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Google May Release Always On Display Mode For Pixel Phones

Adnan Farooqui July 6, 2017


Even though the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL have OLED displays, the company decided not to offer an ambient display mode with these handsets. Perhaps you’re familiar with the Always On Display on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8. It’s essentially the same thing. It boggles the mind why Google wouldn’t enable this feature right out of the gate but it appears that the company is working on this feature for Pixel smartphones and may release it with the Android O update later this year.

A system file has been discovered in the latest Android O Developer Preview which suggests that Google is building an Always On Display mode for the Pixel and Pixel XL. The code contained in this file mentions “doze_always_on.”

The folks over at XDA Developers say that “doze” here doesn’t refer to the battery saving mode that Google introduced with Android Marshmallow. It refers to ambient display. The code suggests that there may be a toggle to control this mode.

The toggle is hidden inside the device’s settings but Google might move it to someplace more prominent before it releases Android O. Or it may drop the feature entirely. You never know what you’re going to get until the software is out of beta.

I’m sure many Pixel and Pixel XL owners will appreciate having the Always On Display feature on their handsets. Google hasn’t said anything about releasing one for the duo, though. It’s due to release Android O in a couple of months from now.

Google May Release Always On Display Mode For Pixel Phones , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T To Get Android O This Year

Tyler Lee June 27, 2017

The benefits to being a smaller company with few products in its portfolio is that OnePlus gets to concentrate more and pour more resources and efforts into products that they do have. This also means that unlike bigger companies like Samsung, OnePlus only has a few devices that needs updating, which is why both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T received the Android Nougat update last year relatively earlier than other devices.

The good news is that it looks like that tradition of speed/efficiency will be applied to the next major Android release, Android O. In a post on Reddit, OnePlus has confirmed that both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will be receiving the update to Android O by the end of this year. When exactly remains to be seen as Google has yet to officially release Android O, but presumably it should be in the coming months.

As to when OnePlus will get around to releasing it, last year we saw OnePlus release Nougat in December, so presumably it should take them just as long as well. There was no mention of the recently launched OnePlus 5 and its update to Android O, but presumably it should also be updated within the same time frame, if not earlier. Either way we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information regarding the update, so check back with us in the coming months for the details.

OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T To Get Android O This Year , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Chrome Gets Picture-In-Picture Video Support In Android O

Tyler Lee June 26, 2017

Image credit – Android Police

Given that due to the way our phones are built physically, its software also needs to be configured in such a way that works with the way it has been designed. This also means that in some instances, what we can do on a computer might not necessarily be able to be replicated on our smartphones.

For example on computers we could have multiple windows running side-by-side, letting us surf the web, type up documents, and watch videos all at once. That’s something that Google has been working towards since Android Nougat, but now with Android O, the good news for Chrome users is that Google is finally adding picture-in-picture video support.

Basically what this means is that when you watch videos using Chrome, you no longer have to choose between either watching a video or replying an email. All users have to do is go full-screen in your video in Chrome, tap the Recents button twice, and you’re good to go. Note that other apps have already started to support this feature, such as VLC, Duo, and Play Movies, so this is more geared towards those who rely on Chrome pretty heavily for video watching.

At the moment Android O is still in its developer preview stage and we have no idea when Google plans on unleashing it on the masses, but presumably it should be released alongside the new Pixel phones which should be announced sometime in Q3, assuming Google doesn’t deviate from what has become an annual tradition.

Google Chrome Gets Picture-In-Picture Video Support In Android O , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android O Officially Confirmed To Be Version 8.0

Tyler Lee June 8, 2017

Android O’s developer preview has been out for a while now and has been available to those who are interested in taking it for a spin, although so far it has been unclear as to which version Android O is supposed to represent. Logically it would go up a version number from 7.0 to 8.0, although in the past we have seen Google go a different route, like Android 4.4 KitKat.

For those who are curious, wonder no more as it appears to have been officially confirmed that Android O will be version 8.0 as you can see in the screenshot above. As it stands what the “O” is supposed to represent remains unclear, although Oreo has been a pretty popular point of speculation, but that would probably mean another deal like Google did with KitKat, so perhaps Google could opt for something a bit more generic.

Android O’s release date is still pretty much up in the air at the moment, although there is a possibility it could be released earlier than expected. A report from the other day suggested that Android O could be coming to the Google Pixel in August which is earlier than when Android 7.0 Nougat was released for the Nexus handsets.

However its release for non-Pixel/Nexus handsets is another story as it will be dependent on the OEM, but the good news is that Google recently launched Project Treble which is supposed to help improve the time between Android releases and when devices get them.

Android O Officially Confirmed To Be Version 8.0 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android O For Google Pixel Rumored For Early August

Tyler Lee June 7, 2017

It is widely (and correctly) assumed that Google’s Pixel handsets will be getting the update to the latest version of Android, which is Android O. However the question is when will the phones receive the update? Many are speculating towards the later part of the year, but it seems that it could be slightly earlier.

In a tweet by Android Police’s David Ruddock, he has revealed that it is possible that Android O for the Pixel handsets could be released within the first or second week of August, which is earlier than when the Nexus handsets received theirs back in 2016. Indeed it does seem that August is a bit earlier than what we have seen in the past, although we can imagine that Pixel owners probably won’t be complaining if it were proven to be true.

The official OTA to Android O for Pixel will likely drop in the first week or two of August. A bit earlier than Nexuses / Nougat last year.

— David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) June 6, 2017

Google has yet to officially confirm when Android O will be released, not to mention it is still unclear as to what the “O” stands for as Google has yet to confirm the name of the build. As it stands Android O is still in developer preview which means that testing of the platform is still ongoing, and with two more months to go until August we have to wonder if Google could be close to wrapping things up by then.

It also begs the question of when the next-gen Pixel handsets will be announced? Will they be unveiled alongside the release of Android O? In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully we’ll have more concrete details in the future.

Android O For Google Pixel Rumored For Early August , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android O For OnePlus 3 And OnePlus 3T Confirmed

Adnan Farooqui May 31, 2017


OnePlus fans are anxiously waiting for more information about the company’s next flagship smartphone. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has provided a bit of information today which concerns the company’s existing handsets. Lau has confirmed that the next major Android release, currently referred to as Android O, will be coming to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T when it finally goes live later this year.

Lau confirmed over Twitter that people were asking him about Android O being released for these handsets so he thought it was prudent to confirm that the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will both be updated to Android O when the time comes.

OnePlus released the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T last year. Both handsets were running Android 6.0 Marshmallow when they arrived. Since Android devices are covered for major updates for at least two years, it’s not surprising to know that they will get the Android O update in due time.

You can imagine that this announcement hasn’t made a lot of OnePlus 2 owners happy. They would like to get Android O for their handsets as well but since their devices are over two years old, it’s unlikely that OnePlus is going to release the update for that handset.

Lau obviously didn’t say when the Android O update will be released for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, that’s because Google hasn’t confirmed when it will release this update. It hasn’t even confirmed what Android O is going to be called officially.

A lot of you have been asking, so I’m proud to say Android O will come to OnePlus 3 and 3T.

— Pete Lau (@petelau2007) May 31, 2017

Android O For OnePlus 3 And OnePlus 3T Confirmed , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android System Updates Can Soon Be Paused

Tyler Lee May 21, 2017

Whenever you perform a system update, it is usually advised that you ensure your phone has enough battery and you have a stable enough connection so that the download doesn’t get interrupted. However once the update is downloading, there’s really nothing you do about it which can sometimes prove to be inconvenient.

However in a report from Android Police, Google is making some changes to that and will actually allow users to pause system updates in the future. While it was initially thought to be an Android O feature, Google engineer Elliott Hughes posted on Google+ suggested that it is part of a change in the Play Store that was being tested internally before anyone really noticed, but presumably it should roll out on a wider basis with Android O.

Hughes also clarifies that this feature won’t just be limited to huge system updates, but small files as well. However he states that this might not be so apparent since smaller files tend to download quicker, meaning that users probably won’t notice until it’s already been downloaded in which there would be no more point in pausing it.

Either way it does sound like an immensely useful feature so if you do want the feature then keep an eye out for its availability in the near future.

Android System Updates Can Soon Be Paused , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Your Phone’s Graphic Drivers Can Soon Be Updated From The Play Store

Tyler Lee May 20, 2017

In case you didn’t know, your phone has a GPU built into it which helps to handle more intensive tasks like games, movies, and so on. Now updating the drivers on your phone isn’t really something many of us think about, unlike computers where we sometimes get prompted by manufacturers.

However with Android O, it seems that Google is going to make it a bit more obvious. During Google’s Android Fireside Chat help at Google I/O 2017, it seems that one of the features that users can expect in Android O is that your phone’s GPU’s drivers can be updated from the Play Store, which makes it a one-stop shop for app downloads, updates, and now GPU driver updates as well.

However whether or not OEMs or chipset manufacturers plan on taking advantage of this feature remains to seen. It is also unclear as to how exactly this will work or how it might present itself, but Android Police is suggesting that this could be part of Google’s Project Treble whose aim is to try and push out Android updates faster.

In any case it sounds rather interesting, although we guess for the most part the average user might not care too much about it or even notice it.

Your Phone’s Graphic Drivers Can Soon Be Updated From The Play Store , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android O Could Be Getting Support For Custom Themes

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

If custom themes are something you want on Android, there are apps out there that can theme your phone for you, although more extensive themes with system tweaks might require a rooted device. However it seems that Google is finally about to introduce custom themes to Android, making it easier for users to switch around.

As spotted by Mishaal Rahman at XDA, it looks like Google could be getting ready to introduce custom themes to Android O. As you can see in the screenshot to the right, under the Display settings page in the Android O Developer Preview, you have the option of selecting Device Theme which brings up the popup menu you see.

Right now there are only two themes to speak of, but it has been suggested that this could be Google getting ready to introduce the feature to Android O that might make its debut in the final build. However we suggest that users not get their hopes up. This is because in the past we’ve seen Google introduce features only to take it away at the very last minute.

In any case we’ll keep an eye out for more details regarding this feature, but for newbies to Android looking for customization options, being able to access themes right off the bat should help provide a more user-friendly experience.

Android O Could Be Getting Support For Custom Themes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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HTC U11 Confirmed To Receive At Least Two Major Android Updates

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

The problem with Android phones is that because sometimes OEMs aren’t clear with their update schedules that it can feel like older devices are being ignored. However if you’re thinking of a new phone and you’re thinking about the future, the HTC U11 could be worth your consideration.

The handset was recently announced where it will come with Android Nougat, but according to the folks at Trusted Reviews, it seems that HTC has pretty much guaranteed that the handset will be on the receiving end of at least two more major Android updates in the future, which presumably are Android O (whose public beta is now open for registration) and Android P which will most likely be announced in 2018, assuming that Google doesn’t decide to ditch Android for ‘Fuschia’.

Confirmation of the updates came by way of HTC’s president of smartphones and connected devices, Chailin Chang, who said that the handset will receive updates to the next two versions of Android. Chang also adds, “We may extend support to the next three versions of Android. It will depend on the hardware and software demands of the version […] and if it will bring value to the consumer.”

However the question is when will they receive the update? Typically we’ve seen OEMs take several months to push out major updates, but hopefully Google’s Project Treble will help speed things along.

HTC U11 Confirmed To Receive At Least Two Major Android Updates , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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