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Android N to bring new style of notifications: full-width with more info and quick settings

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New style of notifications in Android N

New style of notifications in Android N


The next version of Android, Android N, will bring big changes to the look and functionality of notifications. Images of the new notification system in Android N reveal a new visual style for notifications, but it is not just about the look: the notifications will also feature additional info and quick settings will also get featured in the notification tray, according to early images seen and reproduced in mockups by Android Police.

The new style of notification is full-width, with very little pagination between notifications. Each notification also carries the name of the app it comes from at the top, while currently you have to long press a notification to see that info.

Another new feature is color: some limited color elements will arrive to notifications, so you can get acquanted with the gist of the notification without having to actually read it. App icons, on the other hand, are smaller, but are still there.

Notifications in color and quick settings

Then there are quick settings. In Android N you will get quick toggles to essential settings right in the notification dropdown (you will still have access to the full settings in the notification shade by swiping down twice). The list of quick settings shown includes Wi-Fi signal, mobile signal, battery level, interruptions settings, access to the flash light, and a button to expand to more settings. When you press the expand button, you will get access to the full settings panel and this happens via a cool new animation. This panel is also full panel now and you will be able to edit the settings, as well as have more than one page of settings.

Take a look at the mockups by Android Police right below, and keep in mind that this comes from early builds and might undergo some transformations until we see the final version of Android N make its appearance at Google I/O this summer. And then, it will probably be until late fall that Google releases N to Nexus phones, and who knows how much more until it comes to devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7.


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posted on 01 Mar 2016, 01:48

1. spin9 (Posts: 279; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Bigger and moving icons. How is that better? And I see app drawer there

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:01 3

4. neela_akaash (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


I wish Google this time give option to enable/disable app drawer..

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:43 2

13. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Both Samsung and LG gave options to enable/disable app drawer
So I'd be surprised if Google didn't

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:33 3

22. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Just download another launcher from the Play Store.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 13:12 1

38. natypes (Posts: 1038; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Just curious, why would you want to? If we could hide icons, it would be fine, but I don't need icons on my home screens for stuff I use once a month.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:49 3

16. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


???
The icons are smaller

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:05 1

20. TerryTerius (Posts: 1415; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Google already explicitly stated that video didn't reflect official UI changes they made an android n.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:04 1

25. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


If this is a problem, don't update it. Marshmallow is great. Lollipop is a pos. Kk4.4.4 was the best.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 06:38

30. WPX00 (Posts: 195; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


This is a render: according to the original source the screenshot couldn't be shared, so this is a render based on what the source saw.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 06:38

31. WPX00 (Posts: 195; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


What I meant to say is that the app drawer may or may not have been added into the render.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 01:50 5

2. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Still waiting for android M :(

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 01:53 7

3. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 423; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Another thing Google's stealing from Touchwiz. For getting so much s**t from PA users - touchwiz sure is showing the way forward for Android. Vanilla android sucks.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:04 22

5. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1015; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Vanilla android and Touchwiz both has their own pros and cons, get over it.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:07

6. maxha97 (Posts: 82; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Yes it's true

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:37

28. tech2 (Posts: 3327; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


What's pros and cons gotta do with stealing ?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:49 1

29. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1015; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


In case you didn't fully read his comment, he said "vanilla android sucks", and I was responding to that specific part of his comment. Need further expalanation?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:12 2

8. phonearenarocks (Posts: 206; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


The new contents with additional info is looking good but they should have been embedded with in the Card UI.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:48 3

15. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Its still the Card UI
But its merged cards in the first screenshot (see second screenshot for unmerged)

I hope it has this merging animation
https://material-design.storage.googleapis.com/publish/material_v_4/material_ext_publish/0B6Okdz75tqQsRmdDaEl6aTVGREU/whatismaterial-materialprop-transformingmaterial-PaperHeal_xhdpi_004.webm

Also IMO they should keep the icons on the left and full size

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 06:45

32. phonearenarocks (Posts: 206; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


All good then.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:23

33. WPX00 (Posts: 195; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


As mentioned by original source (sth PA didnt include), this is merely a render of what source saw in screenshot, which couldn't be uploaded, so this is just a render.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:26

10. WillieFDiaz (Posts: 107; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


So many devices don't even have the supposed "going to be on every device" Marshmallow yet, and we're already looking at Android N? They need to perhaps seed this to the manufactures BEFORE phones launch, rather than claim they will update existing devices with it.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:39 2

23. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


This is only for devices Google manufactures. With any other device you're on your own.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:33

11. vazzzz (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Ugly and useless as s**t

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:01 1

35. orionla (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)


Fakkit

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:41 2

12. ABC_123 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


While I'm still in KitKat...

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:10

27. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I'm still in bugy pos lollipop.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:46 2

14. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


I'm in love with Marshmallow (completely stock, I must stress) on my Nexus 5... Way better than The Kitkat which looks like it got is aspiration from Nightmare itself, or perhaps The Pegasus...

And seems like Google isn't stopping there!

Just stick with The App Drawer... Or at least make it an option which may be enabled/disabled...

Or come up with something out of the box like Windows Tiles...

Fingers crossed...

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:50 3

17. .KRATOS. (Posts: 301; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


They should also use the iPhone style like with notification to reply to a message in any social media without entering the app to do that just swipe it down when a notification shows the keyboard appears you type the message n send it

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:25

18. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 190; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


wow another OS already? most ppl are still on JB and KK and just starting to get LP.....either speed up the phone OEM or google needs to slow down with new OS rollouts

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:03 1

36. orionla (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)


New OS every year, didn't hear the news?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:04

19. Elfmonster (Posts: 375; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)


Android really takes its time rolling out the simplest features. Why not just let developers offer replacement notification shades? No, that would make hardcore consumer sense but it would end Android's drug dealer-esque habit of giving you casual-user progress in drips and drabs. In a way, that slow roll-out of new features such as these is necessary so as not to dissuade pedestrian followers with radical changes season to season. However, I would like to see what outside developers would do with that notification shade in more fundamental options. Too bad Android will not relent on notification shade apps until the point where early adapters will have moved on and lost their appetite for it all. (But I realize I could be wrong.)

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:44 1

24. chenski (Posts: 323; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


Bring us an amoled theme, then we talk

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:40 1

37. Nexus4Matic (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


I'd prefer the notification cards to be separated

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