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Android L follows iOS 8, brings on interactive notification center

Android L Interactive Notifications Center

Google got its annual I/O conference off to a fast start on Wednesday when it announced that it would be bringing interactive notifications to Android starting with Android L. This was a key feature that Apple added with iOS 8, as it will let you respond to or dismiss your notifications right from your notifications center instead of going into notifications’ individual apps.

Among other things, the notification center will make sure that when you receive a phone call, it won’t interrupt what you’re doing on your device. So for instance, if you’re playing a game on your Android phone and a friend calls, their call notification won’t take up the entire screen. Rather, it will pop up at the top of your display and give you the option of either answering or dismissing it. Additionally, the new notifications centers makes it much easier to unlock your phones with alternatives to traditional PIN numbers while also giving you more options for prioritizing your notifications.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.