Android to get 'game changer' upgrade putting end to notification overload

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This image shows notifications displayed on an Android smartphones screen. — Level Up Coding via Priyank Kumar
This image shows notifications displayed on an Android smartphone's screen. — Level Up Coding via Priyank Kumar

Google has unveiled its first test build of new software for Android which will give users a game changer upgrade that prevents their phone from constantly pinging with notifications.

The upgrade — set to be released later this year — follows a surprise upgrade introduced earlier by the tech company that enables users to edit messages, The US Sun reported.

Tech enthusiasts have discovered a new feature in the Android 15 beta called "Notification cooldown", which is ideal for those who have experienced excessive alerts from the same source, such as multiple WhatsApp messages or heavy work emails.

According to the feature description, the tool cuts down the number of notifications from pinging your phone all at once by "gradually lowering the notification volume when you get many successive notifications from the same app".

It offers three options: apply to all notifications, apply to conversations, or switch it off.

The Android Authority website revealed the upcoming feature, describing it as a "game changer".

"What's gonna happen to me!" one user joked. "I'm that guy who does it."

Another added: "I only need this because my children can't seem to grasp putting more than one sentence in a text."

Android 15, codenamed Vanilla Ice Cream, is set to introduce numerous new features and design changes, with the first beta providing an early preview of what to expect.

Some of the updates that are probably in the works include partial screen sharing, more in-app camera controls and the return of lock screen widgets