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Android O feature spotlight: Accessibility has some new features, including better volume control and a new shortcut method

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Over the years, Android has built up a decent array of accessibility options to help make devices easier to use for its diverse user base. Each new version of the OS attempts to add even more useful features, and Android O is no different. So far we've had 3 developer previews of Android 8.0 ahead of its launch later this summer, and at some point along the way Google added a couple of new accessibility features.

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Android O feature spotlight: Accessibility has some new features, including better volume control and a new shortcut method was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: System UI Tuner loses features in Developer Preview 3

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

It's not unusual for Google to add and remove elements during the preview program leading up to a new OS release. It happens all the time and is exactly what we've noticed with while checking out Developer Preview 3. The System UI Tuner is a place for experimental features anyway, so anything found there is always subject to change. The latest Android beta sees the removal of all 3 of the most recent additions to this menu.

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Android O feature spotlight: System UI Tuner loses features in Developer Preview 3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: System UI Tuner loses features in Developer Preview 3

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

It's not unusual for Google to add and remove elements during the preview program leading up to a new OS release. It happens all the time and is exactly what we've noticed with while checking out Developer Preview 3. The System UI Tuner is a place for experimental features anyway, so anything found there is always subject to change. The latest Android beta sees the removal of all 3 of the most recent additions to this menu.

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Android O feature spotlight: System UI Tuner loses features in Developer Preview 3 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Gboard gets an incognito mode, but only in Chrome Dev for now

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Google Chrome's incognito mode is meant to make more suspicious (insert Lenny face here) browsing history invisible at your beck and call. However, Google hadn't previously made incognito mode on Android disable keyboard suggestions. To alleviate this, browsing in incognito on Chrome Dev with a device running Android 8.0 will now make the incognito fedora and glasses appear on your keyboard, and Gboard won't remember unique words that you type.

 

left: Dark. right: Light.

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Android O feature spotlight: Gboard gets an incognito mode, but only in Chrome Dev for now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: The Google Clock app gets a makeover in v5.1

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

With each new version of Android, Google tends to make small tweaks to some of its default apps. Such changes are often nothing more than superficial, a way of giving the new OS release a fresh feel. We're now on the third Android O Developer Preview, and the official clock app has been treated to a visual refresh, its first meaningful update since February.

The first noticeable change in version 5.1 is an update to the app's icon.

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Android O feature spotlight: The Google Clock app gets a makeover in v5.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Pixel Launcher gets a new teardrop icon shape

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Among a few of the other changes that appeared in yesterday's third Android O Developer Preview, a new icon shape has appeared. Joining its squircle, rounded square, square, and circular brethren, Pixel Launcher users have the option to make their icons teardrop-shaped.

 

I think that the teardrop looks more like a chat bubble, like the Allo icon. Regardless of my feelings on the matter, this new option seems to be working with most devices on DP3 and the Pixel Launcher (Nexus 6P included).

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Android O feature spotlight: Pixel Launcher gets a new teardrop icon shape was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: WiFi and cellular status bar icons switch positions again [order has been restored]

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Sometimes it's the little things in life that bring the most joy. Google often uses Android developer previews to test small changes and gauge public opinion on them ahead of a final release. This may or may not be one such example. Dev Preview 3 has reversed a tiny change that was made in the last version, namely changing the order of the WiFi and cellular icons on the status bar.

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Android O feature spotlight: WiFi and cellular status bar icons switch positions again [order has been restored] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: WiFi and cellular status bar icons switch positions again [order has been restored]

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Sometimes it's the little things in life that bring the most joy. Google often uses Android developer previews to test small changes and gauge public opinion on them ahead of a final release. This may or may not be one such example. Dev Preview 3 has reversed a tiny change that was made in the last version, namely changing the order of the WiFi and cellular icons on the status bar.

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Android O feature spotlight: WiFi and cellular status bar icons switch positions again [order has been restored] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Camera app updated to v4.4, with small UI tweaks

Friday, June 9th, 2017

After the surprise early release of the 3rd Android O developer preview yesterday, everyone is busy searching for any subtle little changes here and there. The stock Android camera app was last updated back in February with new zoom and exposure controls. The new dev preview brings the camera up to version 4.4 and includes some minor UI tweaks.

The most noticeable difference is the addition of a camera/video toggle button.

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Android O feature spotlight: Camera app updated to v4.4, with small UI tweaks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Ongoing media notifications are now colored based on album art / thumbnails

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Android O's third developer preview has just landed, and we're already spotting some pretty cool changes. Among the first we spotted is color-coding for rich media notifications, meaning that these notifications will be themed based on album art / video thumbnails.

 

It appears that Google is using pastel/muted colors (I'm not an artist, so excuse me if this isn't the correct terminology) to produce these notifications. This is probably to ensure that while the notifications are easier on the eyes, less boring, and more immediately identifiable, they're still not overly shouty.

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Android O feature spotlight: Ongoing media notifications are now colored based on album art / thumbnails was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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