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Android P: ‘Turn off mobile data?’ quick setting prompt has disappeared in DP4

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Since Android 8.1 (even 8.0 on Pixel phones), the OS has had a divisive prompt that warns you if you toggle mobile data on or off using the quick settings toggle. Personally, I find this useful, since I never turn data off intentionally. If I do, it's probably by mistake, so this extra step is a good way of mitigating against that risk.

Many users were less enthused (check the comments) when this prompt was introduced, as it made toggling data that little bit more difficult.

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Android P: 'Turn off mobile data?' quick setting prompt has disappeared in DP4 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Google is limiting OG Pixels from getting this feature] Android P Overview screen no longer allows for text selection or image copying in DP4 for some users

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

With the launch of the second developer preview of Android back in May, Google added a surprising and useful feature to the Overview interface.

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[Update: Google is limiting OG Pixels from getting this feature] Android P Overview screen no longer allows for text selection or image copying in DP4 for some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Working for some, and there seems to be a hidden setting] Android P Overview screen no longer allows for text selection or image copying in DP4

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

With the launch of the second developer preview of Android back in May, Google added a surprising and useful feature to the Overview interface. You could highlight and copy text and also make use of Android's smart text selection functionality. Optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities meant you could also pull text from images.

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[Update: Working for some, and there seems to be a hidden setting] Android P Overview screen no longer allows for text selection or image copying in DP4 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Manual toggle for dark and light launcher themes debuts in Android P DP4

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Google introduced the dark launcher theme on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, eventually expanding it to the first gen Pixels with the Android 8.1 update. However, there was no way to change the theme manually—it was always based on the wallpaper. Google recently promised a toggle, and now it's here in the latest Android P preview.

The default setting in DP4 is still to change the launcher theme when you apply a dark or light wallpaper.

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Manual toggle for dark and light launcher themes debuts in Android P DP4 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P Developer Preview 4 is now available

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

It's showing up a little later than we expected, but the fourth Android P Developer Preview is rolling out today. It's available on the first and second generation Pixel phones as both a system image and an OTA file. However, the Android beta program updates aren't going out quite yet.

You can install the factory images on a Pixel with an unlocked bootloader, and it doesn't matter if you've been on the developer preview previously.

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Android P Developer Preview 4 is now available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P Developer Preview 3 now available for Nokia 7 Plus

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Google surprised everyone at I/O 2018 when it announced that, unlike all previous Android Developer Previews, the Android P Beta would be available on a wide variety of phones from different manufacturers. The third Developer Preview of Android P, also known as Beta 2, was released for the Pixels earlier this month.

It has taken a while, but Android P Beta 2 has finally been released for the Nokia 7 Plus.

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Android P Developer Preview 3 now available for Nokia 7 Plus 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.

Google updates Wear OS developer preview to restore background jobs and alarms

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

We did not learn much about the future of Wear OS at Google I/O this year despite the company putting on a "what's new in Wear OS" session. One of the few truly new things discussed in that talk was the team's new focus on battery life in Android P. Now, Google is rolling back the battery-saving features in the developer preview following a flurry of developer feedback.

The next version of Wear OS will use Android P as a base, but the Wear OS team had planned to tighten background processes considerably.

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Google updates Wear OS developer preview to restore background jobs and alarms 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.

Android P DP3 slightly changes the position of the date in the notification panel

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Android P's third developer preview landed yesterday, and we're still finding new changes. This one's pretty minor, but since we all love nitpicking over tiny details that the average consumer will never notice, here it is: the date has been moved from the right of the clock to below the clock.

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Android P DP3 slightly changes the position of the date in the notification panel was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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