Android N importance setting levels

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Android N Developer Preview has brought a new feature, a feature that allows user to control the way he gets notified about different tasks by setting their level of importance. Until Android Marshmallow, there were only three options available to the user – “show notifications silently”, “Block all notifications”, don’t silence or block.

After turning the System UI turner on, under “Other”, you will find a “full importance” toggle. Switch it ON. The importance settings on your device will change to a 5-point setting bar, which indicates 5-levels of importance. This can be accessed by long-pressing a notification.

The 5 importance levels of notification bar in Android N are as follows:

  • Blocked – Never shows such notification
  • Low – Show these notifications to the bottom and in silent
  • Normal – Show these notifications silently
  • High – Show these notifications at the top, with sound
  • Urgent – Peek these notifications on to the screen by making a sound

With the N developer Preview 2, Android has added a sixth importance notification setting level tot he bar. S now when you turn on this feature, instead of 5, you will find 6 points on the setting bar. The sixth importance setting goes in between the blocked and low importance and is called as “minimum importance”. Also, this changes the way the other notification levels behave.

  • Blocked – Never shows such notification
  • Minimum – Show these notifications to the bottom and in silent
  • Low – Show these notifications silently
  • Normal – Allow these notifications with sound
  • High – Peek these notifications on to the screen by making a sound
  • Urgent – Show these notifications on the top, with sound and allow them to peek onto the screen

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