The notification system is one of the strongest points of Android. You have a lot of control, and you’re getting even more with Android 7.0. Google has also done some cleanup to make all of those alerts look more refined and add in some color in the right places to make it easier to quickly see the most important information.
The same, but different
In general, notifications work much the same as they do in Marshmallow. They’ll pop up on the top of the screen when they arrive, and can be pushed away with a swipe.
From the lock screen, you’ll notice the subtle aesthetic differences, but just as before you can swipe the away or tug down slightly to launch the Quick Reply. To type, you’ll need to unlock the device with the fingerprint reader, PIN, passcode, or pattern.
New notifications are nested together when coming from the same app, and the name and icon have been sized down and bumped to the top left of each card.
You’ll also notice smoother animations in keeping with the general aesthetic adjustments that Google has made with Nougat. You can still swipe away notifications, but if you give a gentle nudge from the right to left you’ll see a small wrench. Touch this to customize the notifications for this app. Alternatively, you can long press on the alert for the same result:
For further controls over notifications from that app, choose the More Settings option. You’ll be taken to another screen which allows you to choose from additional settings.
You’ll be able to block the app entirely, show notifications while keeping them silent, allowing them on the lock screen, or giving them permission to override Do Not Disturb.
Quick reply makeover
Additionally, the quick reply option got a pretty good, though subtle, redesign. Now when you touch the reply button, the color will change in the bar where you type your response.
It’s much easier to focus your eyes on the message you’re writing with the remade color contrast.
It’s one of many understated changes that won’t dramatically alter your habits with notifications in Nougat, but definitely improves the overall experience.
This story, "How to make the most of Android Nougat's new and improved notifications" was originally published by Greenbot.