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[Discussion] Notification Channels in Android Oreo

2018-01-08 12:24:31
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Hi Mi Fans!
Android Oreo comes with the power to take control over your notification tray so you can sort out just what you want to see. One of the bigger changes and features coming with Android Oreo is the new Notification Channels system. It can also be a little confusing to talk about since it's not something we're used to seeing on our phones. Using Notification Channels feature apps can now create different categories for notifications. Do note that apps need to enable this first. A long tap on the actual notification on notification drawer will bring up a special menu, by using which you'll be able to control the priority and visibility of each type of notification posted by that app.

What are Notification Channels
Coming with Android Oreo, Notification Channels are something a developer uses to break down the notifications his or her app can give to us by type. The channels are decided by the people doing the developing, and the idea is to give us a way to separate out the notifications that are important to us from the ones that aren't, then decide how they will be shown. Some apps will have a lot of different channels. Some will have just a few and some will have only one.
How does it work
If we need to have ways to filter all the different channels and the notifications that come with them. Through the settings, we can see every channel an app has for notifications and change how they are delivered with the following settings:
  • Importance: Urgent will make a sound and show on the screen. High makes a sound. Medium makes no sound. Low makes no sound and gives no indication that it's been received.
  • Sound: Set any supported sound as the notification tone for the channel.
  • Lights: Whether the notification should trigger a hardware notification light.
  • Vibration: Whether the notification should vibrate your phone.
  • Show on the lock screen: Decide if a notification should appear on the lock screen.
  • Override do not disturb: Decide if a notification should bypass any do not disturb settings for sounds.

YouTube is a good example because there are only two channels - Standard notifications and offline notifications.
In the image above, the left side shows the two channels and the right side shows the individual settings for a channel.
You'll find these settings in Settings  Apps and notifications  App info. Choose the YouTube app and tap App notifications.

This is an easy way for us all to see how notification channels work because the YouTube app has such simple notification settings. But this will all scale to something like Facebook or Gmail that will possibly have more channels. And if an app only needs one channel, it only has to use one. The whole idea scales well and should be a great way to help us sort through all the distractions!

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Nicely Explained!
2018-01-08 13:19:35


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Neatly explained, keep it up!
2018-01-08 23:15:09
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Neatly explained, keep it up!

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nice and good information
2018-01-08 23:31:08

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information is very useful
2018-01-08 23:32:18
it is awsome feature
2018-01-08 23:33:13

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Neatly explained, keep it up!

Thanks Bhai (^_^)
2018-01-08 23:33:20

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