Google Enforces New Rules Regarding Android’s Notification Bundling
With the latest release of Google's Compatibility Definition Document for Android, all Android hardware manufacturers are no longer allowed to make changes when it comes to the notification features of the mobile operating system. The new requirements were made for smartphones that run on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat version.
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Although there are no clear indications that third-party Android hardware manufacturers are messing around with some of the mobile operating system's notification features, this latest requirement update rolled out by Google will make sure that all phones running on the Android platform will have a more consistent experience especially with regard to notifications.
Based on Google's latest update, all smartphone makers "MUST support the behaviors of updating, removing, replying to, and bundling notifications." According to Android Authority, the new rules also state that smartphone makers should integrate "the ability to BLOCK, MUTE, and RESET notification preference from a package, both in the inline control panel as well as in the settings app."
Android smartphone makers are pretty consistent when it comes to the notifications feature. In fact, majority of Android smartphones makers do not change or alter these specific features of the mobile operating system.
On the other hand, Google made some major overhaul on the notifications feature on the Android Nougat version, as it now takes the full-width of the phone and uses a lot less space to render necessary information. According to Digital Trends, users can also reply directly to a message from the notifications menu itself rather than opening the related app, which will take a little more time.