Floatify Gets Updated, Adds Even More Floating Android L Style And Functionality

July 16, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

Right now there are tons of cool new ways to interact with the notifications on your Android device, with widgets like Dashclock or apps like Peek from the Paranoid Android Team, or even the new Android L preview and its floating notifications that will be coming to the Android OS once the software version is launched. You won’t have to wait till then to get the same type of functionality however, as a recognized developer over at XDA has come up with an app that was inspired by the floating notifications found in the preview that Google demoed last month at I/O.

Floatify wasn’t just released today but it did get a nice little update this afternoon that improves the user experience with the app, and it adds in some useful new features that make it even more functional than before. XDA Senior member Jawomo understood that there would be a decent number of people that would be just as in love with the floating notifications found in Android L as he was, but they wouldn’t have any way to access the feature due to not having an Android L preview compatible device. That’s where Floatify came in, allowing users to have that function and style of floating notifications without being on Android L. If you have already been using Floatify since its actual launch, then you probably already know the awesomeness that it has bestowed upon your phone.

There are tons of new features in this latest update though like direct reply actions to messages and returning missed calls, and should you be in any sort of a rush and need to reply to something as quickly as possible, you’ll find the new feature to reply from the lockscreen without having to unlock your device and open up the app very useful and time saving. Probably one of my personal favorites in the list of new features, is the gesture actions, which basically lets the user assign a Floatify notification action to specific gestures to complete that action. Gestures are also available via the status bar now, so no matter where you interact with your notifications whether it be the lockscreen, the homescreen or the status bar, doing so should be easy and stylish. Floatify supports blacklisting so you can choose which apps notify you, although whitelisting more than 10 apps will require you to pick up the paid version of Floatify.