You might not have noticed that Google updated its Phone app last week, but just because you don’t see anything new doesn’t mean there aren’t big changes on the way. In its customary teardown of the latest APK, Android Police has found some tantalizing features that are likely on the way as Google prepares for an Android O overhaul.
Among the myriad things Google’s new mobile OS will bring when it launches later this year is a cahnge to the way alerts are handled. Called Notification Channels, they will let users decide which kind of notifications they will receive from a specific app, so you won’t be bombarded by alerts you don’t want. In the Phone app, Google will be dividing notifications into several categories, including incoming and outgoing calls, missed calls, and voicemails. So, if you want to know who called you but don’t care about the messages they leave, you’ll be able to specify that in the settings.