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I'm seeing a pale red notification dot randomly on apps in the launcher, even though I dont have notifications from that app.

Couldn't find much details online. Is it an indication that there is some background network activity from those apps at the moment? Is there a way to enable/disable this?

I have a OnePlus 3 with OxygenOS 5.0.1 (Android 8.0.0)

Here are a few screenshots, taken a few seconds apart.

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  • No, I have never enabled/used parallel apps. I don't think its about parallel apps (like in the question you mentioned). This dot is exactly like the Oreo notification dot, but pale red in color. And I have not seen it before today.
    – surajck
    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:32
  • I just checked, all app notifications are enabled, in fact by now I have seen the dot shift from one app to the other, and on almost 30% of the apps in the launcher! (I have a few hundred apps). Edited the question to add Facebook image, whose notifications I am actively receiving.
    – surajck
    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:41
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    This is reported here with a solution
    – beeshyams
    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:45
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    According to this you need to update launcher and clear cache. On device forums reported and closed as bug
    – beeshyams
    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:50
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    Added an answer, will keep it up to date
    – surajck
    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:30

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As of now, this seems to be a bug and only appearing in OnePlus phones post the latest Oreo 8.0.0 update. It is unclear what they denote though.

Restarting the phone solves the problem temporarily. It will be safe to assume that a fix could come out in the next patch from OnePlus.

As @beeshyams discovered, this has been reported few times on the forums

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