18 July 2017
Google had a number of announcements to make on the first day of Google I/O 2017 which were related to different offerings including one its most popular products, Android OS. We all know that Android O will be the next major release of the world's largest smartphone operating system and to tease users about what to expect, Google took the stage to give a sneak peek of one such new feature called Notification Dots.
As you might have guessed from the name, Notification Dots are basically Google's take on notification badges for apps to alert users about pending notifications. But the major difference here is that they do a lot more than simply alerting users or showing how many notifications are pending. The user will be able to tap and hold on the app icon to see what is the notification(s) about without any need for pulling down the notification panel or opening the app.
Google's VP of Engineering for Android, Dave Burke demonstrated Notification Dots feature with the help of the Instagram app. He showed that the app icon had a dot which meant he has a notification to see. He went on to say that while he can always access notifications from the notification panel, he can also save some time by simply tapping and holding on the app icon and check out what is the notification.
And as soon as you will swipe away notification from the notification panel or from the app icon tap and hold preview, the corresponding app's notification dot will also go away. Burke further mentioned that Notification Dots feature extracts the color of the dot from the app icon's theme to make it feel streamlined with the whole user experience.
This feature will be coming with Android O to all the eligible devices but only the time will tell if all the app developers will be implementing it.