Icon inconsistencies fixed] Nova Launcher beta 5.5 finally brings adaptive icons support

One thing’s sure, TeslaCoil Software is incredibly prolific. Hot on the heels of the recent Sesame Shortcuts, Nova Launcher has just added one more awesome feature: adaptive icons. V5.5-beta1 of the popular launcher allows those of us still waiting for Android 8.0 Oreo to enjoy a little taste of adaptive icons a bit early.

There are a few caveats. You’ll need to be running Android Lollipop 5.0 or later, and some icons use assets that will specifically require Android Nougat 7.0+. There are also some known problems right now, like dynamic calendar icons wonk out, and apps that use drawable aliases to support adaptive icons don’t work (yet).

  

Adaptive icons set to round, rounded square, and forced round

It also doesn’t bring a whole lot of consistency, but that’s mostly because so many apps don’t yet have support for adaptive icons. Thankfully, this beta includes support for a forced mode that automatically scales and shapes legacy icons, too.

It’s disabled by default because it can bug out a bit — round icons inside round icons, that sort of thing — so you’ll have to choose between potential iconception or apps that don’t yet work with adaptive icons. It even adds some nice background accent colors, too.

Once you have the update installed, to enable the option just head to Look & feel in Nova’s settings and enable the Adaptive Icons toggle. Under Adaptive Icon Shape, you can select exactly how you’d like your icons to look, and the Mask legacy icons toggle allows you to forcibly enable the icon shape, even on unsupported applications.

The full changelog:

5.5-beta1 Sep 10, 2017

-Adaptive icons for Android 5.0+
-Use and control the style of adaptive icons from apps that support them
-Scale and reshape legacy/existing icons to match the adaptive style
-Minor fixes

The beta was only just released so it might take a bit for the update to show up on the Play Store. If you’d like to give it a try, you’ll need to opt-in to the beta (if you haven’t already), and wait for the 5.5-beta1 update to land. If you can’t wait for the update to hit on Google Play, you can also download it over on APK Mirror.

Motorola releases list of devices that will get Android Oreo

Now that Android 8.0 Oreo is out in the wild for Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices, now the attention turns to Android manufacturers to see what devices will get the update and the speed at which they receive the updates. Motorola is one such manufacturer, and with a slew of Android devices under its belt, it’s time to take a look at which will get Oreo.

Taking a look at the list, the more notable omissions are the Moto G4 Play, Moto G4, and Moto G4 Plus, all three of which were released in 2016. Even though they were all upgraded to Nougat, it looks as if that will be the last major Android update they will receive, which is a bit of a letdown but something that has become a trend with budget smartphones.

Also of note is some of the language Motorola uses with certain devices, whose Oreo updates are “pending partner support.” Keep in mind that, even though Motorola is behind the updates, the carriers are the ones that push them out, unless the device is unlocked. As such, you should also pay attention to your carrier if you have any of the Z-branded phones, since they are the ones who set the update timetable for their phones.

Finally, the list does not include the upcoming Moto X4, which looks to be the first Android One phone to launch in the US. Then again, the Moto X4 isn’t even available for purchase in the country or around the world yet, so keep your fingers crossed that an update to Oreo is in the works.

You can see the full list of Motorola devices getting the Oreo update below:

  • Moto Z2 Force – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon
  • Moto Z2 Play – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto Z Force – Verizon
  • Moto Z – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto Z Play – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto G5S Plus – unlocked
  • Moto G5 Plus – unlocked
  • Moto G5 – unlocked

Do you think Motorola has dropped the ball when it comes to the lack of an Oreo update for the Moto G4 family? How long do you think it will take these phones to receive the Oreo update? Let us know in the comments!

Android Nougat Now Running on 15.8 Percent of Active Devices, Oreo Not on Chart: Google

While all the news this week is revolving around Apple and the buzz it created around the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, Google has released its Android platform distribution chart for the month of September. The chart shows that Android Nougat continuing to gain market share, with its presence now on almost 15.8 percent active devices. However, the latest Android Oreo version could not find its place in the chart for the same month – notably, Android versions with less than 0.1 percent share of active devices aren’t listed, implying Oreo is currently on fewer than those many devices.

In June this year, the Android Nougat version was found running on 10 percent of active devices. Then in July and August, Android Nougat reached 10.6 percent and 13.5 percent respectively. The total share of Android Nougat for September has now hit 15.8 percent, which includes 12.3 percent of devices on the Android 7.0 Nougat version and 1.2 percent of devices on Android 7.1 Nougat.

The new statistics show that Android Marshmallow continues to dominate with up to 32.2 percent share. The distribution share for Android Marshmallow has declined, but fell just 0.1 percent from the last month’s number that stood at 32.3 percent.

In addition to Android Marshmallow, all other Android versions have also declined. These builds include Android Gingerbread (at 0.6 percent share) and Ice Cream Sandwich (with 0.6 percent share) – which both fell 0.1 percent. Jelly Bean at 6.9 percent share, fell 0.7 percent. KitKat, currently at 15.1 percent share, fell 0.9 percent, while Lollipop, with a share of 28.8 percent, fell 0.4 percent.

Google says that this data has been collected during a 7-day period that concluded on September 11, and Android builds with less than 0.1 percent share have been excluded. It should also be kept in mind that Google takes only those Android devices into account that support Google Play (which itself supports Android 2.2 and above).

Google’s latest version Android Oreo officially rolled out to Pixel and Nexus devices a few days ago and it will take more than a month to get itself a substantial share in the Android platform distribution chart, as per recent trends.

The distribution chart also goes on to mention the OpenGL ES distribution amongst the active devices. While the latest OpenGL versions are not there in the chart, a major portion is dominated by OpenGL version 3.0 – standing at 45.8 percent, rising 0.2 percent. The other two versions in the chart are OpenGL 2.0 with 37.3 percent share (declining 0.3 percent) and OpenGL 3.1 with 16.9 percent distribution share (rising 0.1 percent). Note that support for a certain version means that it also supports any lower versions of OpenGL API, Google says in its developers blog post.

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Android Distribution Numbers for September Shows Nougat is Up

Just as expected!

Google has a habit of releasing the Android distribution numbers right after they start rolling out the monthly security update for supported Nexus and Pixel devices. The company did publish their security bulletin details earlier in the month, but it wasn’t until today that we started to see the OTA updates reach consumers. So now that those updates are going out, we now have the updated Android distribution numbers for the 7-day period ending on September 11, 2017.

As always, keep in mind that this data is collected from devices which have visited the Play Store during that 7-day period. So while it’s not a 100% accurate representation, it gives us an idea as to how the Android landscape is laid out when it comes to how many people are running certain versions of Android. Android 7.x Nougat has been taking its time since it was released last year, but we’re now seeing its market share has gone up while everything else has gone down compared to last month.

So to start with, Android 7.x Nougat is now being used on 15.8% of active devices on the market right now. This is up from the 13.5% that we saw it at last month. Android 6.0 Marshmallow actually ended up losing 0.1% this month as it comes in at 32.2% when it was at 32.3% last month. Android 5.x Lollipop dropped down to 28.8% from 29.2% that we saw it at in August. The last of the big contenders is Android 4.4 KitKat, which is at 15.1% now while it was at 16% last month.

So that’s the majority of the state of Android right now. When looking at the leftovers, we can see Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3.x Jelly Bean is at 6.9% when it was at 7.6% back in August of 2017. Then 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich is at 0.6% (which is down from 0.7% a month before) and lastly Android 2.3.x Gingerbread dropped 0.1% as well from 0.7% down to 0.6% this month.

Android Version August 2017 September 2017
Android Gingerbread 0.7% 0.6%
Android Ice Cream Sandwich 0.7% 0.6%
Android Jelly Bean 7.6% 6.9%
Android KitKat 16% 15.1%
Android Lollipop 29.2% 28.8%
Android Marshmallow 32.3% 32.2%
Android Nougat 13.5% 15.8%

Source: Google

Best Smartphones With Expandable Memory September 2017

Google has been hinting to everyone that they think getting rid of expandable storage is the way to go, but smartphone manufacturers have remained steadfast in their desire to offer this option for folks who refuse to let go. Still, it may be necessary to do some legwork to find quality phones with microSD card slots. Don’t worry about doing it yourself, though, as we’re here to help. Here are the best smartphones with microSD slots.

There’s very little challenging the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus right now. Samsung does it again with big beautiful Infinity Displays (which use a unique 19.5:9 aspect ratio with curvature on each side), great design, fast processing power and the most well-rounded feature set you’re going to find in a smartphone. That includes the use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM, and more.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is widely regarded as the pinnacle of smartphone supremacy. It has almost everything you could want: a big beautiful display, unique multitasking with S-Pen, a fast chipset, tons of RAM, dual cameras, fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, a heart rate monitor, microSD slot, wireless charging, waterproofing, and the list goes on and on. It’s pricey at a starting point of nearly $1,000, but if you have the coin then there’s no more complete package available on the market.

LG hit its stride with the LG G6 and it remains one of the best options you can go for right now. It boasts a large 5.7-inch display in a unique 18:9 aspect ratio, making it easier to hold while still offering significant screen real estate. It’s also the only phone on the market to support Netflix HDR. As for hardware, it has a Snapdragon 821 chipset, dual 13MP rear cameras, wireless charging, and IP68 water resistance.

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The HTC U11 comes as the cream of the crop for HTC phones. It has a striking new look unlike anything we’ve seen from the company before, and also comes with the internals to have it handle anything you can throw at it, including the latest Snapdragon chipset and 4GB of RAM. And if you happen to be a photographer who needs a beasty camera, there’s little better available on the market as it has the highest rating on DxOMark.

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The LG V20 has a lot of things going for it. Good traits include dual rear cameras, a massive 5.7-inch Quad HD display with a secondary one for support, a Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor, and more. But battery enthusiasts will love it for one big reason: its 3200mAh battery — while not the biggest available — is removable. That means you can carry around an extra pack or two (or three!) to ensure you can cover whatever stretch of time you need.

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The original Moto G was one of the first phones to show that affordable devices don’t have to be bad. Motorola followed up that phone with another great device. The Moto G5 has a nice 1080p display, capable 13MP camera, an Octa-Core Snapdragon 430, and it runs a nearly stock version of Android Nougat.

More Best Phones

Be sure to explore our other Best Smartphones lists if you have other needs. We break it down by budget, feature, and even carrier. Just want to see the best of the best? That’s on tap, too.

Live Drawings: Get this Note 8 feature on the Galaxy S8 without root

Although it’s hard to find differences between the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 without a magnifying glass, there are a few features unique to the Note 8. Live Drawings are just one example. With Live Drawings you can create little animations of your drawings and send them to your friends. It’s possible to get this feature on a Galaxy S8 now, without root.

Live Drawings are exclusive to the Note series. In the keyboard, you can select the mode and draw animations to send. A particularly resourceful user at the XDA forum has found a way to activate the feature on the S8. Before it was possible only after rooting a phone, but now you can manage it on unrooted phones, too.

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Live Drawings on the Galaxy S8 / © AndroidPIT

Live Drawings: How to install on the S8

Detailed instructions on how to install the feature on your S8 can be found on the XDA Forum in this thread. There, you’ll also find the APKs to download. Before installing, you have to switch the Safe Start mode in the settings. Then, reboot and install the APKs, then go to your keyboard settings and select the Samsung Neural Keyboard

We tried the procedure, successfully, with a Galaxy S8. It should, of course, work with an S8+ as well. Whether other Android Nougat smartphones from Samsung might support it as well, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Use Live Drawings with the S8. / © AndroidPIT

Using Live Drawings with the S8: How it works

After successfully installing the feature, you’ll find the Live Drawing function always available using the button just to the left of the space bar. Then, you’ll see a blank slate upon which you can draw a little doodle: an arrow, a heart, a smile or whatever you want to send. You can adjust the color and the pen size, and choose a background image or color to draw on.

Sending the animated drawing is a little less practical. You have to use the sharing menu in your messenger to send the animation if you want to send it via Gmail or other apps, as it’s not simple just to paste it into an email or other sort of message. The animations are accessible across platforms since they’re sent as GIF images, though.

Will you try it out? Let us know how it goes in the comments!

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 now official with bezel-less 5.99-inch display, 12MP camera

It’s been just under a year since Xiaomi first introduced the Mi Mix, a bezel-less device that essentially started this newfound push for smartphones minimal bezel.

Now Xiaomi is back with that device’s successor, officially introducing the Mi Mix 2 today. The handset follows a similar design philosophy, using a bezel-less design that places as much of your focus on the display as possible, even as it forces the front-facing camera into an interesting position.

The flagship Mi Mix 2 features all of the specifications one would want, including a 5.99-inch 18:9 IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160×1080, which also features “Sunlight Mode” and “Reading Mode” to help find the optimal settings when in those situations. It also boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and variants that include 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of built-in storage. There is no option for expandable storage, though.

Around back, there’s a 12-megapixel camera and a fingerprint sensor, and on the bottom there’s a USB Type-C port. There’s a also 5-megapixel front-facing camera that’s situated in the bottom bezel of the phone, and the battery measures in at 3400mAh. The Mi Mix 2 supports 43 different LTE bands, has a dual nano-SIM slot, and is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat under Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 9 user interface.

As far as availability goes, details on that will come out soon. Pricing has been revealed for China, where the Mi Mix 2 will go on sale first. There, the phone will cost ¥3299 ($505 USD) for the 64GB option, ¥3599 ($550 USD) for the 128GB model, and, finally, ¥3999 ($610 USD) for the 256GB model.

One last thing to note: There is a Special Edition Mi Mix 2 which features a unibody ceramic design. It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage, and it’s priced at ¥4699 ($670).

What do you think of the Mi Mix 2?

How to Install a Dark Theme on Android Oreo without Root

Some of you might remember the days of Android Gingerbread’s green-colored system theme. That was later supplanted by the much beloved Holo UI when Matias Duarte joined Google. The dark, almost futuristic look of Android during the Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat, and Jellybean was comfortable on the eyes, although the design is dated when paired against the Material Design interface introduced in Android Lollipop. Since then, Google has stuck to the light Material theme to the dismay of many. Getting rid of the blindingly bright light theme on Android Oreo is probably one of the most commonly cited reasons why people are so excited for rootless custom theme support via the Substratum theme engine. Today, we’ll show you exactly how you can install a dark theme on your Android Oreo phone without root!

Top row: Android Oreo’s default theme. Bottom row: Custom dark theme built for Android 8.0


How to Install a Dark Theme on Android Oreo

Prerequisites

Rather than rehashing how to set up Substratum on your shiny Android 8.0 Oreo device, check out this previous tutorial. Follow through that article until you reach the end of “Part 1”, then return to this article to be guided through setting up the dark theme.

Once you’ve set up the Andromeda add-on and have confirmed that Substratum launched without issues, follow the below link to install Sai’s Android Oreo Black Theme. It’s a totally free theme made by a talented themer, but if you enjoy his theme you should consider donating to the user.

[Substratum] Sai's Android Oreo Black Theme
[Substratum] Sai's Android Oreo Black Theme

This particular theme currently only themes the Android System/Framework as well as System UI, but we can combine this theme pack with another one from the same developer to theme a few additional applications. Called Sai’s Fresh Theme, this Substratum theme allows you to apply a dark theme to applications such Android Messages, Google Play Store, and Twitter.

[Substratum] Sai's Fresh Theme
[Substratum] Sai's Fresh Theme

If you’re looking for a theme that applies to more apps, we’ll recommend a few alternative dark themes at the end of this article, but many of the other dark theming apps out there aren’t free, so you’ll have to decide for yourself how many of your apps you want themed. In any case, getting a dark theme in Settings/System UI is more than enough for most people, so that’s why I am recommending Sai’s free themes here.

Tutorial – Installing a Dark Theme

  1. If you haven’t already, start the Andromeda desktop client so that Substratum has the permissions it needs in order to manage themes. The steps to achieve this, again, are outlined in the main tutorial here.
  2. Open the Substratum application and look for “Sai’s Android O Black Theme” in the list.
  3. Tap on it to enter the setup page for the theme pack.
  4. Here, tap on “select to toggle all overlays.”
  5. This will choose the default theme colors and navigation bar icons that come with the theme (Pixel Blue and Pixel respectively). If you want to change the color to “Better Teal”, “Rose”, or “Violet”, expand the dropdown menu under “Android system” and select the color that you want. Similarly, expand the dropdown menu under “System UI Navigation” to reveal alternative navigation bar icon themes such as “AOSP”, “Parapaper”, or “Pixel Neo.”
  6. Once you’re done selecting which overlays and which options you want to enable, tap on the floating button with the paint roller icon. This will bring up a small floating menu.
  7. Select “Build & Enable.” You will see a loading screen as Substratum compiles, installs, then enables each overlay file onto your device. All silently, without you needing to do anything else!
  8. After it’s done, you should see a small snack bar at the bottom telling you the status of the dark theme installation. It doesn’t last very long, but if you expand your notification panel you should see a notification from Substratum telling you that the theme installation was successful. You’ll also immediately be able to see your quick settings/notification panel become much, much darker!Install Dark Theme on Android 8.0 Without Root
  9. Note: any already existing notification in your notification panel before the theme is applied will not be dark themed. This will likely include the “theme compilation has completed” notification as shown above. Any new notifications that show up in your notification panel will, however, be dark themed, as shown in the feature image at the top of this article!
  10. Optional: If you want to install a dark/black theme for Messages, Twitter, and the Play Store then go back to Substratum and open up Sai’s Fresh Theme in the list. Here, select the themes that you want applied to the apps that you want to be themed. Just like above, tap the paint roller icon and select “Build & Enable” in order to apply the theme!

Enjoy the dark theme! Your dark themes will remain on your phone even if you reboot! It won’t survive a factory reset, however. If you decide to change your mind for whatever reason and want to go back to the default light theme, you can easily disable this theme by repeating steps 1-6, but instead of tapping on “Build & Enable” in step 7 you tap on “Disable selected.”

Alternative Dark Themes

As promised, here are a handful of alternative custom dark themes available for Android Oreo users. None of the below themes are free, but they are great examples of the kinds of themes that are available on the Play Store. Credits to XDA Senior Member rest0ck for putting together this list!

Hopefully with the explosion in popularity that rootless Substratum has brought to custom theming, more and more developers will create themes that will be compatible for Android Oreo users. Keep an eye out on our Substratum forum and stay tuned to the XDA Portal via the XDA Labs app for any future news about the Substratum theme engine.

This post is not the only Substratum related tutorial we published today. In fact, it’s part of a series. You can find the rest of the tutorials below:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 officially announced: Bezel-less design, refined

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has landed! Stay tuned as we bring you all the details over the following days and hours. We will be updating our Mi Mix 2 coverage regularly, so tune in.

Xiaomi shocked the world when it first introduced the nearly-bezelless Mi Mix back in October of last year, and since then, the design has absolutely taken the world by storm. Many flagships released in 2017 have sported a new streamlined design language with minimal bezels and a slimmer footprint, and it’s become evident that the industry is shifting towards all screen, all the time.

It’s been almost a full year since Xiaomi announced their phone though, and they’re ready to take the next step in the battle for smartphone design domination. With so many other competitors on the market stealing their limelight, can the Mi Mix 2 line retain its lead in the design innovation department? We’ll leave that for you to decide, but for now, here’s everything you need to know about the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.

A note from the editor: Xiaomi is releasing the Mi Mix 2 in two versions: a regular one and a Special Edition with extra memory and a more luxurious design. We will highlight the differences as they come into discussion.

A familiar, luxurious design

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 looks quite similar to its predecessor, with a 5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 (FHD+) display encased by a 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm aluminum alloy frame and a ceramic back that is curved on four sides. As an accent, both the standard and the Special Edition feature an 18K gold-plated ring around the camera.

The phone sports the trendy aspect ratio of 18:9 and weighs 185 grams, down from the 209 grams in the original model.

The chin of the device has been shrunk by 12 percent, and the result is a more visually balanced design. Xiaomi has also tweaked elements like the call speaker and the proximity sensor, which are now placed in the top side of the phone.

Key specs

The Mix 2 will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, putting it up to par with many of the other flagships currently on the market today. It sports 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and storage options of 64, 128 and 256 GB. With a well-sized battery of 3,400 mAh, we’re thinking this thing should be able to last you quite a bit more than a solid work day. And with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology built right in, you’ll be able to juice up in no time.

There is a fingerprint scanner in the same location as last year, encased into the back of the device, but sadly we won’t be getting a headphone jack this time around. Xiaomi is introducing Bluetooth 5.0 into this model however, so you should get the best wireless audio experience available today. If you want to go wired, there is an USB Type-C port in the bottom of the device, so you can use that for charging or wired audio.

Fewer megapixels, larger pixels

The rear camera sports a 12 MP sensor, down from the 16 MP in the original Mix, but utilizes large 1.25μm pixels to capture more light. There is also 4-axis optical image stabilization in this camera, meaning you should be able to get clear photos and nice stable video. With a 5-piece f/2.0 aperture lens, you’ll also be able to get some nice depth of field out of this camera, though rivals like the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 offer better specs in this area. And though the bezels on the device are very fashionable, the Mi Mix 2 bucks the 2017 trend with only one lens on the back of the device. Still, it can record 4K at 30 fps and 720p at 120 fps.

The front-facing camera is in the same place as last year, at the bottom of the face of the device, but comes in a bit smaller to make more room for the screen. This camera shoots at 5 MP, and can record 1080p video calls with real-time beautify technology. It’s also got a selfie countdown and face recognition technology, so you’ll always be able to snap the shot exactly when you want to.

A familiar interface… updated

Xiaomi is using MIUI 9 for this device, which just entered its third round of open beta. This is quite similar to the old OS but with a variety of new features and optimizations, so you’ll be getting the latest the company has to offer on the software front. MIUI 9 offers features like multi-window and quick reply and is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Though no news of an Android 8.0 Oreo update has been announced, be sure to check back to see if the company decides to update the device in the future.

A special edition for those who want more

If you’re the kind that wants to go all out, Xiaomi is offering a special edition of this phone, with 8 GB of RAM (vs 6 GB on the standard) and 128 GB of storage. It has an 18K gold coating surrounding the camera and the fingerprint sensor rim, and uses ceramic over the entire body of the device instead of the aluminium in the standard model.

Use it anywhere

You still might be hard-pressed to find the Mi Mix 2 in your area, but Xiaomi has added global bands to the device to allow it to be used anywhere. This means our friends who were craving the original model will be able to enjoy everything Xiaomi has to offer, though they might have to import it.

Dive deeper

Interested in reading more about the Mi Mix 2? We have more details coming your way soon.

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 full specs We’ve rounded up all the specifications of the Mi Mix 2 (standard and Special Edition). Spoiler: there are a few features that competitors offer and the Mi Mix 2 does not.
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 price and availability details When, where, and for how much? We’re answering the essential questions about the Mi Mix 2 availability.
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 hands-on – coming soon!

Details regarding price and availability will be coming in the near future, but until then stat tuned to Android Authority to get the latest information as soon as it hits.

Are you interested in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Nova Launcher beta 5.5 finally brings adaptive icons support

One thing’s sure, TeslaCoil Software is incredibly prolific. Hot on the heels of the recent Sesame Shorcuts, Nova Launcher has just added one more awesome feature: adaptive icons. V5.5-beta1 of the popular launcher allows those of us still waiting for Android 8.0 Oreo to enjoy a little taste of adaptive icons a bit early.

There are a few caveats. You’ll need to be running Android Lolipop 5.0 or later, and some icons use assets that will specifically require Android Nougat 7.0+. There are also some known problems right now, like dynamic calendar icons wonk out, and apps that use drawable aliases to support adaptive icons don’t work (yet).

 

Adaptive icons set to round, rounded square, and forced round

It also doesn’t bring a whole lot of consistency, but that’s mostly because so many apps don’t yet have support for adaptive icons. Thankfully, this beta includes support for a forced mode that automatically scales and shapes legacy icons, too.

It’s disabled by default because it can bug out a bit — round icons inside round icons, that sort of thing — so you’ll have to choose between potential iconception or apps that don’t yet work with adaptive icons. It even adds some nice background accent colors, too.

Once you have the update installed, to enable the option just head to Look & feel in Nova’s settings and enable the Adaptive Icons toggle. Under Adaptive Icon Shape, you can select exactly how you’d like your icons to look, and the Mask legacy icons toggle allows you to forcibly enable the icon shape, even on unsupported applications.

The full changelog:

5.5-beta1 Sep 10, 2017

-Adaptive icons for Android 5.0+
-Use and control the style of adaptive icons from apps that support them
-Scale and reshape legacy/existing icons to match the adaptive style
-Minor fixes

The beta was only just released so it might take a bit for the update to show up on the Play Store. If you’d like to give it a try, you’ll need to opt-in to the beta (if you haven’t already), and wait for the 5.5-beta1 update to land. If you can’t wait for the update to hit on Google Play, you can also download it over on APK Mirror.

Nova Launcher
Nova Launcher