Skype adds Android 11 bubble support as Slack begins testing it
With Android 11, Google finally added support for the long-overdue Bubble notification API, allowing developers to display messages and notifications in a free-floating window on top of other apps. The API was first introduced with Android 10 Beta 2 as an opt-in feature for developers but didn’t make it to the final release for users. But with Android 11, the feature gained a user-facing toggle and was formally incorporated into the OS.
However, Android 11 supporting the Bubble API is only half part of the story. To take advantage of the feature, it needs to be implemented by app developers as well. That’s the reason a majority of popular apps don’t support displaying notifications in a bubble yet. So far, we have seen Google Messages and Facebook Messenger adding chat head bubbles support. Telegram has also been working on adding bubbles for a while now. Now, Skype for Android has become the latest app to join the list to support displaying notifications in chat head bubbles.
As first spotted by Twitter user @tonypalus, the latest version of Skype, version 22.214.171.124 to be precise, now supports bubbles for notifications. We were able to confirm the same on a ZenFone 7 Pro running Android 11.
After updating to the latest version, you should see a new option called Bubbles in Skype’s app settings. Here’s a screenshot showing the feature in action, courtesy of our tipster.
Apart from Skype, it looks like Slack is also testing adding support for bubble notifications in Android 11. Android app developer/reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzz has discovered evidence that the popular team communication app might soon bring floating notifications to its Android app.
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) December 15, 2020
The feature isn’t live in the latest stable version of the Slack app yet. However, we’ll be sure to let you known when it finally goes live for Android 11 users.