don’t drag it out for too long.
source: HTC Blog
Twitter has been firing out some really nice updates to their native Android app at a pretty regular rate lately, and continued the trend with an update today which will bring improved conversations and new notification settings. The update makes it much easier to follow conversation threads, as each tweet is linked to the one above it, giving it a much more natural look and feel. It’s definitely a nice addition, because the app was certainly missing the feature. The update also applies to the Twitter site. Here are some more things provided in the update:
- Optimization for entry-level Android smartphones
- Report Tweets as abusive or spam
- New notification settings
- Bug fixes for direct messages, login verification and more
It’s a staged roll-out so you might not get it quite yet— but check the Google Play link after the break to see if its arrived for your device. There’s also a video by Twitter about the new conversations feature below.
When Google introduced Chromecast, one of the biggest selling points was that it was device-independent. It didn’t matter what version of Android you were on, as long as you had the Chromecast and updated your apps to support it, you were good to go. For the most part, that holds true, just not for Verizon Droid RAZR owners.
Apparently, there is some kind of bug with the RAZR that prevents it from casting anything from Google Play Music or Google Play Movies & TV. The icon for casting simply doesn’t appear. The bug doesn’t affect YouTube and Netflix apps, and other Verizon and Motorola devices are seemingly unaffected, so this is specific to just the RAZR, and likely the RAZR MAXX. It’s tough to tell if this bug is because of Motorola software on the device or simply a quirk in the updated versions of Google’s Play apps. I guess we’ll find out soon.
source: Droid Life
Sprint’s HTC One variant is expected to see an update today, as was confirmed by Sprint’s website. The update is 1.31.651.2 and includes an “HD Voice enhancement,” and allows Sprint’s ringtones to show up in the ringtones list. Some bug fixes are expected to be included as well. Check to see if you have the update and let us know how it went.
Source: Sprint Community Forums
Once again, the CyanogenMod team seems to be on top of things, as they just released version 10.1.1 of their famed firmware. A post on their blog today issued a follow-up to the general release. They pointed out that the CM 10.1.1 build is simply a security bug-fix release on top of their previous release, the 10.1.0.x code-base. Check out the full blog post after the break for more details.