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Audible For Android Updated To Fix Its Obnoxious Persistent Notifications In Android 4.3

Audible received an update to version 1.5.1 today that brings in a handful of new improvements, such as the introduction of cloud storage of audiobook progress and bookmarks to the UK and Germany. In addition to that, the library filter and sorting preferences now persist after the app is closed. If you're using Audible on a device running Android 4.2 or earlier, you can stop here. But for those on 4.3, the best is yet to come. The latest release also does away with the many permanent and unnecessary notifications that Audible flooded into many a pull-down shade.

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What's new:

  • Cloud storage of audiobook progress and bookmarks now available in UK and DE
  • Library filter and sorting preferences now persist after quitting the app
  • Improved compatibility with Android version 4.3

Audible wasn't the only app to abuse the notification area like this.

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TuneIn Radio Updated With Android 4.3 Compatibility, Finally Fixes The Persistent Notification

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.

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Android Engineer Explains Why Some Apps Suddenly Have Persistent Notifications After You Upgrade To Android 4.3

Anyone who has made the jump to Android 4.3, which admittedly isn't that many people right now, may have noticed that some applications now plant persistent notifications in the status bar. We offered this as a disclaimer in our post about manually updating a Nexus 4 to Android 4.3. Turns out, this is completely intentional. Android now forces persistent notifications on unkillable apps that run silently in the background. This is an attempt to call attention to behavior that isn't quite okay.


Many developers have made their applications impossible to kill and don't alert users to the fact that they're still running.

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