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The ‘Swipe for notifications’ gesture now matches device orientation for Nexuses running Android O

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Since the release of the Pixel last year it's been possible to swipe down on the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification shade. It took a while, but the feature eventually came to to the Nexus 5X, and finally the 6P.

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The 'Swipe for notifications' gesture now matches device orientation for Nexuses running Android O was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: The notification shade fingerprint swipe gesture now matches device orientation

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Since the Pixel was released last year it's been possible to swipe down on the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification shade. Those who use the feature may have noticed that while holding your phone in landscape you would need to swipe horizontally to bring down the notifications, which seemed counterintuitive. The release of the second developer preview for Android O (DP2) changes this, and you can now logically swipe down from whichever side of the device is currently the top, depending on how you're holding it.

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Android O feature spotlight: The notification shade fingerprint swipe gesture now matches device orientation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Chrome home screen shortcuts now use the Pixel launcher’s mask

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

As you might know, Chrome for Android allows you to save websites on your home screen for easy access. This is especially useful for Progressive Web Apps, but works just as well for normal sites and web apps. These shortcuts have a few changes on Android O.

 

Adding a site to the home screen on Android 7.1.2.

Previously, icons on the home screen just used whatever icon the website provided, without any kind of layer or mask applied.

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Android O feature spotlight: Chrome home screen shortcuts now use the Pixel launcher's mask was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: O DP2 broke notification channels] Android O feature spotlight: Android tells you if an app is displaying a screen overlay

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Being able to run apps that draw on top of other apps is a powerful feature of Android. Apps like Twilight take advantage of that to add a filter to the display, but other apps just show a floating UI element.

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[Update: O DP2 broke notification channels] Android O feature spotlight: Android tells you if an app is displaying a screen overlay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: The settings search now shows installed apps, results now have subtext

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Google added a search function to the Android settings app back in Android 5.0, making it far easier for new users to find exactly what they need. Starting with Android O, the search results not only contain subtext to better explain the results, but apps are now included as well.

As you probably know, there's an Apps sub-section in the Settings app with a list of all installed applications. But if you needed to view the App info for a specific app, you couldn't use the search - you had to scroll down the long list until you found what you needed.

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Android O feature spotlight: The settings search now shows installed apps, results now have subtext was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Downloads of system updates can now be paused

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Downloading massive files isn't always convenient, especially if you don't have great Internet. And unless you've still got an unlimited data plan, letting the download continue while you're on the move without WiFi is just a bad idea. Google seems to agree, as Android O's second developer preview now features a 'pause download' button.

 

Pausing downloads on Android isn't exactly new; for instance, it's been in Chrome's built-in downloader since Chrome 50.

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Android O feature spotlight: Downloads of system updates can now be paused was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: You can automatically enable WiFi near trusted networks, and it now works in DP2

Friday, May 19th, 2017

The Android beta program gives us a chance to see the latest features of Android, some of which don't actually work yet. That was the case when the first developer preview came out with an option to automatically switch WiFi on when you get near a trusted network. The toggle was non-functional in the first dev preview, but it works in DP2.

This option is available in Network and internet > WiFi > WiFi Preferences.

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Android O feature spotlight: You can automatically enable WiFi near trusted networks, and it now works in DP2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: VolumeShaper lets audio apps perform cross fades, fade-outs, and more

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Android has a long and complicated history with audio output, but Google has been improving audio on Android with higher quality sound and lower latency. In Android O, developers will have a new tool to perform audio transitions and effects.

Apps can, of course, do these audio transitions now, but they're using third-party tools. Android O will bring a class called VolumeShaper that can be configured with a few lines of code to automatically apply your desired transition based on a volume curve, interpolator type, and duration.

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Android O feature spotlight: VolumeShaper lets audio apps perform cross fades, fade-outs, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Graphics drivers can be updated from the Play Store in Android O

Friday, May 19th, 2017

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A pretty nifty new feature was talked about at last night's Android Fireside Chat. In addition to the other O features and the rest of the announcements at I/O, it was revealed that we'll soon be able to update our graphics drivers through the Play Store. This is a feature that is presumably only going to be present in O. There's no word yet on the specifics as to how that might work, or which OEMs or chipset manufacturers might be interested in taking advantage of it, but as of yesterday we know it's coming.

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Graphics drivers can be updated from the Play Store in Android O was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The current Google Pixel/Pixel XL will support Project Treble, possibly meaning longer support

Friday, May 19th, 2017

There are a few reasons why your phone or tablet stops getting Android updates. One reason could be that the maker of your device's processor (e.g. Snapdragon or MediaTek) never updated the drivers for newer versions of Android. This is why no phones or tablets with the Snapdragon 800/801 chip ever officially received Android 7.0 Nougat, including the Nexus 5.

Google announced Project Treble a week ago, which aims to solve this particular problem by separating the Android OS from the 'Vendor interface' (the part with all the low-level drivers and binary blobs).

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The current Google Pixel/Pixel XL will support Project Treble, possibly meaning longer support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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