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Google made several announcements at the I/O 2017 conference including a new developer preview for their upcoming Android O.
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let’s explore few of the highlighted features.
View notifications dots
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In the Android O beta, you only get a dot on the top right of the app icon. Tapping the icon will throw the extended menu of the app as already available in Nougat but with Android O, the notification also appears in the extended menu in a small window. Although the window is too small to fit the entire notification, you will be able to scroll through if there are more than one notifications in that small window. This feature is quite helpful for IM and messaging apps where you only need to glance at the text. It becomes a pain and almost worthless if you’re trying to read an email from the window.
Adding extra buttons on the navigation bar
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The System UI Tuner lets you customise several areas including the status bar, navigation bar and lockscreen. Before that, you need to enable System UI Tuner by pulling down the status bar and pressing the settings icon for a few seconds. Then head over to Settings > System > System UI Tuner. The status bar lets you enable or disable the icons that are visible on top including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, Airplane Mode, etc. The lockscreen setting will let you change the two default icons seen on the bottom of your lockscreen and switch them with any app. The navigation bar setting lets you add an extra button on the left and right of the default three navigation buttons on the bottom, making it a total of five buttons on the navigation bar. The buttons can either be a Clipboard or the Keyboard Switcher or you can manually enter Keycodes. Keycodes are values assigned to carry out a specific action or event. There are hundreds of keycodes and browsing through all of them can be overwhelming.
Use apps in picture-in-picture mode:
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Another awaited feature in stock Android, PIP mode lets you use two apps simultaneously. We say stock Android because this feature could be enabled in way older versions of Android. This was possible by a Xposed module called XHaloFloatingWindow. Although multi-window also lets you use two apps simultaneously, the advantage of PIP mode is the flexibility to move the window anywhere on your screen while using another app in the background. Usually enabled by default as soon as you upgrade to Android O, many users including us weren’t able to use PIP mode. The workaround is to head over to Settings > System > System UI Tuner > Navigation bar.Here you need to add an extra button on the bottom navigation and to do that tap on “Extra left button type” or “Extra right button type”. If you want to enter the extra button on the left then tap on Extra left button type > Keycode > Left keycode and enter 171.
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There were minor tweaks made to the notification window in terms of animations and functions. For instance, you can now look at the battery percentage with a single down swipe rather than two swipes in Nougat. The Edit and Settings icon have also been moved to the bottom of the notification window. The useful update here is the snooze button that comes up if you swipe a notification to the right. You can tap on the snooze button and make the notification disappear and reappear after an interval of either 15 or 30 minutes or 1 hour. This feature takes care of the uneasiness some users feel with an unread notification looking straight into their souls to be opened. Once the set interval ends, the notification will reappear and if you wish, you can snooze it again.