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Android O feature spotlight: Default Wi-Fi hotspot SSIDs are now unique

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

There is a small problem you can run into when setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot in previous versions of Android. By default, the SSID is just AndroidAP, and a lot of people don't change that. So if your phone, tablet, or laptop connected to such an access point in the past, they'd try again every time they saw that Android AP SSID. But as of Android 8.0 Oreo, any devices that never ran a previous version of Android will get a unique hotspot SSID. 

There is a caveat, and that is that any device which has been upgraded to O won't see this behavior by default.

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Android O feature spotlight: Default Wi-Fi hotspot SSIDs are now unique was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: Rollback Protection, a new part of Verified Boot, won’t allow you to start a downgraded OS

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

This flew under our radar back at I/O, but it's big news. On compatible devices, the new Verified Boot changes in Android 8.0 Oreo will prevent a device from booting should it be rolled back to an earlier firmware. The new feature is called Rollback Protection. So if your phone is flashed with older software, you (and your data) are protected from whatever potential security vulnerabilities may have been present in earlier versions. 

For 99% of users, the new Rollback Protection is great news.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Rollback Protection, a new part of Verified Boot, won't allow you to start a downgraded OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: Settings app now shows Sign In button for public Wi-Fi networks

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Wi-Fi networks that use Captive portals (like a Sign In page) can be a real headache. You connect to it, and then try to figure out why nothing is loading, and finally Android shows the 'Sign in to network' popup. Starting with Android O, the Settings app makes it more obvious that you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

 

Left: Android 7.1.2 (LineageOS ROM); Right: Android 8.0

While the 'Sign in to network' notification hasn't changed at all with Android O, the Wi-Fi section of the Settings now has a large button to login when viewing a Captive portal network.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Settings app now shows Sign In button for public Wi-Fi networks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: You can force Android’s new background limits on old apps

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Android 8.0 Oreo includes several changes to how background processes work, in order to squeeze even more battery life out of your device. One of these is the Background Execution Limit, which imposes new rules on what apps can do in the background. By default, the new limits only apply to apps targeting Android 8.0, but you can force it on older apps as well.

Once you open the App Info panel for a given app and tap Battery usage, there is a new Background activity toggle.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: You can force Android's new background limits on old apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: Rescue Party might save bootlooping devices from an early death

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

The user facing features of Android 8.0 were mostly already known before yesterday's grand reveal of the Oreo name and the final version, but there are usually other tweaks that only become apparent after a bit of time looking through the documentation. One interesting new discovery is a feature called Rescue Party, which is designed to combat a much publicized recent Android problem, the infamous boot loop.

We received a tip from Arunkumar alerting us to this new feature, which works by monitoring device start-up activity and attempting to fix any issues.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Rescue Party might save bootlooping devices from an early death was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: More traditional battery stats make a return with ‘Show full device usage’ setting

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Battery statistics in the settings saw a considerable makeover in the developer previews of Android 8.0. In Nougat, the battery usage screen showed everything that had an effect, and screen on time was part of this list. With the Oreo developer previews, this was changed a bit to show more granular statistics showing screen on time per app and separating overall screen time into its own section. This helps you figure out how much an app is doing in the background, and while the change was welcomed by most, some users still wanted the option to view things the more traditional way.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: More traditional battery stats make a return with 'Show full device usage' setting was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: More traditional battery stats make a return with ‘Show full device usage’ setting

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Battery statistics in the settings saw a considerable makeover in the developer previews of Android 8.0. In Nougat, the battery usage screen showed everything that had an effect, and screen on time was part of this list. With the Oreo developer previews, this was changed a bit to show more granular statistics showing screen on time per app and separating overall screen time into its own section. This helps you figure out how much an app is doing in the background, and while the change was welcomed by most, some users still wanted the option to view things the more traditional way.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: More traditional battery stats make a return with 'Show full device usage' setting was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Oreo feature spotlight: Task Snapshots allow for higher quality, more accurate overview thumbnails

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

After months of living with the developer preview, we've got a pretty good handle on what's in Android 8.0 Oreo. Still, some surprises are lurking inside. For example, the use of so-called "Task Snapshots" in Android 8.0 means your overview thumbnails will look better, use less memory, and actually represent what you see upon returning to an app.

A Task Snapshot is an infrastructure feature of Android 8.0, so there's no setting to mess with on your end.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Task Snapshots allow for higher quality, more accurate overview thumbnails was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now on Google Play] Android O feature spotlight: The Google Clock app gets a makeover in v5.1

Monday, July 31st, 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.

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[Update: Now on Google Play] 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: Google’s “grinning face with smiling eyes” emoji no longer looks constipated

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Different types of emoji, trivial as they may seem, can manufacture lots of controversy. Just look at how many votes and comments our blobmoji vs O-moji poll generated, or the fact that it caused a Change.org petition to be created. However, I think we can all agree that the "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji that Google used in the first three Android O developer previews looked pretty stupid; it didn't so much look like a grin as it did constipated.

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Android O feature spotlight: Google's "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji no longer looks constipated was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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