Android 4.3 leak reveals support for “notification listener” apps

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Last week, we saw an Android 4.3 ROM leak for the Galaxy S 4. While it appeared to be legit enough, it was also a little underwhelming, and didn’t seem too heavy on the new features. Since then, some tear-downs have attempted to root out just what changes are present, and today we learn about an interesting new API for notifications.

Android 4.3 appears to introduce support for “notification listeners,” apps with permissions to do things like read which notifications are present and even interact with them.

However, while some of the text strings present make this seem obviously designed for your average third-party dev, there’s also evidence suggesting that this behavior wouldn’t be available to most coders, and the permissions might only be accessible by Google or OEMs. Really, it’s all a bit conflicting at the moment, and may speak to the unfinished nature of the Android 4.3 build in this leak.

The specifics may be a little unclear at the moment, but expect big improvements in Android 4.3 concerning how apps are able to interact with notifications.

Source: Android Police
Via: phoneArena

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