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14 Cool fresh Features in Android Oreo for the OnePlus 5T « Android :: Gadget Hacks


When OnePlus announced the 5T, many were disappointed in which the idea wasn’t shipping with Android Oreo. To curb some of in which disappointment, OnePlus quickly introduced an open beta for both the 5 as well as 5T as well as promised in which each would likely receive the official type by Q1 2018. Well today, OnePlus has met in which promise as well as pushed the OTA out for the official stable type of Android Oreo.

With the update, the OnePlus 5T joins the modest although growing list of devices in which have Android Oreo. Many of the fresh features come coming from stock Android’s Oreo update, although OnePlus has added a handful of unique features of their own. The update is usually inside the process of rolling out currently, so the idea may take as long as a few weeks to reach your device — although inside the meantime, we’ve highlighted all of the best fresh features below.

1. Switching to a OnePlus Device Just Got Easier

A while back, OnePlus announced a fresh app called OnePlus Switch to help fresh users move their data coming from any smartphone running Android to a OnePlus smartphone. As long as the device is usually running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher, after installing OnePlus Switch on the device, you can use a QR code to pair the devices as well as choose which items to transfer.

OnePlus decided to make in which step easier by including the Switch app inside the Oreo update. currently switching to a 5T is usually even easier, as one step of the transfer just got eliminated. All users need to do is usually install OnePlus Switch on their old device, scan the QR code, then transfer their data.

2. Know More About Who’s Calling

When you receive an incoming call, Android typically alerts you that has a phone number or the contact name as well as picture (if stored on your phone). OnePlus decided to expand on in which by including the location of the caller as well.

in which is usually helpful when avoiding spam calls as they sometimes originate coming from states you are not located in. Besides in which, the idea provides additional information to help users make an informed decision on whether to answer a call.

3. Snooze Individual Notifications

When a fresh message comes through, although you don’t have time to deal with the idea, just swipe to the right, then tap the clock icon to snooze the notification. in which will make the message go away for 15 minutes, then the idea will come right back when the time is usually up. You can also change the snooze length right after you’ve snoozed a notification.

4. Autofill API

The fresh Autofill Framework in Oreo currently allows apps to create as well as manage their own lists of auto-fill data, including user names as well as passwords. Android Oreo will automatically populate in which data into password fields when appropriate. By default, in which feature uses passwords coming from your Google account, provided you’ve saved them in Chrome or with Smart Lock.

You have total control over which password list to use, as well as you can adjust in which setting coming from the “Autofill service” entry in Languages & input. Most password managers have already been updated to support in which feature, so you can currently set your phone to fill in user names as well as passwords coming from any vault of your choosing. in which feature makes apps like LastPass even more useful on Android, which is usually a big plus for security in general.

5. Picture-in-Picture

Android Oreo will currently allow apps to be viewed in Picture-in-Picture mode. in which is usually a special type of split-screen window in which should be particularly useful for watching videos or getting directions while performing different tasks, though apps will need to be updated to support the fresh API. So far, the feature works with Google Maps, VLC, as well as YouTube, among others.

To use the feature, just start up navigation in Google Maps or open a video in full screen that has a compatible player. coming from there, just press your home button, then the foreground app will shrink down to a modest floating window.

6. Revamped Battery Menu

The battery menu has received a makeover, although the idea’s more than just a visual refresh. Common battery-related options such as Battery optimization as well as Battery saver are currently near the top of the menu for easy access, as well as the battery usage graph is usually a bit easier to read.

7. Smart Text Selection

The text selection menu in Oreo has also been updated. the idea currently includes intelligent actions in which can vary depending on the type of text you’ve selected. Select a URL, as well as Android 8.0 will suggest opening the idea in Chrome. Select a phone number, as well as the phone app will appear. An address, as well as Maps will pop up, as well as so on.

8. Notification Dots

Former iOS users will be happy to know in which Android Oreo currently has support for unread badges on home screen icons. The OnePlus 5T’s default launcher already supports the fresh feature, as well as the idea can be enabled or disabled on a per-app basis coming from within the notifications menu in Settings.

9. fresh ‘Unknown Sources’ Settings

To sideload apps on previous Android versions, all you had to do was enable “Unknown Sources” in Settings, then just open an APK. With Android 8.0, in which setting is usually entirely gone, as well as currently, you’ll need to trust individual apps before you can install APKs they’ve downloaded.

In different words, when you download an APK through Firefox, for instance, you’ll be prompted to review your “External Sources” settings. coming from here, just pick Firefox coming from the list, then make sure the “Trust apps coming from in which source” option is usually enabled. Once you’ve done in which, you’ll be able to sideload the APK you downloaded with Firefox, as well as the same applies when using different apps, like the Amazon App Store.

10. No More Mini-Menus in Quick Settings

On previous Android versions, you could open your Quick Settings menu, then tap the text beneath the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth toggle to see a mini-menu in which let you connect to different devices or networks. in which functionality is usually currently gone, so the toggles you’ll see inside the Quick Settings panel are just in which — toggles.

11. Auto Quick Settings Theme

On the bright side, the Quick Settings menu at least got a visual refresh. currently, when you have your theme set to “Auto” in Settings (not “Dark” or “Light), the pull-down menu will change colors based on the wallpaper you’re using. If you’re using a dark or black wallpaper, the menu will be dark gray — otherwise, the idea will revert to the white theme.

12. Hi-Fi Bluetooth Codecs

Bluetooth has always been criticized for its lower audio quality when compared to a set of wired headphones. However, as more device moves away coming from the headphone jack, Android needed to evolve to compensate for those seeking high-quality audio. With Android Oreo, Google has added a handful of high-quality Bluetooth codecs, including Sony’s LDAC as well as aptxHD, which should greatly improve audio quality with compatible Bluetooth devices.While OnePlus owners need not worry about losing the wired option, the idea is usually nice to have options which both deliver great audio (although wired is usually still superior to Bluetooth).

13. Fingerprint Scanner Gestures

Several OEMs have included fingerprint scanner gestures (for example, Huawei) although never have in which been available to all Android devices. These gestures typically are limited to swiping down to access the notification tray, a useful feature for those with smaller hands using big phones. However, with the Android Oreo update, Google built in which feature into Android allowing OnePlus in to include in which feature.

Using Accessibility service, OEMs as well as app developers can monitor the fingerprint scanner for swipes — both vertical as well as horizontal. in which means in which, by requesting an extra permission, your favorite apps will get fingerprint gesture functionality. By adding in which feature to OnePlus 5T, OnePlus is usually able to broaden its market, settling the desired by some fans (somewhat) who wish for the return of the 5.0 OnePlus X.

14. fresh Emojis

OnePlus 5T’s owners can enjoy the revised emojis in which were introduced with Android Oreo. Google has finally ditched the blob-shaped smilies in favor of more traditional rounded ones, as well as most emojis currently have a gradient applied to them.

Image by Jeremy Burge/Twitter

In addition, several system apps were updated, included Launcher, Gallery, Weather, as well as File Manager. Also, CPU security patch CVE-2017-13218 was pushed, along with bug fixes as well as improvements.

Oxygen OS continues to provide a great balance for Android purists. While technically not stock, the idea remains true to the default look of Android while adding a little flair to make things easier. Are you excited about the official Oreo Discharge? Let us know inside the comments below.

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