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Old May 16th, 2014, 07:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I really liked the blue in the status bar and last night when I got the update it turned grey. Is there anyway to change it back to blue?

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Old May 16th, 2014, 07:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I really liked the blue in the status bar and last night when I got the update it turned grey. Is there anyway to change it back to blue?
If you're not rooted, I believe you may be able to flash the FXZ file for the pre-OTA ROM to put it back. The bootloader was not replaced, and nothing else was changed except the radio and the notification bar. I think RSD Lite won't erase your data normally, but don't quote me on that. There is a way to doctor it up so that it doesn't for sure. It's not hard, but I don't remember the exact where when what. To put the radio back, go here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2752255

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to find out how. I'm sure somebody more knowledgeable than I will speak up, this may very well be a common gripe about the new OTA.
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Just noticed this as well as I've hopped on 19.6.3.obake-maxx_verizon.Verizon.en.US.

Pretty strange... seems like for years now it's been white/gray vs. blue to indicate different status of network or Google connectivity. Don't know why they'd drop that all of the sudden.

In any event it's still listed as "Android 4.4" and not 4.4.2 or what have you.
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Pretty strange... seems like for years now it's been white/gray vs. blue to indicate different status of network or Google connectivity. Don't know why they'd drop that all of the sudden.

Yeah, I keep looking at it, going "Why am I not connected?" This is really a dumb, annoying change. They made it worse, not better.
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Try rebooting your phone. A good rule of thumb after a patch or upgrade, once it's all back to normal do a manual reboot.
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Pretty strange... seems like for years now it's been white/gray vs. blue to indicate different status of network or Google connectivity. Don't know why they'd drop that all of the sudden.
It was a design decision by Google for Android 4.4. They give an explanation why, some of it technical (which is pretty bogus, really). Perhaps they are trying to take focus off Google services connectivity?

It was a little odd that the Droids kept the Jellybean blue when the KitKat update happened, because the Moto X & Moto G had the white icons with KitKat. Motorola employees said it was a Verizon requirement, so apparently the people at Verizon changed their mind and allowed the white icons to go through with this update.

There are a lot of people who really wanted the white icons, presumably to be as close to stock Android as possible. I think removing information unnecessarily is a poor design decision. If Google wanted the color of connectivity to be white and non-connection to Google to be orange (which it is if you pull down the settings notification shade, or pull down notification and hit the settings icon on the top right; with no Google connectivity, the icons are orange), they could have just kept that in the status bar. Apparently, if something is up there, Google wants it to be white or not be there at all.

All that said, I can live with this - it's fine. 99% of the time I had blue icons anyway, so, generally, as long as I see an icon, I know I have connectivity. I guess that's good enough.
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I'm sorry I think perhaps I misunderstood you. The status bar is gray where it's not lit up, like if you have WiFi on but no connection. It's a bright white when it's activated. I find the higher contrast much easier to read than the previous version's blue.
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