Google changed the location and appearance of the widget tool on the main screen several times, and in Android Oreo another change awaits us.
With a long press on the application icon, you get access to all its widgets. It works both from the desktop and from the application menu.
A long-click menu that opens up waiting for different types of notifications is one of the loudest changes in Android 8.0.
Less known is the icon, which looks like four small squares. This is a widget shortcut. It is located in the upper part of the pop-up application window. Click on the icon (where possible), and a panel with the widget or widgets of the corresponding application will appear at the bottom of the screen. Long press – and you can drag any of them onto the home screen.
Forced restrictions on running applications in the background
Android 8.0 has received several changes relating to the processes in the background, which limits the ability of applications to “dry up” the battery of your smartphone. However, there is one caveat: these limitations of background processes can only be applied to those applications that support the new API in Oreo. However, there is a way to force old applications to comply with new background limits.
To apply these new features, open the system settings and go to Applications and Notifications, and then to Application Details. Find the application you want to change. On the info screen you will find a link to use the battery. Click on it to deactivate the switch for background activity.
Keep in mind that applications that are not configured to use the Task Scheduler will have delayed notifications, and other errors may also occur, due to the fact that the application will not run continuously in the background.
Turn off notifications in Android Oreo
Android is ready to deliver tons of notifications to you, but you don’t always want to receive them right away. In the new version, you can configure the delay in receipt of notifications. You do not have to dig into the menu to configure this feature, but this feature remains somewhat hidden.
When you receive a notification and you want to see it later, slide it left or right, but do not remove it with a very long swipe. Click on the clock icon next to the notification, and it will “doze” for one hour. When it expires, the notification will pop up again. You can also set the timer for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or two hours.
Multi-level control over the download of applications in Android Oreo
In previous versions of Android, the policy on applications from unknown sources was reduced to the principle of “all or nothing.” Either each application on your phone could install downloaded APKs, or none of them could do this. Android 8.0 has been updated to allow installation options for each application. Of course, it is safer, but also somewhat more difficult to manage.
Now, when you download or access the APK to install it, the smartphone will display an error message and send you to the menu to change the settings. You can find this menu in Applications and Notifications> Special Access> Installing Unknown Applications. Applications that tried to open the apk will appear here. For each there is a settings screen where you can switch unknown sources and turn them off. If you are not going to install the APK from the app, be sure to leave the settings turned off. This will prevent the applications from being secretively installed by APK applications and will not allow hackers to get to your smartphone.
Configure notifications in Android Oreo
Another change in Oreo that is worth knowing about is what concerns the so-called channels and notification points. If you want to protect yourself from excessive noise, you will need tips on how to configure them.
When an application has an unread notification, a colored dot appears on its icon. Long press – and the notification appears in a pop-up window in addition to the notification panel.
Not everyone will like this duplication and additional mess on the desktop. Therefore, points can be forcibly disabled. To do this, open Applications and Notifications> Application Details> [Application Name]> Application Notifications in Settings. Leave the switch for the notification icon turned off, and the dots will never disturb you again.
You can manage and notification channels. When the notification comes, you can move it to the right or left and access the settings. They can disable the channel through which this notification came, or click on All categories to open the application notification menu.
For each channel there is a switch, as well as settings for importance and sound. You can flexibly customize which applications have the ability to bother you, and which ones should be banned. It is important to note that these settings are only available for applications optimized for Android 8.0.