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Android Oreo Ushers in the Next Big Phase in Push Notifications [Product Update]

We’re on the verge of a new era for push where it’s emerging as a mature, nuanced channel. The latest Android Oreo release brings us one step closer to that future with the introduction of notification channels for the Android push platform. If you missed our previous post on how notification channels will work and the benefits of using them, definitely check it out. Here we’ll focus on how marketers, growth, and product teams can take advantage of these changes.

What Are Notification Channels?

Notification channels are a new way to organize and manage push notifications. They allow apps to group their notifications into categories and determine how a given notification will display to a user with suggested display settings (vibrate, sound etc). Notification channels also give a lot more flexibility to customers, allowing them to adjust their channels to their preferences so they get the messages they want, when they want them.

Should My Android App Support Notification Channels?

Adoption rates for new technologies vary. Within the Android ecosystem, many phone manufacturers release their own versions of new operating systems, resulting in staggered consumer adoption. If your app targets Android N or below, notifications without a channel will still appear to customers on O, which means you have time to carefully plan your transition strategy.

That being said, empowering users to engage with your brand on their own terms will only add value to your customer experience. Eventually, all Android apps will need to have channels. By updating to Android Oreo, you can be ahead of the pack in creating valuable, up-to-date experiences for your customers.

So, What Should I Do Next?

Talk to your product and engineering teams

Audit your push notification strategy


Take stock of the notifications you’re sending

Organize your channels

Appboy and Android Oreo

We’re ensuring you can deliver a great customer experience from day one as both our newest SDK and dashboard now have channel support. Now you can use any channels that you’ve defined within your application to send push messages, opening up the types of valuable messages you can deliver to your customers.

To take advantage of notification channels, update to our Android SDK 2.1.0, which can be found in our changelog here, to support Android Oreo (API level 26).

For more information on notification channels take a look at our documentation.