Android N is on the way in a few months, and search engine giant Google is spending a lot of time polishing the upcoming major update before it is sent out to the Android user public in a final release version. We’ve already covered Android 7.0 N’s supposedly native VR mode and the new Clear All option in the Recents menu that will finally bring some clarity and cohesiveness to Android as a whole. Now, Google has leaked yet another “goodie” in the Android N Developer Preview that will help users become more productive. The new feature is called “Full Importance.”
Full Importance contains 5 different settings that let you, the user, determine just how important certain types of notifications really are. Whereas now in Android Marshmallow, you will receive all notifications as long as you’re connected to the internet, Android 7.0 or Android N as it’s being called for now, will give users the power to decide whether a notification is of “low importance,” “normal importance,” “high importance,” or of “urgent importance” (meaning that you want to know these things immediately and not wait to view them later).
Currently, notifications are mostly an “all” or “none” proposition, though you can customize which apps provide notifications and which ones don’t. Even with the current setup, though, you can’t dictate whether or not certain notifications make a sound or arrive at the top of your notification window. Some notifications in Android N can be set to “silent” meaning that, while they will appear, they won’t make a sound and disturb you. Certain other ones can make a sound to notify you that something is urgent and needs attention right away.
Android 7.0 N looks to bring a number of useful features, some that Samsung users have long enjoyed (such as multi-window mode, what Google could provide under another name for Android users) and others that Android users are waiting to enjoy. As with every major update, and all the little ones in between, it’s that time of year when Android users prepare their handsets — and their bragging rights.