Most people have 30 or so apps pre-installed on their Android device, whether it be a phone or tablet, and then tend to download their favorite social, gaming, and utility apps, to make them not only more full-featured but also to receive a lot more notifications from these numerous apps. The name Snowball has been associated with a smart messaging hub for a while and allows a user to manage their many conversations across many different social sites and apps from a single overlay interface. But as of yesterday, Snowball is now here to help manage your inundated notification tray and be the manager you might be looking for.
Snowball is no longer limited by Beta access and it no longer just handles your messages to friends through Facebook, Snapchat, and Line. Now, it implements itself as an overlay to cover and replace your system notification tray. So, instead of pulling down to check notifications and having limited control, you now have the kind of control some users have been dying to have in Android. With Snowball installed, you can choose which apps’ notifications pop up for anyone screen-peeking to see, and which ones are literally put to the side in a ‘hidden’ panel of your notification tray for you to glance at sneakily later.
So, why does Snowball matter? If you have a dislike of your device’s stock notification interface, want to change the look and functionality of the notification interface without installing a custom version of Android or five more apps to download, or even if you just want to have a secret section for more private notifications, then Snowball has you covered. You’ll get a fresh new look in your notification tray, as well as a way to limit which apps are allowed to bother you, by choosing ‘important’ apps and setting the interface to only show ‘important’ notifications. And at any point if you get a notification, you can choose to hide the app and future notifications, or to make it important / not important (depending on what it already is, obviously). Since this is a new release, expect some bugs, and some things to change, as users help develop the app with suggestions into a full-featured and useful notification replacement.