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Android P feature spotlight: Battery saver gets renamed several times, and it can be scheduled for anywhere between 5% and 70%

Android P feature spotlight: Battery saver gets renamed several times, and it can be scheduled for anywhere between 5% and 70%

We already posted about battery saving mode no longer using flashy orange bars in Android P, but there's more to it than that. It also seems to be having an identity crisis with a total of three different names being used for it, and it's now adjustable to activate from anywhere between 5% and 70%.

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Android P feature spotlight: Up to 5 Bluetooth audio devices can be connected simultaneously via a new developer option

Android P feature spotlight: Up to 5 Bluetooth audio devices can be connected simultaneously via a new developer option

In Android 8.1 Oreo, the maximum number of Bluetooth audio devices that you can have connected at one time is two: one for call audio, and one for media. But in Android P, there's a new developer option that allows for up to five --- yes, five --- of your Bluetooth audio devices to be connected to one phone simultaneously.

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Android P feature spotlight: App info gets changed up, with 'Force stop' and app version now hidden away

Android P feature spotlight: App info gets changed up, with 'Force stop' and app version now hidden away

Android P has already brought a lot of changes, including in the settings arena. But things in each application's 'App info' have changed slightly as well; the 'force stop' button and version number have been hidden, though they're luckily still accessible with an additional tap.

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Android P feature spotlight: The text selection popup gets a slight redesign, including no more all-caps and more buttons

Android P feature spotlight: The text selection popup gets a slight redesign, including no more all-caps and more buttons

We've had a solid day of almost nothing but Android P feature spotlights, but they're still not finished. We legitimately weren't expecting this many new things in this developer preview. On top of all of the features already discussed, Android P introduces a revised text selection popup, though it's nothing groundbreaking.

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Android P feature spotlight: Volume buttons change media volume by default instead of the ringer

Android P feature spotlight: Volume buttons change media volume by default instead of the ringer

Android's separate volumes for media, calls, and alarms can be great in some situations and terrible in others. I'm sure many of you have tried to preemptively turn down the volume as a YouTube video is loading, only to set your phone to vibrate and have the video play at full volume anyways. Nine years after Android was first released, this problem has finally been solved.

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Android P feature spotlight: Here are some sweet new transition animations

Android P feature spotlight: Here are some sweet new transition animations

I'm a sucker for animations. Objectively speaking, they don't add any functionality (some might even say that incessant animations make tasks slower and end up actually reducing productivity), but I still can't get enough of them. Fortunately for me and for any other animation fans out there, Android P has a couple of new transition animations that look pretty dope.

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Android P feature spotlight: Do not disturb settings have been simplified down to a single mode

Android P feature spotlight: Do not disturb settings have been simplified down to a single mode

Android's "Do not disturb" setting has an incredible degree of flexibility, but as of the recent Developer Preview, it looks like it may be simplified a bit going forward. In our hands-on time today with Android P, we have discovered that the Do not disturb setting, and its various modes, has been reduced to a single toggle accessible only via quick settings. Gone are the old "Total silence," "Alarms only," and "Priority only" modes. 

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Android P feature spotlight: Quick setting toggles are no longer expandable

Android P feature spotlight: Quick setting toggles are no longer expandable

By now, most of you are probably used to expanding your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth quick settings by tapping the text underneath the icon. From there, you can easily select which Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device you'd like to connect to. Well too bad, because Google is taking that ability away from us in Android P.

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Android P feature spotlight: Unlock pattern now fades out as you swipe

Android P feature spotlight: Unlock pattern now fades out as you swipe

Android has supported pattern unlock since time immemorial, but the look of the pattern has changed over time. It started off huge and garish, but now it's more minimalist. The overall vibe hasn't changed in Android P, but there is one notable alteration to pattern unlock: the path fades away as you swipe.

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Android P feature spotlight: Battery Saver no longer turns the navigation and status bars orange

Android P feature spotlight: Battery Saver no longer turns the navigation and status bars orange

We've got some big news: Battery Saver mode no longer forces you to stare at those giant orange bars on the top and bottom of your screen. These orange bars were first introduced about 3.5 years ago in Android 5.0 Lollipop, likely to let people know that the Battery Saver was on, but Google has decided to remove them for some reason. At least your screen won't hurt your eyes when you're trying to save some battery anymore, right?

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