Android users are very proud of their notification area. It is one of the features that they have long lauded over iPhone owners as the biggest advantage of Google’s smartphone OS over that of Apple’s. iOS 5’s Notification Center has gone some way towards redressing the balance somewhat, but one thing is still missing.

That thing is customizability. Nobody in their right mind can argue that iOS offers more on the customizability front, which is why this app would never find its way onto the App Store.

Notification Toggle takes Android’s notification shade and makes it even more useful than it already was. Not content with being told when your emails have turned up, you can now make the most of all that space by adding icons that will give you super quick access to a range of apps and features.

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Want to be able to launch your camera app as quickly as possible? Need to be able to turn Wi-Fi on and off with a the flick of a button? Notification Toggle will let you add buttons for just such an occasion, with over twenty features and apps to choose from.

If you’ve got some system toggles that need to be accessed regularly, perhaps you need to turn 4G on and off, then Notification Toggle may well be something that will fit the bill for you.  Screen brightness settings? No problem.

The best part? Notification Toggle won’t cost you a penny.

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While Notification Toggle certainly is not the first app to bring buttons to the notification shade in Android, it does appear to be one of the best reviewed options. A quick glance at the reviews on the app’s Google Play page shows that currently garners 4.5 stars out of 5, from over 1,700 scores. With Android app downloaders notoriously difficult to please, and with plenty of choice out there, we would certainly say that Notification Toggle seems to be the choice of many.

If you have a favorite app that offers similar functionality to Notification Toggle, then be sure to let us know on Facebook. Adding buttons and shortcuts to Android’s notification system is one of the most useful additions to the stock Android OS that we can think of, and if you know of a better alternative to the ones we already know about then we would love to hear about them.

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