Tomek Kondrat · Jun 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Heads Up Let’s You Test Floating Android Notifications

One of the most interesting features in Android L is how it handles notifications. If you are not familiar with Heads Up notifications, this style shows you notifications such as new Emails, texts, or calls directly on your screen. It was presented in the Google I/O 2014 Keynote, and has a big role in enhancing Android’s UX.

We previously talked about a standalone Xposed module or a paid component of Gravity Box as means of getting this notification style on your device. But if your phone isn’t rooted or you’re not running Xposed, XDA Senior Member Dr.Alexander_Breen has something that might interest you.

Heads Up! brings this new type of notifications to every device running Android 4.3 or 4.4. It works with a whitelist, so only selected apps will use this recently discovered feature, while the rest remain with old style notifications.

Heads Up! can be limited to full screen mode only, so you can use normal notifications while in normal apps, and use Heads Up only with full screen apps like movies and games.

If you want to try out this new type of notification, make your way to the application thread to get started.


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Tomek Kondrat

eagleeyetom is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Tomek is the only Polish moderator on XDA Developers. He graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn with a degree in journalism and public communication in 2013. He's a big fan of football (not hand egg), post rock and cooking. A total addict of mobile technology, especially Android. Currently flashes dozens of custom ROMs on his OPO. View eagleeyetom's posts and articles here.
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