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Member Reported News / 4.4.4 Update Rolling Out (Security Fix)
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:42:01 AM »
Looks like we're getting another update, this time for security purposes.

Here's a link to more info

Nexus 5 General Discussions / Voicemail Notifications Not Working!!
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:24:01 AM »
This week I received a call from an angry client asking why I hadn't responded to their 4 voicemail messages?  I thought this odd as I hadn't received a notification for any! The more I thought about it the more it became clear that I'd not actually had any voice mail for months... which was very odd (especially in my line of work as a recruiter). Having apologised profusely I began to look into this issue further and found 14 new voice mail messages dating back to December!!!

When I looked into this on-line it seems that this is a problem for N5 users globally and only occurs on phones bought directly from Google. I'm currently using 3 in the UK as my carrier, who I intend to speak with today. However as they don't provide the phone I'm not confident that they'll be able or prepared to assist.

I've been trying to find an alternative and signed up to Visual Voicemail Plus but that didn't work either.  I know in America that people can use the google voicemail, but sadly here in the UK this isn't available  :(

Has anyone else noticed this (yet) and do you guys know of any solutions/work arounds?

Nexus 5 Apps / Automation Apps - Making your life easier!
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:46:58 AM »
One of the most exciting features of Android is the ability to automate tasks. 

Having been an iPhone user (and a prolific jailbreaker) for several years, I didn't even consider what android handsets were capeable of and automation was a very alien concept to me.  However having now popped my android cherry with a Nexus 5, I was keen to try and implement some of the new features I had available in order to make my life easier. Having spent the past 6 months trying out several applications, I've now settled for a select few which have really made a difference to my everyday routine and I thought were worth sharing.

1. Tasker - Automates just about anything!

Tasker is the daddy of all automation apps.  I've seen people set up their phones to do simple tasks like turning off their data plan when connected to WiFi, all the way up to using Tasker voice (in a similar way to how Google now works), which allows you to turn on your tv just by talking a certain command to your phone! I would have to say that without a doubt Tasker can do more than any other automation app I've found thus far.  However, it's also the most complicated to understand (for me at least), which is why I looked into a number of alternative apps to help with the more complicated functionality I wanted.

How do I use it? - It activates my Torque Pro app upon connection to my Bluetooth OBD2 scanner (and then automatically disconnects when I leave the car).

2. Bluetooth Connect and Play - Automatically opens and starts/closes a media player when I connected to a Bluetooth device.

Every time I would get in my car, to listen to my music I would need to reach for my phone and manually open a media player and select a playlist before my Parrot Kit could connect via A2DP (to my phone media) and begin to play through my cars speakers.  As a solution I initially used Tasker, however although this worked brilliantly, I couldn't find a way to open up my music without actually activating the media players UI.  This was particularly annoying as it meant I had to manually close the media player UI in order to use features like Google now.  So to get around this I downloaded the Bluetooth Connect and Play app which worked brilliantly.  Within their settings (tweaks) is a tick box which prevents the media players UI from opening, but still starts the music.  Perfect! 
(I might also add that the developer on this one worked with me personally to resolve an issue I had the same day.  What a guy!)

How do I use it? - To auto play music (without opening the app) when connected to a Bluetooth device, be that in the car or at home.

3. Agent - do not disturb & more - Simple, clever and convenient.

Agent is without doubt one of my new favourite apps because it offers many advanced features of Tasker which I would love to use, without a complicated interface. Agent has many features which allow you to reduce battery consumption, silences your phone during meetings (although you can make exceptions for certain people in your contact list), remembers where you've parked (not sure how much I'll need this one but...), auto-responds when you’re driving (with either a pre set SMS message or you can even set it up to ask you to verbally respond, which Agent then inputs as an SMS reply) and finally you can set it to only allow urgent calls and messages to be received on an evening or when you’re sleeping.

I use it for - Aside from the battery saving option which I have covered through another apps, I use every feature of Agent.  The ability to have it read your texts whilst driving and then prompt you to talk back a response is genius.  I would highly recommend this app to anyone who drives a lot.

4. Delayed Lock - Let's you define where, when and how your phone locks.

Having protection on your phone is a no brainer. However it can be bloody annoying if you have to unlock it every time you want to use it.  To get around this the Delayed Lock app let's you decide when your phone locks and when it doesn't.  This can depend on if you're connected to a device (like your cars Bluetooth), a location (like home or work) or on a certain network (say on your homes wifi).

I use it for - Keeping my phone secure, yet not requiring me to login when I'm in a safe location (home, work, car etc).

5. Trigger - Friendly UI and great if you're wanting to use NFC Tags

Trigger is like Tasker but it has a much more user friendly interface and is designed to be more suited to NFC tasks.  In short rather than having a task created that is automated depending on certain criteria being met, an NFC tag allows you to simply swipe your phone against the tag and this will put your phone into the required mode. 

I use it for - Well in all honestly I don't use it any more as I've reached the point where I find it's a bit more limiting than Tasker. However, for those who want a simple user friendly interface and like to use the NFC tags, instead of having it automated, you can't go wrong using Trigger (it is worth noting that you can also implement Tasker protocols in Trigger too)

Another 'APP' worth mentioning is Google Now - Ok so not really an app for us Nexus 5 users, but this is a feature that I couldn't do without.  When I first started tinkering with my N5 I set up Nova Launcher which I love, however I have now reverted back to the standard launcher just because it's includes Google Now functionality.  I use this almost daily on my travels, simply saying 'send message to X', 'call X', direct me to X.  If at some stage Google Now does become functional through a 3rd party launcher then I'd probably switch back, but until then - I can't be without it.


In my opinion Tasker is still by far the best automation app, even if the UI takes some getting used to. Once you know your way around it's features (which may take up several hours of your life watching YouTube videos on the subject) the possibilities are endless. That being said, there are several apps that can cater for each specific element, as demonstrated with those listed above.  In many of these apps the UI is easier to understand and in many cases even offers additional more specific functionality (like with the Bluetooth connect and play example).a nd often they will nicer and there is more specific functionality.  Therefore I would always recommend that before you invest your time creating a unique Tasker profile, check out the play store first as there may already be an app available.

Chromecast And The Nexus 5 / Chromecast UK (at last)
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:00:13 AM »
I stumbled upon this article this morning suggesting that the Chromecast will be available to buy in the UK over the next few days/weeks. Awesome!

Sent from my Nexus 5

Nexus 5 Accessories / Mugen Power battery extender
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:34:04 PM »
Although I'm not a massive fan of these myself, I thought it worth posting for those who care more about how long it lasts as opposed to how good it looks.

The battery pack more than  doubles the life of the N5 so could be handy for holidays or long journeys?

What do you think?

Nexus 5 Help / Replacement N5 received due to calls dropping issue
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:05:58 AM »

Hi Guys and Gals,

Some of you may be aware of a few issues I've been having with my N5 since the 4.4.2 update (calls dropping and poor video in low light).  As this has been somewhat of an ordeal I thought I'd share my experience for anyone else who may also be suffering similar issues, to help them find a solution (or at least get a new phone). After weeks of frustration (desperately hoping for a 4.4.3 update) I finally bit the bullet and requested a replacement handset, in the hope that this will in fact fix my issues.  Honestly though, I had my doubts.

The problem - Since 4.4.2, almost every call would disconnect.  What's more I found it almost impossible to use the video recorder in low(er) level light conditions.  The most frustrating of which meant that I couldn't get an decent footage of my son opening his presents at Christmas.  As I also use my phone for business, these 2 combined issues prompted me to find a solution. So here's what I tried....

  • Contacted Google and was told they have NOT been made aware of these issues but would offer a replacement if a hard reset didn't work (which it didn't).  I provided them with numerous links on forums where people refer to these (and other issues) since 4.4.2 and advised them that I would wait to see if a software update rather than returning my phone, in the hope that this would fix it.
  • A week later, still suffering from the calls dropping I contacted my carrier 3 UK who investigated my usage and problems in my area, to which they had none.  They ran the checks for a week and came back advising that it must be a fault with the phone or the software.
  • I then contacted Google again, advising them of my efforts to resolve the issue but without success. Again they stated that they were unaware of any issues but would be happy to offer a replacement.  Again I advised that I would try and wait for a software update as I was sure that this was the issue.
  • 4 weeks later and still no update.  I contacted Google again, this time taking them up on their offer to replace my N5.  Using a link they provided I ordered another online (the payment for which remains on hold).

Having just received my replacement, I restored it with a nandroid backup and made a call.... which dropped.  I made another.... which dropped.  I am now about to throw the bloody thing out of the window.

Can anyone offer me any advice which might help eradicate this issue?  Do you think it's worth me reverting back to 4.4/4.4.1? I can't think of anything else to suggest. Maybe remove my custom Kernals (Faux Clock and Sound and the knock knock LG G2 feature).  I know that NexusOneModder on here has these installed without the same issues, so I'm quite honestly baffled.

If I can't sort this then I'm sorry, I may be selling up and moving to the S5 forums.

Nexus 5 Apps / Google Play Music Update
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:18:00 PM »
I came across the article below which contains links to a fairly significant new Google play music update.

I've only just started using Google play but for those of you who are accustomed to how it works, you may notice the changes more?

Here's the article and link to the .apk update file:-

Sent from my Nexus 5

Hi Guys,

This may well be an international issue as I have seen people from all over the world complaining about it, however I wondered if anyone else in the UK (in this group at least) has suffered from this issue?

I am with 3 on the unlimited data contract and having reported this issue to them, they have advised that there is no reason that I should have been losing calls as their network has not been down in my region.  I believe this as I always have full signal bars, yet whenever I accept or make a call, the initial 5 seconds is a lottery whether or not I will manage to remain connected.

I have mentioned this elsewhere on the forum but would appreciate if other UK users, on different or the same networks could let me know if they're facing similar issues?

Nexus 5 General Discussions / Video Images too dark
« on: December 26, 2013, 04:14:08 AM »
I hadn't really noticed this before, but yesterday whilst trying to record my son opening his gifts I noticed that every time I would switched from camera to video mode, the image would become much darker.

It only seems to do this in low light conditions, but it's really annoying me now as it makes the video unwatchable.

Has anyone else noticed this issue?

I've already got the the point where I have less than 10gb left in storage, so rather than save my backups on my device, I wanted to transfer them to my pc (and the cloud).

I tried using NRT to save a Nandroid backup however it doesn't list 4.4.2 as an option (only 4.4). So instead I selected custom rom, yet this option doesn't allow you to save Nandroid backups :-(

Is there a simple solution I'm missing here? Ideally I'd like a way to just upload them to the cloud directly but I haven't had any luck in my search so far.

What method do you guys use to achieve this?

Nexus 5 Root, Hack, Mods and Development / 4.4.1 Update Help
« on: December 06, 2013, 09:56:25 AM »
Hi guys,

I'm trying to flash the latest OTA update which I've downloaded to my phone but it keeps coming up with this error.

E: Error in /data/media/0/download/(FILE NAME HERE) KOT49E - from - KRT16M.

I'm a little confused about the adb sideload instructions etc.

Can anyone help as I really want this update.

Nexus 5 Root, Hack, Mods and Development / Always Listening on the N5
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:43:20 PM »
I've been highly impressed by the Google now feature, but I'm wondering if there is any way using an app like tasker that I can make it an always listening device like the Moto X?

At present I'm using an app called 'bluetooth connect and play' to automatically start my Spotify play list when I connect to my cars parrot kit. However, I've noticed that this then prevents Google now from activating, which is a shame because it would make texting replies or getting directions a lot easier.

Is this possible?

Sent from my Nexus 5

Nexus 5 Apps / Bluetooth Connect and Play
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:27:13 AM »
I'd recently been fiddling around with Tasker (as a 1st time android user) to try and get my cars Bluetooth to automatically play my preferred Spotify playlist.  I thought I'd cracked it, however recently it's been reverting back to playing the Google play music app (even though I had no music stored on my phone).

Then today I came across a free app on the Play Store called 'Bluetooth Connect and Play ' which automatically starts and stops my playlist on connection to my cars Bluetooth. This app works brilliantly and allows you to start and stop from where you left off.  It couldn't be any easier to set up and there isn't an advertisement in site.  So if you're looking to achieve this, then this app comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as it's much easier than trying to set things up with Tasker.

On the other hand, it's also worth noting that I also had a play around with Google Now in the car, which I have to say was fantastic.  At present however I did notice that it wouldn't work if streaming Spotify, however I read somewhere that Tasker can override this to effectivly make the N5 an always listening device using the voice commands feature (although I must admit that at this stage I'm far from achieving this, but I'll update the process/screenshots if I do manage to get this working).

Combined with Tasker now reading out the name of the person who's sent me an SMS (whilst driving) and the Qi wireless charger which I've installed in my center console (I'll add a thread showing my setup soon), my 10 year old BMW now has technology more advanced than the latest model! Assuming I can get Tasker's voice command functions to enable Google Now at all times, it'll be like driving the starship eneterprise  8)

It's been 19 days since I entered the world of android, and not for 1 second have I regretted making the switch from iOS.

Nexus 5 Help / Unresponsive screen when charging via USB (Not to socket)
« on: November 13, 2013, 10:23:10 AM »
Has anyone else had any issues with their screens responsiveness whilst it's charging via USB?

I have my phone sat plugged in to my laptop during the day to keep it charged, however when i try and send a text there is a significant delay.  I tried it with a few other basic gestures like unlocking the phone and switching screens and again the responsiveness was awful.  However when it's connected to my USB plug (Mains) it all works perfectly!?

Has anyone else noticed this and if so do you have a solution (aside from buying another plug for work).

Nexus 5 Cameras, Pictures And Video / Low light performance
« on: November 09, 2013, 05:11:00 AM »
Last night I got my first real opportunity to put the n5 up against an iPhone 5 and an S4, in relatively low light conditions. I was hugely impressed by the n5 which was easily on a par with the s4 (if not slightly better) and miles better than the iPhone.

No red eye reduction to do, no filtered image, just good quality photos. Very impressed!

Sent from my Nexus 5

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