In Android Q, Google is bringing artificial intelligence to your notifications. With Adaptive Notifications.
This new feature has shown up for the first time in the fourth beta for Android Q. It is essentially a way for Google to automatically manage your notifications, using AI. It falls in-line with the branding for its other AI features like Adaptive Brightness and Adaptive Battery. Though, those features have had their fair set of issues, it'll be interesting to see if that happens with Adaptive Notifications.
With Adaptive Notifications, Google has redesigned the UI a little bit. If you head into Settings, tap on Apps & Notifications and then Notifications, you will see a new section for Adaptive Notifications. There are two settings here, "Automatic Prioritization" and "Suggested Actions and Replies".
Automatic Prioritization is said to set lower priority notifications to gentle. This way you won't be interrupted for a notification that doesn't mean much, like an email from Twitter. Then the Suggested Actions and Replies does exactly what it sounds like, it'll suggest actions and replies for specific apps. Making it easier to deal with these notifications.
"Gentle" notifications aren't shown in the status bar. Essentially they will notify you, then go away. So this is meant for those notifications that you don't need to deal with. Hence the "Gentle"name.
Google has also made it possible for you to adjust the level of each particular notification. So for example, with Google Photos, you have a ton of different notifications that you can receive. From backup suggestions to Assistant notifications. These will be set automatically, but if you don't like how Adaptive Notifications has done it, you can toggle them back and forth yourself. Which does make things much easier for everyone.
Basically, with Android Q, you're going to be able to really adjust what notifications you receive and what ones stay in the status bar. Which should make it easier to use your smartphone in Android Q. Seeing as many of us get hundreds of notifications every single day, this is going to be a great way to really deal with all of these notifications, instead of needing to swipe so many of them away.
Google has been working on notifications with the last few releases of Android. Grouping notifications together, so that Gmail emails don't take up your entire notification shade. It has also added different priority levels, so you can deal with the more important notifications first, before the less important ones. And now it's adding Adaptive Notifications. It's more artificial intelligence for your smartphone, and it'll be interesting to see how it works over time.
This is just some of the many, minor features that are available in Android Q Beta 4. There's plenty of other changes in this beta. This is going to be the final beta before the two release candidates come out, starting next month. So it's nearly final, and that makes it a good time to flash the beta onto your Pixel smartphone – and it does support all three generations.