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

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.

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.



1. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

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

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

22. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Just download another launcher from the Play Store.

38. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

??? The icons are smaller

20. TerryTerius unregistered

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

25. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

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

30. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

31. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

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

2. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Still waiting for android M :(

3. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

6. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Yes it's true

28. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

What's pros and cons gotta do with stealing ?

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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?

8. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

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

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 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 Also IMO they should keep the icons on the left and full size

32. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

All good then.

33. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

10. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

23. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

11. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Ugly and useless as s**t

35. orionla

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 13, 2014


12. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

While I'm still in KitKat...

27. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I'm still in bugy pos lollipop.

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 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...

17. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 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

18. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 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

36. orionla

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

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

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