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Galaxy Note 4 bugs and issues: three ways to get rid of them

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was the flagship of the year 2014 and is still considered the best smartphone that money can buy. But Android has little to do with the awesome experience of the Galaxy Note 4, unless you’re talking about Android 4.4 KitKat. Android 5.0 Lollipop and subsequent versions have not been very kind to Galaxy Note 4 users, who in turn were not very kind with Google about the whole ordeal. The number of Galaxy Note 4 bugs and issues on Android Lollipop is surprisingly high, although one should keep in mind that not all bugs surface on every device. While some devices have problems with battery life, others have problems with Wi-Fi and GPS and so on.

The most common Galaxy Note 4 bugs on Lollipop involve battery drain, the memory leak bug (which causes apps to randomly crash) and performance issues. Users of the Samsung phablet have reported that upon installing Android 5.0, they started experiencing battery drain issues. While Galaxy Note 4 battery drain is normal after a software update, it is representative of a software bug for the issue to persist for more than 3 charging cycles. While most users recommend a factory reset to solve the battery drain problems on the Note 4, some say that is only a temporary solution.

Galaxy Note 4 bugs also include performance issues, which range from sluggish animation in TouchWiz, to general lag across apps and the system. The recommended actions to take in this case are as follows: clear cache (you can do this in Settings), which if failed, a factory reset is due. As with battery drain, performance issues on the Galaxy Note 4 with Android 5.0 Lollipop are sometimes only temporarily fixed, but there are quite a few users who report that the factory reset solved lagging for good.

While performance- and battery issues on the Galaxy Note 4 are the most common ones, there are other issues in Lollipop that users are fed up with. Some experience GPS problems while on the road, which can be devastating, while others lose signal, data connection and Wi-Fi signal on occasion, without any precedent for the issue. Overheating when using the Galaxy Note 4 camera is also fairly common, although not as widespread as the performance issues mentioned above. These less common issues can be fixed by either minor updates pushed out by Samsung, by factory resets or by the next installment of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

The Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is nowhere to be seen, but that doesn’t mean it’s not in sight. Although a precise release date for the update is not yet known, we do know details about what the update will bring to the phablet. First off, the sad news is that the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update will not bring forth features that Samsung introduced into TouchWiz with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Themes support on the Galaxy Note 4 will not be available, unless Samsung decides to update TouchWiz as well as the OS of the device, which is unlikely, if not impossible.

TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is actually quite good and comes with a handful of new features developed by Samsung. But these features are unlikely to end up on devices released before the 2015 Galaxy S line-up, which includes the Galaxy Note 4. that leaves users with three solutions. Although the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update is still a few weeks away, waiting for that to solve bugs is a good idea, as our sources tell us to expect a buttery smooth experience on every single Galaxy Note 4 after the update hits.

The second options, which coincidentally, is the crowd favorite, involves flashing Android 4.4 KitKat onto a rooted Galaxy Note 4. This process involves a bit of know-how, but if you go to XDA developer forums, you’ll be just fine. KitKat is praised by many Galaxy Note 4 users as being the ideal option for those that find themselves struggling with Lollipop for months on end. If you’re not fond of your warranty and are willing to root your phone, this might be the best option. Unless…

You might want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The Note 5 will not only come with the latest Android OS on board, but it will also have all the features that the Galaxy S6 line-up has and more, with a fresh new version of TouchWiz. The rumored specs of the powerhouse make it a pretty appealing device, so it might be worth it to wait until October to get your hands on that. But those that already have a Galaxy Note 4 might not want to upgrade so early, because after all, the Note 4 is not only powerful and awesome, it’s also expensive, and the Note 5 will be the same. Think of your options carefully and read the forums that I mentioned, because they can be a ton of help! Until further news, the Galaxy Note 4 bugs and issues will have to be either embraced or erased with Kitkat!

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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Google appeared as a car manufacturer

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Google has recently used CES as a platform to present its philosophy of “Better Together,” the notion that all devices should get along with one another. Typically, this entails making announcements regarding new Cast compatibility and features like Fast Pair. The business revealed that it is collaborating with Spotify to incorporate the Connect streaming capability into the Android UI at CES 2023. Additionally, it showed a sneak peek at an audio handoff tool that would recommend various devices to shift your music to based on your preferences and location.

However, CES is a significant vehicle event, and Google also sells items for cars. Additionally, it said today that the Polestar 3 would receive its higher-resolution maps, and it debuted the most recent Android Auto user interface for the first time since it was revealed at I/O 2022.

Two vehicles, a Volvo EX90 with Google preinstalled and a BMW i7 with the new Android Auto experience, were at the Google stand in the trailer lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We had never seen the Volvo before, and we’ll be posting a separate hands-on on that experience shortly. The new Android Auto is the main topic of this article and video.

The redesigned interface will support larger screen sizes and have a split screen layout, as we discovered at I/O. Google has eliminated the status bar and inserted a row of shortcut keys below it, along with some indication icons in a small area to the top left. When we were in the car, the Spotify app was located on the left panel, and we could access a list of suggested playlists by swiping in from the right side.

Alerts that you won’t have time to respond to while driving are likewise stored in this left pane. For instance, you can swipe right on a notification to move it to the dock, where it will wait until you’re ready to deal with it.

Check out the video up top for more of our experience with the updated Android Auto in the BMW i7! And be sure to pay attention this week as there will be a ton of news at CES 2023.

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WhatsApp’s new Communities feature aims to bring related group chats together

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Additionally, stand-alone groups will now have access to 32-person video chats.
One of the new features that WhatsApp is introducing is one that aims to group together related group chats. The Communities feature, which was introduced earlier this year by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, aims to let users consolidate group chats “under one umbrella with a structure that works for them.” For Facebook and Instagram, comparable technologies are under development.

In the upcoming months, communities will be accessible to all WhatsApp users. To discuss topics that are important to you, you can create smaller group chats inside a community and easily switch between them. WhatsApp will provide administrators with “strong new capabilities” to govern communities, including the capacity to select which groups to include and the option to broadcast announcements to all users.

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WhatsApp suggests that communities may be created through local areas, workplaces, and parents with children attending the same school. To begin, select the Communities tab from the menu at the top of the Android app or the bottom of the iOS screen. You will have the option of building a community from scratch or expanding an existing one.

The Communities feature has some similarities to Facebook Groups (as well as Nextdoor and Discord), but it is protected by end-to-end encryption. Making group chats more like Facebook Groups, where false information has thrived in recent years, may have some drawbacks, even though Zuckerberg has been eying a community-driven model to lessen the reliance on feeds across Meta’s applications. Due to the platform’s focus on encryption, WhatsApp generally has fewer moderation capabilities, which may make it harder to keep a lid on fabrications.

In other places, WhatsApp is giving groups—including those that aren’t connected to a community—new functionality. Group polls are also being added, along with support for the 32-person encrypted video conversations that Meta has been beta-testing over the past few weeks. Furthermore, groups now support a maximum of 1,024 people.

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15 top Android music player applications

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Numerous apps are available for music, which has the power to uplift individuals. The top Android music player apps are listed here!

Nowadays, private music collections are uncommon due to music streaming. A personal music collection is still beneficial to many people, though. Higher-quality music is available; it is offline-compatible and doesn’t require a subscription. Thankfully, there are several options available for grooving out to your favorite music. Here are our top choices for Android music player apps.

The best music player apps for Android

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