One of my favourite features in Android O is the inclusion of Notification Dots. Whenever you receive a notification in Android, you will also see a dot on the app signifying the notification. Personally, I like this more than the notification badges present in iOS. Notification Dots never feel like they are in your face, rather they act as a subtle reminder. Sadly, if you don’t own a Pixel or Nexus device, you are still on the waiting list for the Android O update. You can wait, or you can follow our steps to get the Notification Dot feature on your Android smartphone right now:
1. Install Nova Launcher Prime
Nova Launcher is one of the best third party launcher apps available on the Play Store. The developers of the launcher are always quick to include upcoming features of the newest version of Android and they have just brought an update that lets you use the notification dot feature on any Android device. However, to enable this feature, you will need to install the paid version of the app, Nova Launcher Prime ($4.99).
2. Become A Beta Tester of Nova Launcher
As of now, the Notification Dots feature is still in its beta phase and hence, you will have to install the beta version of the Nova Launcher. To do that, firstly you need to enroll yourself as a beta-tester of Nova Launcher. To do that, just head over to Nova Launcher Beta’s Play Store page and login with your Google account and hit “Become A Tester”.
Now, you will get an update for Nova Launcher Beta. Just install it and you are good to go. If you don’t want to go through the whole beta tester process, you can just download the APK file of Nova Launcher.
3. Enabling Notification Dot
After you have made Nova Launcher your default home launcher, go to “Nova Settings” and scroll down and tap on the “Notification Badges” option. All you have to do is to select the “Dots” option, and it will enable the Notification Dot feature on your phone.
Nova Launcher even goes an extra mile to let you customize the position and the size of the dot. You can choose to show the notification dot in either of the four corners of the App. Now, whenever an app receives a notification, you will see that subtle dot on your app.
However, long press to reveal the notification feature is still not working. But, considering the track record of Nova Launcher’s developers, I can bet that we will see this feature sooner than later.
Enjoying The Notification Dot Feature on Your Phone?
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