The Android operating system has gone through a huge redesign this year and it has given us a few interesting new features to look forward to.
The latest news to come out of the company comes from a new video from Android VP for Product, James Kipnis, which highlights a new feature in the Android SDK called “Device Actions”.
These are a new type of feature that lets developers target specific apps or devices in a developer-friendly way.
They have been on the radar of Android OEMs for some time, but now that the SDK has been released, we now have a good overview of what to expect from the feature.
In this video, James explains how Device Actions work and what it means for developers.
Devices can be “activated” by tapping the notification bar at the top of the screen.
This allows developers to trigger a quick “wake lock” that can be triggered via a swipe of the notification or a quick tap on the lock screen.
Device Actions are also available in the Settings app, which will be the first place developers will see them.
“The new way to activate the device is to simply tap the notification icon in the bottom right corner of the Settings icon bar.
When activated, it will launch a quick action menu, which is similar to the actions you’d find in the Google Now Launcher.
This action menu will open up the Settings menu for all devices in your group, and you can launch it by tapping on the gear icon at the bottom of the device’s home screen.
You can select to activate devices from the list or from the device itself, and also tap and hold to toggle between the Home screen, Settings, and the device menu.”
In other words, if you’re using a Pixel phone or Pixel 2 XL, this is your first time seeing the device actions menu, and it’s definitely worth a look.
The first two actions are simple to navigate and you’ll be able to launch them from the settings menu.
Once you’re in, you’ll see the list of devices under each of the two Actions you selected.
If you’re not using an Android device, you can also tap the home button to see the last available device in your list.
To activate a device, just swipe down on it from the home screen and then tap the icon in there.
Once the device appears, you will be presented with a quick navigation menu.
The navigation menu will allow you to launch the next Action, select a device to activate, and finally, tap and drag the notification shade to close the action.
This is a great way to target specific devices, but it also shows that Google is working on a lot of new features.
Devices that are activated in the new system will not only have notifications toggles but also a home screen that will display the app launcher, notification shade, and any other relevant information.
The notification shade is a useful addition because it allows you to easily dismiss any notification you want without having to swipe across the notification to dismiss it.
You’ll also see the device name, the number of notifications in the list, and other useful information when it comes to the device Actions menu.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for the new Device Actions and we’ll be sure to let you know when they’re available.
You’ve probably noticed that the Android device Actions list has been a little longer than usual, so you might be wondering why the company is doing this.
The short answer is that it’s to give developers a better idea of how to target and interact with specific devices in the future.
“As a result, we’ve made the Device Actions list a bit larger,” James explains.
“We’ve made it bigger so we can better identify the devices that are relevant to our users.
For example, in the previous version of the list we only had five devices, now we have over 100.
This makes it easier to find and target devices that work with you, and that also help us to target features in the next release of the SDK.
Also, when we’re able to better identify specific devices we’ll have the option to target them by using our existing notification shade.
In the past, we could only use a notification shade on devices that we know are related to us.
Now we can target those devices that don’t have a notification icon or notification shade but are actually part of our user group.”
James also mentions that the device options menu will have the ability to show more detailed information about each device in the group, as well as how many notifications it has.
The full list of device Actions will be available in Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the coming weeks, and will be one of the first features you’ll find when you start using Android.