2014-06-25 11_49_25-[I_O 2014] Google Demos New Notification Style in L With Smart Organization, Hea

We had some information to share yesterday about Android notifications in L, so you might have been having a bit of deja vu during the demo. Android L has a new stacked card style for the notifications using the Material Design interface. The features are also getting a boost in L.


Notifications on the lock screen and in the shade (they are actually merged in L) will be organized based on what Android thinks is most important, but it's fast to expand the full list too. A double-tap from the lock screen opens notifications, but what if you have a pattern or PIN lock? L's personal unlocking feature can learn about your environment and know if it's safe to unlock with a swipe or if the code should be required. For example, it can tether to your Android Wear device or remember your home WiFi. It will be faster to get at your content much of the time without sacrificing much in the way of security.

2014-06-25 11_48_14-Google I_O 2014 - Keynote - YouTube

Those rumored heads-up banner notifications are happening too. They pop up at the top of the screen for important things like calls. You can act on them or swipe them away and get back to what you were doing. Presumably this is part of the smarter ordering of notifications to only bug you with pop-overs when necessary.

2014-06-25 11_45_46-Google I_O 2014 - Keynote - YouTube

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  • Dakota

    Love he just dissed Apple, saying changes they just announced have been on Android for years....

    • freedomispopular

      I love how iOS has had lockscreen notifications for years.

      • NinoBr0wn

        Android has had fully customizable lockscreen for years. What is it you're saying?

      • Allen Tanguay

        LOL one thing iOS had first!! Still rather have the countless advantages Android offers

      • Kid.Drunkadelic

        and was such on windows mobile, not really a ground breaking thought to have it implemted

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Google I love you.

  • Chris

    Yes exciting! Can't wait to get home from work to watch some videos!

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    "L's personal unlocking feature can learn about your environment and know if it's safe to unlock with a swipe or if the code should be required."

    Well, I put in a security method for a reason, i don't need Google's help on telling me when I do or do not need this security I chose to use.

    I bet it works on location(as well as WiFi), which should be fun when you are living in an apartment.

    • Sean Cummins

      I bet it's something you can turn off.

      • Swaginator

        I guarantee you it's something you can turn off.

      • Justin W

        I'm willing to bet it's opt-in, not opt-out.

    • KingofPing

      Google won't tell you. You will tell your device/Google.

      ...if you want to.

    • meijin3

      Do you really think this isn't going to be optional? This is a great feature.

      • Wesley Modderkolk

        I do think it is optional, but that does not mean I can say I dislike this feature.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Haha I love these articles where some moron with only a cursory understanding of the topic is always quick to pick fault with completely optional features.

      • Wesley Modderkolk

        And why was insulting me necessary?

        But I find the certainty of you telling me it is an optional quite interesting, knowing how this release isn't available yet. So how you can know it is optional, I don't know. You of course can assume, but to then claim it as a fact and call me a moron because I said I dislike a new feature is just childish and completely unnecessary.

  • http://djsblc.teamfreewill.net/ Lawrence Callaghan

    WOW. Google kicking it in the ass (apple's ass that is). Does not look like a toxic hell stew to me...

  • MrBamboocha

    Do anyone know which game he plays in the last Picture?

    • oa

      Piano tiles

    • dddde

      piano tiles is the game. it's great at the bar after your friends get drunk. you can pass it to them and they learn in 2 secs. you'll get a kick out of it :)

    • MrBamboocha

      Thank you ;)

  • Simon Belmont

    So glad we're finally getting authenticated devices as a stock Android feature. Moto X folks have had that for a while it's a really nice feature.

    I hope we'll still be able to have lock screen widgets. I use them a lot.

  • Daniel Collins

    I hate it.

  • Nick Chan

    Apple patent slide to unlock... Google innovates and creates a more intuitive way to unlock your phone. Well done Google!

    • Olf

      Slide to unlock, it is the old way... Just put your finger on the home button, your fingerprint do the rest.

      • Rafał Widalski

        Motorola Atrix few years before. Boom!

        • Olf

          Boom what ?
          We are talking intuitive, convenient... it need a well implemented feature.
          Try the two. If you say they are the same you are lying.
          It is like touchscreen. There were touchscreen before the iphone, but nothing was like the iphone...

          • Đức Thành

            exactly. if "nothing was like the iphone", then there should be no reason Apple should sue other companies for "copying" it.

            concept and implementation are different, what apple did was patent the concept and use it to sue every other implementation based off of that concept, even though they're clearly different from apple's, like what you're saying. furthermore, a basic concept like that shouldn't have been patented in the first place, since apple wasn't the first to use that concept. obvious patent troll is too obvious.

          • Olf

            If nothing was like the iPhone before the iPhone, it doesn't mean it was still the case after its release, so, I don't get your point.
            Actually, the main innovation brought by the iPhone is a radical improvement in intuitiveness and simplicity by allowing you directly manipulate UI with you fingers, giving the impression of the suppression of an intermediate between you and what you handle. The implementation use a capacitive multitouch screen, hardware accelerated animations and transitions that perfectly follow your finger on the screen and mimic real behavior so it looks natural (by laws of physics) and is immediately understandable.
            I don't know (and I don't care) if this legitimate a lawsuit, but the fact is that nowadays, all smartphones use this paradigm, and so are based on Apple work and take advantage of Apple R&D. And because it is the core feature that defines today a modern smartphone, I think it is legitimate to call all Android smartphone currently on the market an iPhone copy.

            Note that I make a difference between iPhone copies and counterfeit iPhone, like the first Galaxy S, which Samsung tuned to closely looks like the iPhone, and which, I think, legitimate a lawsuit.

    • andy_o

      There have been apps that do this for years. Delayed Lock is one, Tasker is another, albeit a bit more complicated to set up.

      • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

        And the majority of end users would never go to that much trouble. Having this feature backed into the OS, on the other hand...

        • andy_o

          Please read what I was responding to.

          • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

            What was wrong with what I said? The majority of consumers will not think or know to download a third-party app to enable lock screen customization. Plus, both of the apps you suggested are paid apps (Delayed Lock has a one week trial), which is another barrier to use.

          • andy_o

            Where did I say what you said was wrong? Read the whole thread again, starting with the guy I was responding to. Maybe this time you'll get it.

          • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85


  • Tomáš Petrík

    Anything about the quick settings?

    • ddpacino

      Given everything else I've seen, I'm positive that, too, is true.

    • kashtrey

      Nothing during IO, it got name dropped but it was one of the "many features" they skipped over for the sake of time.

      • Tomáš Petrík

        Well I hope they cover more features at the upcoming workshops and that we will also learn much more with the release of the system images tomorrow.

        • kashtrey

          Oh, I'm sure you'll know pretty much everything you'll want to know about quick settings tomorrow. I'm sure AP will be doing some in depth run throughs of the new features in the preview build over the next few days.

          • Tomáš Petrík

            I didn't mean just quick settings, but everything about L. But yeah, I trust AP on this.

  • Eike Baran

    Not sure if i'll like this or not. There are notifications that maybe make sense to be put on top of any other content on the screen. But there are also notifications which are not that important at the moment and that are well placed in the statusbar as it is now, so that i can continue what i'm doing now and check that notification later. I'm afraid that this feature can be annoying if you (for example) just want to browse a website and want to ignore whats going on on facebook or whatsapp and there are notifications popping up again and again and each time you have to swipe them away.

    • kashtrey

      You can control which notification are allowed to be "heads up" or not.

  • Sydney Aus

    Who cares if Android has had features for years. Apple implements them 10 times better, ain't no denying that. Google has basically copied all of Apple with today's announcements.
    Took them long enough to do something about the abysmal battery life. I don't know how psycho android fanboys even last a day on a full charge. I feel sorry for you guys.

    • WhyWai

      lol.. nice try.

    • Prasad Tiruvalluri

      You mean like ping and Mobileme? Totally right bro..

  • Alu Zeros

    One thing I still want customize which notifications and what order