Notification History is a nifty Android utility app that records all of your Android app notifications.
The notifications include those of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) that many users, often in countries outside the U.S.A., like to view to determine their current airtime balance and which apps are using it all up.
Ever wonder what is eating up your data? Or what apps continually keep giving you toast (another name for those popup messages that popup like toast, e.g. You have 1 unread message)
We haven’t seen any app do a more comprehensive job of letting you know all the notifications that all your apps are sending you.
Notification History, created by Evan He, is particularly useful in countries where unlimited data is not an option (or a very, very expensive one), primarily because Notification History can keep track of every single update, email refresh, and more to help you understand where your data is going, and which apps are consuming the most data.
Notification History is loaded with features to help you record USSD, Class 0 (Flash) SMS, popup dialog, app installations, and as stated before, toast and other notifications.
Notification History lets you backup messages created by your apps to read at a later time and helps you find which apps are loading status bar advertisements that chug away your precious data.
Notification History doesn’t just record (everything), but it also allows you to uninstall apps directly from it, displays each app’s installation source, and it even lets you copy the notifications to your clipboard (for looking it up online at a later time perhaps?)
This app does require some hefty permissions to be granted, namely the fact that you need to allow it to record everything (which includes any and all information you enter into your device, including credit card information). It would be great if the app allowed some type of tiered functionality so you only have to give permissions for what you need, instead of all or nothing.
Overall, Notification History is great for keeping track of the bazillions of notifications that your apps create (even if you weren’t aware of them!).
Appearance and Layout
The appearance of Notification History is rather common, and looks nearly identical to the basic Android settings menu. In addition of improving the overall look and feel of the app, we’d like to see the free version include some improved UI functionality that the pro version has, and according the developer, that work is underway.
Simple to read, although slightly more technical than the average user would know, Notification History gets the job done.
The layout is smooth, and although it might take a few Google searches to understand what USSD means, it’s easy to just check the boxes you’d like and keep track of your notifications.
The value of Notification History is free but with ads constantly appearing. There is an optional Pro version of Notification History that you can download, but for the average user, it’d be a bit of an overkill.
Overall, at only a mere 1.5 MB, Notification History is a quick download and is great for those who worry about what their Android apps are doing.
So, while it does have some rather steep permission requirements and a somewhat spartan design, if you’re the kind of Android user who wants to look under the hood to see what’s really going on, and you are the trusting sort, Notification History might be the perfect app for you.
Notification History requires Android 2.3 and up. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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