An all in one approach to the notifications access arena. The idea is great but the app is not ready for everyday use yet. It also doesn't help that it is a little expensive.
Lockscreen, Active Display and Heads up notifications
Free with limited features.
Features can be unlocked separately or at once with an IAP.
The trend of instant notification access is catching on. Between the Moto X and the Android L preview, different ideas have popped up and many apps are catching the trend. The latest android preview brought a ‘Heads up’ notification preview and also implemented them in the lockscreen in a much better way than android 4.2 could. Sure there have been apps to fulfill all those need, but there is one looking to combine all that into a single package.
It is fairly simple to setup following the onscreen guide. However it does require installation of another app ‘NotifySC’ to function. After the setup is complete the app has several options to modify the ways notifications are displayed. There are basically 3 categories:
- Flashy notifications
- Banner notifications
They are the ‘Active Display’ like notifications to be shown when the screen is off.
The settings pane gives the options to change the background and the theme visually. A few more special features like pocket mode and reminder can be added, but those come at a price. Free features include Screen dimming, sleep mode and screen timeout.
In my time with the app, I was unable to get it to work. It could be my fault and if that’s the case then the settings are not as straightforward as they should be.
The ‘Heads up Display’ like component of the app is fairly simple and resembles the Android L preview approach rather than the Cyanogenmod one. The limitations in the free app being the ability to set only 2 apps. There is an option to also have buttons accompanying the banner.
In my time, this feature worked but with a few bugs. Whatsapp notifications were a hit or miss while hangouts worked nicely. Another thing to note is that on tapping the notification, it opened the relevant app rather than the chat stream which is what is usually expected.
This feature is also derived form the Android L preview. The premise is to display the notifications on the lockscreen with the ability to instantly view them. Again the pay for feature is present here with features like changing the visual appearance, unlock transition, lockscreen text and charging mode being paid-only features. However dynamic background, car mode and widgets support is free. There is also support for PIN entry. There is a bug where pressing the home button showed me the homescreen for a few seconds, while an overlay stating that I’ll be sent back to the lockscreen soon.
In my time with the app, this was another feature I couldn’t get to use. It could be chalked to the incomplete support for whatsapp or my incompetence to set the app properly. However the presence of a steep pay wall wasn’t an encouraging factor at all.
This app has potential. Since it borrows heavily from Android L, it could become a great alternative for people whose devices will not be updated to the latest from google, but comes with a set of its own problems. They price is a little too high and most of the features don’t work at times. I do not want to downplay the efforts of the developers but this app in its current form is far from usable for daily use.
Rolls many features in one
Style inspired by Android L preview
Doesn't work at times
Setup is not simple