Android is the best in announcements.
Announcements on Android 11 are now grouped into three sections: Conversations, Announcements and Silent. By separating conversations – WhatsApp, Messenger, texts, DMs, etc. – it puts the most important things first and foremost.
But that’s not the best part of the Android 11 announcement update. Google has also created a new way to communicate with your friends and family, so you no longer have to hunt to retrieve the conversation you had when your friend sent you back. Chat bubbles are Android’s new way of making conversations more fluid.
Instead of sending dialog notifications to the top of your screen and hiding them in the notification bar, Android will overwrite your screen with a photo of your friend with a small bubble. The bubble will display the text of your friend’s announcements, and you can tap to expand or respond to the conversation. But, conveniently, it doesn’t leave the app you have, so you can watch that YouTube video of the water-skiing squirrel without any interruption.
It comes on top of all the other announcements that Android has already given us: you can put to sleep the notifications you want to see later, but not now. You can press a notification for a long time to manage the way the app turns you into an error – allowing you to receive “quiet” notifications that you can only see if you drag down the notification shadow
It said: Of course, this is very customizable and it gets complicated very quickly. Notifications have an appeal to the iPhone’s “on” or “off” (of course you can do that on Android too).
But notifications are the main way for many people to communicate with our phones. News alerts, text messages, your friend’s Instagram photos, dicto videos, YouTube subscriptions … all of these are disruptive to our day, and can be intrusive if not managed properly.
You may think you don’t need to watch that CNN alert right now (of course you do JK) – just put it to sleep. Or you can choose when you like by quietly turning off Facebook alerts. But every time your mom sends you an email from her mahjong group if you want … Android will make sure to let you know when she does.
Most annoyingly, iPhone owners have to swipe and then tap to reject private notifications (you can’t swipe them like you do on Android). This week, that obvious Android advantage is even better: if you reject a notification too quickly, Android has created a notification history setting that allows you to see every notification your phone receives – rejected or otherwise.