It isn’t exactly a well kept secret that the best way to drum up interest and excitement about your upcoming app or tweak is to release previews and beta copies well before the final product hits the market. Consumer interest is always at its peak when they have seen something that they want but can’t quite get their hands on immediately. Show them something that they want and them make them wait for it. That seems to be exactly the case with the recently release Badger tweak that was previewed a month or so ago, but has now finally made its way onto Cydia for the BigBoss repository.
Badger was previewed a while ago and was being billed as a notification based tweak for jailbroken iOS devices. Another notification package I hear you say? Well yes, but we have to admit that we were excited then by Badger, and it certainly manages to live up to our expectations. Rather than being a package that makes itself at home in Notification Center or by amending the native iOS banners, Badger adopts an almost Velox for iPhone like activation method that allows users to swipe up on an app icon to immediately see any notifications that are associated with that particular app. Sounds cool doesn’t it? That’s because it really is!
It is entirely possible to read these notifications through Notification Center (if that app is enabled for NC based alerts), but Badger makes everything feel a little more natural and elegant. Swiping up on an app icon that has a current notification will produce a rather well put together notification "sheet" that looks like it has taken more than a little inspiration from the social sharing sheets which we come across throughout iOS. All unread notifications are shown within this inline sheet and can be easily dismissed with a swipe or read in full with a simple tap.
Notification based tweaks are ten-a-penny within Cydia, but the Badger philosophy of trying to make notifications "make sense" definitely shines through in the implementation, and we can see it becoming a must-have package on a lot of jailbroken devices out there.
Badger is available as a $0.99 download from the BigBoss repository and requires a jailbroken iOS device running iOS 5.0 or above.