It wasn’t long ago that we talked about Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo joining hands to port AirDrop to Android. While we’ve already seen updates coming in the companies’ latest software updates, we might have something else on our hands too. Another Chinese smartphone alliance seems to be in tow. Brands like OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Huawei, and Honor are said to be working together on unified push notifications. So what’s this all about, and why should you care? Let’s find out.
Unified Push Notifications
Before understanding what the alliance means, it is important to know what push notifications are. In a nutshell, a push notification is a message that pops up on a mobile device. App publishers can send them at any time and users don’t have to be in the app or using their devices to receive them. Now, the way most Chinese OEMs work is that they provide their own notification systems through their custom ROM instead of Google’s push notifications service. This can affect not only the performance of the device but also the battery life.
As a solution, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China has formed the Unified Push Alliance to resolve the issue by unifying push notifications on all Android devices that are sent through different apps. Apart from the companies mentioned above, the alliance has 74 members including Xiaomi, Qihoo 360, Alibaba, JD.com and more. As such, it will ensure that unified push notifications will allow handsets to receive push messages without waking up apps. For the user, this spells out to better performance, less memory consumption, and better battery life.
In terms of availability, all the brands are working on including the set features in their upcoming software builds. Huawei and Honor will make unified push available on the upcoming EMUI 10. As for OPPO, users will get it on ColorOS 3.0 and above. Both OnePlus and Realme are also working on pushing the updates. Lastly, other companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, and iQOO are also expected to roll out unified push service in the near future. Stay tuned to Mr. Phone to get notified of all the updates in the smartphone world.