Android Lollipop Upgrade (5.0)

November 30th, 2014 Comments off

As you can most likely see I have not written a blog post in a long while :). Being busy with work and all, it does not seem to be as bigger priority as it was in Uni days!

Yesterday I upgraded my Google Nexus 4 from KitKat to Lollipop, Android Version 5. Normally these upgrades go well from Google but yesterdays one went very wrong. Findings so far seem to suggest it may have been down to a lack of storage available on my phone which prevented certain things from executing and installing but that is not definitive. Even so having read around the Net I can see others had the same symptoms as me.

After the upgrade whilst the phone booted and I could access it, the phone itself was sluggish and at times unresponsive. Most odd after the upgrade was all my Google authored apps like Google Play, Gmail etc. would not work whilst others did. Again these symptoms seemed to shared by others.

Whilst looking around the phone within Apps (Settings->Apps->Running), I could see Google Play Services was constantly trying to restart and and would hang. This lead me to believe there could be an issue here which also ties up to why the other Google apps were not working as expected. I could also see the version of Google Play Services was not the latest and the version shipped with Lollipop.

With all the above in mind I came to the conclusion Google Play Services needed to be updated and did not get updated in the original upgrade. However with Google Play Store (a Google App :) ) being down this had to be done manually. To do this I followed these steps:

  1. Allow Apps from Unknown sources (this can be disabled later) – Settings->Security->Unknown Sources.
  2. From your phone or via a your computer with a USB cable download Google Play Services APK file:
    1. – The APK file can be downloaded here. Please ensure you download the correct version for your, there are instructions on the site on how to know which one to choose.
    2. If downloading from your computer copy the APK file to a directory of your choice.
  3. If you downloaded direct from your phone, got to Downloads or navigate from your phone to the directory you stored the APK file.
  4. Tap the APK file, choose open with installed and Install.
  5. You may need to reboot the phone but I found things then to start working as expected again.

There is no warranty of guarantee for this process from me (Simon Money) or anyone else I know but what I do know it worked for me and its a better alternative to factory resetting your phone :).


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March 12th, 2010 Comments off

This Blog is still Active! I currently have plans to give it a bit of revamp so stay alert!


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April 11th, 2009 1 comment


Image Source: Dropbox

Hello All,

Recently a friend introduced me to a good bit of freeware called Dropbox. Dropbox is a secure backup up facility which is the answer to those of us who have to carry around a lot of memory sticks!

Dropbox works by first having you create an account. To start of it is free to create an account, and they also give you 2GB to get on with. If you need more, you simply sign up for their paid version and get up to 50GB! Anyway once you have signed up, Dropbox has you install a client on your computer, which is available on all platforms! Once you have installed the client, this is when the fun begins!

In effect (as mentioned), Dropbox first give you a free 2GB storage space. Within this space you have a private area where you securely store your personal files and a public folder. In the public folder (as it sounds), you put files you want anyone to see and simply link them. Also to ensure you are not limited Dropbox let you create other folders within your space which you can keep private or make public to only certain people.

You can install Dropbox on multiple computers, and every time you add a file to your Dropbox area a note of that addition is made. This means when you next turn on a computer where you did not make that previous update – the client on that computer will check your Dropbox area and copy the files down. So as you can see, Dropbox makes the memory stick obsolete. To further the ability of the service even more, you can login online to upload and download files, if you are on a public machine without the Dropbox client.

Dropbox also offer a photo facility which allows you to create slideshows of your pictures.

During the process of my latest group university project (Swimming pool booking system), Dropbox has proven to be invaluable! We have created shared folder amongst ourselves, and we simply add in the bits we are each doing. When a file/folder is added Dropbox even tell you of that update – Brilliant!

Well I hope I have wetted your appetite for using Dropbox! Currently there is a scheme where you can get free extra memory of you refer someone to the service – Give it a go!

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March 15th, 2009 1 comment

Hello All,

Image Source: Stellarium

Today I thought I would tell you about a cool bit of freeware for you star gazers out there called Stellarium! Stellarium is a brilliant planetarium software which allows you to star gze on your computer, from any point in the world. An example can be seen above.

I have only used/found this sfotware quite recently but it is really cool! As bonus to, the data you receive is not static but is dynamically updated. So for example – if you want to see where the stars are from the point of Tower bridge, Stellarium will give you an accurate view of where the stars are at that point!

Stellarium will even go as far as telling you the name and exact position of a particular star! There are loads of other cool things Stellarium offers, and I would encourage you to give it ago!

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Ubuntu 8.10 + NVIDIA Driver 173

February 7th, 2009 1 comment

Hello All,

With Linux distros being an interest of mine; over time I have tried/installed many, and each time liking the ones I have tried. However more recently with new modules I have started at University this semester, I thought I would choose a Linux distro that I felt I could comfortably work with and be easy to use and configure, but at the same time, still letting me get down to the more technical side of the OS. As you can guess for this is chose Ubuntu and there more later version 8.10 Intrepid Ibex.

Among the the previous versions of the distro I have tried, I was really impressed, with 8.10 version. Having not tried Ubuntu since Gutsy Gibbon (but still using other Linux distros :p), I was really impressed, with what had been improved. One key example is the network manager. I remember having real problems with it and having to mess about with things like NDISwrapper due to there being nor WPA support. In 8.10 this is totally different; there is WPA support and I was connected in seconds! Another key improvement I noted was the actual installation, as this was far quicker. Well I better stop, as I could go on for hours, about the big and more subtle changes!

The only thing I did find a pain was, is the NVIDIA driver support. As I came to realise I was not the only one, and issues were common. To me this was important as I did not want a 800×600 resolution, which I would have had without additional drivers. Of course Ubuntu, suggested some restricted Drivers, either versions 173 or 177. For ease these can be downloaded using the application add/remove option in Ubuntu.

Initially I tried both drivers, but on boot up I just got past the login screen, and then everything stopped, and I was presented with a plain screen! I tried many different things, and ended up having to re-install 2-3 times. This was because you could not shut down, but only physically ‘turn-off’, which in turn corrupted GRUB Grrrrrrrrrrrr! However I did find a solution!


The NVIDIA 173 driver which I was using was ok, but for two components, called compiz and compiz-core. These are the 3D accelerator, parts of the driver, which are not so good, with older/run of the mill graphics cards. So the only answer was to remove these two components! The way I did it was as follows:

Install the driver you want using the add/remove app – The quick and easy part. Next (once installation is complete), is to remove the two components. For this you will need to go to terminal, and do the following:

sudo apt-get remove compiz

sudo apt-get remove compiz-core

At this point (taking into account both have been removed) you can exit terminal and then restart your computer. When you restart, you should be able to login and configure your graphics card, as well as seeing an instant change in resolution even before configuring!

Well I hopes this helps some of you, as it did me!

*I do not take responsibility for any damages, caused by anything said/expressed in this post or anywhere on this site.**

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