Facebook is testing Android L-style lockscreen notifications

July 9, 2014
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Facebook is known for constantly trying out new features and design elements, usually by pushing them to a small number of testers in its beta channel. Not all of these features make it to the stable version of the app, but the beta channel does occasionally tip Facebook’s hand.

It appears that Facebook is now trialing lockscreen notifications that are similar in aspect to the stacked card notification style that Google is previewing in Android L. As spotted by Tech Crunch’s Darrell Etherington (as well as some Reddit users), the new notification card comprises a thumbnail and the most recent message, along with a three-dot Settings button that reveals viewing options. Tapping on the card unlocks the device and takes you straight to the Facebook app, and the user can dismiss the notification with a swipe. In case you have several notifications, they will be displayed as stacked cards.

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The screenshot was taken on an HTC One (M8) running Android 4.4.2, suggesting that the feature may not be exclusive to Android L release. Facebook confirmed it was testing the feature.

With the repeated caveat that not all features from the beta make it to the stable version, tell us, would you like to see this notification style coming to Facebook’s apps?

Comments

  • Stefan Hall

    I’ve been in Facebook Beta for some time and I have to say I love the lock screen notifications. About two updates ago, I realized that the Home application had been directly integrated into the Facebook app for Android. It has a few bugs yet but I could really see this taking off in future builds of the application. It’s a great way to browse through your timeline as well, sliding animated pages right to left.

    • bailey

      How do I get this facebook lock screen notification on my phone I have the s5 and can no figure it out for the life of me.

      • Stefan Hall

        As far as I know, Facebook’s Lockscreen notifications is a feature being tested in the Beta and possibly Alpha versions of the application. In essence, it is little more than having the Facebook ‘Home’ app downloaded onto your device in combination with the regular Facebook app available in Play Store. In the Beta version, the Home app is integrated and allows you to view your posts from your Timeline, aside from showing notifications from the apps one chooses.

        If you wish to be part of the Beta or Alpha testing group (it’s one or the other) you can access the link to become a Beta/Alpha tester via the Play Store in the Facebook app’s description.

        You can just as easily disable the Lock screen Notifications on the Lockscreen itself by tapping the three dot overflow menu situated to the far right of where the Lockscreen’s Time is boldly displayed, near the bottom right of the Lockscreen, just above where the actual notifications are displayed.

        Hope this helps anyone interested in joining Facebook Beta. And anyone wishing to leave Beta due to this feature, there is an easy remedy for removal of the lock screen. One is not forced to use it. It is presented as an option.

  • FRGuzman

    Ok, but it will be meaningless when L is released and every single app gets that at a framework level…

  • Navanshu Rastogi

    please where i can download that wallpaper in the backgroung

  • Dave

    How do I turn this crap off? I’ve used the … button and hit turn off but it keeps coming up. When I go into the Facebook app and into settings there is no option to turn it off. If my phone is locked, I don’t want notifications displayed. Huge security issue as far as I’m concerned.

    • RogĂ©rio Pimentel

      Exactly, I am considering dropping the beta test program due to this.