Google Reportedly Testing Facebook Messenger-Like Bubble Chat Notifications on Android Q

Google has released the first Android Q Beta 1 to its Pixel devices including the original Pixel and Pixel XL launched back in 2016

Highlights
  • Google is planning to release six betas of Android Q in the next five months
  • The Bubble Chat Heads feature might make its way into Android Q with third or fourth beta version

Last week Google announced the first beta of Android Q for early adopters and preview SDK for developers. The search giant has announced that the Android Q Beta 1 is available on all Pixel devices including the old Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This means the Android Q Beta 1 is available to Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users right now. Google, however, has revealed that it made Android Q Beta available for Pixel and Pixel XL on popular demand of the consumers. The search giant has confirmed that the company will give out more and more details about Android Q in Google I/O which is scheduled to take place in the month of May this year.

Facebook Messenger-Like Chat Heads Coming With Android Q

Google announced several key features of the Android Q last week while announcing its availability for the early adopters. Some of the key highlights of the Android Q includes privacy-related features, control over location, features to engage users, support for foldable phones and innovative new screens support, changes in settings panels, improved connectivity, Wi-Fi performance mode, more peer-to-peer and internet connectivity and others. It looks like Google is working on more and more features like Facebook Messenger like bubble chat heads which is famous among Messenger users.

Google is working to bring Facebook Messenger-like chat heads with Android Q to all the compatible Android devices. The search giant is reportedly testing the bubble chat heads feature currently and apparently, all notifications will be displayed via these chat heads, regardless of the applications. These bubble chat heads will work similar to Facebook Messenger. This means that the stack of notifications can be moved anywhere on the screen as per the user’s requirement.

According to an 9to5google report, the Facebook Messenger-like chat heads will include a blue dot in the top right which when expanded will line up the bubbles horizontally at the top of the phone screen. After which the user will be able to see the name of the app, and also a button to open the notification and a shortcut to open the notification channels setting. With the Facebook Messenger-like chat head the users will be able to chat via notifications as is the case with conventional notifications. As noted, all system and app alerts will be shown in the bubble chat head format.

As of now, there’s no confirmation whether Google will implement this feature as the default for all devices running on Android Q software. Reports suggest that like all features this Facebook Messenger-like chat head feature can also be enabled or disabled based on user’s requirement. Google will reveal more details about the Android Q features at Google I/O in May.

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