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Samsung Galaxy S5 bugs and issues and how to fix them

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It looks like this weekend we’re on bug duty. This time around, we’re going to present to you a short round-up of prominent Galaxy S5 bugs on Lollipop in the spirit of the weekend and you can check out the first installment in the LG G3 bugs guide too, if you’re curious. The Galaxy S5 with Lollipop isn’t the best, as most of us know, since TouchWiz is a prominent part of the UI and it influences the way in which the Galaxy S5 behaves. Since we can’t get rid of TouchWiz on the Galaxy S5, we are going to try and work around Samsung’s own skin.

Surprisingly, the number of Galaxy S5 bugs which have to do with the Android Lollipop update installation isn’t that high. Samsung took their time to approve the build and release the update to Galaxy S5 devices and it managed to bypass bugs that Motorola didn’t for example. Of course there still are some bugs, as that’s a given for any new software update, but the companies involved are working it out.

One very big and threatening Galaxy S5 bug which is actually quite surprising is the fingerprint bug. Although it’s not actually a bug, it’s more of a vulnerability and it has to do with Android as well. The fingerprint sensor found in the home button of the Galaxy S5 is vulnerable to hackers as they can infiltrate your smartphone and pull fingerprint models from the save data from the phone itself. Luckily, the bug does not reside within Android 5.0 Lollipop, only in older version of the software. That being said, if you went ahead and installed Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, you should be ok. If not, Samsung is urging you to do so.

Although comparatively, Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 is pretty smooth, there are still bugs in the software that will impact user experience. Samsung even paused the release of Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 for a while until they could further refine and tweak the build. That lead to the cleaner version that was resumed afterwards. Samsung also chose to fix Galaxy S5 bugs with micro-updates which it already started rolling out to carriers across the world.

The most common Galaxy S5 bugs users have been complaining about are not that out of the ordinary: battery drain, overheating, forced app crashes and heart rate monitor issues. Now we have to be aware of the fact that some of the fixes proposed by users will not work for everyone. Feel free to try the ones you haven’t and tell us if they worked. Also, let us know if you have encountered other bugs on the Galaxy S5 since updating to Android Lollipop.

Battery drain is the most repetitive problem in the smartphone industry, and one we’ve discussed quite a few times before. Skip to the next paragraph if you don’t have these issues. The Galaxy S5 battery life should be fixed with micro-updates, but until then, here are three things that you should do. First, charging cycles. Go through at least 3 charging cycles, which means that you will let your Galaxy S5 discharge completely and then set it down charging, only to have it fully charged before resuming normal use. Go through these and if the battery life doesn’t get better, move on to the next step. Find out what’s using up most of your battery life and if it’s a third-party app, get rid of it or update it. If there isn’t an update available for the app that would optimize it for Android Lollipop, you will be better off not having the app until an update becomes available. The last thing you can do to alleviate battery life (besides the usual battery saving modes and dialing down LTE use) is a factory reset. Unpleasant, but effective.

To tackle overheating Galaxy S5 issues, you can always use the tips that you find for battery drain, because they should be just as effective. If the overheating problem persists, you might want to abandon the case that you are using. Keep in mind that overheating is absolutely normal under certain usage circumstances. That means that if you’re on 4G LTE playing online games for the better part of an hour, it’s normal for the Galaxy S5 (or any phone for that matter) to overheat. If you’re using the camera a lot and are using flash as well, or recording video for a long time, it’s normal to have overheating problems. But, if the Galaxy S5 keeps overheating to the point where it just shuts down even if you’re not using much of anything, you should hurriedly take it to the store to have it replaced if you’re lucky enough to still have warranty. If not, you can try rooting the phone and installing a custom ROM like CyanogenMod for example and see if that helps.

Wi-Fi problems, app crashes, random shutdowns, extreme battery drain, extreme overheating and heart rate sensor problems aren’t widespread as they seem to be affecting certain Galaxy S5 units with certain carriers. Carriers in the UK and in the U.S. seem to be most affected and Samsung promised that these “localized” problems would be fixed with the micro-updates.

These issues, like the heart rate sensor acting out (turning on and staying on whenever the screen is on) don’t have very effective fixes at the time of writing. You can uninstall Google Fit and the Galaxy Gear app, as users reported this fixed their constantly on heart rate monitor. Another fix you can try for the Galaxy S5 heart rate monitor bug is to turn off Activity Detection in the Settings menu. If that doesn’t work, try this: go to S Health > More > Manage Items > turn off heart rate monitor and stress monitor. The good news is that the most recent micro-update (Google Play Services update) released at the end of April fixed the issue, so be on the lookout for that if it hasn’t hit you yet.

Those of you who have Galaxy S5 Wi-Fi connection problems like Wi-Fi dropping, not connecting or randomly turning off should try disabling Smart Network Switch in the Wi-Fi settings as some users found that it helped with their connectivity issues. Another user who couldn’t get the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to turn on at all had to take the phone back for a replacement Galaxy S5, so if easy fixes like a factory reset, reboot, and network reset don’t work and your Wi-Fi won’t turn on, that might be your best bet. You could read up about custom ROMs and flash one of those, but I would only recommend that to advanced Android users.

Some Galaxy S5 users have reported having widget issues, too. For some, no widgets work whatsoever, while for others third-party widgets don’t work while pre-loaded ones do. It looks like the temporary fix for this issue is a reboot, but that only fixes the problem for about an hour, so it’s hardly a fix. We’re still keeping an eye on forum posts about the widget bug in the Galaxy S5 since Lollipop and will update this article in case a fix surfaces. Until then, this issue is also on the list that will be fixed by Samsung itself.

These are the most common Galaxy s5 bugs that we’ve come across in forums and support discussions and the fixes that various users tried and found helpful. Remember that these might not work for all of you, as everyone has different usage patterns with their smartphone. If some of these help you out, let us know in the comments below, or if you have different fixes that you’ve tried and they seem to have helped, post them below. Alternatively, if you can’t find your issue here or none of the fixes we’ve proposed work for you, try checking out the XDA Forums Galaxy  S5 bugs thread and list your issue, maybe a dev can help.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Spotify is providing refunds for Car Thing as it confronts a lawsuit regarding the malfunctioning of the streaming device

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Spotify is receiving ongoing criticism for its choice to terminate support for Car Thing, its in-car streaming device, which was announced in May. According to the company, the device will become inoperable after December 9, 2024. Gen Z users on TikTok are sharing videos to express their dissatisfaction with Spotify’s decision and its suggested measures, such as transitioning to Android Auto or CarPlay. The users point out that they often lacked access to integrated infotainment systems in their cars, which makes them a prime target market for a specialized player like Car Thing.

The streaming service’s in-car device hadn’t been on the market long enough to become outdated. The product was introduced in February 2022 but was subsequently discontinued within the same year. However, the company assured customers who had already purchased units that it would continue to provide support and maintenance. Prior to its release, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek indicated that there was a significant consumer interest in this product. During an earnings call with investors, Ek reported that over 2 million users had registered on the Car Thing waitlist in anticipation of its launch.

While Spotify did not disclose official figures, it is probable that Car Thing did not meet expectations or did not justify further investment in the current challenging economic climate. Spotify, on the other hand, terminated approximately 1,500 employees towards the end of last year. This followed previous rounds of layoffs earlier in the year that impacted hundreds of employees.

Car Thing users, on the other hand, are not concerned with the company’s financial issues; their primary concern is the functionality of the device or, at the very least, receiving a refund for the $90 cost.

As a result, some individuals have attempted to lodge their complaints directly with Spotify by sending direct messages on the X platform using the handle @SpotifyCares or by utilizing different email addresses associated with Spotify that have been shared on Reddit. As a result, certain users have reported that Spotify provided them with multiple months of a premium subscription as compensation for their inconvenience, whereas others have stated that they inquired with customer service and were informed that no reimbursements were being offered.

According to Spotify, they have recently implemented a refund procedure for Car Thing. However, the user must present evidence of purchase in order to be eligible for the refund.

Car Thing users were officially informed about the availability of customer support through a second email sent on Friday of last week, in response to the increasing criticism and dissatisfaction caused by the discontinuation of Car Thing. Within the message, Spotify provides users with the appropriate customer support link to contact the company. The email does not guarantee any reimbursements but states that users can contact us for inquiries.

Although a refund might appease a certain segment of the user population who are dissatisfied with Car Thing, numerous individuals are earnestly imploring the company through TikTok videos and comments on Spotify’s TikTok posts to refrain from rendering their device inoperable. (Indeed, grievances regarding the Car Thing have become so prevalent on Spotify’s videos that the algorithmically generated search recommendation on certain videos is “what is the spotify car thing.”)

“Spotify, I kindly request that you refrain from subjecting me to any further distress.” “I have a strong affection for my automobile,” expressed Carla, a TikTok user known as @carlititica on the platform.

“Depressed,” expressed another user, @nikkilovestech. “They seem to encourage people to use their phone, which is a source of distraction,” she stated in the video description while demonstrating a Car Thing mounted on her dashboard. In her video, she also addressed the issue of electronic waste resulting from the discontinuation of a fully functional product.

Spotify is still facing challenges regarding the discontinuation of Car Thing, despite the introduction of a refund process that has not been widely publicized. According to Billboard, Spotify is currently dealing with a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit alleges that Spotify deceived customers by selling them a product that would soon become outdated, and then failing to provide refunds. The lawsuit was initiated on May 28th.

While Spotify is unable to provide a comment regarding the lawsuit, a representative did share the following statement regarding Car Thing:

The objective of our Car Thing investigation in the United States was to gain further insights into individuals’ auditory habits while driving. In July 2022, we made a public statement declaring our decision to cease any future manufacturing activities, and now we must bid farewell to the devices altogether. The deactivation of all Car Thing devices will occur on December 9, 2024, giving users until that date to continue using them. To gain further knowledge about the various methods available for listening to Spotify in your car, please refer to the For The Record section. Car Thing users can contact Customer Support for any inquiries by visiting: https://support.spotify.com/us/contact-spotify-support/

While the issues surrounding Car Thing may not impact all of Spotify’s user base, this development coincides with a period when users are already dissatisfied with being required to pay additional fees for features they consider essential to a music service, such as access to lyrics, a feature that Spotify recently made available only to paying subscribers. Furthermore, users are expressing dissatisfaction with Car Thing and are issuing ultimatums to discontinue their subscription to Spotify due to the introduction of paid access to lyrics.

Furthermore, Spotify raised its subscription fees last year, and Bloomberg has reported that another price hike is imminent in 2024.

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3 Video Games About Women’s Health

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Video games have transcended entertainment to become powerful tools for promoting health and wellness. One notable genre in this realm is fitness gaming, exemplified by titles like Hatsune Miku Fit Boxing, which motivates players to engage in physical activity to enhance their fitness levels. Building on this foundation, developers have ventured into women’s health with games designed to raise awareness and empower players to take control of their well-being. Here are 3 video games on women’s health that provide valuable health information and foster a sense of agency to uplift women around the world.

Tampon Run – Menstrual health

Created by Girls Who Code alumnae Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser in 2014, Tampon Run is an old-school 8-bit online game where the main character, Luna, lobs tampons to destroy enemies, who will confiscate the tampons if she lets them pass by. Interestingly, the concept of weaponized tampons is based on a real incident that occurred in 2013, where Texas state troopers confiscated tampons as potential projectiles, but not guns, from visitors observing a vote on abortion restrictions at the Texas State Capitol. The goal of Tampon Run is to destigmatize periods and menstrual products, which, up until recently, have not been properly studied to measure their absorbency, which underscores the need to address menstrual health so that women can get better care.

In between tossing tampons, Luna shares empowering messages about how periods are a natural part of women’s lives and should not be a source of shame or embarrassment. The game is available to play on the Tampon Run website and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS users.

PCOS Vitality – PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex hormonal condition and the leading cause of female infertility that affects approximately 5 to 6 million women in the US, according to the Endocrine Society. Common features of the condition include having irregular menstrual periods, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries. Additionally, some studies estimate that up to 88% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese. While there are weight loss programs helping women tackle PCOS, focusing on aspects like lifestyle, symptom management, diet, and other tips for how to lose weight with PCOS, the condition itself remains grossly under-researched. For some women, it may take years to confirm that they have PCOS, as there are other disorders that mimic PCOS signs and symptoms that must be excluded.

The lack of research has extended to a lack of awareness among the general population and is what clinicians from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are trying to address with the 2023 game PCOS Vitality. Essentially a learning tool, the game takes users through a simple obstacle course. As you click toward the finish line, you are asked simple trivia questions about PCOS. The game is free to play on Focus Games’ website.

Bound by Blood – Period poverty

Period poverty refers to the lack of regular access to period products, painkillers, or underwear during a menstrual cycle. In the US, where 16.9 million menstruating women live in poverty, two-thirds cannot afford basic menstrual products. Period poverty has also been associated with mental health issues and urinary tract infections.

Available to play on the itch.io website, Bound by Blood was created by Jessica Gates in 2017 and aims to educate players about the reality of period poverty. Users take the character of Beth, a homeless woman who wakes up in her car and realizes that she’s started her period. Players then make a series of choices to try to stay as hygienic as possible in spite of lacking resources such as menstrual products and clean restrooms. There isn’t really a way to “win” the game, and it is instead a peek into the reality of life where period products are inaccessible and how this affects women’s quality of life.

Through these games, players not only gain valuable insights into various aspects of women’s health but also find themselves actively engaged in their own well-being. As developers continue to explore this emerging field, the potential for video games to serve as educational tools and catalysts for change in healthcare remains promising

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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