Tuesday, February 23, 2016

6 Apps to Customize Your Notification Center

Notifications. We often associate them with the trudge of work life. But toil no more in labor and irritation when you reach for your phone! These apps convert the un-enticing call of previous notifications into vibrant beacons that you’d die to see and hear every time.

Espier Notifications

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Espier Notifications allow Android owners to suck up to Apple without actually buying an iPhone. Now Androids can pose as iPhones with Espier Notification’s panel of apps designed with the flat stylings of iOS 7. The most fruitful utility of this app is the replacement of the standard Android notifications bar with a more trendy iOS substitute. With Espier Notifications, Android beggars can now be iOS choosers.



Let’s face it: we are getting lazier and lazier. It started with the cramming of our smartphones with tons of apps. Traditionally, upon the trigger of an app notification, we would have to pick up our phones and read it. With SpeakMe, you don’t even have dig deep into your pants pockets or make a stretch for the table. You can now choose which apps you want to notify you, whether you want to hear the entire message, or just its name. In the settings menu, you can choose which voice notifications don’t go off at specific times and designate voice activation times so that you don’t have overlapping messages going off. For just a buck more, a search option is available while enabling/disabling voice notification.


Dynamic Notifications

Who says sleep mode has to be subtle? Now it can be dynamic with these notifications. While most apps spice and splice notification centers, Dynamic Notifications works subliminally to bring life to your locked device. To have your locked screen feature your desired apps, you must first directly install them onto it. Afterward, you must authorize Dynamic Notifications to access these notifications during the setup process. With apps readily at hand, you can delve into them individually by dragging them from the bottom of the screen to the top and then moving them left along the slider. Or you can drag to the right to unlock the screen normally. $1.99 will get you the AutoWake and NightMode features as well as Widget support and the ability to edit swipe actions. Not startlingly dynamic, but enough to have you devoting extra love to your screen.

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Float on app Cloud 9 with Floatifications. With this app, you can nab Facebook’s chat-head-style interface and implement it on any app at your disposal. Shop on eBay or watch a documentary uninterrupted. Full screen or not, now you don't have to stop whatever you’re doing. The on-screen notifications are floating dots that you can dive into with a single tap, or brush off with a double tap. You can move them anywhere on the screen if they obstruct the view. Third-party app notifications from Facebook and Twitter can only be received by manually adjusting Settings and Security. Floatifications’ branches extend to Google Play, which is a perfect platform for theme and feature variety. There is no full free version for this app. Users start off with a 14-day free trial and if they wish to continue using it, you must pay a one-time $2 fee.

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While other apps attempt to change all the notifications, Mumble designates all its effort to vibration notifications and word omission. It can control how many lines of text you receive. The more lines you receive, the higher the intensity of the vibration. There are also options to ignore typo corrections or one-word messages. While app demonstrations glisten with effectiveness, setting up can be a bit of a hassle. At around a buck and a half, the premium version lets you get a gauge of what kind of message you receive with custom vibrations so you know before you even look. With it, you can also choose to ignore all incoming messages while you’re away or busy. Mumble is soft-spoken and humble but projects its integrity a long way.

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Notif Pro

Notif Pro is among the elite in apps that specialize in notifications. Not only is its notification panel vibrant with customized textures, it incorporates voice command to enliven user experience. And why not? Windows 10 uses Cortana. iPhones use Siri. It’s about time you get to schedule your phone notifications with your voice. It might look like a steep hill to climb when you first boot the app, but only if you decide to proceed on a text-only format. Proceeding by speaking to Notif Pro would make life simpler. Drop a dollar in the charity jar and you’ll be unveiled to the Android Beam sending option, Gmail, Dropbox, Drive, Pocket, Facebook, and much more.


Latch yourself to one these sweet apps above and languish no more as a mobile user. You might not be able to sunder yourself entirely from some daily constants, but you can now personalize both what you see and hear whenever you get a mobile update. These apps are sure to adjust the frequency of your smartphone and spice up your notification center.

This article was constributed by Li Huang


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