Some app updates have really short change logs, but don't let that deceive you into thinking this isn't a big deal. Tune-In Radio was updated today with only "We've fixed some bugs to improve your TuneIn experience" listed as what's new. What bugs did they fix? Well, the only one that matters to us is that they got rid of the persistent notification that plagued users running Android 4.3.


If you're scratching your head right now, here's some context. The Android 4.3 update introduced a "bug" where some applications place persistent notifications in the notification bar. These cannot be removed, even with the option in app settings. It turns out that this was completely intentional, as Android developers wanted to draw attention to apps that were inappropriately running in the background without alerting users. The hope was that app developers would be publically shamed into fixing the bad behavior. TuneIn Radio was perhaps one of the most well-known apps needing a fix, and today it's here. Win.

Source: XDA Developers

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.

  • Willie D

    Because shaming your developers is gonna get them to change the apps, no, it gets them to update so there is no notifications from now on...negating the shame and building better apps.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      I can not figure out what you're trying to say.

    • victorvics

      please dont confuse people!!! and what the hell are you trying to say?

    • NoUsernamesFree

      By updating their app to hide the notification, they have to change their app to work in the way that Google and Android want them to, dude.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    If you think TuneIn is a big offender... Audible uses up not one, not two, not three but FOUR notifications. It needs to be fixed yesteryear.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Holy wowshit.

    • Geoff

      To be fair, 3 of the 4 notifications are persistent. The other is a notifcation control that you can switch off in settings. Not that I really want to be fair, really wish Audible would hurry up and fix this!

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      • Nathaniel Webb

        Because 4 is just crazy talk! j/k :p

  • Itchy_Robot

    I love this app. I really hope they support Chromecast.

  • victorvics

    "The Android 4.3 update introduced a "bug" where some applications place persistent notifications in the notification bar."

    thats not a bug just an fyi

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's why it's in quotes.

    • http://www.bupahs.com/ Keith

      it is a bug if it cant be turned off, if some people want the notification icon create an option to have it on or off, I personally dont want to see a thousand icons in my tray.

      • NoUsernamesFree

        Then you need to bug the app developers to correctly implement features into their apps instead of deliberately using frowned-upon behaviour. Google is in the right for making people notice these apps aren't working as the platform requires it and it'll make people vote with their feet and move to alternative applications if the developers don't rush out fixes.

  • ltredbeard

    So did they fix the behaviour or did they just find a way to make the notification go away without fixing it?

    • dEX2018

      My point exactly

  • http://www.yepi8.org/ yepi 8

    Surely you would be better after the update earlier

  • http://www.bupahs.com/ Keith

    I still have the notification on my 4.1.2 device, so its not fixed no doubt they just found a way to hide it on 4.3

    • Floss

      There has to be a notification while playing, that was never the point. The change was that it showed while you aren't even playing.

      • http://www.bupahs.com/ Keith

        it does show after the app has stopped playing, exit is selected and exit is confirmed.. so yeah its not fixed yet

        • Bigmouth

          Same problem here. I have to force stop the app manually.

  • Chippah

    hopefully it wont crash every 5 minutes..

    Oh!, and let me guess STILL no MAP like on the IOS version.

  • melhiore

    Does not work, Nexus 4, Android 4.3, TuneIn is about to leave my phone... Had to manually kill it to get rid of the notification...

  • baalp

    I like how it's on my lock screen so i don't have to open the phone to see what song is playing or to pause it. This is with a Note 3 using 4.3