So maybe Apple isn't as bad at notifications as some would say ...
It amazes me that iOS has had this from day one, third party Android vendors including Samsung, Sony, and HTC have all created they own solutions, and yet Android made it to the letter "P" still without this feature.
I just upgraded to Oreo this week it remains to be seen just how many emails and messages I'm going to miss now that I can't see whether or not I have anything unread in these applications. It's frustrating.
The current trend is to do away with these distractions and allow people to focus.
What you're arguing for is the exact opposite. You're asking for the distraction. Persistent reminders that you are neglecting a particular App.
The Oreo model means I either have to have notifications (which are actual distractions) or I simply have no clue if something needs to be dealt with. For a device designed for communication, this is important. It's not a distraction, it's literally the reason I have the device.
That combined with notifications set to repeat on messages (like old feature phones used to) means I'll get a few pings from people I'd like to hear from. Everything and everyone else is silence until I decide to unlock and look.
The only thing I miss on iPhone is a notification LED as even with repeat I occasionally miss a message or call from friends. Then again perhaps I don't: in all my years on Android, and paying for several LED apps, I never once got the simple notification behaviour I sought from an LED. Not once. Android always overwrote it with something else, or Google's preferred colour or different behaviour.
My old feature phones and early GSM mobiles managed to do LEDs sanely enough.
That was my solution to having a bunch of apps on my phone that I don't use.
(Not sure about ‘for an amount of time’, but you can mute or disable from a notification.)
No, I DONT want the latest news from X. If I did I’d use your RSS feed or Twitter or FV or something else.
Thankfully the apple watch has addressed this by actually waking me up when i get a call, so i can just turn vibrate + Do Not Disturb on, but it’s so confusing how they market their mobile devices as being for professionals when their notifications settings feel like they haven’t been updated since they were introduced. The resulting notification system (especially Do Not Disturb and the vibrate physical switch) feels like a toy.
iOS has the option to whitelist DnD phone calls. I have Pager Duty on it, my boss, as well as a few trusted colleagues that know to only call if something _needs_ my immediate attention. In addition my family knows that my phone will always ring if you call me twice in a row, and that they can always do this if they need me.
There are times when I do not want to pick up a phone calls. We use to just be able to pretend to not be at home, or to actually leave home to not receive calls. I want DnD to filter out the calls that I would previously screen with an answering machine when avoiding people.
Regardless, it’s frustrating Apple prioritizes a simple interface over usage. Not terribly surprising for a phone, but again, it’s much less a useful tool for it.
AFAICT, Android never even incorporated the designs in this patent.
Apple bought it last spring, and based on the imagery from the WWDC keynote on Siri Shortcuts, SS is the same Workflow app with deeper system integration.
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No shit, Verge. No I won't. I'd rather not read the article.
There are barely any new features other than some small quality of life improvements, like these changes to notifications.