SMS exploit reboots Nexus phones, app available to fix it while Google analyzes situation

Nexus_5_Nexus_Logo_TAAn IT administrator named Bogdan Alecu has discovered that Nexus phones receiving a flood of texts may start to function a little bit differently. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 are all effected by this new exploit that causes those phones to reboot, crash the messaging app, or even disable a network connection. While other devices seem to be safe, Alecu advises that he hasn’t tested many others. The bug is coming from Class 0 SMS messages that are not regularly stored on a handset.

A developer has already taken to the Play Store to release a fix. Class0Firewall is a free app that prevents the Class 0 SMS messages from sending your handset into a tailspin. Google has told PCWorld that they are looking into the issue; however, we have no timetable on when to expect a patch.

Source: DefCamp, Class0Firewall (Play Store)
Via: Engadget

Nexus 4 KitKat KRT16S causing problems for some users, possible fixes exist

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As the over-the-air update KRT16S has been rolling out to Nexus 4 owners bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to their devices, some users have discovered some problems with their smartphones after the update. Reports indicate some users are having trouble with core functions like the dialer not working, different Quick Settings toggles not working and even the Home button being rendered inoperable. For the small number of users impacted by these problems, a couple different solutions have been identified that may give them some relief.
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OTA download links for Android 4.4 now available for Nexus 4

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The Android 4.4 over the air update for Nexus 4 owners has just started rolling out, but it will be at least a couple days before the update is installed on all Nexus 4 devices. Last week Nexus 4 factory images were released, so it comes as no surprise that developers over at XDA have now posted links to the OTA update.

In order to install the update you will still need to use ADB sideload in recovery. Doing that however is a lot easier than installing the update through the factory image. If you are willing to go this route rather than just waiting for the update to reach your phone, it is recommended that you have a little technical knowledge and kind of know what you’re doing! There could be problems if this isn’t the case!


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Nexus 4 finally starting to receive Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update

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Nexus 4 owners have been wondering when they will get their chocolate fix, and the wait is finally over. It appears there were a few bugs in Android 4.4, which is most likely the reason why the Nexus 4 hadn’t received the OTA yet. In fact, most Nexus 7 devices hadn’t received it either. Now that Google squashed those pesky bugs with the KRT16O release, it appears business is as usual. As always, you might not get the update right away, but hang tight, it should get to you within a few days. If you’re really impatient, you can always flash the factory images.

New KitKat build KRT16S being pushed out to squash bugs

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Google has started to push out updated code for Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. The build, KRT16S, replaces the version that was released last week, KRT16O. Google indicates that factory images and proprietary binaries will also be available shortly. No details have been released about what is different in this latest version or what specific bugs are addressed that required such a quick release. There is no indication that the Nexus 5 is being impacted by this new build.

source: Android Build group

Google posts Android 4.4 factory images for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7s (2012 and 2013)

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Amid over the air Android 4.4 updates to Google’s Nexus devices, Google has posted the factory images for both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013). Users can use these files to return their devices to stock settings on Android 4.4, essentially giving their phone or tablet a clean start. With the Nexus 4 images being released, we can’t be too far off from the OTA update.

Source: Google Developers

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 do not have Google Experience Launcher after Android 4.4 KitKat update

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According to a Nexus 7 owner over on Reddit, that device and the Nexus 10 do not have the Google Experience Launcher after receiving today’s update to Android 4.4 KitKat. As we noted last week, Google said that the Google Experience Launcher would remain exclusive to the Nexus 5 because they want “to see how users take to the Launcher on Nexus 5 before it offers it on other devices.” This Nexus 7 owner says the only changes he notices are the different icons for apps like Settings and Camera and the switch from blue to white in the notification bar. The update did not bring Google Now on the far-left of the home screen and still has the home screen count at five.

Source: Reddit

Nexus 4 may stick around despite Nexus 5 launch

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Courtesy of @evleaks, we now have a reason to believe that the Nexus 4 may live on and coexist with the Nexus 5. He tweeted out the above image a few minutes ago, showing a log from a retailer that has both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 on file. Unlike every other installment of a Nexus device, this could mean that the Nexus 4 will continue to be sold after the Nexus 5 is finally announced.

What is even more interesting is that the price for last year’s Nexus phone would likely drop even more. If the Nexus 5 is supposed to be priced at $349, what will the Nexus 4 be? The N4 is currently listed at $199 for 8GB although it is not in stock. Maybe Google kept it listed because it isn’t leaving the Play Store. If the price drops to $149 without a contract, can you imagine the demand? Even though the specs are a little behind by now, that could prove to be a huge deal.

Source: @evleaks

Bluetooth SIG receives filing for Nexus 4 with LTE

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While the Nexus 5 launch is just a few days away, recent rumors suggest the Nexus 4′s life could be extended for just a bit— there was a filing for the device at Bluetooth SIG. Earlier this year, the Nexus 4 received Bluetooth 4.0 certification. This filing could mean LTE support is finally coming to the device.

This of course is good evidence that the Nexus 4 with LTE  and the Nexus 5 will be sold alongside each other in the Play Store, making for a very nice potential smartphone lineup from Google.

Source: Engadget 

Latest rumor suggests Nexus 5 pricing will start at $399, updated Nexus 4 with LTE to be offered at $299

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Last week we heard a rumor that Google would offer the Nexus 5 in both 16GB and 32GB varieties, but each variant would sport a different sized battery (2,300mAh/3,000mAh). Pricing would be $299 and $399 respectively. Fast forward one week and the Nexus 5 rumor freight train continues with a different take. The latest comes from AndroidGeeks, suggesting that the 16GB version will go for $399 and the 32GB version will set you back $449. Nothing was mentioned about the different battery sizes, but that’s not surprising as that seemed far-fetched.

Another interesting tidbit is in regards to the Nexus 4. One of the biggest complaints of the Nexus 4 was that it didn’t have LTE. Back in April, it was rumored that Google would unveil an LTE version at Google I/O, but that obviously didn’t happen. However, an LTE version of the Nexus 4 might still be in the cards as AndroidGeeks says that Google will announce it alongside the Nexus 5. According to them, the Nexus 4 LTE will be priced at $299 for 16GB and $349 for 32GB. This would make a compelling buy for those that want to save a few bucks.

source: AndroidGeeks
via: GSM Arena