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Android O feature spotlight: Default Wi-Fi hotspot SSIDs are now unique

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

There is a small problem you can run into when setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot in previous versions of Android. By default, the SSID is just AndroidAP, and a lot of people don't change that. So if your phone, tablet, or laptop connected to such an access point in the past, they'd try again every time they saw that Android AP SSID. But as of Android 8.0 Oreo, any devices that never ran a previous version of Android will get a unique hotspot SSID. 

There is a caveat, and that is that any device which has been upgraded to O won't see this behavior by default.

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Android O feature spotlight: Default Wi-Fi hotspot SSIDs are now unique was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: No longer works for YT] Tutorial: How to force Picture-in-Picture mode on Oreo for YouTube, Google Maps, Duo, and others

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

One of Android Oreo's best features is Picture-in-Picture mode for phones and tablets. When you press the home button while playing media (on an app that supports PiP), the video collapses to a floating window that you can move around the screen.

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[Update: No longer works for YT] Tutorial: How to force Picture-in-Picture mode on Oreo for YouTube, Google Maps, Duo, and others was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tutorial: How to enable Android Oreo’s “Turn on WiFi Automatically” feature on Nexus 5X/6P

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

One of Android Oreo's new features is the ability to automatically turn Wi-Fi back on when you're near a saved network. Essentially, Android will keep track of where each network is located, and will use location services to only turn on Wi-Fi when you're in range. The feature was available for all devices on the Android O Developer Previews, but was disabled in the final release for the Nexus 5X and 6P.

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Tutorial: How to enable Android Oreo's "Turn on WiFi Automatically" feature on Nexus 5X/6P was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tutorial: How to get YouTube’s Picture-in-Picture mode without YouTube Red

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

One of Android Oreo's best features is Picture-in-Picture mode for phones and tablets. When you press the home button while playing media (on an app that supports PiP), the video collapses to a floating window that you can move around the screen. YouTube is one of the few apps that support this feature already, but it's only enabled if you pay for YouTube Red. If YouTube Red isn't available in your country, or you just don't want to pay for it, we'll show you how to force the app to use PiP.

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Tutorial: How to get YouTube's Picture-in-Picture mode without YouTube Red was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps v9.60 brings usable Picture-in-Picture mode, prepares for adding personal notes to locations, food reviews, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Friday saw the launch of video submissions by Local Guides, some of which are already popping up. But that wasn't the only thing to come with the v9.60 update, the Picture-in-Picture mode added in the last update has been fixed and now offers a useful window into your trip while you're using other apps. There are also several new topics for a teardown, including personal notes for locations, food reviews with photo submissions, and much more.

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Google Maps v9.60 brings usable Picture-in-Picture mode, prepares for adding personal notes to locations, food reviews, and more [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tasker can hide Android Oreo’s ‘App is running in the background’ notifications, root not required

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

One of Android Oreo's many new features is a persistent notification for each app that runs in the background. While this is certainly helpful for the average person, it can get old quick for power users that frequently run applications like Tasker and LastPass. If the messages really get on your nerves, you can now use Tasker and the Notification Listener plugin to hide them.

You can view the whole instruction guide at XDA, but it involves installing both Tasker and Notification Listener (linked at the bottom of this post) and importing a Tasker profile.

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Tasker can hide Android Oreo's 'App is running in the background' notifications, root not required was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: Settings app now shows Sign In button for public Wi-Fi networks

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Wi-Fi networks that use Captive portals (like a Sign In page) can be a real headache. You connect to it, and then try to figure out why nothing is loading, and finally Android shows the 'Sign in to network' popup. Starting with Android O, the Settings app makes it more obvious that you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

 

Left: Android 7.1.2 (LineageOS ROM); Right: Android 8.0

While the 'Sign in to network' notification hasn't changed at all with Android O, the Wi-Fi section of the Settings now has a large button to login when viewing a Captive portal network.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Settings app now shows Sign In button for public Wi-Fi networks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google uploads Android O emoji to GitHub under Apache license

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

I'm personally not a huge fan of Android O's updated set of emoji, and judging by our poll from last month, neither are many of you. But in case you ever want to use them in your own projects, Google has uploaded all of them to GitHub.

Every emoji is available in both SVG and PNG format, and there is a CBDT/CBLC color font file containing the entire set. Operating system support for that type of font file is iffy at the moment, so you may have to just go through the image folders.

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Google uploads Android O emoji to GitHub under Apache license was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

tinyCam Monitor PRO updated to v9 and on sale, adds new IFTTT webhooks, Android O changes including PiP, and more

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Yesterday the network camera management app tinyCam Monitor PRO was updated to v9, bringing a ton of new features like MP4 recording to FTP servers, 'Webhooks on motion' for motion-detecting automation, and additional support for features in Android 8.0 Oreo such as adaptive icons and PiP, among a tremendous list of changes. To celebrate the occasion, it's even on sale for 50% off at just $1.99. 

The full changelog is far too long to insert here, but an abridged version is below.

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tinyCam Monitor PRO updated to v9 and on sale, adds new IFTTT webhooks, Android O changes including PiP, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: You can force Android’s new background limits on old apps

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Android 8.0 Oreo includes several changes to how background processes work, in order to squeeze even more battery life out of your device. One of these is the Background Execution Limit, which imposes new rules on what apps can do in the background. By default, the new limits only apply to apps targeting Android 8.0, but you can force it on older apps as well.

Once you open the App Info panel for a given app and tap Battery usage, there is a new Background activity toggle.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: You can force Android's new background limits on old apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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