How to set up actionable, iOS-like lockscreen notifcations on Android
Throughout the years, Android has been missing a particular sliver of functionality that we love: iOS-like lockscreen notifications. By default, Android does not support this kind of functionality, and only a few apps (like Viber) will actually wake up your device's screen in order to draw your attention to a new notification. Even then, however, these aren't usually actionable.
Well, if you, like us, like this kind of functionality, then you'll be happy to know that there's an absolutely pain-free way to getting it with two simple apps that go hand-in-hand: NiLS Notifications Lock Screen and NiLS Floating Panel. What NiLS does, in essence, is exchange your default lockscreen for a custom one that looks exactly like its stock Android counterpart with one exception: it's able to hold notifications, and allows easy access to a number of very sensible quick actions. So, for example, you receive a mail -- NiLS will show it on your lockscreen, and a swipe from the leftmost side of the screen will reveal quick actions such as reply or archive. In that same vein, a Google Now notification that brings you a calculated time to home period is, again, actionable -- you can open maps or enter navigation right from your lockscreen. Lastly, you can dismiss an individual or all notifications with either a swipe to the right or swipe from top, respectively.
Check it out!
First and foremost, head for the Play Store and download NiLS Notifications Lock Screen and NiLS Floating Panel.
As soon as both apps are installed, navigate into NiLS Notifications Lock Screen. Once inside, go to Widget Settings, and follow the on-screen step-by-step guide to remove your default Android widget as shown. Once it's gone, click the big "+" sign and add the NiLS widget. You're now set!
And here's an example of the quick actions that you can perform right from the lockscreen. Handy!
Notifications are already being fed to your lockscreen, but don't forget that you have quite some control over their behavior, look, and functionality. You can play with the settings to arrive at a configuration that best suits you.
Here's one example: you can tweak the widget, and, for example, change the background color, or the size and look of your notifications.