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Every once in a while we come across an app with such a practical, obvious application that we're forced to wonder why we didn't think of it first. Case in point: Botifier, which sends status updates from any app to a paired and compatible Bluetooth display using version 1.3 or later of the A/V Remote Control Profile. Translation: it sends notifications to your car's Bluetooth-enabled stereo.

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The AVRCP standard is usually intended for song information, but developer Grimpy has adapted it to show the notification as the "song title," the application it comes from as the "artist," and the summary as the "album. " It's an ingenious way to enhance safety while driving, assuming that you've got the prerequisite hardware in your vehicle. Even better, there's a setting in the application that plays the notifications over your car stereo via Text To Speech. There is also a blacklist, so you can keep the more annoying notifications off of the display. When driving, use the Next and Back buttons to display previous notifications or press Play/Pause to dismiss one.

Botifier is a free download and a open source app to boot - you can check out the source code at this GitHub page. Unfortunately it will only work on an Android 4.3 device or ROM, because it relies of the Notification listener service that debuted with the latest version. Go to Settings>Security to enable it.

Via Lifehacker - Wassup, Eric?

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • skitchbeatz

    This is intriguing.

  • Rob

    Cool. Almost guaranteed it won't work with my car. The Audi RNS-E is notoriously uncooperative with most devices.

    • godutch

      I can tell it does not work with audi mmi high 2g + tune2air (with spotify and htc one with 3.09.401.1 sense5/ android 4.3)but you might have more luck with rns-e

      Too bad because I really wanted this to work, it' s really annoying not being able to see or select the correct songs....

      • Rob

        I may give it a try. I don't have 4.3 on my phone yet, but I'll try to remember to post an update here when I've meet all the conditions for testing it in my A4. ;-)

  • Mike Loomis

    I have 4.3 on my Nexus 4 but Notification Listener Service isn't in Settings>Security at all.

    • Jo De Boeck

      Its Settings -> Security -> Notification access
      near the bottom

      • Mike Loomis

        I thought it was just a regular setting in Android, but it didn't appear as an option until I installed the app. Sneaky.

        • Jo De Boeck

          Hehe didnt know that, thats Google decsision to hide it if application uses it ;)

  • wolfkabal

    Also doesn't work with Google Music Player - hit up the XDA forum to get the scoop. Seems it's really buggy still and should be considered a beta (if not alpha) still. The dev has done limited testing.

    • Jo De Boeck

      Really buggy? Could you aswell justify that? Some things in Android have their limits witouth modifing Android itself...

  • Shitiz Garg

    Your battery is down bro

    • Jo De Boeck

      App developement sucks battery

      • Shitiz Garg

        Sure, I was merely pointing out the fact that it's down and you should charge otherwise the device will turn itself off.

  • DirkBelig

    With my luck I'll have my girlfriend in the car when Sync displays that Anne Hathaway has emailed me that she's pregnant.

    • yoohoo

      With that kind of luck you will probably not get that kind of an email from Anne Hathaway, so you should be alright :-p

  • paxmos

    Another distraction while driving.

    • spydie

      go back to the stone age. The rest of us can multi-task

      • paxmos

        Another Ahole with attitude. Go die you spy

  • Masudur Rashid

    Apps need to more upgrade.. its too buggy. I hope after week or 2 weeks later you will manage to do so.

  • jurrabi

    Of all my devices I can only install in my dead Nexus 7... Will give it a shot at the source code.