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Text is disappearing from the Google Feed for some, but there’s an easy fix

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

A bug in a recent beta version of the Google app is causing text to disappear from the Google Feed for some users, both on the Android P Developer Preview and Android O. We noticed a similar issue in our teardown of version 8.3. Luckily, the issue is easily remedied in most cases.

Should you find yourself afflicted, try changing your wallpaper to a lighter one. Certain parts of Android change from white to black depending on your wallpaper, and this problem seems to primarily affect users who have a dark theme.

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Text is disappearing from the Google Feed for some, but there's an easy fix was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google departure time notifications have stopped working for many users

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Have you noticed something missing from your notification shade lately? According to an increasingly lengthy support thread on Google's product forums, those handy departure time notifications have mysteriously vanished. Some users have found a Chrome-based workaround, but the root cause remains unknown.

Usually, the Google app on your phone can fire off a notification when it's time to leave for an appointment. The timing of the notification and recommended time come from your calendar, so you need to have a location in the event.

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Google departure time notifications have stopped working for many users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Unit conversions are currently broken on Google Assistant

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The Google Assistant can control smart home devices, set calendar reminders, and play almost any piece of music in the world. It's also good at unit conversions, and that happens to be something I use quite often. Not right now, though. Unit conversions are broken on Assistant across all devices.

Give it a shot yourself: ask Assistant "how many furlongs in a league," or "200 pounds in stone." Feel free to use more normal conversions, too.

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Unit conversions are currently broken on Google Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instant Apps break PackageManager list of installed apps on Android 8.0

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Google has been talking about Instant Apps for a few years now, but it only turned developers loose on the tools around the middle of last year. With Instant Apps gaining popularity, users have started to notice some strange behavior. In Android 8.0, Instant Apps appear to break the ability of the PackageManager to return a list of installed apps.

According to the Issue Tracker thread, Instant Apps interfere with the getInstalledPackages and getInstalledApplications commands.

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Instant Apps break PackageManager list of installed apps on Android 8.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P feature spotlight: Bug reports can now be accessed in the Files app

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Tons of interesting little morsels have been uncovered in the first developer preview of Android P, and there are probably a few more surprises waiting to be found. Bug reporting can now be added to the list of improved areas. As before, you can report a bug from the developer options settings menu or with the power button shortcut if you enable it. Now, you should be able to view reports you've made via the Files app on your Pixel phone.

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Android P feature spotlight: Bug reports can now be accessed in the Files app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: More devices may be affected] Google Home Max appears to be killing some WiFi networks

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

You might recall a few months ago when the Nexus Player started knocking WiFi networks offline following an update. Now, it looks like something similar is happening with the Google Home Max. Owners of the TP-Link Archer C7 report consistent issues with network crashes when a Home Max is online—Google and TP-Link are on the case.

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[Update: More devices may be affected] Google Home Max appears to be killing some WiFi networks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home Max appears to be killing some WiFi networks

Friday, January 12th, 2018

You might recall a few months ago when the Nexus Player started knocking WiFi networks offline following an update. Now, it looks like something similar is happening with the Google Home Max. Owners of the TP-Link Archer C7 report consistent issues with network crashes when a Home Max is online—Google and TP-Link are on the case.

According to the Google Product Forums, the problem crops up as soon as a Home Max is added to a network powered by the Archer C7.

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Google Home Max appears to be killing some WiFi networks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The ‘Check for update’ button on Pixel/Nexus devices still isn’t pulling the latest OTAs as promised, but it’ll be fixed in 2018

Friday, December 8th, 2017

There was much celebration in the Android Police virtual HQ earlier this year when Googler Elliott Hughes revealed that the much-maligned "Check for update" button was getting an overhaul. After so many pointless presses, this button would finally do something on Pixel and Nexus devices. If there was an update available, the button would download it. However, this feature still isn't working. According to Hughes, the bug that broke this feature will be fixed in early 2018.

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The 'Check for update' button on Pixel/Nexus devices still isn't pulling the latest OTAs as promised, but it'll be fixed in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google fixes disabled bootloader unlock on Pixel 2 phones

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a Pixel, but for many, it's the unlockable bootloader that's most appealing. Imagine the disappointment when some Pixel 2 devices from the Google Store showed up without an unlockable bootloader. Google seems to have gotten right to work on the bug, and it's now fixed.

Having an unlockable bootloader means you can flash whatever you want to the phone. This is an option for all Pixel (and Nexus) phones, except for the ones sold by Verizon.

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Google fixes disabled bootloader unlock on Pixel 2 phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Skype Lite v1.25 fixes the ‘phantom call’ Bluetooth bug

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Some Android users have been irked by a mysterious "phantom call" bug in the last few weeks, and we recently tracked down the cause to Skype Lite. No one likes phantom calls. I mean, for one, that's spooky. And second, they steal audio focus. Skype has taken note of the error, and a new version of the app is rolling out with a fix.

The bug was a pretty frustrating one for those who connect to Bluetooth devices on a regular basis.

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Skype Lite v1.25 fixes the 'phantom call' Bluetooth bug was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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