How to get Android L Version's heads-up notifications on any Android 4.0+ device
posted by Luis D. / Jul 02, 2014, 4:02 AM
While the official L Version release is months ahead, you don't have to wait 'till Fall to get this particular goodie, as enterprising developers have already ported the feature to devices running Android 4.0 and up. The best part, aside from previewing some new functionality, is that you don't have to root your device if you're running Android 4.3 or up. There are two methods to get heads-up notifications early, both with rooting (using Xposed) and without (app-based). Here they are:
The no-rooting method (only Android 4.3+)
XDA member Dr. Alexander Breen released Heads Up! (Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.woodblockwithoutco.headsup), a $0.99 app that's also available for free inside the XDA Forum. It does its thing flawlessly, and it's very much worth the dollar. Install and launch it on your device. Tap "Start" and enable "Heads-up notifications service". Voilla!
Although you're already set, consider dropping by the Settings menu to see what's in store. Every option is explained, so we won't plunge into details, but it's good to mention you can choose to ignore silent and ongoing notifications, as well as open related apps by double-tapping on their notifications. You can also set their durations from one to ten seconds. In Heads Up!'s main window, there's also a Whitelist menu. In there, you can have specific apps' alerts show up as notifications.
If everything went as planned, your notifications will now behave like they came from Android L Version. We advise you to make use of heads-up notifications only for apps you'd like to have more immediacy with. Otherwise, your home-screen can quickly become a spam-board!
The rooting method with Xposed (Android 4.0 and up)
This method assumes you have a rooted Android device with Xposed installed. If you haven't heard about the Xposed Framework yet, you can read more about it here. Anyway, getting heads-up notifications is as simple as installing the Xposed module of the same name from the Xposed Installer app. After rebooting, look for the Heads Up Notifications app in the app drawer. Compared to Heads-up!, its options are more limited. You can toggle ongoing notifications, set a delay time in milliseconds, and choose to ignore notifications from specific apps. That's pretty much all there's to it, and the end result will look something like this:
Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 2013
"Similar to ios" (since 2008) Who is copying who?
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 4:12 AM 6
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only Ios users have the right to have this feature. Fork this selfish world
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 4:27 AM 5
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Hey kid, get off my back. Now I know you're pretty much jobless and useless, hence you come here to troll or irritate other people. Go away! Pay more attention to your books and do your homework. In that way, you'll not have time for irritating others, and you will also do good to your academic performance in your school. Sound right?
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 7:47 AM 1
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Thanks for correcting my English there. And no, I don't intend to start a war. That guy states that Android has copied a feature from iOS. And then he states that is OK for companies to copy each other and everyone has the right to have a certain feature on their OS as well. But then, if iOS or WP, *copies* a feature from Android, he will start trolling and hating on them. What logic is that stated by hafini there?
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 7:44 AM 1
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But it is another way wich reside in the power and great devs of android: in the PlayStore it is an app called NiLS by royman wich ia dooing the same notifications. And mean exactly the same. And it is there from long time. I am using on all my family devices with 4.1.2, 4.2.2 and 4.4.3 android. You ios users come and get the power and FREDOM (saying a former ios user wich escape from "prison").
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 5:45 AM 0
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I personly use NILS its been awesome and 100% responsive.....I was expecting laggy and delayed notifications but no it has been awesome!!
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 6:04 AM 0
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When I tried NILS it seemed to only work on the lock screen. This article seems to be talking about a feature that works on the home screen?
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 10:22 AM 0
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Really nice! Works like a charm on Note 3(N9005) .
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 9:32 AM 0
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Can you tell me which module I should download? I couldn't do it...
posted on Jul 02, 2014, 3:22 PM 0
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