Notification bubbles reach the Samsung Galaxy with the update to One UI 3.0: thanks to the aforementioned version of the custom layer based on Android 11 allows you to see app alerts as bubbles. Of course, this feature is not enabled by default as some steps must be taken to make it work.
Facebook introduced bubble-shaped notifications years ago, a round notice that’s superimposed on the screen to indicate there’s something new to read. Hated by some and desired by others, notification bubbles have officially arrived on Android after Google introduced them in version number 11, the most recent. And with the various updates the bubbles are already exploding in the mobiles of manufacturers like Samsung. Do you want to activate them in yours?
To have bubbles, you need Android 11 and compatible applications
With the arrival of One UI 3.0 on the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, owners of these phones are not only getting the aforementioned version of the layer, but also the features included in Android 11. Smart notifications, increased privacy, unique permissions for camera, microphone, and locati on access
One UI 3.0 does not have active notification bubbles by default, but it is also not very difficult to start them. The process is as follows:
- Go to the settings of your Samsung Galaxy. Remember that must be updated to One UI 3.0.
- Enter the “Notifications” menu.
- Go to “Advanced settings” and go to “Floating notifications”. This is Samsung’s name for notification bubbles.
- In “Floating notifications” you must click on “Sandwiches”. From this point on, all apps that support balloons will show this option.
- For an app to notify new reviews as a balloon, you must click the little icon in the upper right corner when you get a notification. From that point on, all reviews will be like a sandwich or a bubble.
- To deactivate the bubble for an application (or a contact), you must do the same process: click on the notification icon (in the notification area, not in the bubble). This icon will display a box with a cross inside.
You can drag the bubbles to any edge of the screen, it is possible to hide them (just bring them to the bottom of the screen) and you can also reply directly from them. If you read the balloons, the messages will not be marked as read; as long as you don’t click these bubbles to open the chat as a floating window.
Notification bubbles aren’t included in too many apps right now. Telegram has them, for example, also the messaging app from Google, Skype or Facebook Messenger. And if you don’t have One UI 3.0, Samsung has notifications that work quite similar: the ‘Smart Popup View’. You can activate this view from ‘Advanced functions’ in the settings of your Samsung Galaxy.