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Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

For smartphone users who are blind or visually impaired, Google TalkBack is a vital tool that facilitates eyes-free operation of any Android device. TalkBack is just one aspect of the app, however, and that's probably why Google has renamed it Android Accessibility Suite.

As well as TalkBack, which offers enhanced aural and vibration feedback, the suite also comprises Switch Access, for controlling your phone without using the touchscreen, and Select to Speak, which reads anything on the screen aloud with a tap.

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Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Verizon Moto Z, Moto Z Force Droid Editions

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Android 8.0 Oreo rolled out to the unlocked Moto Z in May. Now, the Verizon "Droid Editions" of both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are getting the update. It comes with all the expected Oreo goodies — picture-in-picture support, notification improvements, and the like.

The update also brings with it improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance, and you'll no longer have to restart your phone when swapping SIM cards. A subtle tweak, but still nice.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Verizon Moto Z, Moto Z Force Droid Editions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android-x86 Project releases first Oreo build (release candidate 1)

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Running Android on your PC can be a surprisingly shady experience with emulators that spam you with ads or try to hide Bitcoin miners on your system. When in doubt, there's always the open source Android-x86 Project. It just so happens that Android-x86 just released a build of Android Oreo.

As the name implies, Android-x86 is a version of Android designed to run on computers with the x86 architecture. It usually runs behind official Android releases for several months, but now we have the first release candidate for 8.1 Oreo.

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Android-x86 Project releases first Oreo build (release candidate 1) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P can turn off Wi-Fi hotspot automatically if no devices are connected

Monday, June 18th, 2018

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Android P will come packing so many new features that it’s hard to keep up with what’s changed. One helpful function that slipped under our radar is the ability to have Wi-Fi hotspot turned off automatically when no devices are connected.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always forgetting to disable my hotspot after using it. It often stays on for days or weeks before I realize that it’s still active.

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Android P can turn off Wi-Fi hotspot automatically if no devices are connected was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

June security patch creates problems for Nokia 7 Plus units running Android P

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

A June security patch has caused serious problems for Nokia 7 Plus users who are running the Android P beta. Some users report that the update has completely corrupted their system, forcing them to restore. Others are repeatedly seeing error messages.

We’re all warned not to install beta software on our primary devices. It’s unfinished and unstable, and bugs are almost a guarantee. Nevertheless, we all do it anyway because we just can’t wait to get our hands on new features.

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June security patch creates problems for Nokia 7 Plus units running Android P was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google says that Android P Substratum theme breakage is intentional and won’t be fixed

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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In a blow to the custom themers out there, Google has responded to the cry for Substratum "support" to return to stock Android. The verdict is that the breakage first spotted in Android P Developer Preview 1 is intentional and that it won't be fixed for the final P release.

Substratum, specifically the Andromeda project, is a method of installing custom themes on stock Oreo without root access — Substratum has long been a staple of the custom ROM community (and preferred over the CM Theme Engine).

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Google says that Android P Substratum theme breakage is intentional and won't be fixed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Launcher to get manual dark and light theme toggle in upcoming Android release

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

With the Pixel 2 release, Google enabled an automatic dark theme in the Pixel Launcher and quick settings. This was a bit of a half measure seeing as everyone has been begging Google for a dark system theme for years. Annoyingly, if you had a preference for the dark or light theme, you couldn't manually select it. That will change soon—possibly in the next Android P build.

As it currently stands, Google devices set the dark or light theme based on your wallpaper.

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Pixel Launcher to get manual dark and light theme toggle in upcoming Android release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P DP3 simplifies Do Not Disturb settings, includes notification/popup to warn you of changes

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Do Not Disturb mode is an increasingly vital part of the Android OS as far as I'm concerned. Advanced "digital wellbeing" features are all well and good, but the simplicity of being able to tell my phone to shut up for a little while is something I'm using more and more. It seems that every new version of Android alters how DND works — sometimes for the better, sometimes worse. Google has made significant changes to DND in each Developer Preview of Android P, and the latest beta makes further alterations and includes a new notification to warn you of certain differences.

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Android P DP3 simplifies Do Not Disturb settings, includes notification/popup to warn you of changes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony offers Android P Beta 2 for Xperia XZ2 devices

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Just a few weeks after launching its Android P testing program for Xperia XZ2 devices, Sony has made the second beta available to download. It's available over-the-air for those already running Android P Beta 1, and it comes with a whole bunch of big fixes.

Unless you own a Google smartphone, you usually have to wait a long time for your handset's manufacturer to rollout the latest version of Android.

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Sony offers Android P Beta 2 for Xperia XZ2 devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google makes subtle improvements to gesture navigation and adds a tutorial in dev preview 3

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Google showed off its vision for gesture navigation in Android with the second preview release at I/O, and it was... not great. With the new dev preview 3 release, Google has made a few tweaks to gesture nav functionality, plus there's a basic tutorial. 

You still swipe up on the home button to access recent apps in DP3. However, it's easier to access the app drawer. A short swipe up just gets you the recents, and a slightly longer one moves smoothly to the app drawer.

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Google makes subtle improvements to gesture navigation and adds a tutorial in dev preview 3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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