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Check Out The 10 New Features In Android Oreo 8.0

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Google has maintained the tradition of naming its Android operating system by the names of alphabetically-ordered desserts beginning with Android Cupcake and followed by Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat. Now we now have Oreo.
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Like most new versions, the Android team has added several new features to Android Oreo to make its mobile platform more secure, fast,
power efficient and offer better multitasking.

The Oreo update should roll out to Android Smartphones before the end of the year.

Of course you don’t expect me to spoil the fun by telling you all the new features on Android Oreo. 😉. However I’ll be giving you the top 10 new features I love on the new Android version.

1. No More ‘Install From Unknown Sources’ Setting

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Most applications installed from third-party sources are not malicious, but a couple of apps installed from outside of the official Play Store could land your smartphone in trouble.

Before Android Oreo, to install third-party apps you needed to enable just one setting by turning on “Install from unknown sources”.

It didn’t really matter from where you downloaded the APK file. It could be from a browser, Bluetooth, Xender, transferred from a computer via USB or downloaded using another app.

Android 8.0 Oreo totally changed the way this feature works, bringing a much smarter and safer system called ” Install other apps,”

All you have to do is to manually permit 3rd-party app installation from different sources.

2. Wi-Fi Aware (Neighborhood Aware Networking — NAN)

Android Oreo now supports a new connectivity feature called Wi-Fi Aware, also known as Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN).

This feature allows apps and devices to automatically search for, connect to, and share data with each other directly offline.

With the Wi-Fi Aware API, app developers have a great opportunity to create awesome apps based on the communication between nearby devices.

3. AI-based Smart Text Selection

Android Oreo also comes with a ‘ Smart Text Selection’ feature, which uses Google’s machine learning to detect when you select email addresses, names or phone numbers. When it detects what you’ve selected it then automatically suggests the relevant information on other apps.

For example, if double tap on a text and select an email address of a company your friend sends you, Google’s AI-based machine learning will figure out what you want and automatically launch Gmail.

You could also use Google Assistant feature but it’s always good to have multiple options to solve the same problem.

4. Google Play Protect
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Android Oreo has been developed to be more secure than previous versions, with Google cracking down on the fastest-growing problem of Android malware with a new anti-malware tool called Google Play Protect.

“Play Protect is built into every device with Google Play, is always updating, and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don’t have to lift a finger,” – Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering, Google

Play Protect helps to detect and remove harmful applications and it scans more than 50 billion apps every day.

5. Battery-Saving and Background Limits

On Android Oreo, Google has blocked apps from reacting to “implicit broadcasts” and doing certain kinds of tasks when they are running in the background in an effort to enhance the battery life of Android smartphones.

Also, Android Oreo will limit some background services and location updates when an app is not in use.

Let’s say your music app is playing music in the background, it will not be affected, but it will definitely limit Instagram that doesn’t need to be your feed refreshing from running in the background, thereby making apps to use less power and only wake up occasionally to start its services.

6. Android Instant Apps
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Android Instant Apps is now available for more than 500 million devices globally. It allows you to use certain apps within Google Play without having to download them

You can acess Android Instant apps with a click on a URL,

This feature will definitely come in handy when you’re running out of storage space on your phone. You can simply use an instant app for just or check how it works before installing the full version.

7. Notification Dots (Limit notifications)

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If you’re tired of having to deal with multiple notifications, Android Oreo will handle that for you.

Oreo has introduced  Notification Dots that’ll help you to manage each app individually with fine-grained control. It allows you to control how many notifications you see and how they come through.

8. Picture-in-Picture Mode
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Have you ever been watching a video on YouTube and just got an important message from WhatsApp?.

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It’s happened to me and it could be quite annoying when you really don’t want to stop watching the video.

However, this would not be a problem in Android 8.0 Oreo.

With Android Oreo, you can watch a YouTube video while scrolling through your browser or chatting on WhatsApp on your Android device—thanks to the  Picture-in-Picture (PIP) feature.

Once you open an app and start playing a video, tapping the home button, will shrink the video down to the bottom-right corner of your screen while the rest of the app disappears.

You can open any other app and do other things you want to do, while the video continues playing in the background. You can even drag the video” along the border of your screen. This works without any third party app

9. Find my Device

Though this feature has been available for sometime, Google has improved on the feature to make it similar to that of iOS. This feature allows people to locate, lock and wipe their Android devices when they go missing or get stolen. However I still wish this could work offline.

10. New Emoji
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Android Oreo has introduced 60 new emojis and a redesign of the current emoji characters. The update also adds new colour support for app developers and the ability to change or animate the shape of icons in their apps.

These aren’t all the new features though. I just dropped a few. Once you get the update you can see everything. Is there any feature that you think is missing?. Let me know in the comments.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Infinix Smart 3 Plus Launched In Nigeria – Full Specifications

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The Infinix Smart 3 Plus is a new device launched by Infinix Mobile and it comes with decent specifications. It’s a device I would say is a mid-range budget device so don’t expect much power from this phone.

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I still feel with Xiaomi around in Nigeria now Infinix would have stepped up their game but it seems they’re just recycling designs ever since they released the first device with a tear drop notch.

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The triple rear camera is quite interesting as well.  In terms of design you get a plastic unibody with glass-finish at the back. The glass-finish adds a premium finish to the phone but unfortunately makes it a fingerprint magnet.

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There’s also a microUSB port, the 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone just right below the device. The front of the phone shows the teardrop notch, the selfie camera and the earpiece. Sound quality is not that bad however, The Smart 3 Plus has a downward firing mono speaker which isn’t too loud and you’ll actually prefer using your headphones. I still wonder why Infinix didn’t use the Dirac Speakers in this device.

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It has a HD+ resolution display with a 2.5D glass for a premium feel. But I’m a bit disappointed with the 720p resolution and the large display doesn’t actually show what we all expected. It’s a bit low but I’m guessing it’s a sacrifice to put the phone in the budget range.

The back of the phone houses the triple-camera setup .The primary sensor is a 13-megapixel camera with a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a low-light QVGA sensor.

Let’s take a look at the quick specifications of the device

Infinix Smart 3 Plus Quick Specifications

  • Display: 6.2 inches
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio A22
  • RAM+ROM: 32GB / 3GB
  • Operating System: Android 9. (Pie) + XOS 5.0 Cheetah;
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Camera: Triple 13MP +2MP Depth sensor+ low light sensor
  • Sensor: Fingerprint , accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass ,
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Battery : 3500 mAh battery

See the Full Specifications here –Infinix Smart 3 Plus

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Huawei Phones Not Allowed To Use Android Officially Anymore

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I woke up to a very disappointing news yesterday,Huawei Phones Not Allowed To Use Android Officially Anymore and believe me I was very upset about this move. This is coming at a time where Huawei is making changes to the Android market as we know it and Google revoked their licence based on mere accusations,

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Accusations that haven’t been even proved to be true. This decision would probably worsen the trade war between China and the United States.

The consequences of this may end up affecting all technological markets and the world economy in general. Don’t forget that Huawei is the world’s second-largest seller of smartphones

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Newer devices from Huawei will not be able to install Android updates, or any Google apps, including Google Play Store and Gmail. However, you can simply access those Android updates through AOSP and GAPPs but without any support from Google.

Donald Trump had accused Huawei of working for the Chinese government, installing back doors in their networks and devices to facilitate surveillance, without any evidence at all.

This made the senior manager of Huawei get arrested a few months ago. Since then, both China and the United States have imposed tariffs on their respective products. Recently, the Trump Administration added the Chinese brand Huawei to the blacklist of the Department of Commerce, hence, forcing American companies to stop having commercial relations with Huawei.

However, according to Reuters, Google is the first to comply with the recently approved law, but other US companies that have commercial relations with Huawei, like Qualcomm, Intel, NVIDIA, will have to make a similar decision.

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