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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Android TV now recommends apps to install during setup

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

It has been a while since the last Android Oreo feature spotlight, but there are apparently still discoveries to be made. Oreo was a pretty substantial update for Android TV, with a new launcher in tow. The update has another change for Android TV - recommended apps during the setup process.

When you're setting up your Android TV device for the first time, or after a wipe, Google will now show you a few apps you can install.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Android TV now recommends apps to install during setup was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential posts Oreo beta build for PH-1, finally provides factory images

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Hot on the heels of Samsung and its Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8, for which an update has already been released, Essential has posted an Oreo beta image for owners to flash. Also now present are regular factory images, which were previously unavailable. The only caveat is that you must sideload it via ADB; there's no OTA.

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Essential posts Oreo beta build for PH-1, finally provides factory images was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

November 2017 platform distribution shows an anemic 0.1% increase for Oreo and a larger bump for Nougat

Monday, November 13th, 2017

It was beginning to look like Google wouldn't get around to releasing platform distribution numbers this month, but it just came through. The news, however, isn't great if you've been pulling for Oreo to catch on. After debuting last month at 0.2% market share, Oreo is up just another tenth of a point this month. Meanwhile, Nougat saw a more substantial increase.

Here's a breakdown of all the changes this month.

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November 2017 platform distribution shows an anemic 0.1% increase for Oreo and a larger bump for Nougat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Android will highlight battery draining apps and what they’re doing

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Battery life is always the weak link in our smartphone-centric world, and you often find yourself baffled by the reasons why your battery drains way too fast one day and then seems to last forever the second day. Android has been trying to remedy that for many and many versions, and the latest Android 8.1 Developer Preview adds one more weapon to your arsenal in the fight against battery drainage. It won't help you win the war, but it will more easily answer the question of which app has been misbehaving and how.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Android will highlight battery draining apps and what they're doing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Weekend poll: In light of Android’s 10th birthday, which version first got you started?

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

The original beta for Google's Android operating system was released on November 5th, 2007, making today ten years since the first public release of the software. It's tough to pin a specific date on Android's origins—people usually reference either today or September 23rd, as that's the date in 2008 was when 1.0-r1 was released—but November 5th is generally regarded as the Android's birthday.

That means, as of today, Android is ten years old.

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Weekend poll: In light of Android's 10th birthday, which version first got you started? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG begins beta testing Android 8.0 update for V30 in South Korea

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

The LG V30 was released in South Korea a month ago, and it arrived in the United States soon after. The phone shipped with Android 7.1.2, and LG sadly didn't give a timeframe for an Oreo update. However, it looks like the company has been hard at work on an Oreo update, and South Korean residents can try it today.

LG launched its 'LG OS Preview program' earlier today, which gives V30 users the chance to try out the Oreo update early.

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LG begins beta testing Android 8.0 update for V30 in South Korea was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android versus iOS software updates revisited: Two years later and not much has changed

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Two years ago, I drew up a little comparison between the duration of software support for iOS and Nexus devices, and the differences were stark. Whereas Google only committed to 24 months of OS updates on its flagship phones, Apple typically updates their iPhones for up to 5 years after release. At the time, I was somewhat hopeful that things would improve gradually over time: Google had just formalized the 24-month update policy a few weeks prior, and we were already seeing a few devices like the Nexus 4 and the 2012 Nexus 7 that were being kept up-to-date for 34 or 38 months.

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Android versus iOS software updates revisited: Two years later and not much has changed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google hasn’t actually enabled Pixel Visual Core in 8.1 Oreo DP1, updates docs to say it’ll come in DP2

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

The Pixel Visual Core is one of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's selling points, and it was supposed to have been enabled in Android 8.1 Developer Preview 1. However, developers looking to try it out were unable to do so, eventually realizing that Google had neglected to enable it for the public preview. Now, the company has updated its documents to say that Visual Core will be able to be tried out in 8.1 Developer Preview 2.

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Google hasn't actually enabled Pixel Visual Core in 8.1 Oreo DP1, updates docs to say it'll come in DP2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Power off and restart screens get a new coat of paint, and restart screen now says ‘Restarting…’

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Restart functionality has been in many Android skins for years, but Google only officially introduced it to stock Android last year with Android 7.1. However, the pop-up that appeared when you hit the restart button still showed the default text for a shut-down instead of 'Restarting...', which is much more logical. Android 8.1 Oreo fixes this issue, and brings a splash of color to both the shut-down and restart screens to go with the new power menu design.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Power off and restart screens get a new coat of paint, and restart screen now says 'Restarting...' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony’s expensive interactive projector is getting Android 7.1

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Sony first showed off its touchscreen projector concept at Mobile World Congress 2016, and it was released in Europe earlier this year as the 'Xperia Touch.' It finally came to the United States earlier this month, but with a price tag of $1,699.99, it was a pretty hard sell.

If you are one of the people who bought this (I am very jealous), you'll be happy to know that Sony is rolling out Android 7.1.1 to it.

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Sony's expensive interactive projector is getting Android 7.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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