Android Messages 2.8 introduces a white navigation bar

image courtesy of Reddit user R0BBiNG

In November of last year, it became clear that Google has a plan to mitigate screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL by introducing light-colored nav bars in its apps. Well, to be absolutely fair, this won’t negate the problem, per se, but rather “even out” the burn-in, so you don’t end up with an imprint of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. The Google app and Google Photos were first in tow to receive the treatment, and now it’s time for Android Messages to follow suit.

One of the …

Nobody likes what Google did with the search bar on the Pixel Launcher

A recent change to the dock searchbox of the Pixel launcher has left users scratching their heads over Google’s reasoning. The widget now features a text stating that it can be used to “Search apps and web..” or simply “Search..”, as if you’ve forgotten what search boxes do.
Well, we haven’t.
Just as you might imagine, this otherwise minor change has been the cause of tons of backlash that’s aimed at Google itself. Sure, such a tooltip is a rather harmless addition to the stock Pixel Launcher that will be helpful to the …

Google is trying to prevent Pixel 2 display burn-in with a light navigation bar

image source: 9to5Google

Screen burn-in is one of the unfortunate realities of OLED. Manufacturers are well-aware of this shortcoming, and yet, at this point at least, there is not much that can be done to completely prevent it hardware-wise. However, there’s always the option of mitigating the issue through software, and that’s exactly what Google is trying to do for its Pixel lineup of smartphones.

One of the biggest culprits for screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as last year’s models, is the persistent navigation bar …

Google App is getting a customizable search bar widget in the latest update

Image source: AndroidPolice

Most Nova and/or Action Launcher users are well-acquainted with the launchers’ highly-customizable, color-changing, shape-shifting Google search bar widgets, and it seems like Google is taking note. The latest beta update of Google App introduces a customizable search bar widget of its own, and although it’s not as flexible as the ones found in custom launchers, it’s still good news for those who don’t rely on home screen replacements.

At first glance, it looks just like the current search bar, but tapping the menu …

You can now install the Pixel 2 launcher with docked search bar on your Android phone

With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google also introduced a revamped version of the eponymous Pixel Launcher, with fresh bouncy animations and expanded dock functionality in tow. The Pixel 2 models will be here in just a few days time, but as is tradition, the folks over at XDA have already got the new launcher ripped and ready to be installed on most Android phones out there.

So, what’s new in Pixel Launcher 2.0, or whatever you want to call it? Well, not much to be honest. Aside from the search bar now occupying the dock, instead of the upper portion …

How to customize LG V30's Floating bar and make the most out of it

One of the notable new features of the LG V30 in comparison with either the V20 and the V10 is… the lack of a dedicated ticker display sitting atop the regular screen.

Probably a minor setback for the die-hard fans of LG’s specc’d-out phone lineup, the absence of this former highlight of the V-series is set to make the V30 that much more mainstream and appealing to the regular customer.

In lieu of the ticker display LG has thrown in a so-called Floating Bar feature, that nothing more than a glorified shortcut hub and app launcher. It’s not as customizable as we’d like it to …

LG V30 Floating Bar overview: what it does and how it works

One of the many features that made the LG V10 and V20 stand out was the secondary display situated above their main screen. It hosted shortcuts to apps and contacts, it gave you quick control over your music from any screen, and it displayed notifications even when the phone was in stand-by. But it also occupied some space – space that LG needed in the V30 to produce a more beautiful phone and to achieve a remarkable screen-to-body ratio.

Yup, whether you’re happy about it or not, the LG V30 doesn’t have a secondary screen. However, a part of the functionality that those …

How to hide and show the Galaxy S8 navigation bar

Samsung included plenty of customization options for its new, virtual navbar at the bottom of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With the ability to rearrange the on-screen keys’ order, or to change the color, the new Experience UI looks like something out of a modded ROM, or an Android overlay coming from China. In any case, those features were more than welcome, but Samsung piled on with its subsequent software updates, giving us the option to easily show and hide the navbar itself in all apps, except the homecreen or app drawer, of course. Here’s what you need to do to play hide …

New Verizon Galaxy S8/S8+ update brings Daydream VR support, hide nav bar button and more

A new update has started rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners who got their unit through Verizon. After installing, the software upgrade should bump the version of the Galaxy S8 to G950USQU1AQG4, or G955USQU1AQG4 for the S8+. 
There are some new features aboard the latest patch – Verizon has added support for Google’s Daydream VR platform and the corresponding hardware.  While we can’t help but wonder as to how many people will choose Daydream VR over Samsung’s own Gear VR headset and controller, …

New Galaxy S8/S8+ patch brings June security update and changes to the navigation bar

A new software update is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices around the globe. Weighing in at 453.72MB, the new update packs the June security update and a few changes to the navigation bar.

For security reasons, Samsung doesn’t specify which vulnerabilities were exactly addressed. However, the changelog mentions that a total of 119 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) related to the Galaxy S phones and Android have been resolved. 
As for the navigation bar, there is some good and bad news. A …