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There are several factors. No carrier or manufacturer bloatware. If you want to test apps or OS changes and be sure you're not hitting some device-specific bug, a Nexus device makes it less likely that will happen. They all use the same tool for flashing ROMs: fastboot. Not all third-party devices use it, and having to learn a new set of commands for every ...


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The before and after screenshots of the about screen confirm that I had the exact same Android, Baseband, and Kernel versions, as well as the same Build Number Actually, they do not. The first screenshot shows a build number of JWR66V, and the second is JWR66Y. An official changelog has not been released, but T-Mobile's documentation indicates that the ...


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Did you backup/restore your settings to/from Google? If so, that's why you can connect to these wireless networks. One of the things that gets backed up is the wireless network passwords so when you restored them back on your new device it is able to connect. Android has built in backup functionality. It offers to backup settings (including wifi settings) ...


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go to settings << storage << choose option at upper right corner << USB computer connection << enable Media Device option .


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Your current layout is called "Material Light". To change it, though there isn't a pure black version, go to Settings > Language and Input > Google Keyboard > Appearance and Layouts The dark material setting is called "Material Dark" and looks like this: I'm assuming you want material design as you are keeping it stock, but there are the old KitKat '...


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Go to Settings >> Security >> Device Administrators. See if anything other than Android Device Manager is checked. If something is checked, it's possible it's forcing a higher level of security. Uncheck it if there is, and check the screen lock options again. Also try Settings >> Security >> Clear credentials.


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Sometimes you have to activate the Trust Agent: Settings -> Security -> Trust Agents -> enable Smart Lock


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It's not enough to make the Developer options page appear in the settings menu (by repeatedly tapping the build number). On that page, there's an option USB debugging, which defaults to off. When USB Debugging is enabled, connecting your device to a PC using USB makes the "USB debugging connected" notification appear, regardless of whether adb is currently ...


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Compared to Nexus 5, Lollipop stock launcher on Nexus 4 doesn't have transparency on the notification bar. Instead, the one with transparency is Google Now Launcher (originally known as Google Experience Launcher). After installing the launcher, you can switch between those two from Settings > Home. Lollipop stock launcher Lollipop Google Now ...


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I recently came across this issue on a Nexus 5 and tried most the solutions listed here with no luck. In my case, it looks to be caused by a recognized bug with stock Android (source). My solution was as follows - I used Windows 8.1, but no reason this wouldn't work on OSX/Linux (root is required on device however). On your PC, create a .tar.gz archive of ...


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Most of these permissions are used by Google Now and the new features they will be bringing out after Google I/O and the upcoming Android L Release. I'm not sure about why they need a lot of these permissions, but I will explain the ones that I know about. Feel free to edit the answer to improve it. I have listed all the sub permissions as listed in the ...


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This is a famous issue affecting USB file access over MTP. I can't even remember how many hours I've lost trying to access files created by my first app on a PC (and I'm talking about GBs of important files). If you start the app and it creates the folder, then you have to reboot the device in order to let your PC be able to correctly display the folder. ...


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With the backing of dotVezz, summing up from the comments: Considering the specifications, this is quite unlikely: range of the NFC signal is limited to a max of 10 cm on "clear view" (see Wikipedia) material with a greater density will reduce this even more: air ~ 0.001 g/cm3 versus Lithium ~ 0.53 g/cm3 makes rawly a 500-times-density difference, so a ...


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Most phones use data downloaded from the cell network to speed up the initial position fix when you turn on GPS: without these data, it can take several minutes to first get the position, as the GPS receiver has to download all the ephemeris data (i.e. the latest updates/corrections about the satellites' orbits) via the low-bandwidth GPS connection. Using ...


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It doesn't seem unusual to me that an app that commercially depends on tracking its users would send you to a website to track and count you, and then have that site redirect you to the real store page. If you don't trust them not to misuse this tracking data, don't use the app.


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Your current layout is called "Material Light". To change it, go to Settings > Language and Input > Google Keyboard > Appearance and Layouts Holo White matches the kitkat default appearence - dark gray background, light gray buttons with white letters


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I had this problem trying to push back a backup of my Samsung Galaxy S2, using ADB with the CWM (clockworkmod) recovery tool. When pushing to a device file, ADB simply deletes the block device file and creates a regular file in its place, and thus no data actually ends up on the mmcblk0 device. Unfortunately, piping the output of a command into "adb shell" ...


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I think the first answer (by June Lau) misses the point - the question was about sharing files between different users on the SAME device. I have been using subdirectories that I created within android/obb with success. In my Nexus 7 tablet the exact path is /storage/emulated/0/Android/obb/. The issue is that the media browser does not see files in there, so ...


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There are two ways you can upgrade your device to a latest version of OS: OTA (Over The Air): This type of upgrade will automatically take care of all the steps required to update your system. The once which you are bugged with is OTA update. One needn't erase data while upgrading using an OTA. Flashing your device: Usually Google releases device specific ...


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As mentioned in another answer, on devices that use FUSE for SD card emulation (such as modern Nexus devices), only root can change timestamps of files in /sdcard. Since things like MTP and ADB don't run as root, you can't preserve the timestamps with these methods. However, if your device is rooted, you can fix the timestamps with a separate step ...


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So I've had this same problem for the past month. There is a 1cm or so high deadzone that spans the width of my screen just about lower than the midway point from top to bottom. It is mostly always there, but some (seemingly) random times it goes away and all works well. My troubleshooting led me to this: If it's hardware, it's only because the software ...


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The Nexus 4 does not support USB-On-The-Go. From the Nexus Media Importer description on Google Play it states that: Due to hardware limitations, the Nexus 4 is not supported. The only way to get it to work is to root and install a custom ROM and/or kernel. You will also need a usb y cable as the Nexus 4 cannot provide the necessary 5 volts. Android ...


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..., but if it is not possible, do you know of a simple reminder app that does not ask for full Internet access? The topic is also discussed in the Google forum for the calender application and indeed there seem to be only workarounds. There is also an app mentioned, which does provide the notifications for the birthdays and does not need Internet access: ...


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The Short Answer Nope, not possible, or at least compicated & tedious, because Android defaults to WiFi since it's generally faster, more reliable and has no data cap However You may want to look into this app. While it requeires a rooted device, it allows you to leverage on both your WiFi & 3G to download at the same time. The Long Answer As ...


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Try going into Settings > Language & Input and configure the Google Keyboard. In there you can turn off 'Auto-correction'. This should stop it from changing the foreign words to English. You could also try adding additional dictionaries. This should allow you to enter words from different languages without it detecting them as mis-spelt English words.


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Google Search is the package that contains both Google Search and Google Now. I think you can disable Google Now while keeping the search part by going into Now->Settings->Switch Google Now (first item). If it doesn't solves your problem, then you can disable Google Search in Settings->Applications->Google Search->Disable.


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There are a few things that could be happening here: It could be that the charger is not powerful enough (either something happened to it or it never was). This means that although charge is going into your phone the phone is using it too fast to add any battery life. To see if this is the case try to charge your phone when it is off or in airplane mode. A ...


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The charging coil is embedded into the back panel of the phone and is located directly over the battery, as shown in steps 7 and 8 of IFixIt's teardown. The battery isn't quite non-replaceable, as the above mentioned teardown shows. It's somewhat involved to replace it (you'll need a Torx screwdriver, a Philips screwdriver, a plastic opening tool, and some ...


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I figured this out on my own. I solved this by installing Airdroid using an OTG USB adapter and a wired mouse. I then used the airmirror capability of the software to control a virtual mouse on the device. I do have root on the device, this may be significant to the operation of Airmirror. I could then accept the debug confirmation on the screen and complete ...


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Actually Windows Experience Feature is the answer! I had the same problem and could not install usb drivers for a MotoG on a win2012 Server, but when I installed Desktop Experience feature, all runs flawlessly, drivers auto-installed and all! BUT it is a little weird to find it... Go to: Server Manager -> Open Add Roles and Features Wizard -> Features -> ...


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