The inclusion of Notification Center in iOS 5 was a much welcome addition, and although it still doesn’t perfectly deliver notifications, it does go a long way to improving upon the previous method of delivery. Notifications within iOS 5 have received a total rewrite from the ground up to change the way the whole system works, with the epicenter of that new system being the main Notification Center screen.
The new notification panel can be accessed from within any application, or from the homescreen by performing a dragging down gesture from the top status bar. Once invoked, the user is presented with an elegant, full height panel which contains all notifications and widgets that have been activated through the Settings application.
Considering the power and flexibility that Notification Center provides, it is perhaps no surprise that a large number of inventive and varied Cydia tweaks are appearing thick and fast which harness the power of Notification Center. Developers have been coming up with ways to access various device settings through NC, with the most recent tweak being called ‘TelOnNotification’.
TelOnNotification is another tweak which hooks directly into the Notification Center, essentially existing to provide quick access to the Phone application, allowing users to make quick calls from Notification Center. TelOn is not the first tweak which offers telephone call abilities, but it does implement the functionality in a new, elegant way. The tweak exists as a Notification Center widget, and needs to be toggled on or off via the Notifications option within the native Settings application.
After invoking Notification Center, the activated widget will sit at the top of NC amongst any other widgets you may have installed. The usage of TelOnNotification center is very simplistic, with the requirements being; to simply enter a telephone number in the entry box and then tap the telephone icon to the right hand side to place the call.
TelOnNotifcation is developed by ‘timetravel0’ and has recently had a second release to fix certain usability and UI bugs. Whilst some users may find this useful, I personally can’t see the improved user experience from accessing the Phone application through NC. It seems just as efficient as accessing the Phone dialer directly and have the ability to access contacts and recent lists at the same time for a more powerful experience.
TelOnNotification is available as a free of charge download from the Big Boss repository and requires iOS 5 and above.
You will obviously need to jailbreak your iPhone to install this tweak. For jailbreaking iPhone 4S and iPad 2, you can simply follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using Absinthe on Windows or Mac. For those of you with iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 1, and iPod touches can use Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze to untether jailbreak on iOS 5.0.1.