What are notifications?

Android and Android apps can notify users of information and events by putting an alert in the "Notification bar". This appears as a narrow bar across the top of the screen with small icons. When the user pulls down the bar it expands into the notification area, a scrollable area containing messages for the user. Tapping on a notification generally opens the app.

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  • : for questions specific to the notification bar (which is usually on top or, on some tablets, bottom of the screen)
  • : for issues specific to the icons displayed in the notification bar
  • : for questions specific to the notification led many devices feature
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