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Living without a status/notification bar

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by alexandicity, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. alexandicity

    alexandicity New Member
    Thread Starter

    Jul 13, 2009
    Hello all!

    I recently flashed by trusty G1 to CyanogenMod 5. One of the changes this brought was that it, by default hid the notification/status bar at the top (where the battery/email/message etc icons are). Now I can bring it back no problem, but I have to say the homepages look a lot more elegant without that grey bar sitting along the top. I understand that this bar being hidden is a default on certain stock Android devices.

    So I hide it. But then - I have no notifications! I can't see my call status, whether or not I have any mail (gmail) or messages, downloads - basically, I can't, at a glance, see what the current state of the phone is.

    I was wondering how people get around this? Do you use widgets to show this info instead? I imagine there must exist some widget to indicate if you have a message/email or not? How do you get alerted to more obscure notifications (such as "application downloaded" etc)?



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