In one fell swoop, Paranoid Android has done two things. It has released the seventh beta of its 4.3 ROM version and it has set its foot down on the extent of features that will be included in its brand new Peek notification feature.
Just a month or so after its last update, PushBullet is pushing yet another one that brings a much need feature, or fix if you with to call it that. It has upgraded its Notification Mirroring feature so that notifications you dismiss on one device will now also be dismissed on other connected devices, whether it be an Android or a regular computer.
Paranoid Android has been developing some rather interesting features but, unfortunately, they're initially only available for users of the custom ROM. Thanks to the power of open source and the efforts of computer science student Zhe Lu, Peek Notifications, one such interesting feature, is now available for almost anyone running Android 4.4.
The Paranoid Android team announced that they would reinvent their custom ROM as well as how they incorporate new features and they have slowly been delivering on that promise. In the latest beta release, Paranoid Android is introducing Hover to replace the multitasking but somewhat obtrusive Halo notifications.
Dropbox has recently pushed out an update to its Mailbox app on Android that adds a little new feature. These three buttons on email notifications may seem quite insubstantial, but they can potentially ease a user's workflow by reducing the amount of taps required to take action on a new message.
If you’ve got an app that is bugging you, there is a quick and easy way to solve that. Android has a really simple way to silence individual apps, so you never have to be alerted again. It’s also easy to revert back, should you fix a spam email issue or end a conversation with someone who talks too much.
Pushbullet, the cross platform notification powerhouse, just got a lot better. The app/Chrome extension now has a channel on IFTT for all your notification needs. Pushbullet has also gone ahead and created few recipes to get you started, if you’re so inclined.
Smartphone notifications are a perennial problem, especially when you're busy doing something else, like walking or driving. The developer team of Paranoid Android believe they have one solution with their new Peek feature, which will allow users to quickly glance at those notifications without having to unlock their device or employ sometimes awkward systems like TTS (text-to-speech).
The Paranoid Android team has publicly announced their goal to change the way they create the custom ROM, but that never meant they will stop innovating on changes that make sense. Now the team is teasing its fance with a notification implementation codenamed "Peek" that it believes will revolutionize the way we interact with notifications.