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New emojis

Picture in picture

App shortcuts and widgets

Android Oreo has arrived

New settings menu

Smart text select

Scanning apps for safety

Auto-enable Wi-Fi

New battery settings

Night Light slider

Change the shape of app icons

Persistent notifications get smaller

New Quick Settings look

Notification Dots

Autofill passwords... in apps

Snooze Notifications on Android Oreo

Google Monday revealed that Android O is actually Android Oreo (yum). And, if you have an Android phone, you'll be getting it soon.

Naturally, the Android Oreo statue couldn't just be a boring Oreo robot -- Super Oreo for the win! 

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Google redesigned Android's emojis. They now look more cartoonish, and it's easier to decipher exactly what each face is intended to convey.

In fact, Google took the time to write a goodbye letter to Android's longstanding blob emojis. 

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With Android Oreo, you can continue a video call from Duo or watch a video started in Chrome using the picture-in-picture mode. Using it is simple -- just tap the home button when the video is playing and Oreo takes care of the rest.

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Starting with Android Nougat, users could long-press on an app icon to use app shortcuts for common tasks. With Oreo, the look of shortcuts has been refined, and you can now access an app's widgets from the shortcut menu as well as its info screen. 

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During the solar eclipse, Google unveiled its new operating system at a viewing party in Manhattan. We went and checked it out.

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The Settings app has once again been redesigned. The slideout menu is gone, and settings have been recategorized. This is going to take some getting used to, no doubt.

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Instead of fiddling with text selection tools, Google is adding smart text select to Android Oreo. 

This GIF shows how it will work: Basically, Oreo will identify things like addresses or phone numbers on its own. Double-tap the text to auto-highlight what you need to copy, or use the new app shortcut next to the Copy button to speed up the interaction.

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To reassure users, Google is making its security measures more prominent throughout Android Oreo. 

This menu is found in the Settings app under Security, where you can view how often apps are scanned and when they were last scanned. Presumably, this section will also help you deal with an app Oreo deems unsafe.

Google Play Protect is not just available for Oreo users, with Google recently announcing availability across all Android devices. 

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If you disable Wi-Fi when you're away from home, you'll never have to remember to turn it back on again.

Android Oreo offers the option to have Wi-Fi turn back on when you're near a known, safe Wi-Fi network, such as your home.

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Android Oreo battery usage stats are getting a little more granular.

When you view an app's usage stats, it now includes how much battery was due to active use or in the background.

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You can adjust the intensity of the blue light filter when using Android's Night Light mode.

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You can now adjust the shape of app icons without installing a theme or launcher. Currently, there are four different options (left to right): square, rounded square, squircle and teardrop.

Find the setting with a long-press on the home screen and tap Settings. It's unclear if the ability to change the shape of app icons in Oreo will end up being limited to the Pixel launcher, or if it's a feature coming to all Oreo devices.

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Persistent notifications are annoying, but part of Android. With Oreo, those notifications will be less prominent.

You can still view the entire notification with a tap, but by default, the notification will be minimized.

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Quick Settings tiles get a new look and icons yet again.

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Notification badges aren't just for iOS now. Starting with Oreo, Notification Dots appear on an app icon when you have a pending alert. Hate the idea? Yes, you can disable them.

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Google is extending its autofill tech beyond Chrome and into apps. This screenshot is from Snapchat, which isn't yet updated for Oreo, but I was still prompted to let Google fill in my credentials and log me into the app. Password managing apps, such as 1Password, will also have the option to support autofill within apps.

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This is pretty cool -- with Android Oreo, you can snooze notifications with a quick swipe and tap. If you have a text message or email you want to deal with later, swipe to the right on the notification until you see the clock icon. Tap on the clock, select the amount of time you want to snooze it for and then go back to what you were doing. 

Read more about Android Oreo here.

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