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What is Screen Attention, AKA Adaptive Sleep?

There are many features that OEMs create on their own that eventually make their way into the core Android OS. Samsung has been responsible for many of them & the release of Android 10 adds one that’s similar to Smart Stay. Google calls this Screen Attention in its Pixel devices but developers will likely know it as Adaptive …

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How to Display the Battery Percentage in the Notification Shade?

A surprising number of companies have already pushed out its first OTA update to Android 10. We usually don’t see a wave like this until much closer to the holiday season. This update now shows you the device’s estimated battery life left instead of the battery percentage but I can show you how to change it back. I …

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How to Align Hole Punch Wallpapers Perfectly

You’ve probably seen dozens of different wallpapers that were made specifically with devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series in mind. They used the front-facing camera cutout when creating wallpapers and this spawned multiple communities around it. These wallpapers don’t always align perfectly though but we can fix this so they look perfect on your phone. …

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What are App Shortcuts?

What are App Shortcuts?

Over the last few years, major Android updates have focused on hardened security and improving the overall user experience. Android 7 Nougat went public in August of 2016 and was quickly updated just two months later. However, it was the third Nougat update that introduced App Shortcuts so I want to explain this is and how it can …

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How to Change the Current Active Partition Slot?

Some of my more recent tutorials have centered around Android’s Seamless System Update feature. This feature requires the smartphone or tablet to have dual partition slots (slot A and slot B) so it can switch between the two during updates. However, we can use this system to our advantage and manually switch slots ourselves using a Fastboot command. …

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How to Check if You’re on Partition Slot A or Slot B?

With the introduction of Android 8.0, Google included a new partition system for the operating system. Instead of having one set of partitions for the OS, the OEM could implement 2. It can be very useful to know if partition slot A or slot B is currently active and you can learn how to check by using this …

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How to Move the Status Bar Clock to the Right in Android 9 Pie

With the release of Android 9.0 Pie, Google shifted the clock in the Status Bar from the top right corner of the screen to the top left. If you’re not a fan of this then rest assured knowing there’s a way that you can move it back. It requires root access and Substratum, but it’s very easy to …

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How to Activate Google Assistant in Android Q With Full Navigation Gestures Enabled

The release of Pie, we saw a new navigation system added to the core AOSP version of Android. Google is trying something different with Android Q beta 3 by adding a new, gesture navigation option. However, this feature changes how to activate Google Assistant. So let me show you how to trigger it with the new navigation gestures …

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Deep Press Explained

What is Deep Press?

There are a number of ways to interact with UI elements on an Android device. The most common ones are tapping, swiping and long pressing but some smartphones have more. Apple made this feature popular on iOS and called it Force Touch (or 3D Touch) but Deep Press is the official name of the feature on Android. Apple …

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Scoped Storage Explained

What is Scoped Storage?

Securing data as well as your privacy seems to be a theme with the upcoming release (as of writing this) of Android 10. Restricting your location data is one way Google is doing this and securing your stored data is another. The company is calling this Scoped Storage and this is what will be changing in the future. …

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How to Get Rid of the App is Using Battery Notification

Android 8.0 Oreo introduced a way for our smartphones to monitor how much battery an application uses and then alerts us about excessive use. The thing is, Android doesn’t let us just swipe away this notification as easy as other notifications but we can still hide it from appearing.

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How to Change the Google Assistant Voice

At Google I/O 2018 we learned that the company is planning to add a number of new voices to Google Assistant. We weren’t told exactly when the new voices were rolling out but some people are seeing it in the application already and these steps show you how to switch to a different one.

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