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If your device runs a fairly stock version of Android, there's a good chance you've got DashClock set up front-and-center as a lockscreen widget or somewhere on your home screen. While we receive seemingly endless notifications throughout the day, relatively few applications provide support for DashClock to display that information. This is where DashNotifier comes in. It leverages the NotificationListener service added in Android 4.3 to read and display notifications from selected applications as if they had provided extensions of their own. After about a month of development on XDA, DashNotifier is now available on the Google Play Store.

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To set up DashNotifier, you just have to add one of the numbered extensions to DashClock, then configure it with the application notifications you wish to see. Each app does require a separate entry in the list of extensions, so this process can become a bit tedious if you are setting up several of these. There are options to control what text is displayed from the notification, the icon, if stacked notifications should be shown or just the latest, and a few other behaviors. You can even direct it to show persistent notifications from apps like Google Play Music or PowerAmp. There are a limited selection of icons provided, but you can also supply your own.

DashNotifier isn't the first extension to offer this type of functionality. Back in February, AnyDash launched with a similar set of features but had to rely on the more limited Accessibility service since the NotificationListener did not yet exist at the time. For this reason, DashNotifier can only function on Android 4.3 and above, while AnyDash will still work on devices with 4.2. AnyDash has also added an intermittent reminder to upgrade to the pro version, but DashNotifier is free and open source.

It's definitely a great extension and makes notifications from social networks and other apps far more visible and organized. For those interested in helping to test the beta versions, details are available in the development thread to join the Google+ community. Otherwise, hit the widget below to give DashNotifier a try.

Source: XDA

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

    Now if only we can get "disable status bar on lockscreen" as an option in some roms

    • Julio M

      Why disable it? Esthetic?

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Somewhat. If you have your notifications displayed through another method like DashClock the status bar becomes redundant.

        • deV14nt

          What about battery, WiFi, silent/vibrate, Bluetooth icons? Surely the tiny ones in that little strip at the top are the most efficient way to display those.

          Also there are at least a couple ways to hide the status bar. I believe Xposed/AppSettings is one. Might only work with third party lock screen though. Tasker might be able to do it.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            I agree that the status bar is incredibly efficient and useful but I guess for some people it's all about preference.

            Nova Launcher can even hide the status bar if you grant it root access.

    • Sean Stone

      Using SlimROM I don't have a statusbar on my lock screen.

  • Dheeraj

    I was *just* today thinking why there wasn't already an app that could do this. :D What a pleasant surprise! Downloading now.

  • challenge_accepted

    How do I access notification center? I don't remember

    • x3go

      WIDGETS > Settings shortcut > Notifications

      • xnifex

        holy wow i've never seen that before!

  • anzensepp1987

    How is that different from AnyDash?
    I want my Phone-Notifications (e. g. WhatsApp) on my Nexus 7, btw... Is there any solution, yet?

  • Matthew Fry

    Can you actually clear the notifications or do you still have to go to the shade? That's what I really want. Ability to clear notifications via multiple means and clear it for all.

    • OmniWrench

      There is a "Clear notification on unlock" setting, as well as a few other settings that seem pretty well thought out (i.e. toggle whether to show ongoing notifications, or show notification title only, or full notification content). Haven't played around with it much yet, but it seems decent.

  • Clemens Schartmüller

    AppLauncher For DashClock provides similiar functionality:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.sapps.applauncherdashclockextension

  • duse

    Unfortunately even things like this are still hampered by the fact that you can only see so much in the default collapsed mode. It's ridiculous that you have to expand it first to see more stuff, and then shrink it again when you actually want to unlock your phone. The unlocker should just be a single-row type affair at the bottom that allows the widget to always be expanded and display max info, ala iPhone. Lockscreen widgets have just been a horrible idea from day one.

    • Dheeraj Chowdary Nekkanti

      If you're running a custom ROM like CM, there's an option to check "Maximize widgets" which opens the lockscreen in thee expanded widget form. You then need to swipe up and unlock.

      But yeah, on the pure AOSP version, they need to fix it. :) Cheers.

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      • duse

        But doesn't that still require two swipes to unlock? One swipe to "expand" the unlock area, and another swipe to actually unlock. That's still dumb...the lock icon should be able to stay at the bottom of the screen with one quick swipe to unlock.

        • merman1983

          I do this in CM and it single-handedly makes Dashclock the most useful widget in the world. Having lock-screen widgets maximized by default is the only way lock-screen widgets make sense to me.

          I have this setup and a simple long press on the lock icon will unlock to your home screen, but tbh after a week I became quite adept just quickly tapping followed by a quick swipe. Becomes second nature after a while and either way is good for me. However I agree that there should be an option for a simple swipe to unlock with the lock icon down at the bottom.

        • Kevin Sauer

          Better yet, lower your DPI and then Dashclock will think it's expanded even when it's collapsed. On my S4, I have my DPI set to 361 and I can see 3 full rows of dashclock items and the unlock handle still shows with all my shortcuts.

          For the record I am on slimbean, it is automatically set to a lower DPI no matter what phone you are using. I think 720p screens are automatically set to 240.

    • Larizard

      I agree. The implementation of lockscreen widgets have always been cumbersome to me. The whole "swipe down to expand widget" and then, "okay, swipe up now so you can unlock" thing is not user friendly at all. It feels very disconnected.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

        I've always felt that lockscreen widgets were truly designed for tablets since the widget can be expanded and the unlocking ring is also accessible at the same time. The default interaction on a phone definitely isn't very user friendly and seemed rushed. It won't be a popular opinion, but ever since lockscreen widgets launched, I've kinda hoped that the Android team drastically alters the feature, even though it probably means most of these widgets will have to be rewritten.

  • br_hermon

    So... instead of installing a bunch of different Dashclock extensions I could just use this app instead to duplicate the same functionality of all those previous extensions? (obviously foregoing any customization specific extensions may offer)

    • akshay7394

      Well... yeah

  • Cory Wilson

    Just installed, loving it!

  • http://www.lukeharper.co.uk/ Luke Harper

    Just uninstalled, it had the same level of memory usage as Facebook which is way too much.