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OnePlus just upped the ambient display ante with OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 for OP8 phones

OnePlus just upped the ambient display ante with OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 for OP8 phones

Google may have set the pace in releasing a stable version of Android 11 for its phones earlier this month, but OnePlus isn't far behind. After debuting Open Beta 1 for OxygenOS 11 on September 8, the company is already pushing out Open Beta 2 to devices in the OnePlus 8 family. The new update fixes bugs and improves stability, but it also introduces a new feature that takes ambient display to the next level aesthetically.

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Digital Wellbeing's bedtime mode tests disabling always-on display

Digital Wellbeing's bedtime mode tests disabling always-on display

Google made some changes to how Digital Wellbeing's "bedtime mode" works back in April, renaming it from Wind Down and adding a "while charging at bedtime" setting. But the company is not done tweaking things, as we've spotted a few new changes, like the option to turn off the always-on display in bedtime mode, and some tweaks to the "while charging at bedtime" notification.

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Always-on display for OnePlus phones could look something like this

Always-on display for OnePlus phones could look something like this

Recent OnePlus phones have largely closed the gap with mainstream flagships by adding widely-requested features like wireless charging and an IP rating, but there’s still room for improvement. An always-on display setting is perhaps the most sought-after software feature, and it even topped OnePlus’s crowdsourced suggestions for OxygenOS, following which, the company decided to greenlight it. With the IDEAS campaign coming to an end, OnePlus has shared a timeline for AOD’s projected arrival.

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This app lets you (sort of) add a notification LED to the OnePlus 8

This app lets you (sort of) add a notification LED to the OnePlus 8

Shrinking screen bezels have played a big role in the disappearance of the subtly breathing notification LED from our modern phones. An always-on display is a fine middle ground that lets you stay on top of your notifications right from the lock screen, but OnePlus hasn’t been able to perfect it for general availability. While you wait for the feature to see the light of day, the only way to get a notification indicator (well, kind of) on your OnePlus 8 right now is through the aodNotify app, but it brings along with some unwelcome implications.

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Always-on display finally coming to OnePlus phones

Always-on display finally coming to OnePlus phones

Although the company has been teasing us with the idea for almost a year now, OnePlus has just announced that a much-requested always-on display feature is coming. The company says that the feature is "on our roadmap" and being fine-tuned following widespread requests via the new IDEAS platform, but there's still no date attached to the promise.

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Seven features we want to see OnePlus add to OxygenOS

Seven features we want to see OnePlus add to OxygenOS

The lightly tweaked version of Android that OnePlus phones use, called OxygenOS, has some pretty big advantages going for it. There are even things about it that we'd like to see make their way to stock Android. But there's always room for improvement, and we've got a (slightly larger) wishlist of changes that we think could make it even better.

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(Update: Official) Google Assistant Ambient Mode arrives on more phones, brings smart display features

(Update: Official) Google Assistant Ambient Mode arrives on more phones, brings smart display features

When Google first introduced the Google Assistant Ambient Mode, it was initially limited to smart displays. Then at IFA 2019, Google introduced a version for portable devices, such as tablets and phones, turning them into something like a Google Nest Hub when they're docked or being charged. After being initially available for only a handful of tablets and phones, the Assistant ambient mode is starting to roll out to more phones. 

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Fitbit OS 4.1 brings smart wake to older smartwatches, better heart-rate measuring for Versa 2

Fitbit OS 4.1 brings smart wake to older smartwatches, better heart-rate measuring for Versa 2

In time for the holiday season, Fitbit is updating a whole bunch of software and services in the hopes of getting everyone excited and resolved for a healthier 2020 — just as it hopes Google ownership will improve its stance in the fitness tech marketplace. Fitbit OS 4.1 will be rolling out some features originally exclusive to the Versa 2 to other smartwatches while Fitbit Premium will be adopting more special routines to inspire some better habits.

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It's 2019, and some Wear OS watches still haven't figured out daylight savings

It's 2019, and some Wear OS watches still haven't figured out daylight savings

Google may have just purchased Fitbit, but it still has a wearable platform of its own to take care of — Wear OS. Despite its wide array of capabilities that go beyond merely displaying the correct time, that function remains the main utility of a device strapped to your wrist. It's sad to see that during the switch to standard time, some watches' always-on displays kept showing daylight saving hours.

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How to keep the Pixel 4's Always-on Display always on

How to keep the Pixel 4's Always-on Display always on

With the Pixel 4 finally shipping to users and reaching more and more hands, we're starting to get wind of a few quirks we didn't expect. Due to the new Soli radar chip, some features you may have grown accustomed to might behave differently, like lockscreen notifications being hidden and the Always-on display automatically turning off after about 30 seconds.

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