View notifications on lock screen?

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    I'm at wits' end. It drives me nuts that I have to press the wake key then swipe across to unlock then swipe down to bring down the notification bar just to see what the new notifications are. There has to be a way to display the notifications on the lock screen (new email/txts), right? I've searched and searched and haven't found the answer. Please help.
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    Great question...I would love to know how to do this as well.
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    I would agree...it gets old quickly. Especially if your big "texter"
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    there is a program that will show texts for about 15 seconds if the screen is off/locked. give me a few min ill find it.

    other then that i dunno
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    I'm not too sure if this is the right ap for you but I use SMS popup and it overrides the wake and lock when receiving incoming texts and notifications.
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    ^ yeah thats it.... i was having a hard time finding the name,,
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    That app will not give notifications when the screen is locked.
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    uhhhh... 10 minutes ago I got a notification on my FB.... Pressed reply to reply without touching the wake key and swiping.

    Hold on. I sent an email from my hotmail address to my gmail. Lets see if it works.


    Texts wake my phone automatically... all 101 of them since Saturday on sms popup.
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    i agree. i hate having to wake the phone up to do those. i understand the purpose, but you should be able to override the phone swipe w/ it. You couldnt do that w/ the iphone, either though. the nice thing about the iphone (i say this a lot, but im not saying the droid is bad, cuz i like it just as much) was the home button on the bottom. its easier to press and you can do it quick and easy in damn near one motion (click button swipe w/ thumb to open)
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    Handcent SMS is the program you're looking for. Displays SMS popups with the lock screen on. One of those programs you shouldnt get caught without.
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    SMS Popup wakes the phone...



    Meaning, you don't need to unlock it first....
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    Ok.. so here's the deal with SMS popup. Texts wake the screen. FB notifications wake the screen. All email notifications will use the settings but not wake screen.

    Hopefully there's an ap that'll allow that soon.. or if there is one... let us know guys... thanks
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    Good review of Handset: HTC Source - Android App Review: Handcent gives you full control over your SMS
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    Handcent does everything SMS Popup does, but adds so much more. I love the quicktext feature, since i never use the camera button. Plus you can customize different notification tones, you can reply back on the notification without opening up another program.

    The list goes on and on.
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    excellent APP...One of the beauty's of it also is that it works as a "native" app not to mention the HUGE inventory list of customizations..

    Best SMS/MMS app I think
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    I found that Handcent SMS broke both my and my wife's ability to send MMS pix over text. We both uninstalled and then it started working again.

    Maybe I'll try again once an update comes, cuz I did like the idea.
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    Handcent is interesting, but doesn't quite solve the problem.

    I did some more searching tonight and found Executive Assistant.
    Executive Assistant (Appventive)

    Once I figure out how to pay for apps, I'll try it out.
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    I figured out how to buy apps, and got Executive assistant.

    It's the right idea. An app comes up while the phone is locked to display email/text/calendar/RSS notifications.

    However, here are my problems with it.
    First, it takes >2s to appear. It should _be_ the lock screen not show the lockscreen for 2-4s and then appear.
    Second, it has no means of unlocking the phone on it. There should be a swipe thing built into it.
    Third, the way to unlock the phone is to hit the home button while it is up. It didn't seem to work every time, and it seems to me that hitting the home button could easily happen by accident because you think the phone is locked.

    Basically, I want Executive Assistant to appear the moment I press the wake button and be the lock screen itself. Then that would solve this complaint.
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    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for giving the old version a try. The latest version (v1.3.4) provides an instant-on lock screen for Android 2.0 and later if you want to give it another try.

    Regarding unlocking, there are currently three ways to unlock: press HOME to unlock & go to your home screen, press BACK to unlock and return to whatever you were doing before the screen turned off, or select one of the launch actions (e.g., launch gmail -- long press any tab for the associated launch actions). In all cases, if you pattern lock your phone, you will need to enter your unlock pattern to complete the unlock.

    If you don't pattern lock your phone, then yes, its theoretically possible that you could accidentally unlock your phone while carrying it in your pocket, though in practice this doesn't seem to happen - with over 10,000 downloads of the free version, I haven't received any complaints about accidental unlocks and I personally carry my own phone with the EA lock screen in my front-pocket all the time without any problems.

    If you do give it another try, please let me know what you think.

    All the best,
    Steve
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