Essential Phone gets Android 8.1 Oreo update with better multitasking, improved notifications and more

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Essential today announced that it is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to its Essential PH-1. Back in January, the company announced that it will skip the 8.0 update for 8.1 and just as it promised it is now rolling to users. The update brings increased performance, better battery life, stronger security, and more, and Oreo features.  The Oreo 8.1 update brings picture-in-picture mode, so now you can watch videos while using Maps navigation. The notification shade now gets a new look, and it will now take either light or dark look depending on your wallpaper. The phone also gets 60 new rounder, more detailed, more expressive emojis. Android 8.1 for PH-1 brings notification dots, and they appear on an app when you have a new or missed notification. [HTML1] Furthermore, persistent notifications are now bigger or smaller depending on the app, and now you can snooze a notification for up to two hours and adjust its priority. Since the icons are now adaptive, you can change the shape of your app icons without having to download a launcher and various icon packs. Smart text selection brings intelligent to your copy and paste. Other feature lists include instant Apps, dynamic calendar and clock icons, and an apparent …
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New Nokia 5 Oreo beta build fixes multitasking issue

HMD Global launched an Oreo beta program for the Nokia 5 earlier this month. And now, a new beta build has started rolling out. The update arrives as build version V5.160 and weighs in at around 1,694MB. Not much is known about what all changes are included in the new build compared to the previous one. However, reports say it does fix a multitasking-related bug that wasn’t addressed in the first beta build. The final Oreo release for the device is expected to arrive sometime next month. Via – Latest articles

Apple will bring back iPhone’s 3D Touch multitasking gesture in future iOS 11 update

Apple executive Craig Federighi has apparently confirmed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for the iPhone that was removed in iOS 11.0 will be returning in an upcoming software update. The gesture was a quick way of getting to the multitasking screen, and required just a firm press on the left edge of the screen and a flick right to bring up the app switcher.

According to an email published by MacRumors, Federighi said that Apple had to temporarily pull the useful shortcut “due to a technical constraint.” Apparently the company has now managed to overcome that issue and restore it, with Federighi promising “we will be bringing it back in an upcoming iOS 11.x update.”

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Multitasking CTO Heather Wilde: Making the World More Like Star Trek Than Skynet

“I care about helping more women get into technology, so I spend a lot of time teaching girls from sixth grade to high school so that they’re more educated about STEM fields,” said CTO Heather Wilde. “I’m also chair of the engineering school’s advisory board at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to help steer the school toward new directions. One of the subcommittees is working with the Solar Decathlon, which is a government project that runs every four years, and students around the world compete to create a house of the future.”

Video: Take a closer look at Apple’s new iPad multitasking features in iOS 11

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Apple’s iPad will become more powerful and capable than ever with this fall’s launch of iOS 11, particularly with new multitasking features that make it easier than ever to run multiple apps at once. AppleInsider offers a closer look on how it all works.
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Inside iOS 11: Run four iPad apps on screen at once with Apple’s newly expanded multitasking

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Multitasking capabilities on the iPad will go up to 11 (or, to be more exact, four) in the next major update to iOS coming this fall, giving users the power to run more apps onscreen at once than ever before.
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Apple’s iPad to get bigger dock, Files app, drag-and-drop & easier multitasking in iOS 11

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In announcing iOS 11 on Monday, Apple revealed a host of new iPad-oriented changes, including a special dock, a new Files app, drag-and-drop support and more.
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WWDC 2017: iOS 11 Brings Dock and New Multitasking to iPad

Apple has announced a major update for iOS 11 on iPad. The big new feature is the dock at the bottom of the screen. Much like OS X, it now has spaces for many, many apps. You can call up the dock from anywhere, and access the app switcher from anywhere, with spaces being preserved: a space in split view with two apps can now be switched to that space. It’s also possible to drag apps from the dock and use them as multitasking. Files can be dragged and dropped between apps, and a Files app will be available, including cloud storage support from third-party providers.

Useful new markup features are coming to iPads, including when you take screenshots. Document scanning will be a built-in feature in iOS 11 for iPads.

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