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Sony developing new Android launcher to replace Xperia Home

Sony developing new Android launcher to replace Xperia Home

Sony's Xperia line of smartphones may not be the hottest sellers on the Android market, but that doesn't stop the company from releasing new devices. While one could argue over the amount of effort they put in to improve their phones, Sony is finally making some changes to their software UI. Sony's existing Xperia Home launcher is being retired, it's been revealed, soon to be replaced by a new Home application.

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Android P rootless custom themes: Google says no

Android P rootless custom themes: Google says no

Android is a highly customizable operating system but there are still some things that you can’t easily change. Almost ironically, the simplest customization, applying themes, isn’t possible without rooting your device. In Android 8.0 Oreo, however, developers have found a way around that limitation, creating the Substratum app and subsequent themes around it. Starting Android P, however, that workaround will no longer work and you’ll have to make do with theme engine your OEM has or, in the case of Google Pixel phones, none at all.

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Android P dark and light theme to get a manual toggle

Android P dark and light theme to get a manual toggle

Before you get too excited, let’s make this clear: Android P isn’t getting a new dark system theme. Actually, Android Oreo already had that to some extent, limited only to a few pieces of the Android UI. But in Google’s wisdom, it thought users would love just how automated switching between light and dark was. Fortunately, Google has seen the light, pardon the pun, and will be giving users the ability to choose which side they’re on.

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Android P Beta 2 download: How to install the latest OS

Android P Beta 2 download: How to install the latest OS

Today Google revealed their Android P Beta 2, an update made mostly for developers. This update was released by Google to allow developers to "help developers get ready for the consumer release [of this OS] coming later in the summer." This update also contains one massive mount of new emoji. Because we live in a nightmare realm.

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Get iPhone X navigation gestures on Android: here’s how

Get iPhone X navigation gestures on Android: here’s how

It seems that the next smartphone trend after notches are button-less, swipe-based, pill-using navigation gestures. And, like the notch, we have Apple and its iPhone X to thank, or curse, for that. Android P will unabashedly have its own gestured-based navigation UI. If you're a fan of that feature, however, you need not wait that long or forever to get it. The folks over at XDA have released their own Navigation Gestures app that offers exactly that and a lot more. But while the app doesn't require root access, you'll need to aware of two important things before you go any further.

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Android P on Pixel 2 might have automatic color adjustment

Android P on Pixel 2 might have automatic color adjustment

What should have been a great successor to a great first product quickly turned into a disaster. The Google Pixel 2, most especially the bigger Pixel 2 XL, was beset by many complaints and issues. The first of those was about how its OLED screen was dry and dull, forcing Google to add some color mode options. Google, however, is never a fan of manual options or letting less knowledgeable users be in control. That's why in Android P, the Pixel 2 phones might get a new color mode, one that will decide what's best on the user's behalf.

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Stop mobile notifications now!

Stop mobile notifications now!

Today I'm going to show you how to get rid of mobile notifications entirely. I'll start with a few major sources for notifications, and we'll get a little more general. I'm not going to spend much time trying to convince you to throw your smartphone down a sewer drain today - but that IS the fastest way to do away with notifications entirely. If you're unable to destroy your smartphone, continue on.

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Android P notch options get a bit odd

Android P notch options get a bit odd

Android P is getting support for notches, that's pretty much a done deal by now. Of course, Google doesn't call it a notch but a "cutout" instead. All that's left, really, is to see the final form it will take. And apparently Google hasn't made up its mind just yet. The cutout options first appeared in the first Android P developer preview but has now changed rather considerably and strangely, adding more options but also removing others.

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Android at I/O 2018: Google’s smarter play

Android at I/O 2018: Google’s smarter play

As expected, Google devoted a good chunk of its I/O 2018 stage and press time to Android. But unlike previous I/Os, Android wasn't just an independent, major Google product among other Google products. This time, it was part of a bigger whole. If there were one pervasive theme in Google's entire conference, it would be the use of machine learning and AI to make our lives easier and better. Naturally, that theme applies even to Android and not just in a future version but even starting very soon.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Android P support might mean squat

Qualcomm Snapdragon Android P support might mean squat

Although Android P has been in developer preview for about two months now, Qualcomm nicely timed its announcement of support for the next Android release on Google I/O 2018. Its commitment to Android P is both reassuring and, at the same time, puzzling. Because despite showing eagerness on its part to expedite Android updates, it might mean squat for Android users who have to deal not only with OEMs' separate schedules but also with Snapdragon-powered smartphones that aren't supported by this Android P fast track.

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Android P makes it easier to get rid of annoying notifications

Android P makes it easier to get rid of annoying notifications

Android P isn't just bringing gestures and UI changes: the system will offer even more control over its already excellent notification management, enabling users to refine what alerts they get and when. The changes were detailed by Google at its keynote today, where it showed us everything coming to Android later this year.

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Android P feature: New UI and Gestures

Android P feature: New UI and Gestures

Google will launch the next evolution in Android, simply called Android P for now, later on this year. Ahead of that, though, is a look at the changes users can expect -- and there are quite a few of them. Unlike past iterations of Android, the upcoming version will be designed to help users better manage the time they spend on their phone, quickly access the content they want, intelligently perform actions, and more.

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