You usually have to mess around with flashing ROMs to enjoy the features those talented developers build for Android. In the case of Paranoid Android's new Peek feature, you can get it in app form on any KitKat device courtesy of Francisco Franco (of franco.Kernel fame) and original Peek developer Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo. Update: The app was down for a bit today for a bug fix. It has been restored now.

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So what is Peek? It's a way to manage your notifications every time you pick up your device. The screen will automatically wake up and display small icons in the middle representing your various notifications. you can tap on them to see what's up, launch them, or ignore. This is based on the Paranoid Android open source code created by Agudelo, but is being sold on Franco's account because paid apps aren't supported in Agudelo's home country of Colombia.

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The Peek app does the same thing for any KitKat device, and it doesn't even need root. The Paranoid Android feature has a few tricks to save power. Presumably the app does as well, but this is probably something you'll have to watch closely at first to make sure it doesn't drain the battery. It certainly had the potential to be cool if it works properly.

[+Francisco Franco]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Looks almost identical to AcDisplay which I use at the moment, anyone here switched from AcDisplay to this?

    • Humberto Hernandez

      Please, if you'd tried AcDisplay you won't change. Peek is ok, but is far behind AcDisplay

    • Christopher Bement

      I used PA for quite a while and before that I used AcDisplay. Peek works great if your phone's sensors are 100% perfect, which almost no android phone is. It relies on you picking up your phone or pulling it out to actually turn on the screen, so if for some reason the sensor doesn't pick up movement it won't show up until you hit your power button a few times. AcDisplay blows it out of the water in this respect.

    • fed

      I am using AcDisplay and it´s awesome.
      No way I´m paying for this.

    • merman1983

      Wow first time hearing about AcDisplay. I've been using Dynamic Notifications for a while now and it works well for me (with the occasional bug). Anyone who has used both who can compare them?

  • darkdude1

    That UI looks seriously sexy, however, I am worried about the price without any way to test its functionality first. Will wait for reviews me thinks.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Use AcDisplay, it's almost identical and free.

      • jer85008

        Agreed - AcDisplay is great and has no affect on battery on my N5.

    • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Infowerx Social

      Check your Disqus profile, see if your e-mail address became disassociated. I had to re-verify mine for some reason. All comments went to pending moderation otherwise.

      • darkdude1

        My email is still associated; I actually saw that a post was flagged for moderation, although typically they don't disappear (click to show the comment). I don't want to point the finger at AP as it could very well be disqus themselves being targeted, but it is certainly weird whatever the issue is.

    • h4rr4r

      You can charge for open source software. Even FREE(libre) software can have a price.

      • akellar

        Nobody said he couldn't. It's just not exactly ethical.

        • RTWright

          No it's not, there is nowhere it says that a Dev cannot charge for an app. That's the problem with a lot of people, especially Android users. They think everything should be free...

        • Francisco Franco

          Who dictates what is ethical, you? Its software, if you coded it you can charge it or not, its your own choice. In this case it was our choice. You know, we have to put food on the table and we have families, its not like we can live out of air and be full time developers at the same time.

        • h4rr4r

          Why is it not ethical?
          RMS has no problem with it, why should you?

          If you don't want to pay for it, take the code and build you own version.

        • Joris Griffioen

          Open source has absolutely nothing to do with price. You need to read up on the definition of open source software.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Yeah someone is deleting comments...

    • darkdude1

      AP are not known for their heavy handed moderation when it comes to comments, something weird is going on.

    • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Infowerx Social

      I think It's a problem with Disqus. For whatever reason all of my comments would disappear immediately once I left the page and came back on any Disqus enabled site I post on. I contacted Disqus support yesterday, explained to them very thoroughly what was happening and why it is NOT a moderation issue and of course they replied telling me it is probably a moderation issue.

      I replied once more and about an hour later I believe all has been well with my account. We'll see if this comment disappears.

      2nd Reply : It did disappear. DAMNIT!

    • RyanWhitwam

      It's not us. Probably a Disqus thing. Will investigate.

  • siddude11

    Here guys have some money and enjoy the app..

    • Francisco Franco

      Thank you :) we'll make sure to use it to buy coffee to fuel it into development so that you can enjoy your free roms with free functionalities with free support with free everything :)

      • siddude11

        First of all my Fav dev just replied to me. Really enjyong FK Kernel. :D and Beta FKU App..

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  • Thor

    Thanks to this news, got to know about AcDisplay. Installed it, working great :-D

  • duse

    How does this work with a secure lockscreen?

  • h4rr4r
    • Francisco Franco

      Yes Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator is dead, fortunately.

      • h4rr4r

        Too young for this SNL bit I take it?

  • Frank Lopez

    Hmm did the apk not leak a few weeks back? We need that hover feature.

  • Christopher Bement

    Would rock if you could turn off the part where it needs to sense being picked up to work. I was on PA since 4.4 came out and this won't always wake up the screen (n4). AcDisplay is way ahead and free.

  • Halin

    What a name has the developer.

    • Francisco Franco

      Its my real name. You don't like it? I don't care :)

  • darkdude1

    Yeah, either there's a glitch or we aren't allowed to point out he's charging for an open source feature. Hmm.

    • akellar

      Franco or his fanbois got tired of marking everything as spam :P

      • Francisco Franco

        Yes, I have an army of internet police ready to take down all my enemies and naysayers. Its awesome, you should hire some of my guys sometimes.

        • DonPorazzo

          You, or maybe Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo should consider making trail version of this (14 or 30 day free usage). I would check it out, but 4 bucks is a little too much for something that I don't even know how will work for me.

    • Frank Lopez

      The glitch is androidpolice was removing posts that simply were true such as yours.

      I guess you made the cut or got lucky they got called out on the practice and decided to leav yours as evidence so that they can just use it as a "see we are not doing that" lol

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Is it me, or it's actually better than the original PA's Peek? o_O


  • Michael M.

    I'm using AcDisplay. This app looks nice on the screenshots, but I won't buy it until I can't test it. Actually the only one thig I don't like in AcDisplay is the way to open app whose notification were displayed! It is kinda hard to move finger from the center to the top without left-right movements on the 5+ inch device. And one bad move and notification disapeared.
    Another one APP is dynamic notification. It has more settings, BUT it can't show notification without stupid double unlock sound! AcDisplay can

  • evol1knobi

    Was it pulled from the store already? I get errors going to the page.

    • elma

      We're sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server.

  • Jamin

    Active display does more, looks the same way awesome and is for free. Thanks Peek, you're not needed any more.

  • mwolverine

    it will probably be less of an effect, for instance, if you are inclined to turn on your display, unlock it, and go into the app each time you get a notification, as opposed to a minimal mostly black display appearing and showing you the bare essentials that can easily be swiped away. Not to mention that the LED is not activated till Acdisplay is turned off.

    It will probably affect the battery life a bit if you miss most of your notifications, in which case there is a lot of additional screen on time, The time, of course, can be customized.

    • Cerberus_tm

      But the screen only turns on when you pick it up, right? If you miss the notification and don't look at your phone until much later, the only energy wasted is from the 10-second wakelock after a notification, during which sensors are turned on.

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

    AP has no deals with Franco.



    I'm slowly restoring all the comments wrongfully auto-spammed by Disqus.

  • Curioso

    We're sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server.

  • evol1knobi
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    A glitch on Disqus' end.



    I'm slowly restoring all the comments wrongfully auto-spammed by Disqus.

  • Carlos Kazam

    The price is high, maybe it worth it, but I'm using Acdisplay for the moment

  • Robert Iagar

    those are some nice wallpapers... where can I find them?

  • Billy Presley

    I like how the guy WHO DEVELOPED PEEK FOR PA doesn't have any responses at all. Jesus open sourced his code and helped Franco out with the app, like he said.

    Also Jesus (hi! I'm a PA Legacy maintainer not that you care) this new "vision" for Peek looks incredible, kudos.

    • Francisco Franco

      It was actually the opposite, he used his own code for this app, he coded most of it.

      • Billy Presley

        I stand helpfully corrected, either way it looks awesome, great job to you both.

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

    This is the first time I've ever used this Disqus functionality, but I'm going to feature your comment so it shows up at the top.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      I don't think it worked, I had to scroll a long way to see this.

    • Guest

      In my country using another man's name to do something forbidden by the law is illegal. You shouldn't say that so clearly.

      • Luis Millán

        So.. asking another person to publish your intellectual property (due to Google's restrictive policies) and make some money because of it is illegal?

        You guys have some serious issues then... i live in the country next door and this is NOT a problem whatsoever...

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

        Who said it's forbidden by the law? Google isn't offering support for distributing paid apps, but it doesn't mean it's suddenly illegal.

  • MagicMiguel

    Nexus 5 is IPS.

  • darkdude1

    An idea would be to perhaps state that somewhere, otherwise such confusion will occur...(I also noticed the article has been updated with that information)

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

    The guy who wrote Peek for PA wrote this app. Franco just published it for him as Colombians (Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo is Colombian) can't publish paid apps.

    • stan alessandrini

      Thanks clarification is awesome.

  • Francisco Franco

    Always Franco's fault :)

  • asdtfdr

    Does the notification led work after peek turns the screen on and is ignored?

    • asdtfdr

      For anyone interested, no, after the screen turns on and off, the led notification will not work. This kills the notification led, so, no thanks.

  • Francisco Franco

    Its his own code, he does whatever he wants with it.

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

    Read the featured comment and the updated article please. Franco's actually helping the original Peek developer.

  • Mike

    What's the advantage of Peek over AcDisplay or Dynamic Notifications? I might be willing to buy if it's demonstrably better.

  • Francisco Franco

    Thank you. At least you know me. Do I know you?

  • Francisco Franco

    Thank you :)

  • Francisco Franco

    Hey there Franco, my name is Franco. Nice to meet you. Inception much?

  • scottyell

    For me I don't care about it being open sourced, I mean why would someone pay $4 for a notification viewer? It's absurd. I know I know "We have to eat" and all of that but you've also got to be competitive, I might've considered buying it if it was cheaper.

  • siddude11

    Mister if you need the money that pack is lying in front of you. Nuff said.

  • Alonsopruf

    So... the dev gives you popsicles or something?

    • Mario E Hdez

      Mmmmmm popsicles.

  • Deeco

    What's this got over Acdisplay?

  • BehelitOutlaw

    Stop crying and enjoy Peek instead

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Note: Free software isn't the same as freeware. It's free as in freedom not as in beer. So it's perfectly fine they charge for it. The application doesn't cease to be open source because you have to pay for it, you still can distribute it (by compiling a binary), modify it, etc.

  • ccccc

    i would gladly buy it if you put it on the amazon app store. so i humbly request that option. people might dismiss amazon app store, but i dislike the google play store b/c your google play account is tied to your email address. and consequently, if you one day want to delete your email address or switch to another email address, you have to rebuy all the apps again :(

  • MikeOxlong

    Pay for a feature already included in the better ROMs out there by default? No thanks.

  • InfDaMarvel

    Id pay max $1.99 for an app that only saves me from swiping down. Not to disrespect your hard work, coding is difficult at times I know.

  • billy

    Does this have any use on a moto x?

  • hmbarbosa

    Well Done guys!!! Im more than happy to pay for it... keep developing... that's great!!!!!!

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  • Phil

    dammit restore it soon FF. So eager.

  • Phil

    kudos to you. can't wait to try it.

  • Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo

    Just a heads up, the app is back. For those who already bought it, please wait Play store to show up v1.41 before updating (1.4 was a fail)


  • Denis

    any _strong_ reasons ACDisplay and Peek are 4.4 only? DynamicNotifications does all this flawlessly on 4.2.

  • KUZE

    Hey Jesus David, you can create a payoneer acount and make your own acount from colombia. O mejor dicho creese una cuenta en payoneer y con ella puede cobrar desde USA las apps que venda por la playstore, muchos desarrolladores colombianos la utilizan.

  • Deron Dantzler

    +Zhe Lu's port of Peek is better, at least for now. Surprised that the original developer and the renowned Franco put this out half-baked.

  • qw

    "paid apps aren't supported in Agudelo's home country of Colombia."

    Good work, Google.

  • Siegfried Heilmeier

    Can you use it as a lock screen like AcDisplay? Kann man es als Lock Screen verwenden wie AcDisplay ?

  • GoranJ

    My mistake :)

  • ccccc

    can you please consider listing it on amazon app store too? thanks

    • ksavai

      It says mostly for nexus devices so amazon doesnt make sense

      • ccccc

        just b/c a person buys it from the amazon app store doesn't mean they can't use it on any device they wish. amazon app store sells more than just apps for their fire devices.

  • MrDivaNYC

    Who cares, it's Free. as long as it wrks! I don't gaf who write it

  • Peter

    Loving the app so far, but does everyone else have it force vibration when ever it gets a notification? I have vibration and have all my notifications set to be audio only, but with this app every time something comes through it vibrates, even if it is not in silent mode. Any solutions out there?

  • Joris Griffioen

    Build one yourself and sell it cheaper..