Jul 01 AT 4:00 PM Dustin Earley 15 Comments

Android 4.3 paves the way for big changes in notifications


As it currently stands, in order for accessories like the Pebble smart watch and apps like Light Flow to utilize your Android device’s notifications, there needs to be a little tinkering done. With Android 4.3, that looks to be changing in a big way.

According to a recent tear down of a leaked Android 4.3 ROM, Google is going to allow developers to, as Ron Amadeo of Android Police puts it, “replicate the notification panel.” In layman’s terms, devices like smart watches will be able to act as your notification panel, complete with notification actions and all. This is huge news for accessory makers, and it opens the door to a world of possibility. It shows that Google not only cares about accessory developers, but that it may have ideas of its own coming in the near future.

As far as how this changes things for apps like Light Flow, things are just going to be easier to implement. No more hacks or workarounds will be necessary to take full advantage of notifications. This may, in turn, lead to more experimentation and faster updates for already existing apps. But don’t expect anything too drastic to occur in this area.

Another interesting aspect of the changes to the notification panel are what this means for replacement notification bars. While all the necessary parts aren’t present quite yet, this may very well be the first step in Google allowing Android users to download and select their own notification panel from Google Play. With the stock Android keyboard already available, all you’d need is an official stock launcher and notification app to get the stock Android experience on any phone.

Are you excited to see what else Android 4.3 brings to the table? As of right now, it’s looking like 4.3 will be another refinement release, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some notable features on the way. With the way leaks have been happening left and right, we expect to see the update any time now.

Source: Android Police

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://aboyandhistv.blogspot.com mvndaai

    Since notifications have been getting smarter and smarter this is really nice. Being able to change a song through notifications and even making them cross sync in the last update makes a big difference. Yes they are just notifications but they can do a whole lot.

    • oceanseamaster


      If that’s the only thing devs found on that leaked ROM it speaks little about the update…

      One should expect a bunch of differences between Android 4.2.2 and 4.3… so unless that “leaked” ROM isn’t more than a build.prop tweaked ROM, Google should just call it 4.2.3…

      My 2 cents.

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  • zerosix

    I think it’s the right time to make Play Market premoderation.
    And I really hope they do so.

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  • YES, WE sCAN

    Thats fantastic. Cant wait for Android 4.3

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  • renyo

    4.3 is turning out to be a bigger update than I expected!

  • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

    I’m so stoked to get a smartwatch, so this kind of news just gets me even more excited. I just need to be figure out if I want to be patient and wait for a Google Smart watch or try and get my hands on a Pebble as soon as I can. So many decisions…

    • Cristopher

      Nah dude, get the Sony smart watch 2 waterproof. That’s what I can’t decide on, the Sony or the nexus smartwatch

  • Pravas

    Not a fan of smart watch..But I guess I’m turning into one.

  • donger

    Yes and please unveil the Google smartwatch soon too.

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  • Abinav

    Android 4.3 is going to come out with some cool new features…

    Check out:http://tech-storms.blogspot.com/2013/07/android-4.3-comes-with-always-on-wi-fi-and-other-new-features.html

  • Jt

    if this is the only thing 4.3 is going to bring it and we are not getting a major upgrade of Android key lime pie 5.0, it is not going to be a good day for Android with a new iPhone and then you I’ll West 7 with major upgrade is coming out. Personally, I am extremely disappointed at the rumors that we are only getting a very minor updates.

    • mattcoz

      You’re missing the point of everything they’ve been doing lately. They’re making it so we can get new features without needing a new version of Android.