Android L preview lacks a Clear Notifications button, so Koush made one

July 2, 2014

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Android L release is pretty great, with its improved battery life and cool new features. But it’s still a preview, meaning that it has a fair share of issues and even features that are missing altogether.

One such feature is the banal Clear Notifications button in the notification/settings dropdown, which is, for reasons unknown, missing from the L release preview firmware on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). Sure, it’s not an issue for all users, but if you use your device intensively, you might miss the ability to quickly do away with annoying notifications from your apps. Especially if you’re a heavy Yo or Yo, Hodor user…

If you’re suffering from this decidedly first world problem, Koushik Dutta, of AllCast, Clockwork, and formerly CyanogenMod fame, has got you covered. Koush came up with a simple app that adds a handy Clear Notifications button at the top of your notification stack. You can download the app here and direct your eternal gratitude towards Koush here.

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Of course, Google will probably rectify the omission by the time L release goes public sometime this fall. A few months never seemed so long.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    Clear all should also exist in recents. PA style would be great and clean looking (the recents button changes so that you can clear with it)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/app/basic/106438511189391207474?tab=wX&source=apppromo Ruperto

      this is just a preview in the final version of course it come with.

      • MasterMuffin

        Unless you’re a developer at Google, you can’t know that. Clear all recents hasn’t been there before

    • Jayfeather787

      Yo dawg. I heard you like clear all buttons. I programmed a clear all button that is clear-able so you can clear the clear-able clear all button while you clear notifications.

      • MasterMuffin

        I don’t know what “clear-able” is :P

        • Who cares anyway

          he means the type of notification that will go away versus ones that stay forever

          • MasterMuffin

            I know what he means, just me being a Grammar Nazi >:)

        • Jayfeather787

          Well clearable is not a word. Got that red line under it.

          • MasterMuffin

            But, but it is :/

          • Jayfeather787

            Well Disqus is wrong.

          • MasterMuffin

            Of course :P

  • Jayfeather787

    Koush is one of the great wizards of Android. Awesome. Thanks a lot Koush. I also pressed that weird plus one thing on the G+ page.

  • Preben Nielsen

    I have always loved the HTC One approach with both a clear-button and a unified button for settings and quicksettings. It’s elegang and powerful without the clutter other brands seem to offer.

    IMO the whole notification menu should be easily replacable … just like the launcher.

  • i_say_uuhhh

    Although I do love myself the concept of the new notifications. I think the white is uh, too white? I would have wanted something a bit more see through. Not like Apples, maybe keep the card Ui for the notifcation but change the white to clear, and by that I mean see through.

  • IntelCore

    A notification to Clear Notifications with a storage icon in it.. :)