How To Gain Access To All Your Android Notifications Without Using The Status Bar
Have you ever really thought about customizing your Android device to its fullest? I know I have, and I also know that a lot of casual users at least think about it millions of times, even if they don’t really do it. Whether it’s the effort behind the whole deal or the attention to details that such a process demands, a thorough revamp of how your Android-based smartphone or tablet looks is definitely not a piece of cake. Then, there’s no standard element that you’d need; customization comes out of a combination of various tools and packages all working in tandem with each other. One necessary component of any such method is a full-screen launcher setup.
The only problem with such launchers is the fact that they get rid of the status bar. Now, Android has a pretty robust notification system – one that puts almost all its competitors to shame – and the status bar is pretty necessary to conveniently access the notification shade. There’s no arguing that all full screen launchers come with their own customized methods of calling the notification drawer, but hey, learning new swipes and gestures every now and then isn’t really your favorite way to go about your device, right? This is where we recommend that you give Notification Browser a try.
Notification Browser for Android is essentially and application package that collects and lists down all your system-notifications in one place, easily accessible under one hood. Not only that, but the app also attempts to collect as much information as it can from the notification itself, and then allows you to use the list view to either dismiss the notification, or launch the source app for that. Since Notification Browser was designed primarily as a companion setup for full-screen home replacement apps, it makes sense for the former to have a capable widget, which it does, making it all the more easier to gain access to your notifications without the status bar.
The app is currently in beta, and hence, there are hiccups to be expected. One that the developer noted himself is the loss of notifications if the device is restarted. For others that you may come across, do leave him some feedback.
Notification Browser is available for free as of now at the Play Store.