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Nexus Players are mysteriously dying as loyal owners hunt for solutions

Monday, August 13th, 2018

For the last few weeks, a conspicuous amount of Nexus Player owners have been reporting that their streaming boxes have up and stopped working. The devices become unresponsive, either hanging at the Google logo during startup or displaying an error message. Some users have been able to save their devices by flashing a new system image, but others haven't been so fortunate.

Seriously, there are a lot of reports. It's not entirely unusual for a device to decline as it gets on in years, but it is weird for so many to bite the dust in such quick succession.

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Nexus Players are mysteriously dying as loyal owners hunt for solutions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto v3.5 fixes crashing on phones with Android 9 Pie [APK Download]

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Android Auto hasn't been playing nice with Android 9 Pie. There have been reports left and right of numerous bugs: missing text notifications, a disruptive buzzing sound in calls, and frequent crashes. Fortunately, the Android Auto team is aware of these issues, and reports that it's fixed at least one — Android Auto version 3.5 should solve the crashing problem.

Previously, running Google Maps or Waze on a phone updated to Android 9 Pie with an Android Auto head unit resulted in the in-car display going black or Android Auto crashing and restarting entirely.

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Android Auto v3.5 fixes crashing on phones with Android 9 Pie [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BeyondPod has been removed from Android Auto, but a fix is in the works

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

In an interesting twist, BeyondPod, a podcast manager that has been around since seemingly the beginning of Android, has been removed from Android Auto. This isn't entirely surprising - prior to this April, it hadn't had a public update in two years, and people had been complaining about the huge amount of bugs.

BeyondPod was once one of the greatest podcast managers out for Android, and it still has its fans.

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BeyondPod has been removed from Android Auto, but a fix is in the works was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Pie finally fixes the Wear OS phone call audio bug after 10 months

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

In late 2017, Wear OS users reported via Google's issue tracker that Bluetooth call audio was thoroughly busted. Then, they waited... and waited. This has been going on for so long that Wear OS was still Android Wear when the issue was initially reported. At last, we're getting confirmation from users that the bug has been patched in Android 9 Pie. It only took Google 10 months.

This was a particularly annoying bug for Wear OS users because it affected multiple apps and you might not even realize it's the watch at first. You're supposed to be able to move call audio between the phone and watch (with a speaker) by enabling the "Play phone voice call on watch" feature.

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Android Pie finally fixes the Wear OS phone call audio bug after 10 months was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google promises to stop suggesting ‘my face’ when you type ‘sit on’ in Gboard

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Applying machine learning to everything under the sun can be tricky. Case in point: Gboard's text prediction has been suggesting people type "my face and" after the words "sit on," resulting in a reference to a sexual act. Google says it's an accident, though, and it's working on a fix for the errant suggestion.

The keyboard makes predictions based on both individual users' typing habits and more general language training. By default, it doesn't suggest words or phrases that could be construed as offensive (the option exists, but it's buried five taps into the settings menu), and it generally errs on the side of caution.

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Google promises to stop suggesting 'my face' when you type 'sit on' in Gboard was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Final fix due with Android P] June OTA update may have made the Pixel 2 XL much slower to wake up

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

One of the primary selling points of Google's Pixel devices is how fast they are compared to other Android devices. So, owners are understandably irked that Google's latest OTA update seems to have slowed down something you probably do dozens of times per day.

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[Update: Final fix due with Android P] June OTA update may have made the Pixel 2 XL much slower to wake up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fix is out] Google broke the seek bar in YouTube v13.27

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Google rolled out a new YouTube app update recently, but something was missing.

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[Update: Fix is out] Google broke the seek bar in YouTube v13.27 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Confirmed as bug] Google broke the seek bar in YouTube v13.27

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Google rolled out a new YouTube app update recently, but something was missing. As of version 13.27, you can't tap on the seek bar to go to a different location in the video. So, the seek bar is basically broken, which is a rather fundamental part of a video player.

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[Update: Confirmed as bug] Google broke the seek bar in YouTube v13.27 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google broke the seek bar in YouTube v13.27

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Google rolled out a new YouTube app update recently, but something was missing. As of version 13.27, you can't tap on the seek bar to go to a different location in the video. So, the seek bar is basically broken, which is a rather fundamental part of a video player.

Technically the seek bar still works if you use it in a particular way. In the new version, tapping on the seek bar no longer goes to that spot in the video.

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Google broke the seek bar in YouTube v13.27 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home and Chromecast can leak your location, but a fix is on the way

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Google Homes and Chromecasts around the world will be quietly updated in the coming weeks with a patch for a rather serious issue. According to security researcher Craig Young from Tripwire, these devices have a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to find your geographic location if you have a Home or Chromecast on your network. That's a big problem, and Google almost didn't believe Young's bug report.

The issue is that Home and Chromecasts don't require authentication for commands that come over your local network.

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Google Home and Chromecast can leak your location, but a fix is on the way was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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