Paranoid Android’s new pop-up notifications

by: Nate SwannerApril 30, 2013

Paranoid Android notifications

A single picture is all we really have, but it hints at something larger.

When Facebook Home came out a few weeks ago, the most discussed (and perhaps maligned) feature was chat heads. It overlays Facebook’s chat onto every screen, making sure you never miss a comment or conversation.

Chat heads is a great feature, but the constant “on top” interference was a bit much for some. Pesky and annoying, chat heads remains something we would like to have more of, but not as we currently see it. A little icon is great, but not all the time, every time.

So, we go back to that picture. Paranoid Android hasn’t said anything official in advance of it, or since, but there is an icon… reminiscent of a chat head… sitting there, waiting for us. It has a little notification, too, letting us know there are messages waiting. What could it be for?

In looking through the comments on Paranoid Android’s Google+ post, it seems they’ve taken the chat head concept to another level altogether. According to comments made by Paranoid Android, these chat heads will basically be notification pop-ups.

Paranoid Android plans to make them available for every app, all the time. If you’re checking an email and someone messages you via GTalk, you’ll get a pop-up. According to Paranoid’s team, it will work with every app, on every screen. No word yet on just how long or often they’ll come up, but that’s probably something you can manipulate to suit your needs.

Paranoid Android says they’ll have more to say very soon, and make no bones that their concept came from Facebook Home. They insist on giving full credit to Facebook for the idea, and are clearly enamored with the concept of these notification pop-ups. I resist calling them chat heads, because they transcend chat. According to a comment left by the Paranoid Android team, these pop-ups are “how you do multi windowing on Android.”

Maybe they’re right.


  • joseph pastor

    Yeah I could see this being really nice if done correctly. But hey, they did come out with Pie so they got my vote. flash rather.

    • SladeNoctis

      Actually they didn’t make Pie, it was done by a fellow xda developer long before PA implemented to their roms. They did improve upon it and make it more user friendly but they didn’t make it.

  • Glad to see that innovation is still based on stealing other ideas.

    • Dan

      innovation is based on building on ideas of others, always has been. And that’s what this is

    • don’t be a dick for no reason. facebook will be credited, the article itself goes on to state how much pa developers loved their idea for what it is. besides, innovation is always based on what came before, its called progress. but since they’re /just/ doing it for fun (and free), chatheads with a single app is not gonna cut it. if anything this adores facebooks concept and makes it applicable overall. they should be happy to see that their idea inspires other developers.
      but yeah – i can write until myfingers foam, internet police won’t be pacified. need to point out negative shit or you won’t find sleep tonight.

    • Arsenal™

      lol idiot

    • Says the guy with Daft Punk’s new album cover.
      A new album based on 70’s and 80’s music with samples from artists from those days.
      Don’t get me wrong, I love this new album, but don’t be a douche, everything is a remix.

  • John A

    Ah these are the kind of guys that make me appreciate Android more and more. Great stuff!!

  • MasterMuffin

    Cool! There’s just one problem: what about notification bar?

    • YusufIslam

      What do you mean?

    • TK

      Just hide it. PIE + Halo looks pretty sweet.

      • MasterMuffin

        oka, sounds good :)

  • Alu Zeros

    finally a true unified messaging box, every mobile os should have done this from the beginning.

  • kevin_gee

    Its probably going to be merged into the stock messaging app, but one thing I like about chatheads is the emojis. Lol Hopefully since the stock AOSP messaging app has emojis then the popup would most likely have ’em too.

  • good that is good.

  • this will not be available to international version of galaxy nexus how sad. :(