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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My N7 just updated to 4.2. I also have email synced with work so there's a pin lock code.

I thought this meant I couldn't change the lock screen... swiping any which way does nothing. Pin code just unlocks.

Then this morning the machine acted weird for a bit and now below the lockscreen clock it now tells me the time in Adelaide. Not much use to me in London.

How do I get rid of that? I tried dragging to remove, it went but then as soon as the lockscreen came on it was back again.

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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try removing it and replacing with another widget. It'll default back to clock if nothing else is selected
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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you checked the date and time setting in my settings to check the time zone to see if it has changed from Greenwich Mean Time.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 07:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you remove it, it appears to have gone but then reappears with the next lockscreen. Nothing else is offered when you removed it. Swiping the empty space or the clock has no effect.

If you double-tap the clock the PIN pad briefly lights up...but if you enter the pin it just unlocks the screen.

One caveat...ONCE only when I double tapped and entered PIN it let me in, I deleted the 2nd clock via settings and now I am back to the standard single clock. It wouldn't let me do anything else and it won't repeat that behaviour.

It's almost as if...almost (!)... Google didn't test lock screen widgets with a PIN.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 10:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use the "pattern" to lock, but I just tried the "code" method and both methods operate exactly the same. If you touch the clock (once) the pad highlights to enter your code (enter then hit the enter arrow) and it goes to your clock/alarm settings screen, you are unlocked at this point. You long press any "+" sign to add a widget. I downloaded "Fixed Clock" which gives you some text and color options on the clock widget. Switched it back to pattern, like the look:



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If you remove it, it appears to have gone but then reappears with the next lockscreen. Nothing else is offered when you removed it. Swiping the empty space or the clock has no effect.

If you double-tap the clock the PIN pad briefly lights up...but if you enter the pin it just unlocks the screen.

One caveat...ONCE only when I double tapped and entered PIN it let me in, I deleted the 2nd clock via settings and now I am back to the standard single clock. It wouldn't let me do anything else and it won't repeat that behaviour.

It's almost as if...almost (!)... Google didn't test lock screen widgets with a PIN.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 11:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Cool...with you up to a point... press once, pin = clock opens. But...I don't see the "+"...where's that?

At the top of the screen I have the icon for Timer / Clock / Alarm.
Main screen is the clock. (swiping takes me to these).

Bottom is the icon for Alarm / Add Cities / Settings or Night Mode

No email or other widgets (I have HD Widgets, for example, none here).

What am I doing wrong (this does all sound like Operator error!)
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That was to set the clock/alarm.

BEFORE you tap the clock, swipe the clock to the right, there "should be" a "+" sign. Long press it, enter your code, and available widgets show up. If you're not getting the "+" something is wrong. (In portrait mode)

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Cool...with you up to a point... press once, pin = clock opens. But...I don't see the "+"...where's that?

At the top of the screen I have the icon for Timer / Clock / Alarm.
Main screen is the clock. (swiping takes me to these).

Bottom is the icon for Alarm / Add Cities / Settings or Night Mode

No email or other widgets (I have HD Widgets, for example, none here).

What am I doing wrong (this does all sound like Operator error!)
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 01:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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OK, so it isn't working properly. When I swipe right (or left) the clock tilts but there are no "+" signs. I've seen others with PIN locks for work email say the same thing. I assume it's now a known issue... maybe I ought to report it, though I don't know how?
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Thought - the PIN on my device is forced by Exchange (email) security. If I was allowed to place the email widget on the lockscreen that would effectively bypass the need to enter the PIN before you see the Inbox.

Maybe they've disabled all widgets until they work out how to disable just the email ones? In fact... it would be tricky because it wouldn't just be the stock email, they'd have to disable all widgets that access email. So perhaps a blanket ban on lockscreen widgets is the price of Exchange Security for the time being?

(Widget Locker allows lockscreen widgets...but that isn't part of the Android OS)

Is there somewhere I can just check with Google/Android to see if this is actually working as designed or not?
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Seems I was right:

exchange - N7/4.2 Can't add lock screen widgets? - Android Enthusiasts
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Added a second user without Exchange/PIN. That works as expected. So it's a feature not a bug!
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After my update when the lock screen powers up I have a rectangular box appear on the top left of the tablet. It happens every time. Anyone else having this issue? How do I stop this? Thanks.
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After my update when the lock screen powers up I have a rectangular box appear on the top left of the tablet. It happens every time. Anyone else having this issue? How do I stop this? Thanks.
That's a visual hint that you swipe to that box to add new lockscreen add-ons. I don't know how to disable it, and I must admit that I find it annoying as well. Given the number of complaints I imagine that Google will be seriously looking at the cosmetic aspects of the lock screen. It's design wasn't one of their finest hours.
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That's a visual hint that you swipe to that box to add new lockscreen add-ons. I don't know how to disable it, and I must admit that I find it annoying as well. Given the number of complaints I imagine that Google will be seriously looking at the cosmetic aspects of the lock screen. It's design wasn't one of their finest hours.
There's an app for that...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wordpress.chislonchow.deviceadminke yguard
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Thanks for that app, it eliminates the box!!
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