Google Play Services update silently disables Android Device Manager

Google has just started to roll out an update for its Google Play Services that, while surely bringing in some improvements or bug fixes, exhibits a rather strange and somewhat worrying behavior. For a yet unknown reason, the update disables the Android Device Manager without informing the user at all.

As updates for various Google Play Services and apps happen silently, there is no immediate or direct way for users to know that something has changed or will change until after the fact, and sometimes, like in this case, in not so obvious ways. While this app does have an entry in Google Play Store, it does not mention anything that would lead users to believe that an important setting has been changed. In fact, the changelog is pretty much outdated, listing only the modifications for version 3.2 of the app.

With the 4.0.30 and 4.0.31 updates, the Android Device Manager, as well as the option remotely lock and wipe devices, becomes unchecked, regardless of the feature’s state before the update. Fixing it, of course, is quite simple. Just re-enable the feature again. You could also first check if your Google Play Services app has already been updated to the mentioned versions. If not, be sure to be on the look out when it does so that you can enable Android Device Manager again.

Considering how crucial the Android Device Manager is in giving users some amount of peace of mind when their device has become lost, silently changing such settings, without explicitly informing the user, at least via a notification, is a bit objectionable. Hopefully, Google is now aware of the situation and would take steps to go about this properly for future updates.

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Google+ 4.1 hits Android with notable improvements and enhancements

google plus logo 720 - Google+ 4.1 hits Android with notable improvements and enhancementsA new version (4.1) of Google+ is rolling out to Android devices over the next few days and it’s full of new features, enhancements, and more. A post from Google’s Virgil Dobjanschi tells us that the app now plays better with pages and account switching, integration of other Google services, and pull-to-refresh. Of course, it’s not all “new and additional features” as Messenger is being pulled from the app.

Here’s the 5 key features in the Google+ 4.1 update:

  • 1. Account and page switching is a lot easier Just like Gmail for Android, you can now switch between multiple Google+ accounts with a couple of taps (vs. signing out and signing in again). And the Google+ pages you manage are likewise in the app menu at all times.
  • 2. Google Apps for Business features are now fully supported If your Apps administrator has enabled Google+, you can now share content publicly, with your circles, and/or with just the people in your organization. In addition: you’ll know at a glance whether someone’s profile is part of your Apps domain.

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Google officially unveiled Android 4.3, here’s what can be expected

android 4 3 01 - Google officially unveiled Android 4.3, here’s what can be expectedComing in addition to the new Nexus 7, Google also properly unveiled Android 4.3. In a bit of good news, they also confirmed that Android 4.3 would be rolling out to devices starting today. But before you begin refreshing the Nexus device you have in your hand — continue through this post to see what goodies can be expected.Some of the highlights include restricted user profiles and Bluetooth Smart. Some may better recognize Bluetooth Smart as being Bluetooth LE — with the LE standing for Low Energy.

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Google Calendar for Android updated with new features

According to Google’s blog post, the new version features a number of aesthetic updates, including a redesigned interface for picking the date and time of an appointment, and the ability to use custom colors — letting users cause certain appointments to stand out. The interface for picking time zones has been refreshed, and Google has also tweaked how users schedule repeating events.

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