Whenever a company drops the latest operating system for the users, there is nothing important than experiencing that update for a curious smartphone user. In order to keep the users intreated and add new functionalities Google update the Android every year with new version. Android Oreo is the latest Android version available for the users, however only 1.1 percent of the Android user are able to access it till date. The latest Android version adds many new features to the platform including Picture-In-Picture Mode, better notifications alerts, system autofill and others.
However in spite of many new functionalities, Google always play with the users by incorporating some hidden Android features. These hidden features aren't available to users with few taps, for accessing these options the users need to try harder. But, don't worry we have done the harder job for you and brought the 10 hidden features of Android Oreo.
Android Oreo allows you to change icon shape and make it more interesting according to your need. To use the option you need to long press the empty area of the home screen, now click the Settings option.
Then you will see change icon shape option tap the option to change the icon shapes. You will find square, rounded square, squircle, and teardrop shapes to choose from or you can select the default option.
The notifications are best part of the Android that keep you connected with all your favorite apps. But, have your thought how these notification channels are bind together, developer categorised the notification accordingly. However, Android O enables the users to customize the notification channel based on their needs like high priority, update notification, alerts, push message and more. While swiping the notification away hold it in the hallway you will see gear icon, click it. A new window will open you can customize the notification channels here.
While browsing Android phone you must have wished the autofill for more convenient experience. Till now the autifilling service was only the web browser feature that automatically fills the details it have recalled from your history.
Google has gifted the feature now to Android O and enable the auto filling in the phone also. This means in Android Oreo your phone will instantly understand what you wanna type and will fill it quickly at the required place using your previous typed information. In order to configure the autofill feature you need to head towards Settings > System > Languages & input > Advanced > Autofill service.
Google revamped the storage section in the Android O to give a detailed information to the users. The previous version of the storage section was more general that did not have that much of storage consuming apps. This helps the users in managing the phone storage for avoiding any kind of low space situation. The smart storage feature also assist the Android P by automatically deleting the images and videos from the device. However, it only deletes the files that have been already backed up on cloud storage.
Google likes to hide the advance Android option in its operating system and let the users play around for them. This also includes the System UI Tuner, this is a developer options that is hidden in the settings.
The System UI Tuner enables the user to customize the status bar by removing the app’s icon including Battery, WiFi and other changes. This option also available in earlier Android version but Google added more options to Android Oreo. You can access System UI Tuner by taping the settings icon from status bar minimum eight times. Now go to Settings and you will find the option there, it can be disabled in the same way.
In order to prevent the apps from sucking all your battery power Android have background limit feature. This stops the background activities of the apps that are not being used by the user. However, the functionality is able to restrict only the apps based on new API compatible to Android Oreo not the apps with older API. You can manage that situation annually and save your battery from getting used unnecessarily. Go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > App Info. Now you will see the list of the apps, select the app you want to restrict in background. You will see a battery usage option taping it will show you the background activity toggle switch it on.
The other helpful feature of Android Oreo is the notification badges for conveniently accessing the notifications. The status bar usually displays the notification on our Android device, however in case of bulk of notification it is quite hard.
In that case you can turn to notification badges, notification strikes the respective app will get a dot on it. Pressing long the icon will show the notification badge will the information you needed.
Android settings contains tons of option to optimize the phone and it sometimes becomes hard for us to remember which setting option lies where. The hierarchy of settings options makes it tough to remember position of everyone and it takes time at the time of need to access them. Google now solved this issue with Android O, the Settings Window in the new Android version contains a search option. At the top right corner of the screen you will find the search option for accessing any specific settings you remember by name.
Android offers quick setting panel for easily jumping to the settings that users need to access time to time. However, the details that developers are intended to see are buried under the settings section including the layout bounds, GPU rendering and other options.
But, Android O brings a major change for the developers with Developer Quick setting panel to access quick settings easily. To enable the option go to Settings > System > Developer options > Quick settings developer tiles. Now, you will see the list of quick settings toggle turn them on.
Android O posses a very smart features for the regular WiFi users, to provide time uninterrupted service. The feature automatically turns on the WiFi when spotted the location with saved WiFi network. Under the WiFi settings you will find Automatically ‘Turn On WiFi settings’, after enabling it whenever your phone recognizes the GPS coordinates tie with saved WiFi network it will automatically turn on the WiFi.
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.Follow