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Android Oreo’s mascot is a woman

But you’d have no idea unless you read the marketing material behind the superhero cookie. There is plenty of other Android news we could be talking about this week. I was initially going to write about Allo on the desktop, and how it’s effectively changed the way I communicate with my friends. But it hasn’t changed anything; my parents are stuck on using WhatsApp, everyone else is an iPhone-using iMessage-lover, and I’m still the Green Bubble in their lives. Did you know that Android Oreo’s superhero mascot is a woman?…

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Everything you need to know about Android Oreo emoji, fonts, and icons

Android Oreo is about more than big, sweeping changes this year — it’s also about fixing some of Android smaller-but-stickier problems. Android Oreo is coming out of Developer Previews soon, and with it comes a lot of beautiful, customization-friendly changes for Android users and developers in regards to emoji, fonts, and icons. Emoji are getting a sorely-needed upgrade in more ways than one. Fonts are getting more easy to integrate and implement for developers. App icons are getting another upgrade in yet another stab at app drawer consistency. There’s a…

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How to use Notification channels on Android Oreo

Fine tune what Notifications interrupt your day with Notification channels on Android Oreo. Android Oreo delivers plenty of awesome new features for you to play with, and one of the best for those who like to finely tune every aspect of the experience is the addition of Notification channels. This nifty setup makes it much easier to properly adjust what Notifications interrupt your day so that you only get pinged when it’s actually necessary. Here’s how it works! How to change Notification Importance How to change Notification info on your…

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There are limited edition Android Oreos, but not for most people

Google and Nabisco have made limited edition Android Oreos. You know what tastes better than new software? New software and cookies. To that end, Google and Nabisco have teamed up to make some Oreo cookies with the Android logo inscribed on top. There’s also a green filling inside to match the green of the Bugdroid logo. I haven’t heard anyone mention what flavor the filling is, but I’d guess it would be mint. According to Ausdroid, this was apparently only for the Oreo launch event. When Android 4.4 KitKat was…

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Notification channels in Android Oreo: Everything you need to know!

Android Oreo comes with the power to take control over your notification tray so you can sort out just what you want to see. One of the bigger changes and features coming with Android Oreo is the new Notification Channels system. It can also be a little confusing to talk about since it’s not something we’re used to seeing on our phones. But when you cut through all the fancy technical words and developer language, they’re not hard to understand at all! What are Notification Channels Coming with Android Oreo,…

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Android Oreo features you’ll love: Picture-in-Picture mode

We all love things we can see when we get an update, and that’s why Picture-in-Picture mode is so cool! Android Oreo allows developers to build apps that launch in a new Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode. PIP is a special kind of multi-window mode that’s most commonly used for video playback. You might have PIP on your television or through your cable box. It’s been available for Android TV since the release of Android Nougat, but Oreo brings it to every device that runs Android 8 or higher. Apps that support…

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Android Oreo features you’ll love: Notification badges and previews

Keeping up with notifications is a constant struggle. Notifications. It’s the first thing most of us deal with in the morning, and no matter what time of day, there’s probably three or four of them sitting just waiting there. Unread badges have existed on mobile home screens since before Android to help remind us of things we need to take care of. Up until this year, they’ve mostly just been these awkward blobs in the corner of an app icon with an ever-growing number inside. Android Oreo is looking to…

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How to adjust Do Not Disturb settings in Android Oreo

Android Oreo gives you options for your Do Not Disturb settings. Android Oreo has made a few changes to what you can do with Do Not Disturb mode, and what it looks like. Whether you just want to make sure you don’t get hit with notifications while at the movies, or you want to know that certain notifications will always ping for you, there is a good bit going on here. That’s why we’ve put together how everything works so that you can get back to your busy day without…

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What’s new in Android Oreo?

See what the latest and greatest version of Android has in store for you! Android Oreo brings several changes to existing features as well as all new features. Since it first arrived in 2008, Android has been a very fluid bit of software. The mobile space is always evolving and Android has evolved along with it so it could meet the needs of people like us who use it every day. With the first developer preview of Android Oreo, we got a glimpse of some of the new features. Now…

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One of these Android Oreo statues is not like the other

Google ordered two Android Oreo statues from two different companies this year. There aren’t many Android faithful who have been able to make the trip to Mountain View to see the impressive gathering of statues Google has commissioned to commemorate each launch of its OS, but those who have been are in for a treat. These larger than life statues are an amazing journey through the history of Android, and are a ton of fun to grab a photo while standing next to your favorite. The new Android Oreo statue…

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