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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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