Install the Google Pixel Launcher from Android O Developer Preview on any Android device

The first Android O Developer Preview has been out only for days but the development community is already at work bringing features from the to-be-latest and greatest Android version to older versions. As obvious from the title, we now have the updated Pixel Launcher from Android O, thanks to developer linuxct. This ported version of the Pixel Launcher works on Android 6.0+ devices with or without root. As always though, having root is sort of better.  Continue reading “Install the Google Pixel Launcher from Android O Developer Preview on any Android device”

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Android O Feature Focus : Redesigned Settings

The first developer preview of Android O introduced us to some of the changes Google has been working on for the new version of Android. However, apart from a few little changes here and there, there aren’t a lot differences here when compared to Android Nougat visually. Just like Android Marshmallow and Nougat weren’t all that different in terms of visual changes compared to their predecessor. The most visual change in Android O happens in the Settings app which is now quite white. Continue reading “Android O Feature Focus : Redesigned Settings”

Android O Feature focus : Improved battery life with limits on background apps

The size of our mobile phones have increased a lot thanks to a total trend reversal. So has the size of the batteries used in them. Yet that hasn’t translate into an increased battery life because technology is moving forward at a rapid pace. Powerful processors, fabulous displays, highly packed screen resolution, so much RAM, but the battery technology is still stuck where it was a decade ago. Of course, you know all about it too. So until something revolutionary happens in batteries, we will probably have to depend on the software to give us the most out of them.  Continue reading “Android O Feature focus : Improved battery life with limits on background apps”

Android O Feature Focus : Notification Channels

Notifications. The one thing that comes to mind whenever you want to prove Android is better than iOS. Without falling into that debate however, we can all agree that Android handles notifications better than the competition. And lately with each update to the OS, Google has shown committment towards making that gap even larger. With the first developer preview of Android O, even as things seem mostly the same, some small little things that have been added to the notifications can make a lot of difference.  Continue reading “Android O Feature Focus : Notification Channels”

Android O first Developer Preview available for fownload

Continuing the transparency of Android development, Google announced the first Developer Preview of Android O. This Developer Preview is meant to provide an early access to developers so that they can start making their apps compatible with the new APIs and design guidelines. This is in no way meant for consumers or as a daily driver being the very first preview and it unstable. However, if you’re an enthusiast and have an extra Pixel or Nexus lying around, I don’t see why you shouldn’t give it a try and get a taste of all the new features yourself.  Continue reading “Android O first Developer Preview available for fownload”

The next version of Android will be smarter with new assistive features

Android 7.0 Nougat has hardly made it to even 3 percent of all Android devices and we’re already getting closer to the announcement of the next version of Android, which many believe will be called Android Oreo. A new leak today claims that Google has been working on some new smart assistive features for Android that will help make life a tad bit easier for users.  Continue reading “The next version of Android will be smarter with new assistive features”

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