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

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.

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10 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The AMOLED advantage

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Where do you see AMOLED in this video?

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

2. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

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

6. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

3. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

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

4. samgsam15

Posts: 50; Member since: May 09, 2014

Not working on Xperia Z1..

8. hakoreh

Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2014

it worked the first time but now it's inconsistent

9. random

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Doesnt work on Nexus 5 for me.

10. fbermudez86

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It works on my Nexus 5.

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