It’s no secret that more and more phone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) turn to the practice of customizing their Android version — typical examples are Infinix with the XUI, Xiaomi with the MIUI, and Tecno with its HiOS.
This is set to change with the notification system on the Android Nougat. Google now forbids manufacturers from removing or obstructing features like Android’s notification actions, replies, settings, and bundling.
Google now forbids manufacturers from removing or obstructing features like Android’s notification actions, replies, settings, and bundling.
In Google’s words:
Handheld device implementations MUST support the behaviors of updating, removing, replying to, and bundling notifications as described in this section.
Also, handheld device implementations MUST provide:
- The ability to control notifications directly in the notification shade.
- The visual affordance to trigger the control panel in the notification shade.
- 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.
On one side this would ensure a consistent Android notification experience going forward, but on the other side, you are stuck with the stock Android experience at least when it comes to notifications, an experience a lot of people find boring.
Over to you, are you on Google’s side?