Android's CyanogenMod adds webOS-style swipe-away notifications
Quick: how do you dismiss individual notifications on stock Android?
Time's up. You can’t. Android’s notifications system is an all-or-nothing affair. Some manufacturers, like Motorola, have added in the ability to delete individual notifications, but stock Android and most manufacturer-derived variants lack that feature. You can have all of your notifications sit there until you act on them, or you can dismiss them all at once. There’s no webOS-style middle ground where you can dismiss a few and keep the rest.
Until now, at least if you’re willing to go the unofficial aftermarket firmware route (if you were on webOS, you’d call it homebrew, iOS: jailbreaking) with CyanogenMod 7.1. Included in this release are a slew of modifications to Android, including a DSP equalizer, theming, lock screen gestures, and a slew of small changes as well. One of those small changes is something that the typical webOS user is quite familiar with: swipeable notifications.
It’s good to see Android improving, even if unofficially, against the notifications implemented by webOS and iOS. webOS still stands heads and shoulders above the rest with its sheer simplicity and quasi-widget support, and the triage capability of webOS 3.0 notifications puts webOS yet another step ahead of the competition. We’re hoping that Google follows Apple’s lead and takes some of their *ahem* homebrew community’s contributions and incorporates them into future versions of Android. Just to prove that imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.