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Floating Notifications Lets You Manage Your Alerts with Ease
Accessing your notifications is already pretty simple and requires little more than a swipe down from the top of the screen, unless of course you prefer to run applications in full screen or make use of some kind of extended desktop option. In these situations, it can often mean moving away from the app you are currently using which can be a nuisance. There are a few ways around this.
I’m sure that by now you’re familiar with Halo, the latest feature to be added to Paranoid Android. This feature allows notifications to be accessed easily from anywhere, but isn’t really available to those without a PA-supported device. However, XDA Senior Member crazyfool_1 has developed an application that performs a similar function.
Keep in mind that this is NOT halo. There are no app pop ups that allow multitasking. This is purely for notifications. This is, however, a very intuitive and fluid way of managing your alerts without moving away from whatever you were already doing. In a similar style to Halo or Facebook’s “Chat Heads,” your notifications will stack up in a floating bubble that can be moved around the screen and interacted with or dismissed easily. The bubble itself can be configured to your liking, and certain apps’ notifications can be prevented from appearing if you wish.
The app is still in the early stages of development, but seems to be functioning well and proving very popular. Make sure you check this one out if the good old fashioned notification tray just doesn’t cut it for you anymore. Check out the application thread for more information.
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