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    What do the gray bars actually mean?

    Forgive the dumb question.

    I frequently have all-gray bars in the notification bar (with either the network or wi-fi icons); occasionally I get a "no signal" alert, but 90+% of the time I can make a call (and if I dial a number or fire up the browser, I get some blue bars back).

    What *exactly* do the gray bars mean? Sometimes I see a gray "3G" as well. I don't live in a 4G area so can't comment on it yet.

    I hardly ever saw this on the OG Droid, and when I did, it meant 1x or (really) minimal or no signal.

    Thanks!


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    I think it's an indicator for whether or not your Google account is syncing.

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    Greyed out signal bars and 3g/4g icons mean that you aren't connected to Google's servers yet. You can normally still get data on a webpage or something with them grey and they should turn blue fairly soon. Greyed out wifi bars means you aren't fully connected to your network yet. you are connected to the router but it's not to the internet yet. If it stays grey there could be a problem with your network

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    Got it....thanks. As I said, I can usually get out when they're gray, and they often turn blue right after I fire up the browser or make a call. On wi-fi at home, they don't stay gray for long; usually as it's grabbing an IP address or pinging Google's server, or some such.


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    Quote Originally Posted by d1L777 View Post
    Greyed out signal bars and 3g/4g icons mean that you aren't connected to Google's servers yet. You can normally still get data on a webpage or something with them grey and they should turn blue fairly soon. Greyed out wifi bars means you aren't fully connected to your network yet. you are connected to the router but it's not to the internet yet. If it stays grey there could be a problem with your network

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    Well Done - excellent explanation!

    Cheers!

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    Well, that may be an excellent explanation of what is happening, but it doesn't tell me what to DO about this. A quick Google search reveals widespread instances of this phenomenon... With no apparent solution. Most uncool

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    I use Go launcher and I hid an application in the app drawer. Problem is I can't figure out how to find it now. I want to uninstall it but it's hidden pretty good. Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobthebob View Post
    Well, that may be an excellent explanation of what is happening, but it doesn't tell me what to DO about this. A quick Google search reveals widespread instances of this phenomenon... With no apparent solution. Most uncool
    I just recently saw it reported that opening the Google Talk app and allowing it to sign in would resolve it. I haven't been able to test yet, but it's worth a try.

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    so theres no difference between blue and grey reception bars except that blue ones indicate that you are connected to (and there can sync to) google apps?????

 

 

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