The Android notification shade is a mess (Video)


Notifications are one of my favorite features on Android. The ability to peek at incoming notifications and handle business without ever leaving an application is great. Expanding notifications for additional information without having to open the respective app is often quite useful. And now that stock Android has quick settings toggles integrated into the shade, I honestly couldn’t ask for much more.

However, my notification shade is out of control, and it’s only getting worse.

What you see above are four notifications that are always present on my Moto X’s notification shade. Always. They’re not really notifications. Instead, they’re placeholders to keep third-party services alive in the background, such as the Pebble app or the new 1-Swipe feature in Action Launcher.

More and more applications are requiring an ongoing, persistent notification to enable certain functionality. And that’s fine, except they’re beginning to overrun the shade, making it cluttered and inefficient. In this video, I talk about how Google could fix said issue without making a dramatic change to how things are done.

Watch the video and share your thoughts on the matter in the comment section below!

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Taylor Martin
Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition. | Google+