After months of teasing, the Oreo name has finally been revealed along with the stable version of Android 8.0. Developer beta games for Android Oreo have been around for a long time, leading to tons of new features and improvements. Google has also officially launched the public launch of the Android Oreo stable builds for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C tablets and Nexus reader set-top boxes. While most Android O features are easily accessible, there are some hidden features that you may not be aware of. So if you have Android Oreo on your smartphone and are wondering how to make the most of your device, keep reading, as we offer you 12 awesome Oreo Android 8.0 tricks you should know about:
1. Enable and use the Picture-in-Picture mode
One of the biggest inclusions of Android Oreo is the fact that it supports Picture-In-Picture mode. This basically means that you can video call someone or watch a video on YouTube while checking your mail or other background jobs. While the PiP mode is already present on Android TV from Marshmallow, now finally arrived also at Android Oreo. To enable Picture-in-picture mode, do the following:
- Go to your Android Settings and tap "Apps and notifications" . Once there, tap "Advanced" to find out more options.
- Now tap on the option "Special access to the app" . Once there, a new list of special access controls available for various apps will open. Select "Picture-in-picture" from the list.
- We will now present a list of all the apps that support image-in-image. Just tap on the desired app and enable the switch next to "Allow picture-in-picture" .
You can now use the Picture-in-picture mode for the apps you want. For example, someone's video call on WhatsApp will open the full screen video call window. Now, you can simply tap on the "message" icon to open the chat menu and also perform the tasks in the background, leaving a pop-up window of the video call on the screen in the corner. Nifty, right?
2. Use autofill within apps
Another great feature of Android Oreo is the inclusion of the autofill API. You may already know Google Smart Lock, which saves your passwords when you first log in to a website. Then he presents you with the same credentials the next time you want to access the website. In Android Oreo, this feature has been extended to also work within apps. Google basically will save your passwords and offer to easily enter them directly the next time you try to access an app.
When you sign in to an app for the first time, Google will offer to save your account credentials. To do so, in the notification "Save in Autofill with Google", touch "Save" .
Now, the next time you try to access your account, Google will automatically present you with a list of saved credentials . Just tap on your favorite ID and Google will automatically compile your data.
In addition, Google has allowed third-party apps like LastPass and Dashlane to also work within apps, thus simplifying the password management process. To do this, do the following:
- Here I will show you how to use LastPass Password Manager on Twitter. The method remains the same for all password managers and all other applications. To get started, download and install LastPass and go to the section "Accessibility" . Once there, tap "LastPass" under "Services downloaded" and enable it.
- Next, open LastPass and sign in with your LastPass account, which contains all the saved passwords. In case you have not yet saved passwords, you can add them with the help of the mobile action button.
- Now open the app you want to access. Once there, similar to Google's auto-fill service, you will get a hint for saved credentials . Just tap on it to access your saved account. And that's all. LastPass will now automatically insert the login credentials that you have stored in his app on the login page.
Finally, if you'd like to switch from one password manager to another, you can do it by going up Settings -> System -> Languages ??and Input -> Advanced -> Auto Fill Service . Here you can select various Autofill services like Google Autofill, LastPass or any other autofill service that you may have installed. Alternatively, if you don't like the feature, you can set it to "None".
3. Do more with the help of notification badges
Notification badges are another new feature introduced with Android Oreo. While you can always view the notifications from the notifications panel, in case you have tons of notifications, it can be rather tedious to scroll through the list until you find the notification you were looking for. Thanks to the notification badges, the whole process was simplified. On Pixel Launcher (or any other supported launcher), every time an app receives a notification, a notification point will appear on them. That's enough long press that icon to reveal the notification badge for that app, which allows the user to visualize comfortably the notification for that app.
In addition, under the notification badges there is also the list of various app shortcuts, which you can use to perform various app-related activities that would otherwise require you to open the app. Finally, if a widget is available for the selected app, it will also be displayed in the notification badge. possible directly add a widget to the home screen using this button.
4. Take control of apps running in the background
For any mobile user, battery optimization is an important aspect of any operating system. While Android Oreo offers a lot of battery optimizations, it also gives the user control over which applications they should be allowed to run in the background. Basically, Android Oreo shows the user which apps are currently running in the background and allows them to effectively force them by closing them. The steps to do this are quite simple and are as follows:
- Open the notifications panel for reveal the notification of the Android system concerning the list of all the apps running in the background. Touch it to go to the app's information page.
- Once there, simply tap "Force Stop" to stop the application from running in the background.
5. App filter notifications via notification channels
With Android Oreo another new feature arrives, namely Notification Channels. Previously, the app developer entered all types of notifications as one collective set and the user had the option to disable them completely or to bring them entirely. Thanks to Android Oreo, notifications are now divided into categories, based on their priority or how they work. The user can now easily disable one category of app notifications by keeping the other enabled. To do this, do the following:
- In our example, we will use YouTube. Open yours settings Android and touch "Apps and notifications" . Once there, select "App information" .
- Now, a list of all the apps installed on your system will be displayed. Scroll all the way down and select "YouTube" . Now you will be able to see the various YouTube related settings. From this screen, select "App notifications" .
- Here, you will be presented with various categories of notifications for the YouTube app. now you can choose between download notifications, general notifications, etc. You can enable and disable them according to your preferences.
For example, if you disable "Download notifications", you will not be shown notifications for videos downloaded from YouTube. That said, any other notifications, such as notifications for new videos from subscribed channels, would still be shown.
6. Smart text selection
Over the years, Android has developed a lot, introducing new features that help the user to manage their devices with ease. To facilitate the content search process, Google introduced Smart Text Selection with Android Oreo. What this feature allows you to do select the important text simply by double-tapping it. This data can be a phone number or an address or anything that seems relevant.
For example, as shown below, double-tapping on a text will automatically select the relevant information from it, in this case, the person's address. Furthermore, Google also displays actions and apps relevant to this text . For example, for someone's address, the system shows suggestions for finding the address on Google Maps.
7. Search better with the new Android settings
Android settings have become much more refined in past editions. While the Settings sidebar from Android Nougat disappeared (RIP), the " Tips" still there. In addition, Android settings now have one deeper integrated search function, which allows you to search for any option that may be hidden under a couple of menu levels. The search function in Android Settings allows you to view options that are otherwise difficult to find. In addition, in addition to these settings, the search exhibition also the path of this setting as a subtext, making it easier to locate the next time.
For example, if you search for the word "google" on Android Nougat, research returns only two results for Google voice typing and Google Indic Keyboard. On the other hand, a simple search for "google" up Android Oreo returns multiple results, which include multiple settings to choose from. It also includes settings related to apps that contain the word "Google", such as Google Now Launcher and Google+.
Android settings search comparison: Android Nougat (left), Android Oreo (right)
8. Change shape icons
Personalization has always been one of the strongest strengths for Android. Although Pixel Launcher is considered to be the basic and serial Android launcher, in combination with Android Oreo, it also allows the user to change the overall appearance of the app icons. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Open the home screen and hold on an empty space to open the launcher personalization menu. Select "Settings" from the options at the bottom of the screen.
- The next time you launch, the settings for Pixel Launcher will open. Tap "Change icon shape" to continue. A list to choose from will now be presented System defaults, Square, Rounded square, Squircle and Teardrop . Select the one according to your taste by simply touching it.
9. Enable quick developer settings
Quick Settings on Android allow you to easily switch and / or access various system functions. Unfortunately, the features that developers prefer to use such as showing the limits of the layout, enabling the rendering of the GPU of the profile and so on, are always hidden within the menu of development options within the Android settings. It can become quite a demanding task to turn them on and off whenever you need them. Fortunately, Android Oreo makes things easier for developers by creating developer-specific quick settings. To enable them, follow the steps below:
- Open the settings of Android and go to the section "System" . Once there, tap "Developer options" .
- Now scroll down and select "Quick settings for developers" . Now you can enable or disable various developer related cards like "Show Layout Limits, GPU Profile Rendering, Force RTL Layout Direction and Window Animation Scale" .
- Once enabled, these notifications will now appear in Quick Settings. To add them, tap the button "Edit" in the bottom corner of the Quick Tiles page. Now, simply drag the developer tiles into the Quick Settings page.
10. Snooze Notifications
Android notifications are great for letting the user know what's going on, but there are times when it might happen to us in what you're doing right now. Maybe you are doing something important and you don't want a certain notification to bother you. But at the same time, you are worried that if you slide it, you completely forget it. here comes the Android Oreo Snooze notification feature. You can simply postpone notifications for 15 minutes and continue doing your work. Once the time has expired, you will be presented with the same notification again. Also, if 15 minutes doesn't work for you, you can set the timer to 30 minutes, 1 hour or not to postpone. To postpone notifications,
- Once a notification has arrived, enough to shift slightly the notification on the side. A new menu will appear with a clock icon and a settings icon. Touch the "Clock" icon .
- Will appear now a timer option . Select simply the time in you want to postpone the notification, then close the notification bar. Now your notification should be postponed and reappear automatically once the time has expired.
11. Automatically enable Wi-Fi
Android Oreo also has the ability to automatically turn on WiFi when you're at home or in the office, where a high-quality network is available. It looks like a small and nice feature that, while preserving the battery, also allows you to automatically switch to high-speed networks. To enable this feature, do the following:
- Open yours settings Android and go up "Network and Internet" . Once there, tap "Wifi", to open the WiFi settings.
- A list of all Wi-Fi networks will now appear. Scroll down and select "Wi-Fi preferences" . A new screen will appear. Just enable to switch next to "Turn on Wi-Fi automatically" and you should be ready.
Your WiFi will now automatically wake up when it is close to high-quality saved networks, such as your home network.
12. Enable or disable notification points
Another new feature introduced with Android Oreo are the notification points. These points show that there is something new in the app that the user should check for. While some users may find that a very useful feature (including me), some may find it the right way. However, Android does not take the right of choice away from the user, and therefore allows the user to enable / disable the notification points according to their liking. In addition, you also have the option to disable these notification points globally or by app.
Turn off notification points for all apps
- Open the settings of Pixel Launcher by tapping an empty space on the home screen and then selecting "Settings" . Once there, tap "Badging icon".
- A new screen for notification settings will open. Just enable or disable the switch next to "Allow notification points" to enable or disable notification points.
Turn off notification points for a specific app
- Alternatively, if you simply wish disable notification points for a specific app, go directly to Settings -> Apps and notifications -> Information app . Now tap on the app you want to disable notification points for and in the new screen that opens, activate the button next to "Allow notification point" .
Bonus: octopus Easter egg
Similar to previous Android versions, Google has hidden a fun Easter egg in its Android Oreo version. To find it, go up Settings -> System -> About phone . Now tap "Android version 8.0.0" a few times until you see the big yellow Android O symbol displayed on the screen. Now tap on it a few times and then long press until your device vibrates. An animated octopus will appear on your screen which you can stretch and drag. While it may not be as fun as the Android version of Flappy Bird, it is still a fun little thing to have on your device.
Get the best out of your device using these Android Oreo tricks
Android Oreo the latest version of Google and definitely a step in the right direction. Although, as always, the general user may not be aware of all the changes that take place behind the scenes and the features added for their ease. As such, our article for tips and tricks for your Android Oreo device should come in handy. Check out this space for more Android Oreo tricks and be sure to comment on anything you find in the comments section below.