Facebook is testing a persistent notification status bar on Android

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. 

source: The Next Web



1. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

No thanks.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Another service from Facebook that causes battery drain.

2. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

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

13. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You can always turn it off.

18. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

3. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

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

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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...

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

But again this is not a Google plus post

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Pot, meet kettle.

5. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I don't use the Facebook app anyways

7. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

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

8. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

^Yup Yup

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

21. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

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

9. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

12. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

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

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

16. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 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.

19. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

20. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

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