Google Messages will get Android 11 Bubbles “over the next month”

Ricky, 13 June 2020

Following the release of the first build of Android 11 Beta, Google’s official Reddit handle /u/androidbetaprogram has posted that Android Messages will be working with Android 11’s new Bubbles API “over the next month”.

For those who are enrolled in the Android Messages Beta app through the Play Store, you can expect Bubbles “in the next week or two”. Of course, those users will need to be running the Android 11 Beta.

Android 11 will enable third party apps to use “Bubbles”, a new API that lets an app minimize its instance into a floating circle that’s drawn over the UI. As a new notification comes in, the Bubbled app opens over another app that’s currently open. You can expect this experience to be akin to Chat Heads on Facebook Messenger.

Source: XDA Developers Source: XDA Developers Source: XDA Developers Source: XDA Developers
Back in December, Google was discovered to be testing a floating Bubbles feature.

The post also explains that Bubbles is a feature controlled by the application, so app developers must enable Bubbles for their third-party apps.

I personally don’t like Chat Heads, and I find the Bubbles features to be potentially obtrusive and clogs the interface. What do you think of this new Android 11 feature? Do you see this kind of feature convenient of a nuisance?

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  • trailertrash

I wondered what the bubble was when recently appearing on my Sharp Aquos - spent ages trying to get rid! Hate it.

  • altich

I don't see any added value to such bubbles. I pops up whenever you don't need it. That's the first feature that I disables when Facebook messenger launched a similar feature.

  • Smith

Yes. Samsung always been ahead of Google when it comes to features

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