This Android Pie guide explains what overview selection in Android Pie is and steps of using this feature.
Please note, overview selection currently is only implemented in the Pixel launcher and works only on Pixel phones (all 3 generations).
What is overview selection in Android Pie?
Overview selection in Android Pie allows you to select text or images from the overview screen directly. You can then paste or share the selected text or images.
Some actions, for example, calling or messaging may also be provided in the overview screen.
For images, Google Lens can be fired to check the image details, in addition to sharing the picture.
The most interesting feature is that the overview selection is not constrained by apps.
For example, you cannot copy some texts like the navigation menu inside the app. Some apps may do not allow you to copy their contents in the browser of the app. But now, in the overview screen, you can copy ALL text as long as they appear on the overview screen.
Of course, as a security feature, some banking apps do not show any contents in the overview screen. In this case, you cannot copy.
The bottom line is that you can copy and share whatever you can see in the overview screen of the app.
In a nutshell, overview selection in Android Pie is an application of smart selection in the overview screen.
Steps of using overview selection in Android Pie
You may follow these steps to use overview selection in Android Pie.
Step 1: Enable overview selection
By default, overview selection is enabled in Android Pie on all Pixel phones.
In case you disabled it, you need to enable this feature before proceed.
As shown in the screenshot below, you can tap and hold (aka long tap) any blank area on the home screen, then tap Home settings.
In the Home screen settings, tap Suggestions as shown above.
Now, you can enable Overview selection as shown below.
Of course, you can also disable it if you want.
Please note. the switch on the right side (and in blue) means the feature is enabled.
Step 2: Navigate to the overview screen
You can tap the Recents button to navigate to the Recents screen as shown above.… Read the rest