Discord Dev Team,
With the next version of Android coming sometimes this year; it has been confirmed that Android 11 will have its own built in chat bubbles setting for application developers. It will be a separate setting within apps that users will be able to enable or disable. Facebook already plans on removing its built in function and migrating Facebook Messenger to Android 11's chat bubbles function. From a user standpoint, the Adoption of Android 11 will be slow and progressively take years for other OEM's to adopt to their new devices. Because of this limited use case I could understand the lack of interest in Android 11's chat bubbles function feature to come. However, as a user, the only thing honestly preventing me from making a full switch to Discord is the face that Facebook Messenger has chat bubbles as a feature. The convenience of that function is what makes Facebook a long standing competitor in the messaging platform market. I would love to see Discord take full advantage of Android 11's chat bubbles feature and provide it as an option to those capable of at least testing it on the limited starting devices that will receive Android 11.
Being a user of Discord, I could see this functionality working in one of two ways. Discord could provide a bubbles feature that connects a user to discord user and you could select your server from there, however, the problem with this would be that a user would still just essentially be able to open the app and get the same end results. The way I would like to see this feature implemented would be to select a server and a channel within that server to keep a chat active and alive, or you select a direct message to a user. I can also see the amount of development issue that would need to go behind this as well. A redirect to a specific channel that could be one of 50 in a discord server on top of being able to redirect the user to the right discord server.
While both of those options are viable and possible the time it would take to develop them might be more annoying. I thought of a separate way this could be done conceptually and I am not sure how it would work. Instead why not implement a new setting that could functionally be seen in the settings menu of the app but will only work on Android 11 devices that warns users it only functions on Android 11 and forward. From that settings menu you could enable an option that lets you pick the user or channel in a server that you want to save. Then when chat bubbles flipped on the app will pull from those saved contacts and channels as the menu slice for chat bubbles. So only a portion of the app within the setting is used.
With this feature enabled a user could select 1 of 5 saved contacts. Then to promote Nitro you make it so that a user can save more server channels or contacts if they pay for Nitro.
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