From time to time developers stumble upon unexpected pieces of code inside of AOSP that sometimes are pretty major features. Lately however, the team at CyanogenMod has discovered a new notification feature hidden inside Google’s code. This new feature, intended for use in immersive/full screen apps, displays notifications floating over the top of applications. However Google has left these turned off. Starting on June 19th however, Cyanogen enabled an option in all their new nightlies which enable these “Heads Up” notifications. It’s likely that Google will actually fully implement these notifications in the next Android release.
How To Get It For Yourself
So are you interested? Do you want to try this out for yourself? Well you’re in luck as developers have already been hard at work to bring this functionality to everyone, even if they aren’t using CyanogenMod. To do this you’ll need to be rooted and a user of Xposed Framework. A simple Xposed module is used to enable this great functionality.
- Root Access
- Xposed Framework
- Android 4.4 Or Higher
To get started, you’ll need to download an apk here. Once you’ve installed that, simply open the Xposed Installer, hit Modules and enable “Heads Up Notifications”. It’s as simple as that. You’ll need to reboot to enable the changes, and then everything should work just fine. Of course it’s not perfect yet as some users are reportedly experiencing force closes on Samsung and Motorola devices. I have personally tested this on my LG G2 without a problem so far. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment down below or hit up the original XDA thread.