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[Update: Gradually rolling out to more users] Smart Replies come to more apps and automatically suggest contextual actions

We've all had to switch from one app to another to complete a particular task, whether it's opening Google Maps to look up an address you've been texted, scheduling an appointment in your calendar after receiving an email, or even looking up an artist a friend has just told you about. These are simple tasks that AI can identify easily, just like Android already does when long pressing a number or an address. We recently got tipped about the fact that Q would suggest Quick Actions directly in your notifications based on a message's content, and Google has officially confirmed Android Q will automatically recognize context to recommend the next action you're likely to perform after receiving a message, saving you the trouble of switching apps.

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Chrome OS 76 fixes the biggest problem with notifications on Chromebooks: the 'clear all' button

Chrome OS has come a long way from the days of the CR-48, but it still has a few basic usability problems, and among them is notification management. Chromebooks can show Android app and native notifications together, but clearing those notifications is a pain since the button is hidden. According to Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks, the button is now visible at the top of the notification area in the current Chrome OS 76 Canary builds.

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You can't silence or block notifications for Messages on Android Q Beta 3

Every beta version of any software brings on a slew of bugs and issues, but Android Q's most recent Beta 3 has been even more frustrating than usual. We've covered several issues with it, but there are also some changes that we don't know how to categorize. Bugs? New features? Half-baked transitions? One of them is the disappearance of notification snoozing and now we've noticed another baffling change: you can't silence or control priority for notifications from Messages.

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[Update: Public API gone] On Android Q, your default Notification Assistant app can manage and adjust other apps' notifications

Diving into a new Android beta version's settings and sub-menus is fun. You often stumble on something that leaves you scratching your head, wondering whether it's new, and confused about what it's supposed to do. That's the case with the new Notification Assistant setting on Android Q, and upon closer inspection, this little menu may hide some very interesting changes to notification management that we didn't expect.

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Android Q Beta 3 introduces simpler alert options for notifications

The third beta of Android Q is in the wild now, and it's a mixed bag so far. There are some good things, like the updated gesture navigation system; and some bad, like the loss of notification snoozing. Certain things are also seeing iterative changes, like the simplified notification alert settings that have appeared in Q Beta 3.

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Notification snoozing has disappeared in Android Q Beta 3 for some, hopefully it's a bug

The ability to snooze notifications is a divisive feature, with some (like me) using it fairly often and others at AP saying they never do. If you fall into the first camp and have installed the third Android Q Beta that became available yesterday, you may have noticed that snoozing is no longer possible.

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Android Q Beta 3 adds location sharing reminders for background apps

Android Q already introduced a new feature that allows users to restrict an app's access to location data so it is only available while the app is in the foreground. Along with this change, a new screen was also added to Settings that gives users far more visibility of current settings and which apps have recently used this access to get your position. A new aspect of these enhancements was introduced during the Google I/O keynote that will give reminders to users when an app is accessing location while sitting in the background.

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Android Q Beta 2 adds a seekable progress bar for music and YouTube notifications

It turns out that Android Q's second beta release actually has a lot of great additions packed in. Case in point: media notifications now have progress bars, and they're seekable, too. This should make things a lot more convenient for those who like to jump around during music, podcast, or video playback.

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Android Q Beta 2 'Bubbles' are basically system-level chat heads

You might recall the massive failure that was Facebook Home, but one part of that disaster became an integral part of the Messenger app: chat heads. In Android Q Beta 2, Google has unveiled a framework to make chat head-like functionality part of Android. It could be more than that eventually, but it doesn't appear to do much of anything right now.

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Firefox is experimenting with blocking website notification requests by default

You know how websites ask for permission to send you notifications all the time, and how you almost never agree to it? Mozilla noticed that too, and has started an experiment in its Firefox Nightly browser build that blocks those requests until users take certain actions on a site.

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