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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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Android Pay Not Working With Android O Beta

Tyler Lee May 18, 2017

If there is ever a reason not to use beta software, it is that sometimes certain features don’t always work as intended, or some features haven’t been enabled yet. The recent Android O beta is a good example because according to reports, it seems that there are some users with the beta who are reporting that Android Pay isn’t working with the Android O beta.

Apparently what happens is that it can work sometimes, or sometimes the app just doesn’t open properly, which basically means that it isn’t quite as reliable yet and maybe you shouldn’t be using the Android O beta as your daily driver, especially if you rely on Android Pay rather heavily.

It is possible that Google could address this in future beta releases (we’re assume they’ll definitely address this before Android O’s public release), but for now if you do plan on getting the beta, note that this is a potential problem you could run into. Even Google notes on its beta program, “The updates that you’ll receive as a part of this program are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device.”

That being said if you don’t use Android Pay and want to get your hands on the beta, the Android O beta program registration has already gone live so hit up Google’s website for the details.

Android Pay Not Working With Android O Beta , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android O Will Be Getting New Emojis

Tyler Lee May 18, 2017

Every company wants to be different, but sometimes being too different can result in something that’s unrecognizable. Take for instance Google’s redesign of the emojis used in Android Nougat which while cute, seemed more like blobs than actual emojis. It’s not terrible, but not particularly recognizable, at least not compared to what most services and platforms are using.

This is why it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that with Android O, Google will be going back to the drawing board and redesigning their emojis again. This time as you can see in the screenshot above, these emojis are definitely more in line with what most users are probably used to seeing.

They are still somewhat unique as they do have a different feel compared to emojis on iOS, but it should still be good enough to get the point across. However as Droid-Life notes, the emojis you see above don’t necessarily mean that you’ll see them or the receiver will see them as it will depend on the phone that is being used.

Right now this seems to be for Nexus and Pixel devices which run a vanilla version of Android, so depending on the manufacturer and whether or not they tweaked their emojis, what you see might not necessarily be what you get, but what do you guys think of it anyway?

Android O Will Be Getting New Emojis , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Notification Dots Will Be Coming To Android O

Tyler Lee May 17, 2017

One of the main differences between iOS and Android is the way the platforms handle notifications. With iOS, notifications come in two forms, via app badges where a number is shown on the app’s icon to indicate how many notifications/messages/emails there are, and also in the Notification Center.

With Android, notifications exist in the top part of the phone next to the time, date, and battery indicator, as well as in the Notification Shade. There is no right or wrong way and it depends on personal preference, but it seems that Android could be getting a feature similar to that of iOS in the form of Notification Dots.

Announced as one of the features of Android O, Google writes, “Notification dots extend the reach of notifications, a new way for developers to surface activity in their app, driving engagement. Built on our unique and highly regarded notification system, dots work with zero effort for most apps – we even extract the color of the dot from your icon.”

Basically app icons will now show a dot when there are notifications. Users can even long press on an app’s icon to bring up a preview of the notification, and dismissing it from the notification shade will also clear the dot. It is unclear if this feature is optional as we’re sure some users will appreciate it while others don’t, but in the meantime what do you guys make of it?

Notification Dots Will Be Coming To Android O , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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‘Android Go’ Is A Lightweight Version Of Android For Low-End Devices

Tyler Lee May 17, 2017

Several years ago, Google attempted to address the emerging market with an initiative called Android One. This basically resulted in a series of low-end Android devices that were sold on the cheap. However it did not quite make the splash that we’re sure Google was hoping for, and it seems that they’re back again with another attempt.

Announced at Google I/O 2017, Google has taken the wraps off yet another low-end Android initiative, but this time they’re calling it Android Go. The concept is similar in which this is meant to cater to low-end devices, but instead of an overall package like how Android One devices are sold, Android Go can be seen as a lightweight version of Android that OEMs can choose to install on phones with 1GB of RAM or less, which ultimately should result in customers given more options.

It will be based on Android O, which is the latest version of Android, and will focus on apps that are less than 10MB in size and can support devices with slow processors or when there is no internet. The Play Store is also expected to be updated to highlight apps that have been designed for the Android Go platform.

Google will also be updating its own app suite to make them compatible with Android Go, and users can look forward to features such as Chrome Go and YouTube Go, with the latter being able to show users a preview of the video before actually loading it, thus saving users time and data in the process.

‘Android Go’ Is A Lightweight Version Of Android For Low-End Devices , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android O Beta Program Registrations Live Now

Adnan Farooqui May 17, 2017


Nougat is the current version of Android and even though it was released late last year, it’s still not made its way to most compatible smartphones as yet. That’s due to the fragmented nature of the Android operating system. Nevertheless, Google is already developing the next major Android release codenamed Android O. At its I/O 2017 developers conference today, the company confirmed that Android O beta program registrations are live now.

Anyone who is interested in trying out the beta build of the next major Android release can head over to the website and register to take part in the program. There is one caveat, though.

The caveat is that only select devices are eligible to take part in the Android O beta program, and that too from the Nexus and Pixel lineups. If you own any other device from any other manufacturer, you’re out of luck.

Devices supported by the Android O beta program include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and the Pixel XL smartphones. It’s unclear whether more will be added to the list but that seems unlikely.

Folks who are interested can sign up for the Android O beta program starting today by heading over to this website. They will be able to opt-out of the program at any time but may have to wipe their device before rolling back to a stable version of Android.

At least that’s what was required to be done back when Android N was in beta.

Android O Beta Program Registrations Live Now , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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