If your KitKat device or Nexus 5 is experiencing an issue signing in and syncing with corporate Exchange, you’re not alone. Over on the Google Product Forums, many people are reporting the problem on the Nexus 5 and Moto X. And it doesn’t seem that the new KitKat build fixes the issue. Right now, more than 178 people have discussed the matter, not finding a workaround or fix just yet. Google has yet to comment, but we assume they’re working on a fix.
Just as Verizon began rolling out its extensive VRBLMD3 software update to ecstatic Galaxy S III owners, it quickly pulled the update due to major problems plaguing a number of customers. Among the various problems reported on the World Wide Web were not only decreased battery life and performance, but also poor connectivity problems as the device with have significant difficulties retaining a consistent 4G LTE signal. So because of this, Verizon’s support team has pulled the update completely and will work with Samsung to identify some sort of fix or solution, though there’s no word on how long it will be before Verizon unleashes another version of the important update for its Galaxy S III customers.
For those of you that may be affected, it’s recommended that you call Verizon and try to obtain a replacement device immediately. On the flipside— those of you who haven’t received the new build just yet, DON’T update just yet until a new fix has been put in place. Just saying.
Users of the ever-popular keyboard app, SwiftKey, are reporting problems after updating their devices to Android 4.2. For many users, the keyboard disappeared entirely from devices after installing the Android 4.2 update. In some cases, the keyboard is simply soft-disabled, but others found the software to be uninstalled completely from their device.
SwiftKey is aware of the problem and is working closely with the Android team to get it solved. For now, the quick fix is to simply re-download the app and go through the installation process again. Unfortunately, this will not restore the lost user data or all the predictive word sequences that you worked so hard to build up. Hopefully SwiftKey will have this resolved soon. To read Swiftkey’s response for yourself, hit the source link below.
While the Android platform tries to be the best OS in the game, there are minor problems that plague it such as rampant piracy issues—- specifically with developers of various apps in the Play Store. While Google has addressed piracy issues with each new OS release such as with Jelly Bean’s App Encryption, its solution has ended up being worse for developers. Apparently developers are claiming encryption (the location of installed and encrypted apps from the Play Store) makes their apps completely unusable because account information is removed after a device reboot. Because of this— Google has disabled the security feature for the Play Store on Jelly Bean smartphones and tablets.
It looks like all is not rosy for some Galaxy Nexus owners. After receiving some of that buttery goodness in the latest update, some Galaxy Nexus owners are reporting what is a significant GPS problem. Apparently, certain Galaxy Nexus owners are unable to get a precise GPS fix that doesn’t allow those users to track their location. What’s worse is the fact this can possibly happen even with satellites in plain view.
This bug doesn’t seem to be affecting everyone, but it’s probably a good idea to check if you’ve recently received the update. To check if you’re affected, you’ll want to open an app that constantly tracks where your whereabouts such as Google Maps, then check the notification shade for a GPS message. If the text says “Searching for GPS…” and you’re not seeing a flashing icon, that means you’re not getting a GPS lock. If that is the case, then you’ll want to confirm you’re affected by then downloading an app such as GPS Test which allows you to see if there are satellites within range.
Thankfully— where there’s a problem, there’s always a solution. Galaxy Nexus users will need to go to Settings > Location services, uncheck and re-check “Google’s location service,” voila!— everything should be cleared up by then. There are added reports that the simple remedy seems to correct the bug, which indicates there’s some type of glitches perhaps on Google’s side.
source: Android Central
The bad news as you can see above is that there seems to be a bug in the battery stats on the Samsung Galaxy S III, which isn’t what you want to see from your brand new flagship phone.
The good news is twofold: (1) the bug is a reporting bug, not an actual battery usage bug, and (2) there’s a fix available already, albeit not from Samsung but from some crafty developers over at XDA. » Read the rest
We all understand there are things we do on our phones that will drain the battery faster. Streaming video, playing games, and using the GPS all cause the juice to flow out faster than we’d like. When we put our phone to sleep though, we expect the battery to drain very slowly. Software glitches can ruin that dream, sometimes emptying the battery in as little as a few hours. Researchers at Purdue have decided enough is enough, and set out to try to identify and mitigate the problems the bugs cause.
Read about what they found, and how they plan to fix it, after the break.
Another day, another set of WiFi issues plaguing the HTC One X smartphone. While one significant WiFi issue that plagued the smartphone was resolved, there is apparently a new and more significant WiFi problem affecting some owners of the smartphone. When the smartphone is held in a certain position, the device will lose much (if not all) of its WiFi signal strength. The widespread problem which has been first reported in XDA Forums, seems to affect the HT23 and HT24 models. There are a few solutions that have been identified as well. Users can either exchange their devices if they’re under warranty or if they’re not— they can always open their device and get everything taken care of the hard way. Naturally it’s recommended that owners try to hold off from doing the extreme as HTC is fully aware of this new issue and has its engineering teams working round the clock to get this fixed.
Here’s hoping HTC gets this resolved as soon as possible. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we will continue to provide updates for this developing saga.
source: XDA Forums
Software updates are generally greeted with open arms for owners of various devices. But occasionally, there are updates that are released that owners may want to ignore… which may be for owners’ good. Such is the case with recent software update for the Sony SmartWatch. Apparently owners of the device who recently updated the required application in order to operate the watch has experienced everything from random disconnects to minor functions not working as seen in the below examples: » Read the rest
The HTC One X still has that new aura and smell to it, but it doesn’t mean it’s ever to late for a software update. That’s apparently the case as European owners of the device received notifcation of what looks to be a minor software update. This new update brings the phone’s software to version 1.28.401.9 and is around 30MB in size. The update includes some minor bug fixes and possibly improved battery life. Moreover, the software update seems to keep the Android version at 4.0.3, despite 4.0.4 being available for other Android devices.
If your device is an unlocked and unbranded version— feel free to check for it manually by heading to Settings –> About –> Software Updates. If your device has carrier branding, know that it may not quite be ready just yet, so sit tight and it should come through sooner than later.