‘Floating bubbles’ feature is being tested out in Android Messages

Did you know that one of the things that Google initially intended for Android 10 was to have floating bubbles notification as a feature? Unfortunately, for some reason, it did not make the final cut, even if a series of tests have been done in beta versions.

However, the ‘floating bubbles’ notification feature is still on the table and is currently in development. And guess what? It may just be added to a future version of the Android operating system. Google is currently testing out this feature as well in the Messages app.

And the biggest secret is this…

If you know how to enable features in the Developer Options, you might just be able to activate it on your device and see how it works.

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‘Floating Bubbles’ notification coming to Android

'Floating Bubbles' notification coming to Android
‘Floating Bubbles’ notification coming to Android

Just this April, Google rolled out Android 10 Beta 2 for its Pixel devices with the introduction of a new bubbles notification feature. Do you have any idea what this feature might be?

Basically, this feature works just like Facebook Messenger’s chat heads, with floating bubbles for ongoing conversations.

Unfortunately, this did not make it to the stable release of Android 10. And the bubble notification system is expected to completely replace the overlay API in a future release of the operating system.

Enable ‘floating bubbles’ feature manually

I think we have already established that this feature, unfortunately, did not make it to a stable Android version. But there is a trick that might just do the job for you.

Thanks to folks at XDA Developers, they were able to uncover a way on how to enjoy the bubble notification feature on your Android smartphone.

Enable 'floating bubbles' feature manually
Enable ‘floating bubbles’ feature manually

Once someone sends you a message, a bubble then appears at the edge of your screen. You will then see the picture of the sender of the message as well as the preview of that message. If you will not tap on it, the preview will disappear and then will be replaced with a notification dot.

On the other hand, tapping on it will open an overlay where you can quickly reply to the sender without having to actually open the Messages app on your device. And that’s not it, same with Facebook Messenger, you can also release it by holding and dragging it to the ‘x’ icon at the bottom of your screen.

XDA Developers shares a way on how to enable the bubble notification manually
XDA Developers shares a way on how to enable the bubble notification manually

Finally, when the feature becomes officially available, you can always go to the app settings and disable them y turning the toggle off for Bubbles, especially if you are not a big fan.

So, are you ready to have a bubble feature on your Android smartphone? Follow these steps in order to make use of it.

Go to your phone’s Settings > Developer Options > Bubbles. Google also has urged developers to try on the API on their respective apps. This is so that the supported apps are ready when the feature is too. This will most likely be in Android 11, isn’t that good news?

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