Hello Recently I've been in a bit of a "discussion" with people on Google+ about the merits of the traditional event management via the notification bar, versus pop-ups on screen. Back in 2009, one of the reasons I was driven to Android was its "user choice" approach to handling events (such as incoming SMS messages, email notifications, calendar reminders, etc..) It brought attention to the user that there were outstanding events that needed to be addressed, but it didn't force you to interact with them in any way in order to continue using the device. It didn't "pop up" a box on the screen in the middle of your lolcat video or while you were browsing the web. It was unobtrusive and flexible at the same time. In very much the same reason why we have "pop up blockers" on our web browsers, as users, I *thought* we only wanted window/UI actions based on events that we directly drove, such as button mashing, swiping, voice actions, etc... However I see in Android L's preview screenshots (and a disclaimer, I don't actually have a device currently that can run the Android L preview - my wife does but she won't let me touch it) that Google has opted for a pop-up type of notification for events. Even when playing videos. If you don't want them there, you have to swipe them away, or it seems they'll go away after a certain amount of time. I cannot for the life me understand why this is a good thing. If something pops up over top of my youtube video, or my movie - even if its "unobtrusive" (and what I've seen so far doesn't constitute that description in the least) I didn't ask for it to be there. I don't want to have a giant white box floating across the bottom of my screen because my drunk friend texted me "LOL @ MY FACE" while I'm trying to watch Inglorious Basterds or something. I understand that with apps like "heads up" and "NinjaSMS" these types of notifications are presently available, but I cannot for the life of me understand why we're reverting to a pre-notification pane era when I thought we as users had collectively embraced it - so much so that iOS directly copied it. I know the line "Different folks, different strokes" but is this honestly a great feature that people were asking for?