What to Expect from Android P – Android’s Latest Smartphone OS

Android’s latest OS, Android P Beta, is available for download on Google Pixel devices, Essential Phone, Nokia 7 plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21, Vivo X21UD, Oppo R15 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. A welcome change from past upgrades where betas were restricted to Nexus and Pixel devices.

Here is what to expect from Android P, Android’s latest smartphone OS:

Navigation Bar Changes

Users of Android P can expect a substantial change in the Navigation Bar. The Home button will now allow you to access recent apps. When using the updated Home gesture, a small pin-shaped button replaces the old home button and will be located at the bottom of the screen.

The Overview icon no longer appears if you choose to use the updated Navigation Bar. More customizations are available for the Android P Navigation Bar.

Dashboard

A new feature called Dashboard helps users track the amount of time they spend on their device. See the amount of time you spend surfing the internet, sending messages, making calls, or streaming content with Dashboard. Specific apps with all you to set up screen limits and YouTube sends recommendations for a screen break.

Wind Down Mode

Another new feature, Wind Down Mode was created to improve digital well-being. Just tell Google Assistant what time you would like to go to bed and Wind Down Mode automatically places your Android phone on Do Not Disturb mode as well as switches your display to greyscale.

Adaptive Brightness

With Adaptive Brightness, your preferred brightness settings are determined using A.I. Once it learns your preferences, Adaptive Brightness will make adjustments according to your lighting conditions.

Slices

Slices are very similar to widgets. This feature allows app developers to utilize it API to create contextual messages according to your use. For example, rather than opening an app, an option appears to book a car when searching for a Lyft.

Improved Notifications

Google notifications to become more useful to the user. Rather than opening a full app, users will be able to attach photos or stickers, type in a reply, or use one of Google’s smart replies.

App Actions

App Actions is another new feature Google added to enhance Android P. In addition to selecting apps by using A.I., contextual suggestions based on the user’s usage will also be made.

New Gestures

Android P brings with it many new gestures. Some of the new gestures include swiping up on the new Home button to look at recent apps and holding the Volume Up and Power button to prevent ringing. The ability to silence your Android smartphone by turning it over it included with Android P.

This and much more is coming to Android’s latest OS, Android P. Keep your eyes and ears open for more information! Plus, you should also know the reasons to choose Android over iPhone!

Customize Your Phone with These Top Apps

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One of the many reasons why people choose Android over iPhone is the ability to customize almost anything. Google Play store has more than 2 million apps for users to download to help with their customizing. Here are some of the top apps we gathered to customize your Android phone:

Wallpaper

Zedge

Changing wallpaper on your Android phone is simple, and with Zedge, let the wallpaper enhance your mood. Zedge includes:

  • Free wallpapers, icon packs, ringtones, notification sounds, and widgets.
  • Popular themes include landscapes, sports, inspirational quotes, abstracts, and live wallpapers as well.
  • Millions of home screen backgrounds and custom sized wallpapers

Walli – HD Wallpapers & Backgrounds

Another excellent choice is Walli:

  • Creative and unique wallpapers designed exclusively by artists for your Android device
  • Clearly, view which wallpapers are recent, recommended, and popular
  • Categories to browse include animals, nature, space, skulls, and much more

Ringtone

Ringtone Maker

Ringtone Makers allows users to create ringtones, notifications, and alarms. Users can also cut, copy, paste, fade in and out, adjust volume, and more. Easily record new audio to edit to your liking. Ringtones can be assigned by contact and re-assign if needed. Stay organized by sorting by artists, tracks, or albums.

Ringtone Maker Pro

Ringtone Maker Pro allows the user to create ringtones from their existing music and easily assign them to their contacts. Users can also create custom ringtones, alarms, notifications, and music. Ringtone Maker Pro allows you to record new sounds as well and with an organized list, users can keep track of all their ringtones.

Lock Screen

Customization of lock screen serves many purposes such as beauty, safety, and productivity. These apps have much of what we want in a single app, there is no need to download three separate apps to get productivity, beauty, and protection.

Locker Master

  • Wide variety of clever and unique methods to unlock, more than easy swiping gestures and patterns for passwords
  • Users create beautiful, complex, personalized lock screen themes
  • Vast selection of decorations, clock designs, props, and sprites to mix and match
  • Lock screen shows missed calls and unread SMS messages

CM Lockers – Applock Lock Screen

  • Pattern password and PIN lock security protects your phone from intruders
  • Snap picture of would-be intruders who attempt to enter the wrong password and instantly sends it to your e-mail
  • Filled with incredible themes, wallpapers, and password modes

Keyboard

Custom keyboards are available whether you want a more convenient way to type or extra functionality.

Custom keyboards include:

These are just a sample of what can be customized with your Android phone. Check out some of these apps, then see what else you can find to make the experience more personal. You can also try these offline apps for a bit more fun with your Android phone! 

Best New Features to Expect with Android 8.1 Oreo

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On December 5th, the final build of Android 8.1 Oreo began to roll out. First to get Oreo 8.1 are Google’s own phones, the first pixels, the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, as well as Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C tablet.

Take a look at the best new features below:

Battery Consumption Notification and Improvements

Google has worked on making your battery last longer by limiting what apps are able to do while not in use. The improvements include notifying users of apps continuing to run in the background.  Also, next to the battery icon users can choose to display the battery percentage. Of course, much of the battery improvement will not be noticed except by users of old phones.

Picture-in-Picture

Oreo 8.1 picture-in-picture feature is something all users will find useful. Although not many apps work with this feature yet, it is something developers will want to quickly support. To use, simply press the home button for the video to minimize to a floating window.

Autofill with Android Oreo 8.1

Oreo 8.1 autofill directly applies to passwords. This useful feature moves beyond Google Chrome Smart Lock by working with a third-party platform. Also, this feature can be used in more than just Chrome, such as apps requiring a saved login. Now is the time to start using a password manager such as Enpass, 1Password, or Dashline who announced support for this feature already.

Speed Improvement

Nougat brought boot time complaints and Oreo 8.1 listened. A significant speed improvement should be noticed with all Android Oreo devices. However, expect to see the most improvement with Pixel. The amount of boot time needed under Nougat for users of Pixel and Pixel XL has been reduced by approximately half.

Interface Optimization

Some elements of the Oreo interface have been optimized. When applying a black-colored wallpaper, darker colors on widgets, main menu, and main dock are received by the system.

Settings Modification

Settings have been rearranged and organized in Oreo 8.1. Categories for Device, Wireless & Networks, System, and Personal are gone being replaced with smarter grouping. An example includes Connected Devices where Bluetooth, NFC, Cast and Android Beam will be located. Another example is Network & Internet where Wi-Fi, data usage, hotspot, and mobile are located.

Another modification is with individual settings screens, such as the battery tab where a new visualization can be seen for remaining run time. Users can also toggle inactivity sleep timer, adaptive brightness, and battery saver. To locate everything, users can easily utilize the search icon located in the top righthand corner.

Some of these features, as well as many more, are not readily noticeable by users but the overall experience is greatly improved.

Increase Security and Enjoyment with Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat promises to bring with it many new features. Available features will enhance both your security and enjoyment. Most smartphones will receive this update, which is why we believe learning about some of these new features is important to you.

File Encryption Activation

File encryption can be found in developer settings. Although it may not seem like a big deal, it actually can be. First, encryption is only performed on user data. During booting process, your PIN or unlock pattern would not be needed. What this means, if for some reason your phone unintentionally restarts, you’ll still have a functioning alarm clock allowing you to wake in time. The boot process will be much faster as well. However, to switch to file encryption from full disk encryption, a full wipe is required.

Data Saver

Android 7.0 Nougat has a new feature: Data Saver. This feature allows for you to use less data while not connected to Wi-Fi.

To activate go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage > Data Saver. Once activated, you can choose which apps are allowed to use background data while all other can’t. However, these apps are not entirely prevented from using data services which are needed, but most background activity will be disabled.

Pinned Apps

In security settings, you will be able to enable a pinning feature. This feature allows other open apps to be hidden under a pinned app.

Multi-Window View

The multi-window view is one of the most anticipated parts of Android 7.0 Nougat. With an easy double tap, it will be possible to run side by side apps and switch between apps. This makes the user experience much better for many reasons. Watch a video on YouTube while at the same time, texting your friend. Or, read an online recipe while also scoping out your favorite social media sites.

Save Battery and RAM

In the majority of instances, unnecessary resources are used for background services. You can stop running these services by heading over to developer settings. Simply, restart the stopped app or your smartphone to restart background services.

Silent Alert Display

With this new feature, you will be able to mute notifications you receive from various apps. To set this feature, touch and hold an app’s notification and then select “Show notifications silently”. Go into setting to change and filter apps as you desire.

Settings Access

The setting menu with Android 7.0 Nougat has been also improved. The left margin is where the main menu is now hidden allowing you to access it quickly.

These features are just a few of the great improvement and new features await you with Android 7.0 Nougat. Enjoy!

Supercharge Your Android Smartphone with These Incredible Tips

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Android fans understand, after using their device for some time, performance seems to diminish. This is especially true for users that pack their device with Play store apps. This is due to the lack of memory and unnecessary apps running, which happens with all major O/S. However, there are some ways to speed up your device and get back that amazing experience.

To enhance your Android device performance, here are some incredible tips for you to try:

Memory Cleaner: Google Play Store has memory cleaner apps to download and install on your device. These cleaners delete junk files as well as clear memory on your Android. Clean Master is the one most recommended and is simple to use.

Up-to-Date Android Firmware: Be sure your Android device is updated with the latest firmware. By doing this, you are ensured to gain access to new releases and enhancements of Android. Google updates, features, performance, and stability become available to you by staying up-to-date with the Android firmware.

Up-to-Date Apps: Play Store apps receive updates regularly to repair any issues and to also add features to an app’s latest version. By keeping your apps up-to-date, you will get the best performance and speed available.

Manage Unwanted Apps: Android apps use space and reduce speed on your device due to their background processes running. Remove any apps you do not need or use often to speed up your devices performance. Also, if you want to keep the app but want to performance, it can be disabled by “Performance assistant.” By disabling the app, files are not changed or removed and can be re-enabled at any time.

High-Speed Memory Card: Your Android device major storage is the memory card. To add more space and speed to your device, it is preferred to use high-speed memory cards, such as Class 6 or Class 10.

No Live Wallpapers: Avoid using live wallpapers. Unfortunately, this great feature drains battery life and utilizes a lot of processes.

Fewer Widgets: Even though widgets can be fun, they can use up memory. When widgets do not run in the background, they still remain active. Due to this reason, try using only widgets which are necessary.

Automatic Syncing Off: When using syncing for your Android, you are notified when you receive an update or new email because of the device checking at different intervals. This uses a battery and slows down performance. Turn off automatic syncing.

Root Android Device: This is a way to speed up an Android device dramatically to see a significant performance improvement. Root of an Android device should only be done by a professional with knowledge and experience.

You should see a definite enhancement in performance after applying these tips to your Android device.