Google’s most advanced Android 8.0 update is still a few months away, whereas the Android O Beta’s have had only available for Nexus and Pixels devices for a while now. However, most of the Android users are eagerly waiting for the final version of Android 8 update; here are various techniques to get Android O features on any Android device.
Google smashed the Android O update with a number of new amazing features. Well, the Notification Dots and Picture-in-Picture mode features manage to get everyone’s eyeball. The Notification Dots feature shows the small dots on the apps when you get a notification, and the picture-in-picture mode lets you play a YouTube video while doing another task. If you are dying to get a test-drive of Android O, then here are some apps allow you get Android O features on any Android phone right now.
How to Get Android O Features on Any Android Device
- Android O Launcher
- Notification Dots
- Picture-in-Picture mode
- Android O Wallpaper
- Fingerprint Gestures
- Snooze Notifications
- Customizing Navigation Bar
- Enable/Disable WiFi Automatically
- Android O Revamped Emojis
- Customize Lock Screen Shortcuts
- Android O Theme
#1. Android O Launcher
Google uses the same launcher in Android O which was already used in Pixel device last year. If you keenly wanted to experience the Android 8 features, then you can download and install Android O Pixel launcher for your Android device. You can also download the Nova launcher from the Google Play Store to enjoy the Android 8.0 feature on your device. You can customize settings in the Nova Launcher as per your desire.
#2. Notification Dots
Notification Dots is one of the coolest features in Android O update. You will get the small spots alert on the app that you have received a notification. The color of the dots is changed according to the app logo to make it more attractive and natural. When you long-press on that dot, you will get a short preview of the notifications.
If you want the Notification Dots to feature on your current Android device, you will have to buy the Prime version of Nova launcher as the costs of $4.99. If you have installed this app on your Android device then you need to enable Notification Dots by heading to Nova Settings → Notification badges → Dots → Select position. From now, you will get notifications as colored dots on respective apps.
#3. Picture-in-Picture mode
The picture-in-picture mode is the special feature in the latest Android operating system. It allows you to do multiple tasks at the same time. You can watch videos while doing another task. As for now, the feature only supported for YouTube and Google Duo, other apps will soon support this mode.
If you want the Picture-in-Picture mode on your current device, then you can download the Video Popup Player Floating app from the Google Play Store. You will be able to play any video in popup from internal and external memory while doing other tasks. If you are a YouTube lover, then you still have an option to perform multiple tasks at the same time by downloading Float Tube Video Player app.
#4. Android O Wallpaper
Whenever Google releases a new update, they introduced new default wallpapers. This year, Android O brings new beautiful space wallpaper. If you wish to get the gorgeous heaven body Android O wallpaper on your device then you can simply download the wallpaper from this Google Drive Folder. You can also download thousands of coolest wallpaper from Google via this Wallpaper app.
#5. Fingerprint Gestures
Google’s Android O comes with the Fingerprint Sensor Gestures which firstly introduced in Pixel and then expand to Nexus. Finally, the amazing feature will include in the new Android 8.0. You can use this feature to manage your device using gesture like single tap, double tap or scroll. Well, we are still far away from the final version of the Android O. But, you still have a chance to use the Fingerprint Gestures feature on your Android device just like Android 8.0. For that, you will have to download the Fingerprint Gestures app from the Google Play Store.
#6. Snooze Notifications
The Snooze Notifications feature of Android O lets you skip the notifications for the time being and get it after a set interval of time. This feature will help you when you do not have time to read the notifications. Well, it would be better to get the feature now with third party apps rather than long wait for the final update.
To get the Snooze Notifications feature of the Android O on your device, download the Notif Log Notification app from the Google Play Store. Once you have downloaded the app, go to the overflow menu by tapping on the three dots at the top right corner of the app and enable the “Show Floatie.” You can access the app’s notification by pulling down from the upper right corner of the screen. Here you can swipe left on any notification to snooze and swipe right to dismiss it.
#6. Customizing Navigation Bar
The Customizing Navigation Bar is one of the beneficial functions on the Android O. It lets you customize navigation bar by adding buttons. So that you can easily add extra apps button on the left and right of the traditional on-screen navigation buttons.
If you want to customize your navigation bar, then you can download Custom Navigation Bar app from Google Play Store. Once you installed successfully, go to your device’s Settings → Developer Option → USB/Android debugging and turn on it. After enabling USB/Android debugging, you need to follow this steps:
Step #1. Download and install ADB driver on your PC.
Step #2. Connect your Android device to your computer.
Step #3. Open Custom Navigation Bar app on your phone and tap on Get Started.
Step #4. Tap on Copy Command.
Step #5. Next, open Command Prompt on Windows and Terminal on Mac and type “ADB Shell.”
Step #6. Now, you can paste the copies command or type this:
pm grant xyz.paphonb.systemuituner
Step #7. Now your device’s screen should turn yellow to green; then you will need to tap on the arrow button at the right button and then tap on Start.
Step #8. Open app → Navigation bar → change the type under “Extra left button” or “Extra right button.”
#7. Enable/Disable WiFi Automatically
Always turn on Wi-Fi can drain your device’s battery life, and that’s why Google is working on to introduced automatic Wi-Fi turn on and off in the Android O update. The new automatic Wi-Fi feature can turn on your Wi-Fi network automatic when you are in a strong ranged save the network. Furthermore, it can turn off your Wi-Fi when you out of range from the saved network. Luckily, you can get this feature by downloading the Smart WiFi Toggler app from Google Play Store.
#8. Android O Revamped Emojis
Google has been using some odd blob-shaped emojis for many years. Finally, Android O brings some round-shaped emojis which looks better than earlier one. Anyhow, if you want the new Android O revamped emojis on your existing Android device then you will have to follow XDA Developers tutorial. Make sure that you have rooted Android device. You will get the zip, and you need to flash it from your custom recovery.
#9. Customize Lock Screen Shortcuts
Earlier in Android 7, you could not add any other app shortcuts on the left and right side of the lock screen. But, with the Android O update; you will be able to add some more app shortcuts instead of dialer and camera apps. If you want to customize lock screen shortcuts on your Android phone, then can download the Next Lock Screen third party app from Google Play Store.
After successful installation of the app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap on “Pick your shortcuts.” Here you can select apps to add it on your lock screen; you can choose 5-10 apps. After selection of the apps, your final step is hit the Done. If you do not like the lock screen app then there some best Android lock screen apps available in a market, you can choose as per your choice.
#10. Android O Theme
If you want to experience Android O like feel on your current Android device, then you can have the option. Make sure that you have rooted Android device. Firstly, install the substratum theme engine and open app, go to themes section and search for Android O theme. It will cost you only $1. You can change the color and layout of settings, quick setting, keyboard, contacts and more with this app.
This is how you can get Android O features on your Android smartphone. Well, it would be better to get the Android 8.0 feels than nothing. Most of the Android devices would get the Android O update by the end of this year or maybe next, who knows? If you have gotten you the hand with Android O feature via following these tips, then let me know your experience in the comments.