Android O Features You Ought To Know

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When the developer preview of
Android O got released, a lot of users where happy, for every Android
update brings new features. Android 8.0 is the next iteration of
Android, even though Google has not given it a name yet. But my best bet
is Oreo since the name sounds cool enough. If you are a pixel device
owner and you’ve successfully installed the developer preview of Android
O, then you’d notice a revamped phone that offers new and handy
features. Android O developer preview brings a new look, although some
of these features won’t make it to the final build. Before we proceed
any further, below are what’s new in Android O.

  • Snooze Notification
  • Picture in Picture Mode
  • Adaptive Icons
  • Custom Lock Screen Shortcuts
  • Inverted Theme
  • Smart Text Selection
  • Revamped Emojis
  • and much more.

If you’ve been eager to taste or feel some of the Android O features on
your smartphone, then it can be achieved with little effort. The only
minimum requirement is an Android device running on 5.0 lollipop,
although you can try some of these procedures on KitKat. Getting some of
the Android O features will require root access, so make sure that your
device is rooted. Now if you are ready to get all the Android O
features on your Android device, here’s how to get started.

1. Stock Wallpaper

Google have always been passionate enough to integrate a set of new
default wallpapers​in every Android release. The Google Pixels when
released offered a lot of beautiful and elegant default wallpapers that
ranges from natural scene to cityscapes. Android O was not an exception
since it offers a fully HD wallpaper of a satellite-based image. With
these wallpaper, livening up your Android device will be made easy. So
if you want to experience how stunning Android O default wallpaper is,
then you can download it from here.

Android O wallpaper

2. Revamped Emoji

Emojis are superb, they have these beautiful euphoria that astonishes
its users. Android nougat when released back in 2016 brought some cool
circular emojis that’s more lively and bold compared to the blob shaped
emoji that Google integrated in Jellybean, KitKat and lollipop device.
The new circular faced emojis mimics that of iOS, with more classic
design. Android O offers a bunch of new and improved circular emojis,
and they’re more beautiful than ever. If you want to taste the Android O
emoji on your device, then you’ll need to be on lollipop and root
access will be needed. The whole process involves using the magisk
module or a flashable zip to get Android O emojis on your phone.

get Android O emoji

Using the magisk module method, download NotoColorEmojiReplacer.zip then open
the magisk manager app (if installed) and head over to the “Module”
section. From here tap on the + button and choose the downloaded zip
then install it. Reboot your device and it is done. Next, if you do not
have the magisk manager app installed on your device, then you can use
the flashable zip method since it is more easier. So to begin with,
download the flashable NotoColorEmojiReplacer.zip,
then reboot your device into recovery mode. From here choose “Install”,
then locate the downloaded zip and flash it. Reboot your​ phone and
check the revamped Android O emoji through your keyboard app.

3. Snooze Notification

One of the flamboyant feature Android O unveiled was a snooze
notification. The overall idea of integrating this feature is to dismiss
notifications for the time being, and these notifications will pop up
later after a time interval. Snooze notification comes in handy let’s
say when you are busy typing a text on your phone and a notification
pops in, you can easily choose to deal with the notification later. As
an Android user, you’d know that notifications comes and go, so it is
recommended to save it for later instead of allowing them to clutter on
your device’s​ notification panel.

get snooze Notification on Android

After much research, i was able to find two apps that conveniently
brought Android O snooze notification on my lollipop device. Even though
they aren’t an exact replicate of the snooze Notification found in
Android O, but they mimicked it perfectly. The first app is boomerang notification, it allows
you to save individual notification and set a reminder to access all of
them later. When you install boomerang, you can dismiss a notification
by swiping left. Another unobtrusive notification will appear in its
place for a short time, allowing you to save it for later. The second
app is Notif log Notification, once installed open it and turn ON the Floatie bar. Then you can be able snooze notifications from the panel.

4. Adaptive Icons / Launcher

A close look at the newly released Android O suggests that it’s using
the pixel launcher and the pixel rounded icon packs. The two apps
combined together gave Android O a befitting look and feel. Now the good
news is that an XDA developer (linuxct) have successfully ported or
perhaps extracted the pixel launcher from Android O, but it’s only
available on device running Android 6.0 marshmallow and above.

Android O launcher

To get Android O pixel launcher on your device, simply download and install it from here.  Since the Android O pixel launcher is only supporrted on device running 6.0.1 marshmallow device, you can however use Nova Launcher to make your device look & feel like pixel launcher once coupled with the appropriate pixel icon pack. 

5. Picture in Picture Mode

Picture-in-Picture mode is one of the most popular feature every Android
users have always wished to have. Fortunately, users where able to
figure out and enable the PiP mode in Android O through the system UI.
The picture in picture mode integrated in Android O is one of the handy
feature we’re hoping for Google to maintain in the final build, as it
helps in multitasking.

Android O picture in picture mode

Imagine a situation where you’re watching YouTube videos​ and being able
to minimize to your device’s​ home screen. This will automatically show
a pop-up window that floats on other applications, you can drag the
rectangular pop up window to any corner of your screen while chatting.
So to get Android O picture in picture mode on your device, simply head
over to the Google play store and download float tube video player.

6. Custom Navigation Bar

Android O developer preview when released brought a unique feature known
as Custom Navigation bar. It’s one of my most loved featured
considering the fact that it allows you to add extra custom buttons to
your device’s existing navigation bar. When you add buttons such as
volume adjustment, clipboard and keyboard switcher, it helps you to
perform tasks more faster. We have previously written a guide on how to
add extra buttons to your existing navigation bar on Android nougat, moreover this doesn’t require rooting. For Android 4.2 and above, you can try the pixel navigation bar app since it brings pixel Navbar to your phone.

Android O custom navigation bar

7. Notification Dots

We’re all familiar with Notification badges, there main function is to
pullout unread counts from supported apps. Google have decided to join
the trend thereby integrating a Notification badge in form of ‘dots’ in
their Android O developer preview. If you’re used to using the numeric
or dynamic badge, then i suggest you try the exclusive Android O
notification dots and see how natural and lovely it looks.

Android O Notification dots

To begin with, head over to the Google Play Store, then scroll down and
tap yes I’m in to become a beta tester. Then install the beta version of
Nova Launcher or you
can buy the prime version ($4.99) to unlock all features. After
installing the app, go to Nova Settings then scroll down and click on
“Notification Badges”. From here, tap on the drop down arrow beside
“Choose a style”. Then select “Dots” and set the position and size to
your preference.

Android O Notification dots

8. Custom Lock Screen Shortcut

If you’ve been observant enough, then you must have noticed two
pre-defined shortcuts (camera and emergency phone) on your Android
device’s​ lock screen that cannot be changed. This is quite
disappointing, but the recent release of Android O developer preview
gives you the opportunity to choose apps which you would like to open
from your device’s​ lock screen. To get the custom lock screen shortcut
as seen in Android O, you’ll need to use a third party app.

Android O custom lock screen shortcut

So head over to the Google Play Store and install Next Lock Screen. Once you
open the app, it’ll automatically take you to its lock screen. From
here, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap on “Pick a
Shortcut”. Next lock screen allows you to select up to 10 apps you can
use as Custom shortcuts. So once you’re done selecting the app, tap
“Done” and you’ll have apps available to be accessed from your device’s
lock screen.

9.  Android O Theme

Finally, we have the Android O theme.When you install the developer
preview of Android O for the first time, the first thing you will notice
is a subtle dark gray text on an all-white background. This is quite
awesome and I’d hope you love it. Now to get the exact replicate of
Android O white background theme, we’ll have to use subtranum theme
engine to achieve this. So to begin with, install substranum theme engine and open the app. From here, go to the theme section and search for Android O theme which costs $1 only.

Android O theme

Conclusion

Every Android updates brings cool features, but Android O offers a lot
of them. While we are still expecting​ Google to name and release the
final build of Android O, we’d hope they don’t get rid of these already
seen features as it’ll be a total disappointed. Overall enjoy all the
Android O features on your device.

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