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Android P can turn off Wi-Fi hotspot automatically if no devices are connected

Android P can turn off Wi-Fi hotspot automatically if no devices are connected

Android P will come packing so many new features that it’s hard to keep up with what’s changed. One helpful function that slipped under our radar is the ability to have your Wi-Fi hotspot turned off automatically when no devices are connected.

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Here are some more minor Android P DP3 changes you may have missed

Here are some more minor Android P DP3 changes you may have missed

Since Android P's inception, we've written over 100 feature spotlight posts about various new changes Google has added in. Even in its third developer preview, lots of changes are still being added, but some are so minor they don't really warrant their own posts. However, if you like nitpicking every little thing like many of us, this might be the post for you.

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Pixel Launcher to get manual dark and light theme toggle in upcoming Android release

Pixel Launcher to get manual dark and light theme toggle in upcoming Android release

With the Pixel 2 release, Google enabled an automatic dark theme in the Pixel Launcher and quick settings. This was a bit of a half measure seeing as everyone has been begging Google for a dark system theme for years. Annoyingly, if you had a preference for the dark or light theme, you couldn't manually select it. That will change soon—possibly in the next Android P build.

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Google updates Wear OS developer preview to restore background jobs and alarms

Google updates Wear OS developer preview to restore background jobs and alarms

We did not learn much about the future of Wear OS at Google I/O this year despite the company putting on a "what's new in Wear OS" session. One of the few truly new things discussed in that talk was the team's new focus on battery life in Android P. Now, Google is rolling back the battery-saving features in the developer preview following a flurry of developer feedback.

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Android P DP3 simplifies Do Not Disturb settings, includes notification/popup to warn you of changes

Android P DP3 simplifies Do Not Disturb settings, includes notification/popup to warn you of changes

Do Not Disturb mode is an increasingly vital part of the Android OS as far as I'm concerned. Advanced "digital wellbeing" features are all well and good, but the simplicity of being able to tell my phone to shut up for a little while is something I'm using more and more. It seems that every new version of Android alters how DND works — sometimes for the better, sometimes worse. Google has made significant changes to DND in each Developer Preview of Android P, and the latest beta makes further alterations and includes a new notification to warn you of certain differences.

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Sony offers Android P Beta 2 for Xperia XZ2 devices

Sony offers Android P Beta 2 for Xperia XZ2 devices

Just a few weeks after launching its Android P testing program for Xperia XZ2 devices, Sony has made the second beta available to download. It's available over-the-air for those already running Android P Beta 1, and it comes with a whole bunch of big fixes.

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[Update: Full downloads posted] Android P Beta 1 rolling out to Essential Phone

[Update: Full downloads posted] Android P Beta 1 rolling out to Essential Phone

Essential may have run into a few recent issues, but the company remains committed to updating its devices. Case in point: Essential's latest Android P update is rolling out now, bringing the titanium and ceramic-framed notch the company's latest Android P Beta 1.

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Android P DP3 brings the home screen rotation toggle back

Android P DP3 brings the home screen rotation toggle back

When Android P DP2 debuted, we posted about a new rotation icon that showed up when the phone is rotated with auto-rotate off, but neglected to mention that the 'Allow Home screen rotation' toggle in the Pixel Launcher had disappeared. If you were confused by that, you'll be pleased to know that DP3 has brought that toggle back.

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Android P DP3 slightly changes the position of the date in the notification panel

Android P DP3 slightly changes the position of the date in the notification panel

Android P's third developer preview landed yesterday, and we're still finding new changes. This one's pretty minor, but since we all love nitpicking over tiny details that the average consumer will never notice, here it is: the date has been moved from the right of the clock to below the clock. Huge news, we know.

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Android P DP3 makes app drawer and Google Feed backgrounds much darker

Android P DP3 makes app drawer and Google Feed backgrounds much darker

With the Pixel 2, Google introduced automatic dark/light themes dependent on your wallpaper. It was a short-lived exclusive, making its way to Android 8.1 just days later. It hasn't even been a year since then, but Google is already changing the themes' behavior slightly — for the better, in my opinion.

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