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Tasker can hide Android Oreo's 'App is running in the background' notifications, root not required

One of Android Oreo's many new features is a persistent notification for each app that runs in the background. While this is certainly helpful for the average person, it can get old quick for power users that frequently run applications like Tasker and LastPass. If the messages really get on your nerves, you can now use Tasker and the Notification Listener plugin to hide them.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Redesigned Wi-Fi info screen now shows Sign In button for public networks

Wi-Fi networks that use Captive portals (like a Sign In page) can be a real headache. You connect to them, and then try to figure out why nothing is loading, and finally Android shows the 'Sign in to network' popup. Starting with Android O, the Settings app makes it more obvious that you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

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Google uploads Android O emoji to GitHub under Apache license

I'm personally not a huge fan of Android O's updated set of emoji, and judging by our poll from last month, neither are many of you. But in case you ever want to use them in your own projects, Google has uploaded all of them to GitHub.

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Connect Watch is the first device to be built for AsteroidOS

Late last year, we learned of a fledgling indie wearable OS that could run on Android Wear devices. The open source, Linux-based AsteroidOS is built by French developer Florent Revest and was compatible with several watches at launch, including LG's G Watch and Urbane, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and the Sony Smartwatch 3. The OS is now taking its next step, as Connect Watch has revealed the first watch to be built specifically to run AsteroidOS.

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[Update: Rolling out now] Motorola appears poised to finally update the Moto 360 Sport to Android Wear 2.0

A lot of things have changed over at Moto following the takeover by Lenovo. For instance, the phones are modular and the watches are... nonexistent. The company still supports the older wearables, although owners of the Moto 360 Sport might disagree there. They've been waiting on an update to Android Wear 2.0 for ages, but it looks like the OTA is finally about to roll out.

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Developer discovers how to turn on Android 8.0's theme support without root, but it's a bit janky

Big news today over on XDA. It would appear that the OMS support added to AOSP made its way into Android 8.0 Oreo, and the enterprising developers at XDA have figured out how to leverage the nascent theming system. That is to say, support for Substratum themes now exists in stock Android as of Oreo, and the Substratum developers have just found a way to leverage that without relying on root, via a bit of privilege escalation and ADB, resulting in an incoming root-less theme management system for phones on stock Oreo, and it could be released within the next week.

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Inability to add contacts to home screen in Oreo fixed with Google Contacts v2.1.3 [APK Download]

Perhaps you like to put contact shortcuts on your home screen. Well, Android 8.0 doesn't. If you try to add a contact shortcut via the widget menu, the home screen just refreshes itself without adding the icon. Boo. There's now a new version of the Contacts app that fixes that. Yay.

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The Do Not Disturb toggle is invisible in Android Oreo's volume controls

Google had several months and four developer previews to get all the kinks worked out of Android 8.0 before rolling out the final build. Still, you can't catch every little thing. One of those "little things" is a toggle for Do Not Disturb mode that's completely invisible. Oh, it still works, but only if you know it's there.

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HTC promises Android 8.0 updates for the U11, U Ultra, and HTC 10

Google has made Android 8.0 Oreo official, and some Pixel and Nexus phones have already gotten the OTA. So, the time has come for OEMs to make vague promises about updating their existing hardware to Android 8.0. First up is HTC, which has said on Twitter the Android 8.0 update is coming to the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10.

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Emojipedia now lists all the new and changed emoji in Android 8.0 Oreo

Contrary to all logic and reason, emoji are a big deal on smartphones and people care what they look like. For example, I and many others loved the Google blob emoji, but Android 8.0 killed the blobs. The scale of this unspeakable crime is laid bare by Emojipedia in its comprehensive Oreo changelog.

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