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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Android System notifications have a new Oreo icon

Android 8.1 has quite a few minor changes, ranging from a new easter egg to the new dimming navigation bar. Another small tweak is the icon for Android System notifications, which are used to display messages about updates, debugging, and other similar functions.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: A new Oreo Easter egg appears (in Double Stuf form?), but the octopus remains

Android Oreo marks the second time that Google's struck a brand deal with a candy company to name the newest version of Android, and Google isn't going to let that go to waste. 8.1 Oreo brings a new Easter egg of - you guessed it - an Oreo, but it retains the freaky movable octopus as well.

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[Update: Dimming is system-wide] Android 8.1 feature spotlight: Settings now has a colored navigation bar that dims

The Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview dropped today, and with it come some new features that we've been discovering. One of the more prominent changes we've spotted so far is to the navigation bar while it's in the Settings app. On both Pixel and Nexus devices, the soft keys get a few aesthetic tweaks that modernize the software's look just a little bit.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: The new power menu design comes to all, complete with weird bug report button

Google is rolling out a dev preview for Android 8.1 today, and already we're noticing some tweaks from the Pixel 2 appearing in the new build for everyone to enjoy. Case in point, the Pixel 2's unusual power menu redesign is in the developer preview, indicating it'll come to all devices with Android 8.1. Google even kept the somewhat busted bug report button.

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Decap Attack Classic is the latest SEGA Forever title to release on the Play Store

Sega's latest SEGA Forever release is a moderately unknown title and something of a hidden gem from the Genesis library. It is called Decap Attack Classic, and it is a classic 2-D sidescrolling platformer from the 16-bit age. You play the part of a headless mummy named Chuck D. Head, and it is your job to take on the underworld demon Max D. Cap. Despite the silly puns, this is a competent platformer that Sega has seen fit to release on Android. But the question remains, has it held up?

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How Oreo's color profiles work on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL

This is a guest post from developer Carlos Lopez, also known as ShortFuse. He’s the developer of SuperOneClick and Fusion.

With the Pixel 2's release, it seems many Android fans have their pitchforks in hand, and it's the display that's the target of their criticism. Owners of the 2 XL have noticed color shifting at an angle or laggy pixel response, which causes a "jelly-like" effect. Another complaint, which will be the focus of this article, is what some have called "muted colors." At first glance, it seems like the Pixel 2 isn’t capable of showing as many colors as other OLED devices, but this isn’t true—the colors are intentionally “muted” and locked via software.

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Google announces Android 8.1 developer preview, final release planned for December

Google launched the new Pixel phones with Android 8.0, which is what last year's Pixel's have been running since the update. A new version of Oreo is on the way, though, and you can try it right now. Google has launched a developer preview for Android 8.1. As usual, it's supported on recent Google devices and can be installed in two ways.

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G Suite launches Gmail Add-ons for integrating popular third-party apps

G Suite update season is fully upon us, so it seems. First, we got the long-awaited material redesign of Google Calendar, which is available to everyone now that it meets the needs of Google's most important G-Suite customers. Next up, it's Gmail's turn, and although its own makeover is not yet ready, add-ons are being introduced that allow you to integrate third-party apps and increase productivity without needing to leave Google's email client.

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Engage in real-time interstellar warfare with Battlevoid: Sector Siege from Bugbyte

There is a dearth of full-featured real-time strategy games on Android, but Bugbyte has been offering some of the few good ones with its Battlevoid series. The last title, Battlevoid: Harbinger, launched on Android a few years ago. Now, it's time for an even deeper and more engaging RTS experience with Battlevoid: Sector Siege. It's available today in the Play Store.

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Team 17's 'Sheltered' just came out of hiding and has clawed its way onto the Play Store

Team 17 just released their base-building strategy survival game Sheltered on the Play Store. It is a port of the PC and console releases, and it retains everything those titles contain including a premium price point. The gist of the game has you protecting 4 family members in a post-apocalyptic world by venturing into an unsafe land in order to provide for your family. You can pick it up today for $3.99.

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