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Android P feature spotlight: Android will offer to hide notifications from apps you frequently dismiss

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Google has slowly expanded control over notifications in the last few major updates, culminating with notification channels in Android 8.0. In Android P, Google is testing a system to suggest blocking notifications from certain apps. Which apps? Any app whose notifications you frequently dismiss.

This isn't the sort of feature that pops up right away—you have to use it for a little bit before you've swiped notifications away enough to trigger it.

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Android P feature spotlight: Android will offer to hide notifications from apps you frequently dismiss was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P feature spotlight: New autofill APIs improve compatibility with password managers (Updated)

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

With the release of Android Oreo, Google included an autofill API to allow for system-wide filling in of details such as account and credit card info. The framework manages communication between Google's autofill service and other apps, and it's great for both saving time and avoiding errors.

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Android P feature spotlight: New autofill APIs improve compatibility with password managers (Updated) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P feature spotlight: Mark WiFi as metered from the network details screen

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Android is designed to be gentle with your mobile data, but all bets are off when you get on WiFi. Your phone will likely save large downloads until the instant you reconnect to WiFi, but not all networks should be treated the same. Some WiFi hotspots are metered, and Android P makes it quicker and easier to tell the device when that is the case.

It has been possible to mark a network as metered in the last few versions of Android, but it's buried in the Data Saver settings.

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Android P feature spotlight: Mark WiFi as metered from the network details screen was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P feature spotlight: You can now easily track which apps recently sent notifications

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

You probably get a lot of notifications on your phone. So many, in fact, it's easy to forget which apps were in that batch you just dismissed. Android P includes a handy menu that tracks recent notifications so you can disallow an app that's been pestering you in just a few taps.

Of course, Android has long been keeping track of notifications in the hidden log menu. There are some apps that pull data from this menu, but it's not exposed to users in the settings.

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Android P feature spotlight: You can now easily track which apps recently sent notifications was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P feature spotlight: New autofill APIs improve compatibility with password managers

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

With the release of Android Oreo, Google included an autofill API to allow for system-wide filling in of details such as account and credit card info. The framework manages communication between Google's autofill service and other apps, and it's great for both saving time and avoiding errors.

The first developer preview of Android P has just arrived and it brings a number of new APIs to the autofill framework, as well as some bugfixes.

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Android P feature spotlight: New autofill APIs improve compatibility with password managers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Covering the proximity sensor no longer turns off ambient display

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The latest Android developer preview is filled with lots of incremental changes, many of which are thoughtful and useful. It wouldn’t be possible for Google to get everything right in a beta release, though, and this alteration seems to be more of a backward step.

Previously in Oreo, if you’d set ambient display to wake with a notification or with a double tap, it would shut off if the proximity sensor was covered.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Covering the proximity sensor no longer turns off ambient display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Mobile data quick setting toggle asks if you really want to turn if off

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Over the course of the last few Android versions, Google has seemingly struggled to decide on exactly how some of the quick settings options should work. Some are simple toggles, some bring up extra details in the quick settings pane, and some take you through to the settings app. Several of them also have different behavior depending on whether you short or long-press them.

It's understandable in some ways, as many of them require different actions, and Google is continually reviewing them to make their behavior more intuitive or useful.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Mobile data quick setting toggle asks if you really want to turn if off 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: 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: Get quick access to an app’s widgets by long-pressing the icon

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Google began introducing long-press actions for icons in Android 7.1—currently, a long-press in Pixel Launcher can display app shortcuts (previously known as launcher shortcuts). You get more in Android O DP2. We already knew about the previously reported notification dots, but there are also widget links.

Upon long-press, icons on your home screen that have widgets will have a floating button labeled "Widgets." You can tap that to open a popup at the bottom of the screen that lists the app's available widgets.

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Android O feature spotlight: Get quick access to an app's widgets by long-pressing the icon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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