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Android 12 DP3 relocates the stacked notification count

Android 12 DP3 relocates the stacked notification count

Just about every major Android update has come with some changes to the notifications, sometimes in the form of major functional additions, or possibly just some minor layout tweaks. Google already made a change in the first Android 12 developer preview to put notification snoozing in a more easily accessed location, but the latest update to DP3 is adjusting the layout of stacked notifications so the total is more visible and makes better use of space.

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Android 12 is going to make it easier to stop useless notifications on your Wear OS smartwatch

Android 12 is going to make it easier to stop useless notifications on your Wear OS smartwatch

One of the smaller but more interesting changes spotted in Android 12 Developer Preview 3 is a new level of granular control over apps that can access the notification listener service. In Android 11, it's an all-or-nothing switch: either a helper app (like Android Wear, Android Auto, or Fitbit) can access all your notification data, or it can't. Starting with A12 DP3, things are a little more subtle.

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Arlo camera app catches up to Nest with animated video notifications

Arlo camera app catches up to Nest with animated video notifications

If you're a fan of Arlo's line of smart home camera equipment, you've probably been waiting for a few of its features to catch up to the likes of Nest. Today one of them does, at least if you're a subscriber to the Arlo Smart premium package. With the latest app update, you can see animated video previews in the notification for Arlo cameras and video doorbells.

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The first Android 12 preview lands today with more changes than we expected

The first Android 12 preview lands today with more changes than we expected

The Android 12 Developer Preview lands today! Breaking with the expected schedule, Google has just pushed out our very first taste of the next version of Android, available now for the Pixel 3 series, 3a series, Pixel 4 series, Pixel 4a series, and the lonesome Pixel 5. Developers that this release actually targets can also get their Android 12 on via Android Studio's emulator.

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Google is experimenting in Android 12 with disabling the little-known notification half-swipe

Google is experimenting in Android 12 with disabling the little-known notification half-swipe

Google may be experimenting with turning off one of Android's lesser-used features. Most folks don't know it, but you can half-drag a notification to bring up additional options for it. Once upon a time, you could use that to snooze notifications (and that has a new spot in Android 12), but now it's just a way to trigger the per-notification settings, just like a long-press. Well, given its functionality was both limited, non-intuitive, and a duplicate, it's probably no surprise that Google's experimenting with outright disabling it.

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Snoozing notifications becomes more convenient with Android 12

Snoozing notifications becomes more convenient with Android 12

Every major Android update has come with some number of adjustments to notifications, some are only minor or completely under the hood, and others can really change how you interact with notifications. Fans of the snooze feature will be pleased to find that it's going to be even more accessible with Android 12. The new version places a button prominently on any notification that can be snoozed, so you don't have to waste time partially swiping ever again.

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How to bring back Chrome's native notifications (and get rid of the duplicate desktop ones)

How to bring back Chrome's native notifications (and get rid of the duplicate desktop ones)

Notifications on Google Chrome are basically dead... well, at least the ones the browser itself generates. A while ago, the company made an effort to join its notifications with the user's OS-bound notification center and, depending on how you've set that up (or not), that can end up being more annoying to deal with. Fortunately, there's a way to bypass that nonsense!

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Google offers a silly solution for multilingual Android Auto users: Stick to one language

Google offers a silly solution for multilingual Android Auto users: Stick to one language

Google may offer quite some options for multilingual users, but there are still many hurdles when using the Assistant, Gboard, and other Google apps in two or more languages. Over the last year and a half or so, the problems have also moved over to Android Auto. Bilingual users have been reporting that the Assistant reads notifications in the wrong language, resulting in word soup and unintelligible sounds. After months of working on resolving the problem, Google has finally found a, uhm, let's call it solution: Just remove your secondary language from the Assistant.

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No excuses: Google Assistant birthday reminder notifications are showing up for some

No excuses: Google Assistant birthday reminder notifications are showing up for some

Towards the end of last month, Google announced some new features for its Snapshot Assistant interface which bring it closer to what we always hoped Google Now would become. Among the new capabilities was a birthday reminder, said to be coming soon to English-speaking markets along with a notification so that you can't miss it. These appear to be functional now, so keep an eye out for them.

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Android 11 lets firm presses expand bundled notifications

Android 11 lets firm presses expand bundled notifications

Now that Android 11's codebase has been released, folks have started digging through looking for smaller changes that may have gone unnoticed — or which hide future as-yet-unimplemented features. One small but potentially useful tweak has been spotted: Android 11 expands the utility of the new "firm" or "deep" press feature on the Pixel 4 and later to let you expand bundled notifications.

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