Android users who are running CyanogenMod 10 or CyanogenMod 10.1, and probably many other custom ROMs, looking to clean up their device’s display by getting rid of the notification bar now have an option to achieve that goal. Best of all, the solution ensures the user can still swipe down from the top edge of the screen to get access to their notifications. This feat was accomplished by XDA Developers forum member enryea123 through some tweaks to the SystemUI.apk and framework-res.apk files. According to enryea123, this solution will eliminate the ability to pull down the notification bar from the lockscreen. All of the changes can be undone just by restoring the stock apk files.
The guide that walks you through the process can be accessed on the XDA forums using the source link below.
source: XDA Developers Forum
You folks remember how T-Mobile cleverly placed ads in its notification bar? Well, most folks didn’t take too kindly to seeing advertisements in that fashion, so they took to the streets— err, the internet. T-Mo has since deployed its damage control unit and PR team and released an official statement by email and a spokesperson highlighting the advertisement was a snafu and apologized for the inconvenience. Here’s the exact statement from T-Mo:
“During a recent software update, a message to promote T-Mobile’s free VIP Zone was mistakenly sent to certain customers and appeared on the notification bar for some Android devices. After T-Mobile was made aware of this mistake, the company stopped the notifications. T-Mobile apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused customers“
Well there you have it. It was all a misunderstanding everyone. It’s OK T-Mo— we all make mistakes every now and then. Let’s just hope T-Mo’s oopsie doesn’t cause a trend for other companies to start advertising in our sacred notification bars.
Some angry T-Mobile Android users are venting in the forums about the latest My Account update that seems to now included pop-up ads in the notification bar. Customers have reported recently receiving ads for Yahoo Sports and T-Mobile Web2go. For many, the notification bar is designated for important information only, such as missed calls, voice mails and messaging alerts. To now have random spam thrown in the mix is a bit annoying to say the least. There appears to be no option to discontinue this feature at this time leaving many customers feeling deceived and trapped. Phone carriers sending a free SMS message with promotional info is nothing new. However, if the new trend is to display ads in the notification bar similarly to how ads are plastered across the top of the screen in many free apps, then things may start getting ugly on a global scale fairly quickly. Let us know what you think in the comments.
When Apple introduced their “new” and “innovative” Notifications Center in iOS 5, Android users everywhere were scratching their heads. Android had already featured the notification bar, and Apple had clearly put their own spin on an already existing idea. Everyone was wondering why Google didn’t have a patent on this great idea, and as it turns out, they do. Apparently, patents take a long time, since US 2009/0249247 was filed in January 2009 and is still pending. We can all rest assured that Google was watching its back. If this patent is approved, there just may be another lawsuit on the horizon.
Here is Google’s explanation on the notification feature:
This document describes systems and techniques that may be used to alert a user of a mobile device about an event, such as about the presence of a recently-received message, e.g., an e-mail, voice mail, or text message, or other form of event such as a change in song on a music player running in a background state. In general, when a message is first received (or another event is triggered), a portion of the message may be provided in an area that is outside the main area of a mobile device display, such as by scrolling information about the message through a traditional status bar area of the device. A status bar area is the typically-static area on a device that displays information such as bars for wireless signal strength, a remaining battery life indicator, an icon that shows the network over which wireless communication is occurring, and the like. The main area or zone of the display is generally the central, largest area of a display where active programs are displayed, while supplemental elements are typically displayed around the periphery of the main area or over the main area in pop up windows or similar graphical elements.
Where the event that is being noticed is a message, the scrolling notification for the message may include, for example, an identifier for the sender of the message and a snippet from the message, such as the first few words in an e-mail or a subject line from an e-mail. The alert may also include an icon showing the type of message, such as an envelope for an e-mail message. Where the alert is not a message, the scrolling notification may include other descriptive or suggestive text or graphics, such as the title of a song, the status of a device parameter that is being reported, the identity of an item (e.g., a physical good or a computer application) that currently became available at an on-line marketplace, and other such information.
source: Google Patents
Dropbox has added new features to its existing Android Application, which is available now in the Android Market. The new features include a dropbox notification bar tool, showing you the status of your uploads, and added integration into the Android built in sharing menus.
The pic above is what it looks like now, the pic below is what it mainly used to look like. If you have it installed, simply update it from your downloads area within the Android Market. For more information on Dropbox, click here.