Floating Notifications brings the usefulness of Facebook chat heads to every Android app that shoots out a notification. Get an email - receive a floating Gmail icon on the side of the screen begging for attention. Tapping that icon reveals the contents of the message. Double tapping dismisses the notification, but there's a catch - before now, removing the floating notification hasn't also removed it from the status bar. Thanks to the latest update, devices running Android 4.3 will sync these actions due to integration with the new Notification Listener Service.

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This isn't all that's introduced in version 1.5. The UI now uses Google's card layout, so it should look attractive regardless of if you're running stock Android or own a heavily themed device from the likes of Samsung or HTC. For some of us, this is a better looking approach than the app's previous Holo theme. The update also introduces other nitty-gritty features, such as the ability to hide notifications while a specific app is open.

What's New
  • 4.3 support - uses the new notification listener service
  • Card styled UI
  • Enhanced theme engine
  • Other apps now require a permission to remove FN's (apps such as NiLS)
  • Minor bug fixes

Floating Notifications comes with a 30 day free trial, so if you think Android's notifications could use some work, grab the app from the Play Store and give it a spin. If you like what you see, the paid version only costs $1.97.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Sebastian Lundgren

    This features have been in the beta a long time from now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Do you guys prefer this over Halo?

    • Nicolas Leotier

      Of course not. It's for non-panaranoid Rom user I guess.

    • JazliAziz

      I do. HALO is cool for multi-tasking, but I prefer to have a full-screen experience with everything I do. The pop-up window wasn't really doing it for me.

  • PamelaLibrarian

    What a cool app! Love your wallpaper, by the way - gorgeous!

  • Alan Shearer

    Awesome for when I try other roms besides paranoid (average 5 roms or so a month :P)

  • Casey Cunningham

    I don't know if it has made it in the pubic release or not but it does have the ability to open app within apps like halo does but only on supported Roms. Again still might be in the beta. Best app in the market. And the themes for it are fantatic

    • spacekobra

      It cannot work like Halo, that requires deep system level editing.

      • Anu6is

        Precisely why the original comment stated "only on supported ROMs".
        As long as the ROM developer included the necessary changes to the frameworks (i.e. the floating mode intent). Then the Floating Notifications app can in fact launch the app in a floating window exactly like HALO simply by utilizing this intent.

        • spacekobra

          But then why would you need it? If the rom supports it then HALO is there.

  • Megalomania

    Nice, I like this already

  • Cristian Borsa

    I just wish I could close it like Chatheads. Double tapping isn't nearly as cool.

  • Jorge Rhor

    This is the same developer that made AnyDash.
    I will not support him. The people who have used that app know why.
    Halo is what I prefer anyway.

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      for others who dont used it please elaborate what did AnyDash wrong

      • Jorge Rhor

        Constant FCs, all the time, for months now.
        I paid for the PRO version, as well as many others.
        The developer does not bother fixing the app nor answering anyone's complain.
        It's hard to support someone that does not take responsibility for it's own projects, even more so when there are a great number of users depending on it.

        • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

          Thanks for The Reply, now would not buy this App

    • montahchos

      haha i agree with you. he have a brilliant idea, but the way he force us to buy his pro version with showing constantly annoying pop-up ads but never fix the force close. user ask him to remove the ads or at least show it once because of a lot of FC but he refuse.

      i hope who made floating notification is someone else so i can support them.

  • Rene Ilia


    I could use some advice here please. I really like this chat heads/halo/floating notifications thingy.
    I tried Paranoid Android on my GSM Galaxy Nexus, installed it 3 times after doing all the necessary cleaning and wiping but the performance was so bad I wanted to break my phone after just one day so I returned to AOKP.

    Does this app do it's job well enough? Is it worth buying or are there any other alternatives?