I had a firmware update a few days ago that required my phone to power off and then dial verizon to reactivate, since then I've been unable to connect to google talk and my gmail account will not auto-sync. I think the update might have had something to do with the civil alerts chip/app thing? I never noticed it on my phone until after this. My android version is 2.3.4, my phone is a sony xperia play. I've gone through all the settings, auto sync is turned on, notify once is turned off, i've tried a factory reset and settings reset, tried with the SD card removed... tried connect to my wifi, nothing is fixing this. when I start google talk it says "could not connect to server. will retry shortly." I have to refresh gmail with the refresh button, or toggle auto-sync off and back on through the power management bar. I've found threads reporting the same problem with google talk, but they're relatively old and have no solution. I am connected to the the app store/google play and I can download and install apps just fine. What's going on? Thanks for any help. I'm probably going to call verizon later today.