The handling of notifications on Android keeps getting better. Last year, Google added Direct Reply. Thatâ€™s a way for those with Android phones and tablets to respond to messages without needing to switch apps. Rather than opening a different app, you can use Direct Reply to respond within a notification. For Android 8.0 Oreo, we have Notification Dots. Theyâ€™re these little, you guessed it, dots that pin themselves to an app icon whenever a notification comes in.
Notification Dots are an extension of App Shortcuts, which also arrived in 2016. If youâ€™re familiar with App Shortcuts, youâ€™ll understand how the new feature works.
Hereâ€™s how to use Notification Dots on Android 8.0 Oreo:
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