Originally Posted by m3incorp
Sometimes the background pic makes the notification bar look like it is not transparent. With some pics on my home screens, it doesn't appear to be transparent because of the color of the pic.
The semi-transparent Status bar was not introduced until the, much later, German firmware, MEA, which was released in June of this year. See...
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