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Push Notifications On The iPhone Are Great, But…

July 13th, 2009 admin No comments

11After being scarce for the first couple of weeks following the new Apple’s Iphone 3.0 software rolling out, apps with Push Notifications are now rolling out at a healthy clip. And that’s great, because the feature is really useful. To a point.

The issue I’m noticing now is that if you have too many apps with Push Notifications turned on, the whole system becomes a lot less useful. You see, Push Notifications are basically Apple’s way to get around allowing third-party apps to run in the background of the Apple’s Iphone. So apps can now send these push messages to your phone to let you know if there’s some kind of message or update that you should open an app for. But if you have a lot of push messages coming in, I’m finding that you either have to pull out your phone every couple minutes, or risk still missing notifications that you probably want to see.

The problem is that the Push Notification message indicators are not built for heavy use. If you have multiple push messages coming in to you phone, only the latest one will be shown on the screen. And even when you unlock your phone, it’s hard to tell which push messages have come in. Though you can set a badge on app icons to let you know there is a message, if it was overridden by another message, you are forced to open the app to figure out what it was.

And let’s be clear: It’s not like I’m using Push on a ton of applications. I’m basically only using it (regularly) on three right now: Foursquare (a location-based social network [iTunes Link]), GPush (which does push for Gmail, which sadly isn’t approved in the App Store, yet), and Boxcar (which does Twitter @replies and DMs [iTunes Link]). At one point, I had it on for AIM too, but that got to be too much to handle in and of itself.

Between just those three, I’m getting pinged every few minutes during the regular hours of the day (if not more often during peak hours). And while that’s fine, because I can change things like the audio notifications, I want to be able to see a full list of what has come in since I last looked at my phone. Google’s Android platform handles this in a much nicer way, with a top drop-down menu that breaks up your notifications (which are also a bit different since applications can run in the background on Android). Of course, that is only after you unlock your phone, but still, that would be much more ideal than the current Apple’s Iphone method.

Apple's Iphone_status_screenBut better would be some sort of way to break up these messages when you still have the phone locked. I’m thinking first of all maybe breaking up Push Notifications, text messages and calls by colors, and displaying them in a list on the screen. Then then having some way to further break down Push Notifications on that screen, maybe placing the app icon next to each and saying something like (4) new Foursquare messages, like Apple currently does for text messages.

This guy did a nice mock-up last year, but that was before Push Notifications were even available. And Apple has been thinking about this too, according to its patents. A system that is something like this (right) is needed even more now.

Naturally, this should all be user-adjustable in the settings, but it seems like an easy enough thing to do. Because as many people are shortly going to find out, the current way of handling Push Notifications just isn’t cutting it unless you’re only using one app that gets messages once every few hours. And with more Push-capable apps coming everyday, the problem is only going to get worse.

[mockup: robertsdonovan.com]

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Lenovo IdeaPad S12 not-a-netbook sized up

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The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 just started shipping last week, and it looks like units have begun to arrive — the folks at GottaBeMobile just posted up some quick impressions of their review unit. Sadly, it’s sporting Intel GMA 950 graphics instead of the NVIDIA Ion chipset that’s available for $50 extra, so it runs pretty much like every other 1.6GHz Atom machine with 1GB of RAM in the world. Hopefully those Ion units will arrive soon — in the meantime, hit the read link to see how the S12 stack

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Push Notifications On The iPhone Are Great, But…

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After being scarce for the first couple of weeks following the new Apple’s Iphone 3.0 software rolling out, apps with Push Notifications are now rolling out at a healthy clip. And that’s great, because the feature is really useful. To a point. The issue

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Fujfilm’s FinePix Real 3D camera to launch in September, cost around $600

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Fujifilm’s FinePix Real 3D camera, but as the twin-lensed shooter nears that scheduled September release some more details are spilling out — including the price, which will be “around $600″ at launch. Yeah, it’s steep, and that’s not all: to properly view the images you’ll need to either shell out for special prints with a plastic lenticular lens on it or buy a special stereoscopic LCD photo frame, and none of that really screams “cheap.”

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 12 July 2009

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Here’s what you may have missed in the smartphone world last week. Pre-Order T-Mobile myTouch 3G Now T-Mobile US Has No Plans to Release HTC Hero Two More Updates to Android This Year

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WordPress For Dummies: Optimizing WordPress Settings

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Welcome to WordPress, now that you have installed one of the best platform to blog with, there are a few things you might want to tweak and change to get the best out of it. I am starting a new series called “ WordPress For Dummies ” that will focus on helping newcomers and moderate users optimize their WordPress installation, though I will try and cover many things here, there may still be things that may not make it to this list, so if you think I left anything out please feel free to add to

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No surprise as Wade receives extension offer from Heat

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When Dwyane Wade checked his cell phone shortly after midnight Sunday, he got perhaps the most predictable text message of his life.

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Talkcast reminder: 100th show tonight at 10 pm ET

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Filed under: TUAW Business , Podcasts Last week, Mel and I joined newcomer Sang Tang for a review of the week’s news and rumors. You can download the show, along with all past shows, from Talkshoe or subscribe in iTunes. Believe it or not, tonight is our 100th talkcast, and we’re bringing in a crowd to take your calls and questions. When we started back in August of 2007 , the Apple’s Iphone was only a month old, the Leopard on-sale date was still two months away, and the App Store was j

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Next World at War PC patch adds Map Pack 2

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If your devout WASDing-and-mousing ways have turned you into a frequent player of Call of Duty: World at War on the PC, you’ll be pleased to know that Treyarch hasn’t forgotten about you. The oft-downloaded Map Pack 2 that hit Xbox 360 and PS3 last month will be making its way to PCs in World at War ’s next update, Patch 1.5. According to Treyarch community manager J.D. (a.k.a. JD_2020 on the Treyarch forums), the patch is “in test right now, and is looking great.” For those of you who r

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