Developed by XDA member Roymam, Notifications Widget is a customizable widget for Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher devices that replicates the looks and functionality of dismissible notifications introduced in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and later iterations. Using the widget, you can view and interact with all the notifications that show up in your Android device’s notification shade. Be it a notification regarding a missed call or a new SMS/email, update alerts from Play Store, a Gtalk message, or any third-party app notification for that matter, Notifications Widget is capable of displaying them all on a compact home screen widget. If you have an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher device, you can install Notification Widget to your device’s lockscreen to take a peek at all your latest notifications without having to unlock the device. In addition, the widget lets you directly launch relevant apps and dismiss all notifications at once with a mere tap.
Notifications Widget works on both rooted and non-rooted devices. Once installed, you’re required to first enable the accessibility service for the widget so that it can effectively access the notifications. For this, the widget’s initial setup screen will itself guide you, as shown in the screenshot below.
Notifications Widgets is also capable of grouping similar notifications from each app into a single notification entry. In all such cases, it’ll keep you notified about the total number of unattended notifications via a counter. Notifications Widget also offers several customizations for the widget. For instance, you can set the widget to automatically activate the screen each time a new notification is received.
You can also have all your unattended notifications automatically dismissed as soon as you unlock the device. The action associated with the Clear/Dismiss All button on the widget can be synchronized with the corresponding actions in your device’s notification panel. This way, clearing the notifications on one side will automatically force the notifications to be wiped on the other side as well. Please note that this is an experimental feature that might not always work as intended.
When it comes to the layout, the digital clock sported by the widget can be hidden altogether, or you can select a custom size for it (large or small). Also, the time and text color for the notifications can be customized, in addition to adjusting the opacity level of the widget itself. If you don’t want the content of your notifications to be revealed, just uncheck the ‘Show full notification content’ option on the widget’s main preferences screen.
Notification Widget is not yet available in the Play Store. However, you can grab its APK via the provided link and sideload it to your device like any other APK.