Google’s Android Pie update has brought in a number of new features, but one of our favourites has to be the new way to manage notifications. You now have the option to control notifications from each and every app and with added smartness, they’ll never bug you when you’re busy.
Not only has Google changed the functionality, but also tweaked the UI. With Android 9.0 Pie, the notifications shade has been tweaked to look a little more like a card, featuring rounded corners and a new section for each notification. You’ll also see a new “manage notifications” button under the shade, that’s where all the magic starts.
Not only can you tweak which apps send you notifications, but you can also get a whole lot more granular and tweak specific types of notifications from those apps. A new concept called “categories” has been introduced, think of it as a set of notifications that are sent by apps. For example, notifications about getting a new follower on Instagram is one category and getting likes on your pictures is another category.
Now that notifications of a particular app are broke down into various categories, you can manage what’s important for you. Annoyed with the hundreds of likes on Twitter and care about new followers only? Well, you can now select which “category” you want to be notified about.
How do you set customise these categories? Open the Settings app, scroll to “Apps and Notifications”, and select “See all of your apps”. Now select the app you’d like to customize and you’ll be shown a list of categories being supported.
After filtering your categories, you can further choose the “behaviour” of the notifications. This essentially lets you choose between a sound or peaking. Still, want more? Tap on Advanced and now you can select the tune, vibration pattern, and even LED colour (if supported by phone).
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The notifications also bring in Smart Replies now. These are essentially automatically generated responses you can send to messages you get. Playing PUBG and want to reply back a generic response for the time being? Smart Replies come to your rescue! The functionality is limited to a few apps right now, but we expect all major apps to follow soon.