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Latest WhatsApp Beta Supports PiP Video Calls in Android O

Android O is chockfull of new features, and one of the most useful ones is Picture-in-Picture (PiP) functionality. PiP allows videos to play over your screen while using other apps or playing games, and the latest app to add support for this feature is WhatsApp. In the latest WhatsApp beta for Android (version 2.17.265), the application now...

Android’s Engineering Team Talks About Themes in Android O, White Notification Shade in DP2

We've known about Sony's RRO implementation of theming in Android for a while now as it has made its way into the AOSP code base. Since this was discovered, the community has been left wondering whether the next version of Android would finally add this as a user-facing feature for everyone. Some OEMs are already...

Google Talks About Security Improvements with Project Treble

At Google I/O this year, we saw the announcement that Android O would bring a new change to the platform called Project Treble. When first explained, Google talked about how it is separating the vendor interface so that chip makers (like Qualcomm) don't have to rewrite their code for the chips on the market each...

How to Freeze Any App’s Background Processes without Root on Android 7.0+

Android has always been considered the more "powerful" mobile platform when compared to iOS because of how much freedom its 3rd-party applications have. This enables a lot of automation to take place simply because Android applications can do more tasks while they're running in the background. However, this comes with a downside as it opens the...

Google Won’t Add Support for aptX on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

With Android O, Google added support for more Bluetooth audio codecs such as Sony's LDAC as well as Qualcomm's aptX and aptX HD to enable high-quality bluetooth audio streaming on supported devices. If you're on an Android O Developer Preview, you can find an option to choose between various Bluetooth audio codecs under Developer Options. However,...

Android 7.1+ has a “Panic Detection” Mode that Detects Frantic Back Button Presses

While many readers of Android-centric websites such as our own are less likely to come across situations where a rogue application compromises their system, the same may not be true for the general population. Nearly every week we hear from various security researchers about new malware targeting Android users. Most of these malicious attacks can...

Google is working on an Always On Ambient Display Mode for the Pixel

Feature image: Samsung's Always-on Display Mode. Ambient Display is one of the best features available on certain Android phones with OLED screens. This feature was originally brought to life with the introduction of Moto Display on the 2013 Moto X, but a version of it has since become incorporated into AOSP so any vendor can implement it...

The OnePlus 3/3T Will Receive Android O by the End of 2017

The OnePlus 5 may be the the talk of the town right now, but OnePlus still has a lot to prove to consumers when it comes to updating their older devices. OnePlus previously confirmed that the company would be updating their previous flagship smartphones to Android O, but thanks to a recent AMA that the company...

Chrome Supports Android O’s PiP Mode When Watching Videos

Picture-in-picture mode is a highly anticipated feature that could actually flop if enough 3rd-party applications don't end up supporting it. So far, we've seen support for PiP mode come to applications such as Duo, Google Play Movies and VLC's latest beta update. So we're seeing a lot of focus from Google's 1st-party applications but since Android...

Android O Introducing an Animated Clock Icon, Soon Available in Custom Launchers

Google might be about to launch a new feature in Android O -- Chris Lacy, who is the author of highly regarded Action Launcher, discovered that the Clock application would have an animated icon in launchers. According to the developer, the Pixel Launcher will soon support the animated clock icon for the Google Clock app. Similar...

Latest VLC Beta Update Adds Support for Android O’s Picture-in-Picture

Google first brought picture-in-picture mode to Android TV with it's 7.0 Nougat update, and it didn't take long after before they began work on it for the smartphone and tablet versions. We first heard a rumor about this making its way into the core Android OS back in March of this year and then we were able...

Fingerprint Gestures App uses Android O’s new Accessibility APIs for Custom Actions

With Android O Developer Preview 3, developers now have access to the final Android O APIs. These APIs will find a place in the consumer release of Android O in a few months time, so developers could start working towards making sure their apps are compatible and take advantage of the new APIs. One of the...