Android 11 developer preview finally enables chat bubbles

Google is finally enabling Facebook Messenger-like Bubbles for your favorite messaging apps in Android 11.

Android 11 developer preview finally enables chat bubbles
Google debuted a lot of features in Android 10 that never made their way into the final build (remember native screen recording?). One such feature was Bubbles, which are basically like Facebook Messenger chat head-like icons that float on top of your screen for messaging apps. In Android 11, Google is finally bringing them to the forefront. Even the first Android 11 developer preview has them enabled for certain messaging apps. Enabling Bubbles takes a second or two, but after that each notification will pop up in a chat head for your messaging apps. First, go to your phone’s settings menu, click the search icon, then click “bubbles” (note: you will need developer options enabled to access this setting). Click the only result on your screen, then enable the setting in developer options. Then, you’ll need to receive a message from Google Messages, Telegram, WhatsApp, or another messaging app. When that rolls in, long-press the notification and tap “Show as bubble” and a Bubble will show up. Messages from that app will continue to show up as Bubbles until you dismiss them or until you turn it off in your notification settings. Don't miss The most notable new Android 11 features in the first Developer Preview The very first Android 11 Developer Preview landed earlier today. This is our first look at the next version of Android, which won't land in a stable form until the third quarter of the year … So far, I’ve been able to get it to work for Telegram and WhatsApp without issue. They work just like Facebook Messenger, too. You can drag the Bubble icon around your screen. Click it to expand the notification, and drag the icon down to the bottom to dismiss the Bubble. It’s super buggy in its current form, so I wouldn’t recommend using this feature right now. If you have two Bubbles open with unread messages from each app, the Bubble will only show one app open at a time. So, you could potentially miss a message if you’re not careful. It should improve over time though, so expect an update to this article as more dev previews become available. Google is urging developers to use the Bubbles API to enable this feature for Android 11, so if your favorite messaging app isn’t compatible yet, be patient! More posts about Android 11 Android 11 adds new custom timing dark theme feature John Callaham 25 mins ago Android 11 groups your messages under a new Conversations notification section C. Scott Brown 50 mins ago Android 11 lets you mute notifications while recording video David Imel 60 mins ago Android 11 release date: When can you expect it to launch? Jimmy Westenberg 1 hour ago Android 11 preview brings back screen recording: Here’s how to use it John Callaham 1 hour ago The most notable new Android 11 features in the first Developer Preview C. Scott Brown 3 hours ago Android 11 Developer Preview lands, install it now on Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 C. Scott Brown 4 hours ago Google accidentally posts Android 11 dev preview page, then takes it down Phillip Prado 6 days ago