Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Android’s Notification Center

Notifications from our devices are almost second nature for us these days. Hardly an hour goes by that we aren't pulling out our phones, checking our status bars, and then putting our phones back in our pockets. For Android users, this is especially true, as it is one of the primary ways of interacting with their devices. Unlock your screen, read a few emails, approve some friend requests, and like your buddy's check-in, across three different applications, all directly from the notification bar. But this is an entirely different world for some. Particularly, iOS has a long history of not getting notifications quite right, and iOS developers didn't have the same kind of fine-grained control over their apps' notifications. It wasn't possible to receive silent notifications, to possibly wait and post them later. Things have changed in iOS 7, but the bad taste still remains in the mouths of some, and notifications are still lacking some key features that Android developers have been enjoying for years. It's been long touted that Android 'got' notifications right from the beginning. All of your notifications were centralized in one logical place on your phone, right in the system bar, next to your battery and signal strength settings. But to understand what Android's notification system is capable of, it's important to understand its roots, and how the system evolved. Since Android let developers fully control their own background processes, they were able to create and show notifications at any time, for any reason. There was never a notion of delivering a notification to the application or to the status bar. It was delivered wherever you wanted it. You could access this from anywhere, at any time. Since the majority of applications didn't force a fullscreen design, users could pull down the notification 'drawer' whenever they wanted. For many people, Android was their first smartphone, and this type of notification system deviated from the notification paradigm that existed before, one where you had to arduously open every single application that had information for you, whether it be missed calls, SMSes, or emails.

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