There is a new app available in the Play Store that enables you to have notifications appear on your Android homescreen in the same fashion as Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads feature.
Floating Notifications places a notification icon on your homescreen that ‘floats’ above everything else. Tapping the icon will bring up the communication within the app to which it corresponds.
Within Floating notifications there are settings to enable the customisation of icons. For instance, you can configure an icon so that it provides options to reply to a contact, call them or email them.
As with Chat Heads notifications can be rearranged on screen by swiping them with a finger, but unlike Facebook’s offering they cannot be dismissed by flinging them to the bottom of the screen.
I have found the functionality of Chat Heads to be quite useful, even with it being limited toFacebook and SMS messages, so look forward to trying Floating Icons with the likes of WhatsApp.
Currently the app provides a month’s free trial, after which you can decide whether or not you would like to purchase. There are a few apps that are incompatible, such as Google Now, but the majority should work fine.