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Android Oreo enables priority notifications in battery saver mode for Android Wear: Report

The small change will ensure users do not miss out on improtant notifications even in battery saver mode.

  • Published: August 30, 2017 12:12 AM IST
Google announces Android Oreo

Android Oreo announced by Google earlier this month brings quite a few changes to the OS. One of the most significant changes has been to Notifications in smartphones. However, Android O is not focusing only on the smartphones but will be bringing changes even to Android Wear platform. One of the most significant changes will be in the way the two work to update Priority Notifications even when the wearable is in Battery Saver mode.

Traditionally, once the gadget enters the battery saver mode, the notifications are automatically turned off in order to save battery and help the device last longer. However, the new update over-rides the mode for priority notifications like alarms or notifications from Hangouts and will vibrate to give information. Google has already listed the feature on Android Source and mentions that along with the alarm, the timer (if set) will vibrate too. Users can even set priority Hangout notifications – they will not vibrate but be visible on the display. ALSO READ: Pixel Launcher 2.0 now available for other Android smartphones, updated with Oreo features

The feature is only for Android Wear and not for smartphones. However, the feature will not be available for the current Android Wear platform. It is expected to be announced with the new Android Wear 2.1 or Android Wear 3.0 which will be based on Android Oreo and rolled out soon. If the older Android Wear devices do not upgrade to the newer version, the users will not be able to access the feature. The reason Android Oreo brings to update to smart watches is because the watches do not come with speakers and thus, cannot sound notifications except through vibrations.

Android Wear has not been as successful as hoped with tough competition from the emerging players like Fitbit, Samsung, and Apple which rely on their own platforms instead of adopting Android Wear. However, the segment is slowly growing and Google is making small but significant changes to the platform. Apart from Android Wear, Android O is also bringing changes to smartphone apps. Apps can now directly integrate with Google Assistant – so that the Assistant can be powered up from within an app. ALSO READ: How to get Android Oreo on Xiaomi Mi 3, Mi 4 right now

Apps can create a task manager which lets users access the voice assistant from within the app. This will definitely raise up security concerns but it is something that most assistants have been experimenting with. The new feature will not affect split window browsing as the new assistant activity will be shown in a separate card on top of the currently open apps. First reported by XDADevelopers, the feature will be integrated with the Android O update as it starts rolling out to users. A new Pixel launcher is also available for Pixel and Nexus range of smartphones which brings added functionalities to the device.

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  • Published Date: August 30, 2017 12:12 AM IST