Android Oreo Tricks Every User Should Know. Android 8.0 Oreo was released by Google a few months back and it’s amazing. The update was immediately available for Google / Nexus devices and now other Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) shall follow too. Android 8.0 Oreo might not look all that different than the previous version, but there’s a lot that’s changed under the hood.
While most of the features of Android O are easily accessible, there are some nifty hidden features that you may not be aware of. So, if you’ve got Android Oreo on your smartphone and wondering how to make the most out of your device, here’s a list for you!
Android Oreo Tricks Every User Should Know:
#1. Customize Notifications via Channels:
Android 8.0 Oreo introduces Notification Channels or custom app-defined categories for notifications. YouTube for example, it splits notifications into two groups, offline notifications and general notifications. This way you see only important notifications that actually matter rather than having your drawer filled to the brim with unwanted updates. Google Maps has more than 30 separate categories for you to choose from. Third-party apps should follow integrate the latest option soon.
The way notifications are handled has also changed. Swipe right and you’ll see two icons: Settings and a new clock—touch the clock to snooze the alert for up to two hours. Also, if you long press a notification, you’ll be able to turn off all future alerts.
#2. Picture – in – Picture:
When you’re watching a full-screen video on YouTube or Chrome, just press the home button and the video will shrink down to a window that floats on top of whatever else you’re doing. While this functionality has been there inside the YouTube app for ages now, the same flexibility can now be enjoyed system-wide.
Obviously, not all apps are supported right now because developers need to update them accordingly, but it won’t be long before this becomes mainstream. This feature is super useful on devices with large displays.
Go to Settings on your Android phone and tap on Apps and Notifications. Once done you will need to click on Advanced so you get more options, on this screen select Special App Access. Here among all the options, you need to pick Pick-in-Picture in the list. That’s all!
#3. Auto-Fill Data:
Android Oreo’s Autofill feature lets you store data like usernames, passwords, addresses, and phone numbers – something that has been a bare necessity on browsers for years now. This means when you reach an app that requires a saved login in Android Oreo, the fields will automatically populate using info from your personal password vault.
The cherry on the top is that this feature also works along with third-party password managers like Enpass and Dashlane. Head to Settings Languages & input Autofill service. Select the autofill app you’d like to use.
#4. Notification Badges:
This feature has been around on various third party as well as OEM launchers for a long time. It’s good to see Android finally getting it natively. Notification Badge (it’s actually a dot) add iOS-like indicators to home screen app shortcuts. They double as powerful app shortcuts as well. As in, a long press will bring forward a preview of the most recent notifications about the app.
Go to Settings Tap Apps & notifications Notifications Toggle on Notification Badge!
#5. Google Play Protect:
Google Play Protect is a new service suite that will scan your apps for threats, and constantly check for the latest risks, which will be found and detected via machine learning. To switch it on, Settings Google Security Google Play Protect Scan Device for Security Threats (toggle the option on).
Google Play Protect also lets you see the last location of your phone. Using this layer of protection you can make your phone ring if you cannot find it or if you think your phone is stolen you can access your phone remotely erase your phone’s internal memory. You can even lock the device remotely using a PIN or Pattern Lock. It is also available in older versions of Android via the Google Play Store.
#6. Smart Text Selector:
Android Oreo’s Smart Text Selection makes copy/pasting easy by automatically recognizing text content. When you highlight an address, phone number, email address, or name, you’ll get contextually relevant shortcuts to the dialer, Google Maps, and other applications.
Android will use machine learning to power this feature, but Google executives promised your text will stay on your device and not get sent to the cloud.
#7. Auto – Enable WiFi:
Android Oreo also comes with the ability to automatically turn on WiFi when you’re in home or office. It comes as a nifty little feature that while conserving battery, also allows you to automatically switch to high-speed networks. This way you don’t have to manually switch on / off WiFi every time you are near your place.
To enable this feature, go to Network and Internet WiFi WiFi Preferences. Then toggle on the setting. Your phone will then use its location knowledge to reconnect to networks like your home Wi-fi.
#8. Smarter Storage Management:
Android Oreo comes with a feature called Smart storage. It automatically deletes images and video files which have been backed up on Google Drive after 30 days. You will also have the option to delete contents of the downloads folder or uninstall apps you haven’t used in awhile to free up precious space.
Open up Settings and then tap Storage & memory. After it has completed scanning your phone storage, you can select from a list of available options to clear.
Every Android version has its own Easter Egg and so does Oreo! From Settings, tap System then About phone, then tap Android version until you see the big Android O. Then, tap the O repeatedly before long-pressing it to get an octopus that… just kind of floats around!