Friday, August 9, 2013

ActiveNotifications 1.3

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Current Version: 1.3
Requires Android: Varies with device
Category: Personalization
v1.3 update:
- Additional notifications are now shown as small icons below the main, “newest” notification. Tap and hold each icon to show more information about the notification
- All “persistent”/ongoing notifications are now blocked by default. Let me know if you need this as a configurable option
- Option to send yourself a test notification through the main setting’s ActionBar-Menu
- Added a short explanation-dialog to the “Manage notification types”-list
ActiveNotifications allows you to receive important notifications when your screen is off. When you miss a call or receive a new email/SMS, the display will discreetly light up to let you know, without needing to unlock the device. Most phones only have a pulsing notification LED that doesn’t actually tell you anything about the incoming notification – with ActiveNotifications, you can immediately decide if something is important enough to act.
* Notifications don’t light up when your phone is in your pocket, purse, or face down to avoid accidental unlocks
* Select which app-notifications you’d like to receive via ActiveNotifications
* “Sleep at night”: Don’t show notifications at night (Premium feature)
* “More privacy”: Hide additional notification details (e.g. SMS text, sender) (Premium feature)
* Automatically switch off screen when dismissing notifications(Premium feature)
- Swipe up to see more details about the notification
- Swipe down to unlock the device (respects your unlock-security settings)
- Swipe left or right to dismiss the notification
- How can I make sure the app is working correctly?
Follow the setup steps (incl. allowing “Notification Access”). Then, switch off your phone’s screen and send an email to yourself from a PC. After a few seconds, the notification screen should light up!
- The screen sometimes turns on to the lockscreen, even if my phone is in my pocket
Please go to your phone’s system settings –> “Security” –> “Device administrators” and tick the checkbox next to “ActiveNotifications”. This will *only* allow the app to lock your screen, nothing else!
- When I lock my screen, nothing happens!
The app isn’t a lockscreen replacement. It therefore respects your security settings (PIN/Pattern lock) and only appears if you actually receive a new notification while the screen is turned off
- Will the app become available on Android 2.x, 3.x, 4.x?
At the moment, the app only works on Android 4.3 because it makes use of the new “NotificationListenerService”-feature introduced in Android 4.3. However, I’m working hard to make it available to Android versions <4.3. Please stay tuned :-) !
Please note: This is an experimental app. It has been confirmed to work on a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, 10, and the Google Play edition of the S4 (all running stock Android 4.3 or CM10.2) so far. Please let me know if it does/doesn’t work for you! It should work on any phone with Android >=4.3 and doesn’t require “root”.
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