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[We did it!] Trusted Places has returned to Smart Lock

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

We reported yesterday that trusted places — Android's method for keeping your device unlocked when it's in certain locations such as your home — was no longer an option in Smart Lock settings. But surprise: it's back! Is this our doing? Well, no, probably not.

Comments on a Google+ post about the feature's return say it reappeared after an update to Google Play Services (which you can grab the most recent version of at APK Mirror).

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[We did it!] Trusted Places has returned to Smart Lock was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Trusted Places seems to have been removed as a Smart Lock option

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Smart Lock, a feature that lets Android users specify conditions under which their devices will unlock without requiring the usual fingerprint, PIN, or pattern authentication, now has one less use case. Trusted Places could previously set a phone or tablet to remain unlocked when it was in a trusted place, like at home, but that option seems to have disappeared.

Google said it was investigating wonky Trusted Places behavior last April, and the following month, said inconsistencies would be fixed in an upcoming version of Play Services.

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Trusted Places seems to have been removed as a Smart Lock option was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google removes GApps 100 device limit for uncertified devices, fixes device registration page

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Late last month, Google announced it would block the Play Store and Google Play Services from running on 'uncertified' devices. This was meant to keep OEMs from sideloading the Play Store on devices not approved by Google. The company offered a way for custom ROM users to register their devices, but it was a complicated process, because the registration page didn't actually provide instructions.

Since then, Google has been making tweaks to the process, and now two annoying requirements have been removed.

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Google removes GApps 100 device limit for uncertified devices, fixes device registration page was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is starting to block GApps on ‘uncertified’ devices, but you can register an exemption for ROMs

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Google has always controlled which devices ship with its proprietary GApps—a package that includes such necessities as the Play Store and Google Play Services. Until now, they've even been pretty lenient about allowing custom ROM users to flash the necessary payload on top of their modified OS. Unfortunately, some OEMs used that loophole to their advantage, ignoring Google's CTS certification process while shipping devices with GApps or shamelessly encouraging users to sideload them.

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Google is starting to block GApps on 'uncertified' devices, but you can register an exemption for ROMs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Rolling out] Google finally preparing a fix for Nexus Player remote sleep bug from last November

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Since late last November, Nexus Player owners have had the frustrating experience of erratic behavior from the remote. After about 5 to 10 minutes, the remote would seemingly go to sleep. Pressing any button causes the remote to blink for a few seconds, then hopefully reconnect. While not precisely broken, the erratic functionality from the remote has been a point of pain for owners of Google's streaming hockey puck.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google finally preparing a fix for Nexus Player remote sleep bug from last November was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google finally preparing a fix for Nexus Player remote sleep bug from last November

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Since late last November, Nexus Player owners have had the frustrating experience of erratic behavior from the remote. After about 5 to 10 minutes, the remote would seemingly go to sleep. Pressing any button causes the remote to blink for a few seconds, then hopefully reconnect. While not precisely broken, the erratic functionality from the remote has been a point of pain for owners of Google's streaming hockey puck. Finally, Google is preparing to roll out a fix.

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Google finally preparing a fix for Nexus Player remote sleep bug from last November was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[A month later: Still no fix in sight] Nexus Player remote going to sleep randomly and frequently, responding slowly thanks to faulty Play Services update

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Not a dull moment passes by in the land of Google product issues. Not long after Google Assistant functionality was added to the Nexus Player, Google's digital media player has begun to put its remote to sleep.

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[A month later: Still no fix in sight] Nexus Player remote going to sleep randomly and frequently, responding slowly thanks to faulty Play Services update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces Fast Pair for Android 6.0+ devices, allowing you to connect your Bluetooth devices quickly and easily

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Technology is all about making things faster and easier, and that's exactly what the newly-announced Fast Pair by Google aims to do. If you have a device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above, your days of fiddling with Bluetooth settings will soon be over (with some select devices).

Fast Pair utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy to discover nearby devices, but regular old Bluetooth to pair. When your Bluetooth and Location are on, your phone will scan for Fast Pair packets near you.

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Google announces Fast Pair for Android 6.0+ devices, allowing you to connect your Bluetooth devices quickly and easily was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fixed in a recent beta] Latest Google Play Services seems to have broken casting using Android hotspot for WiFi

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Around the world, a lot of people rely on their mobile devices as their only point of access to the internet and don't have a WiFi connection or router at home. For many of those people, using a Chromecast would have been impossible if it weren't for one small logical workaround: creating a hotspot with their phone that the Chromecast can connect to.

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[Update: Fixed in a recent beta] Latest Google Play Services seems to have broken casting using Android hotspot for WiFi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fixed in a recent beta] Latest Google Play Services seems to have broken casting using Android hotspot for WiFi

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Around the world, a lot of people rely on their mobile devices as their only point of access to the internet and don't have a WiFi connection or router at home. For many of those people, using a Chromecast would have been impossible if it weren't for one small logical workaround: creating a hotspot with their phone that the Chromecast can connect to.

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[Update: Fixed in a recent beta] Latest Google Play Services seems to have broken casting using Android hotspot for WiFi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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