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Downtime Updated in Android 5.1, Now Can choose from Priority or No Notifications Interrupting You

March 10, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

One of the cooler features in Android 5.0 was Downtime. It was basically Google’s view on Do Not Disturb, which just about all the manufacturers had built into their skin. The biggest issue with Downtime in Android 5.0 was the fact that it defaulted to Priority mode. So that you would still get notifications even though you were in the Downtime mode. Seeing as you can set downtime to enable automatically, a lot of people (or maybe just me) would use downtime for when they are asleep so they aren’t disturbed. And having Priority notifications come in isn’t exactly a good thing. The only notification, I think, that should come in while you’re asleep and your phone is in downtime is the Alarm. Because we wouldn’t want to miss that now would we?

New in Android 5.1, which just got released yesterday, users can now choose between Priority and None for notifications, as shown in the image above. Now if you go into Settings > Sounds & Notifications > Interruptions, you will see the settings for downtime at the bottom. I still think there should be a separate menu for Downtime, but not everything can be perfect, right? We’ve seen Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, and others do their own version of Do Not Disturb, and Google’s is getting there, but I still think that Motorola’s is the best. Since it’s integrated into their Motorola app, and it’s worked pretty well for me on the Moto X (2014).

It appears that plenty of tweaks were made to Lollipop in Android 5.1. We’re still finding out most of these tweaks that Google made. If you have a Nexus 5, you can go ahead and flash the factory image. However, it appears that the rest of the Nexus family is out of luck for now. As we don’t see any other factory images available yet. In the meantime, you’ll just have to sit back and wait on the OTA’s to come out for your Nexus device.

How many of you out there have already gotten your hands on the Android 5.1 OTA? If you have, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know what device you have.