Android O Developer Preview Released and Now Available!

Google just released the first Android O Developer Preview! For real, though, it’s here!

Android O will introduce new features by way of background limits on apps (think battery life boost), notification channels (more control over notifications), picture-in-picture, adaptive icons, autofill in apps, and more. Full details on what’s new can be found here.

UPDATE: Want to see all of the little changes in Android O? We’re compiling those at this post. (more…)

Google Search’s Quick Shortcuts to Popular Tools Begin Rolling Out More Widely

This morning, Google announced that Google Search will soon (starting today) begin showing shortcuts to some of its most popular tools. This is the broader rollout of a feature that has been in testing for some time. In fact, we showed you these shortcuts back in early February.

The shortcuts, once they start showing on your device, will be found just under the search bar as you load up the Google app or swipe over into Google Now in the Now Launcher. You can see exactly what this looks like in the image above.  (more…)

And Now the Galaxy S8 on Video, Working…Briefly

It looks big, like a Note 7, and curvy. Pretty cool overall design; my how far we have come. I’m just hoping that fingerprint reader isn’t tough to reach and the phone can withstand a 4-inch drop.

How about those on-screen buttons, though? (Will be looking to theme them and re-order them as step one out of the box, after setup.)