[Feature or Bug?] On Oreo, when DND turns off, you get barraged with the sounds and vibrations of all pending received notifications

Ding! Ding! D-D-D-D-D-Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! D-D-D-Ding! Ding! 

That’s the sound you will hear every morning if you’re on Android Oreo and you use Do Not Disturb during the night. For some reason, DND and notifications work differently since the latest update to Oreo: when your phone exits DND, it will proceed to play the sound or do the vibration of every notification that was received during the time it was stuck in DND.

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Android Messages has broken new SMS notifications for many people since its latest update

Google fixeth and Google breaketh away. That’s the mantra of any app or software update from our beloved company (we’re really sadist, aren’t we?). The latest update to version 2.5.207 of Android Messages seems to have broken one essential feature for a messenger app: notifications.

It looks like notifications will stop working at some point in the app, thus no longer informing you of incoming SMS: no sound, no pop-up, no vibration.

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Samsung’s TouchWiz Home launcher adds swipe down gesture to open the notifications panel

While most of us here on Android Police use third-party launchers for their added customization options, many users stick with the default launcher that comes on their device because it does the job well enough. One of the reasons I switch to Nova is gestures, because I love swiping down on the homescreen to open the notification panel, since reaching the top of the display can sometimes be cumbersome, especially one-handed.

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Tasker can hide Android Oreo’s ‘App is running in the background’ notifications, root not required

One of Android Oreo’s many new features is a persistent notification for each app that runs in the background. While this is certainly helpful for the average person, it can get old quick for power users that frequently run applications like Tasker and LastPass. If the messages really get on your nerves, you can now use Tasker and the Notification Listener plugin to hide them.

You can view the whole instruction guide at XDA, but it involves installing both Tasker and Notification Listener (linked at the bottom of this post) and importing a Tasker profile.

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Facebook wants to fill up your notifications with even more memories


Facebook is one of the easiest ways to take a stroll down memory lane, what with its endless collection of your ancient photos and comments. But while Facebook usually highlights memories from years past, now it’s adding options for more recent memories too. The company is today launching a new experience that recaps memories from the past month or season. At first glance, it’s a little puzzling; we imagine most people don’t have such short term recollection that they need to be reminded what happened a month ago, and it’s not like I don’t already have enough recap notifications on…

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PlayStation update brings faster Twitch streaming, less annoying notifications


The PlayStation 4’s upcoming 5.0 firmware will update streaming and social features, as well as notifications, according to a report by Eurogamer released today. Of those, only the latter sounds useful. Firmware 5.0 will allow PS4 Pro owners to stream on Twitch at 1080p and 60FPS. That’s … nice, I suppose, though I presume this means the PS4’s Twitch software will remain simplistic in other ways. Another update, more useful for all of us who don’t own PS4 Pros, is the ability to check your notifications from the Quick Menu. This means you won’t have to go back to the…

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Android Messages v2.3 update that adds ‘Mark as Read’ button in notifications is now available for all [APK Download]

Android Messages v2.3 was introduced with Android O Developer Preview 3 back in June, and it brought a small yet powerful thing: a ‘Mark as read’ button in notifications. This was something that many people were glad to see, but it was only available in DP3. Now, Android Messages v2.3 has rolled out to all devices, meaning that all of you can now experience what a wonderful feature this is.

Sometimes you just want a text message that you’ve received to be marked as read without having to open it.

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Chromebooks may soon sync your SMS notifications

Google can’t seem to decide on a chat protocol and stick with it for any length of time, but SMS has been around for years and will continue to exist long into the future. The problem: it’s tied to your phone. Some third-party apps can sync notifications to your computer, but Google looks to be preparing a built in SMS connection for Chrome OS.

The new “Connected Devices” setting has been popping up on some devices seemingly at random.

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Android O feature spotlight: Notifications for apps displaying over other apps can once again be disabled

Android O’s first developer preview brought us screen overlay notifications. These are sometimes helpful, but they’re also rather annoying for apps like Facebook Messenger that use chat heads. Today’s release of the fourth and last O developer preview allows users to hide that notification, although there are still some other annoying ones that can’t be hidden.

left: Three annoying notifications. right: Two annoying notifications.

The notification that can be hidden is the “[App] is displaying over other apps” one.

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