Notification center comparison: Android vs iPhone vs Windows Phone vs BlackBerry (poll results)


The notification center is one of the most visited place of any smartphone, and having a place where notifications are aggregated logically and conveniently is of big importance. Last week, we showed you the different approach of various phone makers to the notification hub, and we asked you to tell us which is your favorite approach to getting notifications.

A week has passed and it's time to take a look at the results. Not surprisingly, one platform jumps ahead of all else with an impressive lead: it's Android 5.0 Lollipop with the completely overhauled approach it has to the notification center. Nearly 32% of all voters agree that Lollipop has the most user-friendly and useful notification hub.

All others remain fairly distant runner-ups, but it's still worth mentioning the very good score of the new Windows Phone 8.1 notification center that ranked second with nearly 16% of the votes, while Samsung's TouchWiz notification center that mixes in more color and contrasty visuals ended up on the third place with some 14%.

Apple's iOS 8.1 notification center with its two tabs finished - somewhat surprisingly - on the fourth place. iOS 8.1 uses a two-tab notification system that is different from all others, but this approach does not seem to have won it much approval from you, our readers.

All the remaining contestants get single-digit percentage scores, and you can see how they all rank right below.

What's your favorite notification center?

Stock Android 5.0 (Nexus)
32.65%
Apple iOS 8.1 (iPhone)
10.05%
Windows Phone 8.1 (Lumia)
16.13%
BlackBerry OS
5.56%
Samsung TouchWiz (Galaxy series)
13.88%
LG Optimus UI (LG G series)
6.02%
HTC Sense (HTC One series)
5.7%
Motorola Moto UI
2.05%
Sony Xperia UI
5.7%
Huawei EMUI (Ascend Mate series)
1.87%
Lenovo Vibe UI
0.4%

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79 Comments

1. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I would vote for either Sony UI or Windows 8.1 .. Even Asus (not listed above) has got way much better & clean notification bar !!

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Interesting to see how ugly and cluttered most are compared to either stock Android or Sony UI, once you line them up for comparison.

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Samsung is very greedy on the notification department... o.O

20. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I like how PA didn't even bother to update the phones to Lollipop, there are LGs, Samsungs, HTCs and Motos that got the update yet they showed the 4.4 notification center

2. andu99

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I like very much LG UI and Android 5.0 stock. They look really nice.

3. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Stock Android L FTW, I'm gonna try it soon when Xposed is ready for L

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2670; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The fact that LG, with its room for 2-3 notifications on screen tops, beat out the BB10 Hub is very, very telling of this site's readers...

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed.

17. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

You agree on what? This is Notification center comparison and not Notification center + BB10 Hub.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

If it's not obvious what I agree with him on, then maybe you need to step it up with the reading comprehension. Do you even know what BlackBerry Hub is WITHOUT you having to Google it? I doubt you do, or toy wouldn't separate the BB10 Hub and notification center. Here's a hint: IT IS A NOTIFICATION CENTER. The BEST one out today in terms of functionality.

30. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Perhaps, but let's start with your reading comprehension. "with its room for 2-3 notifications" This is because the quick settings toggle, if you bring down quick settings toggle in Z10 bb hub you have zero room for notifications.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

My reading comprehension is fine. It's YOU that doesn't even have the wherewithal to know that the BB10 Hub is indeed a notification center. What, all notification centers have to look alike? How boring is that? Blackberry has implemented a very interesting take on the typical notification center, and made it better. You can customize how many "toggles" you have in the BB10 notification center, so you can have as much room for notifications as you wish. And pulling down the quick settings menu doesn't stop the notifications from coming through. BB10's notifications are "actionable". There is a notification bar that comes across the top of any BB10 handset which you can tap to make the appropriate response. You can have entire interactions with all of your social networks and messaging without ever leaving the Hub, which IS BLACKBERRY'S NOTIFICATION CENTER. Either learn to use something, or learn ABOUT IT, BEFORE you open your mouth and make yourself look foolish.

33. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

If hub "IS BLACKBERRY'S NOTIFICATION CENTER" why you say you can customize how many "toggles" you have in the BB10 notification center. YOU DO NOT HAVE TOGGLES IN BB10 HUB! lol (@meanestgenius caps lock is cool)

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

Allow me to elaborate: The Hub IS BlackBerry's notification center, dude. As I said, if you don't know about something, research it. The toggles are in the quick settings. YOU CAN ACCESS THE TOGGLES WHILE IN THE HUB. What's the problem with that? Is that any less efficient? No, it's not. Also, if you don't believe that the toggles can be accessed from the Hub, I can provide a screen shot. The Hub can be accessed from any point in the phone: app, browser, BBM, etc. The Hub is the most efficient notification center. You can even customize the Hub. AND YEAH, CAPS LOCK IS COOL. THAT'S WHY I USE IT.

35. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

No dude, I have bb10 device(z10) surprised?? Who told you that other devices has no hub in addition to notification center? BB hub and bb toggles are two different things in bb10.

37. davisrases

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Interestingly, your last statement seems to agree with meanestgenius' explanation

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

You have a BlackBerry Z10 and you don't know how it works? Get rid of it, then. I have a Passport, Z30 and a Q10. Surprised?? Who said anything about other devices not having a Hub in addition to a notification center? Do you even comprehend what you're saying? The BlackBerry Hub IS BlackBerry's notification center. The toggles can be accessed while you're IN the Hub. How do you not know this and you claim to have a Z10?

39. davisrases

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Chill, mean! He's just too cool to say sorry.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

Someone has to teach the boy how to be a man. Might as well be me.

41. davisrases

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Seems alright! :-D

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao!

43. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This is ***Notification center comparison*** GET IT?? So why do you mention the toggles if it is not a part of the NOTIFICATION CENTER? LG notification center=notification+toggles is in the same place and this why there is room for only 2-3 notifications! GET IT?? Probably not.

44. davisrases

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Exactly! :-) And BB hub allows you to see more notifications in the same space!

45. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Agree it is an advantage BUT no toggles in the notification center is a disadvantage.

46. davisrases

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Then why is iOS's is considered better by many though it has a similar implementation too and despite being inferior to BB hub?

47. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Do not know, ask them, I only answering to the crying babies(@jellmoo,@meanestgenius) that mentioned LG solution for the notification center.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

So who's crying? As I said, I can mention whatever I want. Myself and jellmoo were having a discussion. You inserted your lame a$$ into the conversation. Absolutely no one was even talking to you. Mind your funking business.

51. davisrases

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I give up! I agree with you! Who cares Rocky Balboa won! Ivan Drago is the better one as he beat the s**t out of Rocky! I have to give it to you!

74. jellmoo

Posts: 2670; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I make a single comment and suddenly I'm a crying baby? Seriously?

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 22717; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's not a disadvantage. You just don't know how to use the device. That's your OWN ineptitude. The toggle can be accessed easy enough FROM INSIDE OF THE HUB. Stop being a baby and learn how to use the device or go and get another device.

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