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June 27, 2017

How stable is the third Android O developer preview?

Google released the third Android O developer preview about three weeks ago, less than a month after the second preview rolled out to Nexus and Pixel devices.

While a new version of Android is always exciting, it’s important to remember that this is a non-final build and you may run the risk of running into app crashes, poor battery life, and other little inconsistencies throughout the operating system.

See also: Everything new in Android O: features and changes May 17, 2017

Android O Developer Preview 2 was pretty stable for me, so I had no qualms with loading up this new version on my Nexus 6P. But should you install it on your device?

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May 18, 2017

Android gets a new battery menu [Diving into Android O]

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Battery life is something Google hopes to tackle with Android O, and it plans to do so through a new battery settings menu and battery usage portrayed in a simpler and more understandable manner.

When you dive into the revamped battery settings menu, the first thing you will notice is the lack of a graph. In its place is a large battery icon, with the battery percentage and approximated [...]

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May 18, 2017

Smart text selection and Autofill [Diving into Android O]

In Google’s pursuit to make information easier to relay to your friends and family, they’ve implemented some pretty interesting automation. Normally, getting an address and directing yourself to a place is a multi-step process. First, you have to receive the location, then you have to copy it, open maps, paste, and go. With Android O, a lot of those steps are taken care of.

Smart text selection uses Google’s machine learning to detect when something like an address or phone number is selected, then automatically apply it to the appropriate app. If you tap an address of a restaurant your friend sends you, Google will understand what you want and automatically launch [...]

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May 18, 2017

Long press icons to get quick access to widgets [Diving into Android O]

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Widgets have always been in an awkward place on Android. During the early days of the OS, nearly every app included a custom widget, as it allowed you to interact with your content much faster from the comfort of your home screen. And while these widgets are still immensely useful in today’s era, the method of actually implementing them has been moved around so many times you might not even know [...]

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