Android notifications are great for letting the user know what’s up, but there are times that it might come in the way of what you’re currently doing. Maybe you’re doing something important and you don’t want a certain notification bothering you. But, at the same time, you’re worried that if you swipe it, you’ll completely forget about it. That’s where the Snooze notifications feature of Android Oreo comes in. You can simply snooze your notifications for 15 minutes and continue doing your work. Once the timer runs out, you’ll be presented with the same notification again. Also, if 15 min doesn’t work for you, you can set the timer to 30 minutes, 1 hour, or don’t snooze. To snooze your notifications,
Quick Settings on Android allow for easy toggling and/or access to various functions of the system. Sadly, the features that any developer likes to use such as showing layout bounds, enabling profile GPU rendering, etc., are always hidden inside the Developer options menu within the Android Settings. It can become quite a hectic task to turn them on and off each time you require them. Luckily, Android Oreo makes things easier for developers by creating Developer specific quick settings. To enable them, follow the steps mentioned below:
Customizability has always been one of the strongest hold points for Android. While the Pixel Launcher is highly regarded as the stock and basic Android Launcher, when coupled with Android Oreo, it also allows the user to change the overall look of the app icons. To do so, follow the steps given below:
Android Settings have become much more polished in the past couple of editions. While the Settings sidebar from Android Nougat is gone (R.I.P.), the “Suggestions” feature is still there. Furthermore, Android Settings now have a deeper integrated Search function, that allows you to search any option that may be hidden underneath a couple of layers of menus. The search function in Android Settings allows you to view options that are otherwise hard to find. What’s more is that along with these settings, the search also displays the path of that setting as a subtext, making it easier for you to locate it the next time. For example, if you search the word “google” on Android Nougat, the search only returns two results for Google voice typing and Google Indic Keyboard. On the other hand, a simple search for “google” on Android Oreo returns multiple results, which include multiple settings to choose from. It also includes settings related to apps that have the word ‘Google’ in them, for example, Google Now Launcher and Google+.
Over the years, Android has developed a lot, bringing in new features that help the user operate their devices with ease. To ease the process of searching for content, Google has introduced Smart Text Selection with Android Oreo. What this feature allows you to do is select the important text simply by double-tapping over it. This data can be a phone number or an address, or anything that seems relevant. For example, as shown below, double tapping on some text will automatically select the relevant information from it, in this case, the person’s address. Additionally, Google also displays actions and apps relevant to this text. For example, for someone’s address, the system shows suggestions to locate the address on Google Maps.
With Android Oreo comes another new feature, that is Notification Channels. Earlier, the app developer would put in all types of notifications as one collective set, and the user had the option to either disable them entirely or bear them altogether. Thanks to Android Oreo, the notifications are now divided into categories, based on their priority or functioning. The user can now easily disable one category of app notifications while keeping the other one enabled. To do so, follow the steps below:
For any mobile user, battery optimization is an important aspect of any operating system. While Android Oreo features tons of battery optimizations, it also gives the user control over what apps should one allow to run in the background. Basically, Android Oreo shows the user what apps are currently running in the background, and allows him/her to effectively force close them. The steps to do so are pretty simple and are as follows:
Notification Badges is another new feature that comes with Android Oreo. While you can always view your notifications from the notifications panel, in the case where you have tons of notifications, it can be quite tedious to scroll through to list to find the notification you were looking for. Thanks to Notification Badges, the entire process has been simplified. On Pixel Launcher (or any other supported launcher), whenever an app gets a notification, there will be a notification dot over them. Simply long pressing that icon will reveal the notification badge for that app, which allows the user to view the notification for that app conveniently. Furthermore, underneath the notification badges is also the list of various app shortcuts, that you can use to carry out various app related tasks that would otherwise require you to open the app. Lastly, if there is a widget available for the selected app, it will be shown in the notification badge as well. You can directly add a widget to the home screen using this button.
Another great feature of Android Oreo is the inclusion of the Autofill API. You may already be familiar with Google Smart Lock, which basically saves your passwords when you log-in for the first time into a website. It then presents the same credentials to you the next time that you wish to log-in to the website. In Android Oreo, this feature has been extended to work within apps as well. Google will basically save your passwords and offer to easily input them directly the next time you try to log into an app. When you first log into an app, Google will offer you to save the account credentials. To do so, in the notification for “Save to Autofill with Google”, tap on “Save”. Now, the next time you try and log into your account, Google will automatically present you with a list of saved credentials. Simply tap on your preferred ID and Google will automatically fill out your details. Also, Google has allowed third-party apps like LastPass and Dashlane to work inside apps as well, thus simplifying the password management process. To do so, follow the steps below:
One of the biggest inclusions of the Android Oreo is the fact that it supports Picture-In-Picture mode. What this essentially means is that you can video call someone or watch a video on YouTube while checking your email or doing other work in the background. While the PiP mode has already been there on Android TV since Marshmallow, it has now finally made its way to Android Oreo as well. To enable Picture-in-picture mode, follow the steps below: