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Heads Up! App Brings Android L-like Pop-up Notifications to Your Android Device

At Google I/O last week, Google introduced Heads Up notifications in Android L, which are essentially pop up notifications for applications. No matter which app you are in, at any given time, you can see notifications on your display, which also have the ability to perform actions right from the notification pop up.

Unless you have a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 running the Android L developer preview, you are probably going to be waiting a very long time until this feature hits your device, but thanks to a developer, Heads Up! brings this functionality to any Android device running Android 4.3+. 

Basically, the app takes notifications from your phone, then turns them into pop up messages. As you can see in the picture above, if you receive an email, you can double tap to open up the application, swipe to the right to dismiss it, or even reply and delete the email all from whatever app you are in. To put it simply, it’s a pop up notification bar.

To check it out for yourself, grab it off of Google Play for just $0.99.

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  • Stinker

    That is the worst video I’ve ever seen in my life. I have literally no idea what is going on.

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  • Easy way for dev to make money: wait for newest verison of android to be released, pull app from google thats not on current android, make said app work for current android, put on playstore for $1, profit

  • Prick

    Ugh! Pop-ups!

  • Carlos Aguilera

    Anyone know what the icon pack is the one in the pictures?

    • gld

      It’s called “Sawyer.” It’ll be released on July 3rd.

  • David Arroyo

    What is that icon pack?!?!?

  • kilbasar

    I did this in CM. It’s cool for a bit, but having every notification pop up gets real annoying real fast. Just wait until you do a play store app update and get 20 rapid-fire pop ups, you’ll disable it.

    My understanding is that in L this will only be for very specific high-priority notifications, such as phone calls / hangouts (which currently pop up as full screen). That will be a much better use than having every notification pop up.

    • BoFiS

      The CM implementation also allows you to whitelist apps or ban certain apps from showing up in the HeadsUp, but I agree with you, it got annoying and wasn’t really any more useful than seeing the same exact notification scroll in the notification bar and then pulling it down if I wanted to click on it. Especially since in the pull-down you get other actions sometimes like reply or delete.

  • In other news did anybody pay attention to the cardboard VR Google gave out at I/O??? I ordered mine this weekend. Can’t wait ..

  • Henry C

    Tried this out and didn’t prefer it to Notifier Pro which works similar but has the option to turn on your screen when a notification pops up.

  • Tanuj Chokshi

    There’s an Xposed module for this that’s free and looks better than this.

    • Brandon Rosonina

      Really? What is the name of the module?

      • stabone

        It’s called Heads Up Notifications

    • WK

      yea, would also like to know what the name is. its not halo is it?

      • Ray

        The name is heads up notification you cant miss it.

        • WK

          yup, found it. gonna give this a try.

    • Maxim∑

      Yout tell us there is a module for it… then you dont say the name of the module -.-

      • Ray

        Did you look your damn self the name is heads up geez

        • Hey, elitist jerkwad

          “Did you look??!?!” Such contempt…

          You mean, “Did I bother to scroll through a hundred modules to find one that might maybe mention “L” release notification in it’s tiny description blurb?

          No. No I did not. A significant amount less effort is expended by asking and answering for all parties involved.

          But thanks for being so incredibly condescending and elitist. We really need more of that in the Android community… /s

          • Just passing by

            Did I miss something? The name of the module is Heads Up – That’s what this story is all about, that’s what Tanuj’s comment is about, why the confusion? From there, Ray goes above and beyond to provide the link directly to the module and you tear him a new one for not specifically providing the name, which, again, is the name of the thing we’re talking about here. I agree we need no bad blood in the community, but we don’t need any lazy shits either.

            Anyway, I just came here to mention that you can get this app for free from the dev’s XDA post.

            And now I have to tell you I am still talking about the Heads Up! app. It’s still called that. Confusion? No? Good, moving on. The link to the post I assume you’ll need me to provide, searching forums can be so tedious… http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2796182

            In the future, why don’t you log in to the comments and own your smack talk. Tanuj looks new, but Ray looks like he’s been here a while, face him like a man if you have something to say. I recognize the hypocrisy in that I am guest posting as well, but I’ve never been here before, and I sure as hell am never coming back.

            Wil Wheaton says “don’t be a dick!”

            See ya’

    • Ray

      For the lazy bastards who cants scroll to the H’s in exposed modules http://forum.xda-developers.com/xposed/modules/mod-heads-notifications-t2791217

      • JeffColorado

        You need to install the Xposed framework, which requires root access. This app does not.

        • Ray

          Thanks for the insightful info sighh

    • Deeco

      Even GravityBox has this feature!

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    • Ricardo

      I had used heads up notifications from Wanam Xposed a long time ago.

  • Bryan Mills

    Get that Mac wallpaper off Android, yo!

    • Maxim∑

      Get your Android off the Mac wallpaper

    • jboogie1289


  • AndrewScottRox

    I don’t really get what the dev is doing in the video. It looks like he is creating widgets. Maybe I just don’t understand.

    Edit: nevermind. I get it, but I thought it would be different, meaning looking cool.

    • Smply_Rckless

      Can u explain how this works ? Like how to get the notifications for emails & etc ?

  • Tee

    I really, really dislike this whole floating notifications idea. To say they would be annoying is a huge understatement.

    • Bryan Mills

      U wot m8?

      • Marikel

        Don’t bring my phone into this

        • Guest

          i will light your balls with hydrogen peroxide. and your M8 m8

    • j

      Pretty sure popup notifications were something we laughed about for years while gloating that Android’s implementation was vastly superior. Oh well.

  • silver_arrow

    Just a heads up (sorry) but you can also do this if you’re running 4.4 with an xposed module or you are running a recent version of CM/CM based roms

  • BiggiePhat

    I don’t even have them in the dev preview… Why do you say we do?

    • Collin Chapin

      I was just wondering that…

  • Shane Redman

    And so starts the pre-release android feature apps!