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Android O feature spotlight: Get quick access to an app's widgets by long-pressing the icon

Android O feature spotlight: Get quick access to an app's widgets by long-pressing the icon

Google began introducing long-press actions for icons in Android 7.1—currently, a long-press in Pixel Launcher can display app shortcuts (previously known as launcher shortcuts). You get more in
Google's new Visual Positioning Service will guide you through indoor locations

Google's new Visual Positioning Service will guide you through indoor locations

We are all familiar with GPS. It has been guiding us to our destinations for years. But what happens when you arrive and you need to find a specific store in the mall or a specific item in a grocery
Google launches new vitals tools in the Play Console Dashboard to find and solve problems

Google launches new vitals tools in the Play Console Dashboard to find and solve problems

In one more slice of I/O developer news, Google has launched another set of tools for developers using their Console Dashboard for apps on Google Play . The new tool automatically analyzes app reports
The Google Home app now features customizable user-defined shortcuts for Assistant

The Google Home app now features customizable user-defined shortcuts for Assistant

One of the draws of having a personal assistant is being able to control various things through it. Alexa is popular partially for this reason and Google Home/Assistant has been slowly catching up
Android O feature spotlight: Quick settings are now grayscale, get some other small tweaks

Android O feature spotlight: Quick settings are now grayscale, get some other small tweaks

We've had the same dark/teal color combo in the notification panel for years now with few complaints, but someone at Google decided it was time to change things up a bit. Android O's second developer
Everything that's been announced at Google I/O 2017 so far (continuously updated)

Everything that's been announced at Google I/O 2017 so far (continuously updated)

Google I/O 2017 is in full swing, and we're about halfway through the first day as I write this post. Even so, we've already had dozens of stories come out of Google's big developer conference, and we
Android O feature spotlight: Pixel Launcher lets you select icon shapes [Update]

Android O feature spotlight: Pixel Launcher lets you select icon shapes [Update]

Update 1: 2017/05/17 3:28pm PDT Additional details We've all gotten used to the consistent round icons on the Pixel Launcher, and a surprising number of developers have even gotten on board with
Android TV is getting a new launcher with Android O

Android TV is getting a new launcher with Android O

Android TV hasn't had much attention from Google in the past few months. The first Android O Developer Preview had no noticeable differences on the platform, and YouTube TV still doesn't have an
Google adds new Profilers to Android Studio for app performance visualization

Google adds new Profilers to Android Studio for app performance visualization

Google is adding a new tool for developers in the form of the Android Studio Profilers, which allow for quick visual interpretation of an app's operations. Recently announced at I/O, the feature is
Google's education app Expeditions is getting a new AR mode

Google's education app Expeditions is getting a new AR mode

2 years ago at I/O, Google introduced Expeditions, an educational tool allowing teachers to take their classes on virtual reality field trips, and it's since been experienced by more than 2 million
Daydream comes to the Galaxy S8 this summer, a future LG phone later this year

Daydream comes to the Galaxy S8 this summer, a future LG phone later this year

Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 with support for the Gear VR (obviously), but Google's VR platform got the cold shoulder. The GS8 could have had both if Samsung wanted, and Samsung and Google have
Google says Android O could make your phone reboot twice as fast - apps could see doubled speeds, too

Google says Android O could make your phone reboot twice as fast - apps could see doubled speeds, too

During today's keynote at Google I/O, Google revealed a couple of interesting figures about the upcoming Android O release. Namely, it should be a lot faster in certain regards. Google says that the
Android O feature spotlight: Smart Text Selection automatically highlights the right words at a double tap

Android O feature spotlight: Smart Text Selection automatically highlights the right words at a double tap

One of the new features in Android O that was recently announced at I/O is Smart Text Selection. Selecting the right text can be hard on a small screen, but Google's data shows that most of the time
Google announces Daydream will get standalone VR headsets with beacon-free position tracking

Google announces Daydream will get standalone VR headsets with beacon-free position tracking

VR has slowed in both improvements and public excitement recently. But that hasn't stopped Google from bettering its Daydream platform, its take on so-called "smartphone VR." Like Samsung's version,
Google Photos is also getting Google Lens integration

Google Photos is also getting Google Lens integration

Google has announced at I/O that Google Photos will also be seeing Google Lens integration. Now we'll be able to get contextual information about the images we have previously taken as well, not just
Blobs be gone: With Android O, Google completely redesigns its emoji again

Blobs be gone: With Android O, Google completely redesigns its emoji again

Android O is going to bring a lot of changes to our favorite mobile platform, and one of the most visible for those of us using Nexus and Pixel products will be the emoji: Google is completely
YouTube in the living room now supports 360-degree video

YouTube in the living room now supports 360-degree video

I can't say I watch 360-degree videos much on YouTube... or at all. But I'm sure some people do, and if you are one of those people, you'll be happy to know that you can now easily view 360-degree
Android O feature spotlight: Notification Dots put notifications on your icons

Android O feature spotlight: Notification Dots put notifications on your icons

Android has handled notifications in pretty much the same way since its inception. Oh, there have been refinements over the years, but you go to the same place for notifications. That's changing in
Play Protect brings Google's app scanning to the foreground in the Play Store

Play Protect brings Google's app scanning to the foreground in the Play Store

Earlier this month, we covered the inclusion of "Play Protect" in a teardown of the latest Google Play Store APK. Today, Google formally announced this feature as part of their efforts to double-down
Suggested Sharing, Photo Books, and Shared Libraries in Google Photos utilize machine learning to group photos together

Suggested Sharing, Photo Books, and Shared Libraries in Google Photos utilize machine learning to group photos together

Google Photos is something many people use every day; the automatic backup feature is so convenient, and the free unlimited storage is a major selling point. At I/O 2017, Google unveiled three new