Notif Brings Elegant Notes with Notifications to Android (Video)


Android has never had a really good “to-do” or “simple notes” app. Many have tried, but so far, there hasn’t been much progress made. Then another app came across my desk. It’s called Notif, and its strength is its simplicity — and its use of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean’s enhanced Notification Shade.

According to the developer, Notif provides simple, clean, easy notifications and lets you create rich notifications for reminders, passwords, lists, pictures, or anything else you’d like to put up there that you can think of.

In its current iteration, Notif includes four types of notifications:

1) Default, which just holds a title and one line of content
2) Big Text, which holds a title, an expanded title, and multiple lines of content
3) Big Picture, which holds a title, an expanded title, a little bit of content, and an image that you can take or retrieve from your storage
4) List, which you can add a title, up to 7 items, a summary, and a reduced one-line of content

Take a look, and let us know what you think!

There are some areas that the app is lacking. First, and most obviously, you’ve got to be running Jelly Bean to get the full benefit from the notifications. Next, once one has created a note I was unable to find any way to edit it. Finally, these notes are device-specific — if you’ve got a smartphone and a tablet and want the same notes on each, you’ll have to enter them on both — there is no syncing.

Those notwithstanding, Notif has a solid foundation and shows us that some really cool things are possible with some of Jelly Bean’s new features!

Download Notif from the Play Store

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.