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Report: Android N will feature redesigned notification shade and quick settings

Derek Walter | March 2, 2016
The possible interface tweaks bring more options to the drop-down settings menu and sharply refine bundles of notifications.

Along with a new treat-inspired name, there’s usually some major change to Android design and functionality with each major release.

If a report in Android Police is accurate, we may see a new design in the notification shade and some helpful additions to the quick settings menu with Android N. The article cautions that these are mockups based on an early build, which means the final version could look substantially different. 

The first marked change is to the notification shade, which refashions the interface away from stark, separate cards and toward more of a unified appearance.

The other major adjustment is to the quick settings, which moves some icons around and appears to add multiple pages. This would give you access to more commands once you make the shade appear with a two-finger swipe.

If there is really an early build of N floating around out there, we may see more leaks leading up to when Google will presumably show us more at I/O.

Why this matters: The most visible change to Android Marshmallow was Google Now on Tap, but the signature features were under-the-hood improves like Doze and App Standby. Android N might be time for Google to tweak the interface again, as evidenced by this new material. The major rumor that’s been circling around is the disappearance of the app drawer, but we’ve yet to see any substantial proof yet.


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