Android: There are some great new features coming up in Android L, but you can bring some to your phone right now. Floatify lets just about any KitKat Android handset take advantage of the new notification system — and there's no need to root your phone.
Once installed, when you receive a notification, a summary appears on the lock screen. You can tap it to see the full notification, or swipe to dismiss. If you invest in a $2 Pro key for the app, you can use additional gestures to set reminders for notifications you're not ready to deal with right now. Opting for a Pro key also lifts the five-app limit of the free version. We have looked at a similar tool before — Heads Up! — but Floatify is available from Google Play so there is no need to allow the installation of third party apps.
Your latest notifications always appear on the lockscreen. You can choose what happens when you unlock your handset — open the last notification, or view a popup of stacked notifications, so you never miss a notification that arrives when you phone is off. Notifications from different apps are grouped together to make them easier to see. You can customise their style and position to your liking.
You can select which apps you want to see notifications from, and Floatify's smart blacklist ensures you're not bothered by notifications when using apps of your choice — such as your web browser. With this feature enabled, notifications reappear as soon as you close that app.