Sony Confirms: Pop-Up Notifications Are Coming to Android Wear
Pop-Up Notifications Can Show Up on Smart Watches. But Will Users Want Them?
Sony confirmed in an announcement that Android Wear will have some interesting new features that– depending on your taste as a user– could be fantastic or potentially annoying. Besides font control (which most people will like as they can adjust the phone size to one’s eyes), Sony’s big take-away was that pop-up notifications will be available on Android Wear devices. These notifications would then alert users based on the notifications that they selected.
The first question that comes to mind in this news is of course how customizable such pop-ups will be. Some users don’t want every notification– they want notification filters. Not every email is important, for example, but some are. Will users be able to modify their pop-ups based on which ones they want to receive? The second question that comes to mind is how these pop-ups will interact with existing applications. Will they be “mild” pop-ups that fade and revert the user back to whatever activity the wearable is being used for, or will they obstruct the user until there’s a reaction? Is there a possibility that a pop-up could wholly interrupt- even crash- an app that’s already in use?
These questions remain largely unanswered, and we’ll find out as the devices are rolled out. But until then, we can be certain that pop-ups are coming to Android wearables. Whether they’ll get the same reputation as they have in desktop browser use or become as handy as a social media notifier is another question altogether.
Verdict: Pop-ups are coming soon, and they may help make life easier for some Android users. Some, however, will probably try to find the “disable” button.