Amazing Android Setups is a series that covers Android applications with impressive User Interfaces. This iteration features Material Notification Shade, an application catering to the UI side of things exclusively.

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I personally like ricing any and every Operating System I run. Honestly, ricing the OS is one of the first tasks I get to after a clean install! Hence, expect a lot of posts scheduled to this series 😀

Material Notification Shade

Material Notification Shade is an application that uses gesture-detection to overlay the generic status-bar with a more configured one. Due to the fact that this application doesn’t override any parts of the Android system, there shouldn’t be any changes in the user interaction.

In addition to using gesture-detection, the application comes equipped with a notification listener which helps present the notifications in a custom User Interface. The listener is the reason notification-gestures like swipe-to-dismiss stay intact with MNS. Moreover, the listener helps MNS apply the custom Oreo Notification Shade animations, for example.

Notification Cards

When it comes to the notification cards, there are three themes one can choose from- the “Light” theme, the “Colored” theme and the “Dark” theme respectively.

The “Light” notification card theme is just the stock notification card theme. The “Colored” theme uses the accent colour of the application the notification is for in order to set a coloured background for the notification card. The “Dark” notification card theme blends all the notifications with a black background- which is great for AMOLED screens.

Quick Settings

Moving on, let’s take a look at the Quick Settings Panel. Almost everything, including the colour for the background and the colour for the foreground (or the colour of the icons) can be changed. In addition, the colour for the brightness slider can be changed as well. One can set a custom profile picture as well.


In order to keep in touch with the MNS community, the developer created a Google+ Community and another Telegram group.

The application has unlockable features through a purchase of the “Pro” mode, which unlocks the ability to change the grid layout for the Quick Settings panel.