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How To Fix Google Now Issues on Samsung Galaxy S5

Following Apple’s trail in introducing its voice-recognition software, Siri, Google and Samsung created their own version in the form of Google Now (developed by Google) and S Voice (developed by Samsung). As what any average Android user should know by now, these two voice recognition apps come pre-installed on Android phones starting May 2012. Each of these intelligent personal assistants has since then attracted their own legion of users. And like any other app, problems apparently caused by one of them started to surface as some users bolted to the internet to complain.

In this post, we cover reported problems about Google Now on Samsung Galaxy S5 as well as how to configure each of them to avoid problems and annoyance in general. We may also have to come up with a separate post for problems related to Samsung’s S Voice in the near future.

We have included emails from some of our readers who are having problems with Google Now in this post. May you find this post as helpful as ever.

Based in our research as well as complaints from our own readers, the following are the common problems specific to Google Now app regardless of Android version running on the device:

Problem #1: Google Now app comes up even by simply tapping the Home button once

Hello. Since the update, when I hit the Home key it always pops up the Google search. I turned off S-Voice. I tried to disable the Google Now app, but when I do that my Home button doesn’t work at all. Is this an issue since the update or could it possibly be a phone issue? — JL03

I have a Samsung S5. I have done everything but stand on my head trying to keep my phone from going to get Google Now. I am at the point I’m ready to go with another phone this is getting ridiculous. — Abowjack111

Hello. My name is Joshua and I am hoping you could take some time and help me with my phone problem. I am having a problem with the Google Search function. I am constantly taken to the Google Search when I press my Home key. I went to settings and deactivated the Home button feature. I have reset my phone numerous times. I have taken the battery out. I have looked online and have not found an answer to my problem. It is not constant, but does happen every day. Please help, thank you. — JJOlson

Hello. Since this recent update to my Samsung Galaxy S5 last week, (April 1st or so) it won’t go to the home screen when I hit the Home button but brings up the Google Internet screen with keyboard.  If I click home button again it goes back to what I was doing before hitting the home button, ex: messages. 

I need to hit the history button on the left of the home button,  then clear history to actually get back to the home screen, which runs extremely slow to do. The system lags in time to bring anything up. Apps, phone, programs all seem to be working fine, other than the Home screen button, which reverts to Google Internet screen with keyboard. 

I have AT&T, not sure if that matters. I don’t remember if it was an update that was issued from my carrier to the phone,  or Samsung.  I appreciate any help or response.

Also, I tried to go into settings to see if Home Wiz was the issue, as I switched it to Home Wiz Easy,  then back to Home Wiz, and it did nothing.  Still won’t go to home screen. Thank you for your time. — Cheryl

Hi. Over the weekend I updated my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android Kit Kat 4.4.4. Took forever to update over solid Wi-Fi. My problem is ever since, nearly every time I hit the home button, Google Search pops up.  At first, it was Google Now, which I turned off. But even still, Google Search still comes up with the slightest touch of the home button.  Doesn’t happen every time, but definitely most of the time.

Any recommended solutions?  Anyone else dealing with this issue? Thanks. — Matthew

Hi. I recently installed Android 4.4.4 to my Galaxy S5, and all seemed to be going well until I began to notice that sometimes clicking the Home button will launch Google Now instead of going to the home screen. I am not holding it down, or double clicking. Just an ordinary tap, and Google Now spontaneously starts. About 70% of the time the button functions normally, but I have noticed that as the day wears on the problem begins to occur more frequently. I am not sure if this is a glitch, or a change in settings that I am not aware of, but regardless this is very irritating and I would love to figure out how to fix it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! — David A.

Hello! Great website!

I’m having a problem that I haven’t seen on any forums. Since updating to Lollipop, my home button is extremely sensitive. It pulls up Google Now with the slightest touch, nothing even close to a ‘long touch.’ I have a terrible time getting to my home screen because no matter how quickly I press the button, it keeps bringing up Google. I like Google Now and would prefer not to disable it, but I wil…
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New Google Photos app comes with unlimited image and video storage http://buff.ly/1EAKI5g

Google has just announced the all new Photos app for Android, iOS and web which brings unlimited image and video storage to the table. Images of up to 16-megapixel in size can be stored, while videos of up to 1080p can be saved to the cloud.

These images can be accessed from a wide range of devices including the web, Android and iOS devices. Your photos will be synced seamlessly on the cloud and you’ll have access to them practically anywhere, and all you have to do is sign up with your Google account.

The web version will be accessible from a new URL – buff.ly/1EAKI5k. The Photos app will also bring image and video filtering based on timeline. A pinch gesture on the mobile app will give you a brief look of the images taken from the past, including images which you might have taken a few years ago, they can all be accessed from one place. Users can also make collages and add sounds to videos using the ‘+’ button on the app.

There is face detection available with the new Google Photos, which will help you tag images based on the people present there. The big selling point here is that this service is completely free, meaning that practically anybody can leverage the power of Google Photos and the unlimited storage.

There don’t seem to be any hidden caveats just yet, but we’ll keep you posted if we come across something. You can find all the details on the official Google blog in the link below. But before you do that, make sure you catch the introduction video below for more details on the newly launched service.

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Confirmed: Google bringing Android Pay with Android M operating system

A few hours ago, we spoke about how Google could potentially show off Android Pay later today. And the company has now officially unveiled the service, while also confirming that it will break cover with Android M later this year.

With Android Pay, users can pay for items in retail outlets using NFC based machines and even payments for items bought through your mobile device. Further, you can even hook up your debit or credit card to Android Pay account and make payments that way. Overall, it’s essentially Android’s version of Apple Pay that was launched with iOS 8 last year.

Taking authentication further, Android Pay will also allow fingerprint recognition for payments. This makes a lot of sense as manufacturers like Samsung and others have been pushing fingerprint scanners on their devices for quite some time now. Google also announced that Android Pay will be supported by major carriers as well.

We’re yet to get the complete details on Android Pay, but we should get a clearer picture before the end of the day.

Source: Android Blog

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Lenovo’s new ‘Magic View’ smartwatch officially revealed

Lenovo is at the forefront of innovation as we very well know. The company only today announced a new virtual reality headset known as the VR Goggles. In the same event, the company also revealed its new concept smartwatch, known as Magic View.

The name stems from the fact that the wearable has two displays, one which is the primary watch face and the other located right below it on the strap, which will be visible only to the user. This is also being touted as a private display where you can view photos, videos and even get Maps access. In the company’s words, this second display functions based on ‘optical reflection’ from the primary display, which sounds quite innovative.

We’re guessing the users will be able to switch content to the second screen according to their liking, which makes this a very desirable concept. And since it’s running Android Wear, we’re guessing it should be available on a global scale. For the time being, it is simply a concept though, so we won’t hold our breath for its release.

Do you like the concept? Check out the announcement video below. Although it’s mostly in Chinese, it does give you a very good idea of its functioning. Also, if you find its design to be strikingly similar to the Moto 360, you’re not the only one.

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Amazon Prime customers can now get free same day delivery in select cities of the U.S.

Amazon’s same day delivery service can now be availed for free in 14 cities of the U.S. This is only applicable for Amazon Prime customers though. The offer is applicable on items of over $35 in value and there’s a cut-off time for you to order. Your order will be eligible for same day delivery only if you place it before that timeframe.

For those who miss the cut-off period, Amazon will automatically opt for one-day shipping instead, which will ensure that your products are delivered the next day.

You can check if your city is covered from the company’s official page here. If you’re yet to sign up for Amazon Prime, this comes as an added incentive to do so. It costs $99 per year and comes with a range of other perks in addition to free and faster shipping times.

We expect Amazon to add more cities to its list as its currently quite limited with only 14 locations covered. Is your city covered by Amazon’s free same day delivery service? Share your excitement below.

Source: Amazon

Via: Techno Buffalo

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Android Pay to be discussed at Google I/O this year

We have all had our list of expectations from Google for the I/O event that starts later today. And just as we lead up to the event, it is being said that the company could finally show off Android Pay, which has been rumored for quite some time now. The service was partially announced by Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai a couple of months ago, so its arrival was always on the cards.

It has been said that Android Pay will be revealed as an API and will be supported with apps by default. Enabling support for this payment service is up to the developers, which is always a good way to go.

The first day of Google I/O is traditionally when all the major announcements are held, so it is possible that this will be discussed right at the start. Given that Android M is expected to be announced as well, expect more details to follow on this front. The Google I/O kicks off at 9:30AM PT, so make sure you tune into Google’s livestream for more details on what’s new in the world of Google.

Source: The New York Times

Via: Android Headlines

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How to manage the Home screen & apps on HTC One M9

The first time you turn on and set up your HTC One M9, you will see the Home screen with the so-called HTC Sense Home widget you can set up according to your preference.

With the HTC Sense Home widget, you can get access to apps, folders, and shortcuts you frequently used based on where you are, as it is schemed to change depending on whether you’re at work, home, or somewhere else. For example, applications you use often for work will display when you’re at your office.

Here are the things you can do with the HTC One M9 Home screen:

Personalize Home screen

To personalize the home screen with the HTC Sense Home widget, tap on Tap to personalize, and then tap Let’s Explore the first time you turn on the phone.

View and Manage Widget Panels

To access/view widget panels for adding your favorite widgets, apps, folders, and other items, swipe left. You can also add more widget panels in case you need more room for your stuff.

How to Add/Remove a Widget Panel

A limit is set when adding new widget panel to the M9 Home screen. This means if you’ve reached this limit, you can no longer add a new widget panel. Usually, the HTC BlinkFeed is always shown as the first panel unless it’s removed. You cannot add a widget panel before HTC BlinkFeed.

If you need help, here’s how to add/remove a widget panel on the HTC One M9 Home screen:

Press and hold an empty space on a widget panel.

Tap Manage home screen pages in the pop-up menu.

Swipe left until you see the + (Plus) icon, and then tap it to add a new widget panel.

To remove a widget panel, swipe left or right until you see the panel you want to remove, and then tap Remove to confirm action.

Press the Back key when done.

How to Arrange Widget Panels

If you want to arrange the widget panels based on how you want them to show on screen, follow these steps:

Slide two fingers together on the HTC BlinkFeed or any widget panel to customize the Home screen.

Press and hold a widget panel thumbnail, and then drag it right or left to the position you desire.

When you’re done and satisfied with the current arrangement of the panels, press the Back

How to Move a Widget or Icon

Moving a widget or icon from a widget panel to another can easily be done with the following steps:

Press and hold the icon or widget with one finger.

To rotate the screen to another widget panel, use another finger and flick left or right.

Release the icon or widget.

How to Delete a Widget or Icon

If you want to remove any unused or unnecessary widget or icon, follow these steps:

Press and hold the widget or icon to remove, and then drag it to the Trash bin

Lift your finger when you see the widget or icon turns red.

Show Posts and Newsfeeds

To show posts from your social networks, and headlines from your favorite news media via HTC BlinkFeed, swipe right.

The HTC BlinkFeed can also be customized according to your preference.

View All Apps

To view all applications installed your device, tap the All Apps icon on the lower part of the Home screen.

Add Onscreen Navigation

The HTC One M9 offers onscreen navigation buttons located at the bottom of the screen, which rotate when you change screen orientation. These buttons are categorized into two groups namely the Standard navigation buttons and the Fourth navigation buttons.

Buttons for standard navigation include Back, Home, and Recent Apps. On the other hand, fourth navigation button options are comprised of hide navigation bar, turn off screen, auto rotate, notifications and quick settings.

Standard navigation buttons

Back Key – used to go to the previous screen.

Home Key – used to go to the Home screen.

Recent Apps Key – used to show the thumbnails of most recently used apps, and Google Chrome tabs.

Fourth Navigation Buttons (Customizable keys)

Turn Off Screen – key to put the phone into sleep mode.

Auto Rotate – key to turn auto rotate screen on or off.

Notifications – key to display notifications list.

Hide navigation bar – key to hide the navigation bar.

Quick settings – key to display available Quick Settings.

How to Add a Fourth Navigation Button

Adding a fourth navigation button will make it easier for you to turn the display off, toggle auto-rotate, and more functions. Here’s how to add a fourth navigation button on your M9’s Home screen.

Tap the All Apps icon from the Home screen.

Tap on Settings.

Tap Personalize.

Tap to select a fourth navigation button you want to add. If you want to have only three navigation buttons, ensure none of the fourth button options are selected.

To save and apply your customization, tap Done.

How to Re-arrange the Navigation Buttons

You may ask if you can also rearrange the navigation buttons as you desire. Well, the answer is yes. You can customize the placement of the navigation buttons according to what’s most comfortable for you, whether you’re right-handed or left-handed. Here’s how to do it…
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Android M goes official, emphasis on user experience

Android M has finally gone official at the Google I/O earlier today and there are a couple of interesting additions to talk about. The announcement of the latest update to Android was barely a surprise as its existence was leaked out a couple of weeks ago and a Google executive even confirmed it recently.

So what’s exactly new with Android M? Google is focusing on the user experience aspect of the handset and it’s quite evident from the announcement of the features.

Fingerprint scanning:

will now officially support fingerprint scanners by default, so we should see more manufacturers utilizing this feature on their smartphones. We can even expect the upcoming Nexus handset to sport this feature.

Android Pay:

Another feature that was made public was Android Pay as we discussed in the previous post and it will certainly come as a worthy replacement to Google Wallet.

Simplified app permissions:

The frequency of permission requests will be much lesser with Android M as the app will only have to be permitted once and it won’t ask you again. Google will also have an option in the Settings to revoke permissions if you so please.

Dozing:

This new feature will conserve battery on your device to a large extent. It comes into action when the phone determines that it is not in use and automatically switches off all the sensors on the device, which according to Google makes the device last 2x longer than Lollipop devices.

New volume control:

With Android 5.1, Google introduced what was supposed to be a slightly reformed volume control bar. But with Android M, the company will rejig this further, offering volume control for notification sounds as well. This will give you a bar for system volume (ringtone), media volume and a notifications volume. This feature has been available on some devices for quite a while now, but it’s good to see that Google is baking this into stock Android.

Direct Share:

This feature essentially remembers where you shared your content and with whom. Based on your sending patterns, Android will show the app service or contact that you share the most content with when you’re ready to send something new. This is a very minor addition, but will make our lives much better.

Google promises to add more features with Android M in due time and a preview version will be available for download over the coming days.

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Pure Edition Moto X now getting the Android 5.1 update

With most Motorola handsets already receiving the Android 5.1 update, the company has now started sending out the update to its Pure Edition model of the Moto X (2014). The update will bring changes related to stock Android, so if it’s already on Lollipop, there won’t be any notable differences, at least in terms of the general UI.

Although it’s said to be running a “pure” version of Android, the update brings the popular chop gesture to toggle the flashlight on or off. There are some other updates to Motorola features, but nothing that should come in the way of your stock Android experience. The usual bug fixes are in place as well.

Although Motorola has already commenced the rollout of the update, we must clarify that not all users will see it right away, so maintain patience if the OTA hasn’t reached your device yet. You can also try heading over to the settings and pull the Android 5.1 update that way.

Via: Android Central

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AT&T’s LG G4 will launch on June 5, pre-orders start May 29

AT&T has finally come out with official details on when consumers will be able to pick up the LG G4. Starting tomorrow (May 29), the carrier will be taking pre-orders for the device on its online website. June 5th will be the day it will become generally available at AT&T’s retail stores. 

Pricing starts at $199 for the plastic G4, with AT&T’s Next program offering it for $0 down and with $21 monthly payments. Off-contract pricing for the plastic model is set at $629.99. The leather version will set you back by $669.99. The leather version will also be available on contract, at $239.99 on a two-year contract and at $22.34 a month if you go for the Next program.

The LG G4 is the Korean manufacturer’s best flagship yet, offering a great camera experience, fast performance, and the convenience of expandable storage and a removable battery, in addition to having one of the nicest smartphone displays yet. It’s not as eye-catching as the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, but it’s a device that deserves a place among the top in the smartphone wars of 2015.

Source: AT&T

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Possible new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-929F) leaked out

We’re already aware of Samsung’s plans to launch the Galaxy S6 Active with AT&T. It seems like the company is prepping the launch of another variant going by a revelation made by an Indian import database. The smartphone with the model number SM-929F has been spotted at Zauba, with no mention of the hardware on board.

The listing claims that the device has arrived for R&D purposes, so it’s most probably a new device that we’ve not even heard of before. At this point, it’s hard to mention what this variant will bring to the table, but it is possible that this is a cheaper variant of the Galaxy S6.

This makes sense given that Samsung only recently announced the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge sporting a high end hardware. So the company wouldn’t be willing to launch yet another high end offering as of yet.

Could this be a dual SIM version meant for the Asian markets, or perhaps a mini version? Only time can tell.

Source: Zauba

Via: Android Headlines

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Lenovo announces its very own virtual reality headset known as the VR Goggles

With a myriad of manufacturers launching their own virtual reality headsets in the market, Lenovo too has now joined in on the action with its new VR Goggles. This functions just like Oculus Rift or the Samsung Gear VR and requires a smartphone to pair with. Users can navigate the onscreen menu using a remote as it lacks touchscreen functionality.

The company has merely given a demo of the product and is yet to announce as to when the device will be officially available, but we expect to learn more as we progress towards the year. The company did mention however that the VR Goggles will be arriving later in the year probably with a price tag comparable to the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR.

Given that the VR Goggles are only compatible with Lenovo smartphones, it is possible that the device will only be launched in regions where Lenovo devices are in prominence.

Via: Tom’s Guide

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