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Paranoid Android

So, Ray Kurzweil has joined Google (or Skynet) in an attempt to push AI into the Nexus 6 phase or something. I have some thoughts on all this but they are quite complicated and can wait.

Meanwhile back on Planet Nick I’ve got a problem with my Android phone.

I was trying to change my wallpaper to a nice photo I’d taken and got the error:

“Unfortunately, Google+ has stopped.”

My vague understanding is Google+ handles a lot of the multimedia type antics so this is bloody magic. This has happened apropos of nothing I can think of. I really haven’t messed around with the phone which I’ve only had about 3-4 months. It’s a Motorola RAZRi* on the Three network. It’s a nice phone and hasn’t been any hassle. I got it because it was cheap(ish), tough as hell (aluminium, Gorilla Glass, Kevlar) and has a one-touch from dead straight into camera which is cool because I wanted a snap-shot camera (lugging a DSLT and lenses etc being something I only do if I know there is something to photograph). It’s Android 4.1.2. The only app I have installed is Google Starmap and that was a while back and was seamless. It’s free and a pretty good app.

Now. I have tried clearing the cache and doing a hard reboot. I haven’t cleared the app data (I saw that suggested but I am loathe because I dunno what that deletes exactly though it’s about 800K so it can’t be too much). I guess I could always just yank the piccies to a computer and do a factory reset but I kinda want to understand what is going on and all that. And I’d have to put all my contacts in again…

Any help gratefully appreciated.

*i.e. a Google Motorola. Ask me Lenovo can’t get cracking soon enough.


  1. knirirr says:

    Have you only seen the “Google+ has stopped” message once? If so, then I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you.

    If you see it every time you try to start that app, or if it continuously pops up whilst you’re doing other things, then clearing data for the Google+ would be the thing to do. The result of this would be that the next time you start that app it will ask you to set it up again, but all your contacts, photos &c. should be unaffected (I’ve cleared Google+ data before without difficulty). Uninstalling and then re-installing the app (assuming it came from the Play Store) would achieve the same effect.

  2. NickM says:

    Well, it came with the phone. But thanks knirirr, I shall indeed endeavour to persevere. And yeah, it happens all the time. I only got the phone because (a) the model two stops down from it was dreadful and had a Box Brownie of a camera, (b) the model up from that was a Nokia that seemed OK but ran on Windows… So… I like it but it is playing les buggeurs risible. I shall take your advice. Thanks.

  3. No problem – hopefully that should sort things out for you.
    In general I’ve found the Android platform to be excellent in terms of the customisability and user access it allows, but one does have to muck about with it from time to time to keep it running smoothly, unfortunately.

  4. John Galt says:

    2 minutes in the microwave would also resolve the problem permanently, but I suspect that’s not the solution you want.

    When I quit my last job, the last thing I did before I left the office for the final time (this would be the early hours of the morning, so no-one was there) was to put my 2 SIMS and 1 GB Data card for the Blackberry in the microwave for about 40 seconds, just enough to fry the circuitry and the data without obviously damaging the plastic casing.

    I then left them in an envelope for the office manager. They looked fine physically, but as far as data recovery goes they were completely and utterly fucked to anyone other than GCHQ or the NSA.

    That was all the copies of my Blackberry & HTC Desire smartphone contacts, meetings, private files, etc., etc. All gone back into the electronic ether.

    This was done because the American company I worked for had “form” for data & telephone snooping and all of the phones / data cards and laptop’s went to a little smurf who recycled any information that might be useful in the event of employment disputes.

    I understand this little sod has caught even some of their senior VP’s with incriminating information worth millions.

    Good luck to him recovering anything meaningful from my cards!

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