x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.
  • Home
  • News
  • How-to: Get the awesome Notification Peek feature from Paranoid Android without flashing ROMs

How-to: Get the awesome Notification Peek feature from Paranoid Android without flashing ROMs

Posted: , by Luis D.

Tags:

Always crafty, the developers of Paranoid Android custom ROM for Android devices are on the look for subtle ways to improve the OS' user experience. One of them is the Notification Peek feature, which basically shows the gist of your most recent notifications in a energy-conservative setting on your device's display.

See, instead of shock-waking the whole device just to show you the latest SMS or Tweet, Notification Peek displays a minimalistic view of it on a black background, and puts the device back to sleep after a preset time. Not that this is a panacea for conserving battery juice, but every little bit helps, right?

Thanks to Computer Science student Zhe Lu's porting efforts, you won't have to flash Paranoid Android just to get this particular feature. You can just side-load it as an APK right into your favorite ROM, and enjoy a relatively stable functionality. While some users are reporting force closings of the app, these incidents could be related to completely different things, so worry not for now.

Here are the simple steps to a different, and probably better notification experience than what you have at the moment:

1. Download the Notification Peek APK on your device from its GitHub page right here, and install it.

2. Open the app when asked, and enable all its settings - you are going to want to use them, right?

3. Fire up a test notification to check if it works correctly and the preset time-out suits your usage. If it doesn't, you can choose a different time-out from the Settings menu.

If everything worked as advertised, you should be enjoying functionality similar to what's shown in Paranoid Android's demo video below.

10 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 09 May 2014, 06:16 5

1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The AMOLED advantage

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:30

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Where do you see AMOLED in this video?

posted on 09 May 2014, 10:00 6

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


White notifications on Black background, Amoleds will have the battery saving advantages. :-)

posted on 09 May 2014, 07:01

2. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Tried it on a galaxy s3 and it can't parse the package android 4.3

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:42

6. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Hey have you ever successfully connected to an external server in minecraft pe using your GS3? I have never been able to connect I am using cm11. Since you're using stock 4.3 I thought I'll ask you.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:20 2

3. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)


I have this on my resurrection remix rom for galaxy s 2. Just shows why amoled displays are better than lcd ones.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:26

4. samgsam15 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Not working on Xperia Z1..

posted on 09 May 2014, 10:57

8. hakoreh (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 May 2014)


it worked the first time but now it's inconsistent

posted on 09 May 2014, 11:18

9. random (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Doesnt work on Nexus 5 for me.

posted on 09 May 2014, 15:03

10. fbermudez86 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


It works on my Nexus 5.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories