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Facebook is testing a persistent notification status bar on Android

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Facebook is testing a persistent notification status bar on Android
Facebook is always trying to find ways to keep its product as close to users as possible. The most successful of these attempts has been Chat Heads on Android, which leaves a hovering friend icon on your screen when messaging. The least successful has been Facebook Home, which was a very invasive full launcher replacement. Now, Facebook is looking at the notification bar on Android as its next target.

Facebook has apparently been testing a new feature which would place a persistent status bar in your notification tray. There are plenty of apps that can do this already, including various to-do list apps, weather apps, etc. Facebook's idea would be to place the most important buttons in a bar in your notification tray. This would include a link to your news feed, friend requests, messages, and the global Facebook notifications button. Obviously, there is also an option to turn this feature off. 

Right now, Facebook is only testing this feature with "a small group of people", but as with anything else, if it tests well, we may see it folded into the main Facebook app eventually. It's not really a terrible idea. It's out of the way, but still easily accessible, and could certainly be a nice option for those who get a lot of Facebook notifications, rather than having those notifications fill up your notification tray. 

Facebook is testing a persistent notification status bar on Android

source: The Next Web

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posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:12 12

1. baldilocks (Posts: 511; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


No thanks.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:25 7

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Another service from Facebook that causes battery drain.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:22 2

2. Cha7520 (Posts: 210; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


Oh hell no!! If they do this, I'm totally uninstalling FB from my phone!

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:47 3

13. timukh (Posts: 172; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


You can always turn it off.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 07:45

18. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1202; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I don't think the FB target audience is smart enough to find the setting. I actually don't think they would care.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:22 1

3. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


it was nicer then i expected, and i expected they put the blue bar inside the facebook app onto it...haha

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:23 2

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3553; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I like this idea more than being forced to use G+ for routine things.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 21:45 5

10. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


lol, G+ can be easy disabled...and, it works better than Facebook - less settings, updates me whenever I get a reply or someone in a circle post something...Facebook? Does not...

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 23:20 2

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


But again this is not a Google plus post

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 05:42

17. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1319; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Pot, meet kettle.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:24 2

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 723; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I don't use the Facebook app anyways

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:56 4

7. p51d007 (Posts: 70; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


I never use the facebook app. I just open the browser.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 21:02

8. andynaija (Posts: 469; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


^Yup Yup

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 21:47 1

11. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


true, easy to do on most Android devices...

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 12:36

21. saiki4116 (Posts: 353; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


I do the same thing..Better bookmark and keep it on Home screen.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 21:26

9. skymitch89 (Posts: 1063; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


There better be a way to turn this option off, otherwise Facebook will lose an app user. I hate having things in my notification bar to the point that I wish I could get rid of the keyboard options when typing.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:46

12. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


They want so bad to be a constant and annoying part of our lives.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 01:32

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2806; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I don't use fb at all so no matter to myself.
Nothing more then a digital STD imo.

Hopefully a cure is found soon.
Shy of a solar flare.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 03:18

16. alumoyo (Posts: 184; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Here comes another flop. How many people actually even use THE WIDGET? Nobody wants "persistent constant" Facebook! A redesigned Facebook widget that shows pics, thats all they need for now, and then work their way up.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 08:37

19. tokuzumi (Posts: 276; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I would definitely not want this feature. I'll make sure to shut it off. Whatever I need from facebook, I'll get from the app itself.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:39

20. Stuntman (Posts: 720; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


They are renaming it to, "In Your Facebook."

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