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[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.

Android O feature spotlight: Text-to-speech has an experimental always-on language detection option

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Google's Text-to-speech (TTS) is an accessibility feature that's long been a part of Android. It's a screen reader that can read aloud anything currently on display, a vital utility for users who are blind or partially-sighted. TTS isn't updated very often, but when it is it's usually to add something meaningful. The last update added support for new languages, as well as pronunciation and intonation improvements. We've now been made aware that there's an also an experimental always-on language detection switch, available to those using Android O.

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Android O feature spotlight: Text-to-speech has an experimental always-on language detection option was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: System apps (and apps without icons) get a new icon

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Icons can either make an operating system look very modern or very dated. You could have the most state-of-the-art OS, but the wrong icon will make that OS seem like it's straight out of 1995. Google knows this, and so it's updated all of its system apps and iconless apps to show a new, contemporary-looking icon.

  

1, 2: The current default icon. 3, 4: DP4's default icon.

The last icon that was used for all apps without icons was a green one that depicted the top part of an Android mascot's body, and it launched with either Lollipop or Marshmallow.

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Android O feature spotlight: System apps (and apps without icons) get a new icon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Notifications for apps displaying over other apps can once again be disabled

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Android O's first developer preview brought us screen overlay notifications. These are sometimes helpful, but they're also rather annoying for apps like Facebook Messenger that use chat heads. Today's release of the fourth and last O developer preview allows users to hide that notification, although there are still some other annoying ones that can't be hidden.

left: Three annoying notifications. right: Two annoying notifications.

The notification that can be hidden is the "[App] is displaying over other apps" one.

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Android O feature spotlight: Notifications for apps displaying over other apps can once again be disabled was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: Lockscreen and notification panel get a few visual tweaks

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Android O's fourth developer preview was released today, and you know what that means: more feature spotlights. We already covered the new octopus Easter egg, but there are still a few other changes, even in the final developer preview. The lockscreen and notification panel have both seen a few minor visual tweaks.

 

left: DP3. right: DP4.

Let's start with the lockscreen. It's apparent that the clock has gotten a bit smaller.

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Android O feature spotlight: Lockscreen and notification panel get a few visual tweaks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android O feature spotlight: DP4’s Easter egg features an octopus floating around

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Since its inception, Android has featured little Easter eggs in its settings based on whatever dessert name was in that version. For instance, Android 4.3 and 4.4 Jellybean's Easter egg involved a ton of jellybeans scattered on your screen that you could move around. For Android O's fourth developer preview, the jokesters at Google threw in a little octopus that floats around your screen.

For Android O DP1-DP3, the Easter egg involved a big orange "O." After tapping on the O for a few times and holding, you'd get a little cat emoji.

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Android O feature spotlight: DP4's Easter egg features an octopus floating around was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

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