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Android O will introduce an animated Clock app icon in launchers

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Chris Lacy, the developer behind the well-known Action Launcher, has uncovered something in the APK file of the Clock app that comes in Android O: the manifest.xml mentions hours, minutes, and seconds as layers with default values, and the icon has separate images for the background and different elements.

That logically lead him to deduce that starting with Android O, the Clock app's icon will be animated to show the current time.

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Android O will introduce an animated Clock app icon in launchers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Chrome adds support for picture-in-picture video on Android O

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

One of the headline features of Android O is picture-in-picture video support across all devices. The feature has been part of Android TV since Nougat, but starting with O, it works on phones and tablets too. A handful of applications have already added support for the feature, including VLC, Duo, and Play Movies - now it's Chrome's turn.

 

If you're on Android O, just go full-screen on any video in Chrome and tap the Recents button twice.

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Google Chrome adds support for picture-in-picture video on Android O was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Accessibility has some new features, including better volume control and a new shortcut method

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Over the years, Android has built up a decent array of accessibility options to help make devices easier to use for its diverse user base. Each new version of the OS attempts to add even more useful features, and Android O is no different. So far we've had 3 developer previews of Android 8.0 ahead of its launch later this summer, and at some point along the way Google added a couple of new accessibility features.

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Android O feature spotlight: Accessibility has some new features, including better volume control and a new shortcut method was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Here’s a thing: now you can tap to hear selected text on Android via TalkBack

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Did you know that you can set your Android device to read selected text back to you with a simple tap? This isn't a new feature, it hit a while back with the TalkBack 5.2 update in April. And though we knew it was there, we didn't really know how cool it would end up being. Now that we've had the chance to try it out for ourselves, there's a good chance some of you might want to turn this particular feature on, whether you have a visual disability or not.

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Here's a thing: now you can tap to hear selected text on Android via TalkBack was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: System UI Tuner loses features in Developer Preview 3

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

It's not unusual for Google to add and remove elements during the preview program leading up to a new OS release. It happens all the time and is exactly what we've noticed with while checking out Developer Preview 3. The System UI Tuner is a place for experimental features anyway, so anything found there is always subject to change. The latest Android beta sees the removal of all 3 of the most recent additions to this menu.

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Android O feature spotlight: System UI Tuner loses features in Developer Preview 3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: System UI Tuner loses features in Developer Preview 3

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

It's not unusual for Google to add and remove elements during the preview program leading up to a new OS release. It happens all the time and is exactly what we've noticed with while checking out Developer Preview 3. The System UI Tuner is a place for experimental features anyway, so anything found there is always subject to change. The latest Android beta sees the removal of all 3 of the most recent additions to this menu.

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Android O feature spotlight: System UI Tuner loses features in Developer Preview 3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

VLC Beta updated with support for Android O’s picture-in-picture video [APK Download]

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Android 8.0 is shaping up to be a cool update with features like notification dots, autofill apps, and of course, picture-in-picture video. There haven't been many apps that properly support Android O's PiP mode, but now you can count VLC among them. Well, as long as you've got the new beta app.

In Android O, you'll be able to play video from supported apps in a floating window. YouTube was the only good way to test this before, but VLC support makes it easy to watch just about any video file in PiP mode.

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VLC Beta updated with support for Android O's picture-in-picture video [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Gboard gets an incognito mode, but only in Chrome Dev for now

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Google Chrome's incognito mode is meant to make more suspicious (insert Lenny face here) browsing history invisible at your beck and call. However, Google hadn't previously made incognito mode on Android disable keyboard suggestions. To alleviate this, browsing in incognito on Chrome Dev with a device running Android 8.0 will now make the incognito fedora and glasses appear on your keyboard, and Gboard won't remember unique words that you type.

 

left: Dark. right: Light.

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Android O feature spotlight: Gboard gets an incognito mode, but only in Chrome Dev for now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages v2.3 from Developer Preview 3 adds “mark as read” to notifications, replaces settings with Notification Channels, and prepares to add smart replies [APK Download + Teardown]

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

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The third developer preview of Android O came with a stack of new versions for Google's assorted apps. Many of them are essentially unchanged from the regular versions available through the Play Store, but there are a few offering up some excellent new features. Android Messages falls into that group as it adds the option to mark a message read from the notification shade and customization for contact notifications has been completely reorganized to take advantage of Android O's Notification Channels.

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Android Messages v2.3 from Developer Preview 3 adds "mark as read" to notifications, replaces settings with Notification Channels, and prepares to add smart replies [APK Download + Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: The Google Clock app gets a makeover in v5.1

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

With each new version of Android, Google tends to make small tweaks to some of its default apps. Such changes are often nothing more than superficial, a way of giving the new OS release a fresh feel. We're now on the third Android O Developer Preview, and the official clock app has been treated to a visual refresh, its first meaningful update since February.

The first noticeable change in version 5.1 is an update to the app's icon.

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Android O feature spotlight: The Google Clock app gets a makeover in v5.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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