Badger 2

Badger—the tweak that allows you to swipe up on app icons to view a list of related notifications—has been updated to work with iOS 7. It’s a jailbreak release focused solely on notifications, and it features the ability to display a roll-up of all notifications from a variety of apps.

Badger is one of those tweaks that seems extremely useful when you see it in action. Unfortunately, that usefulness doesn’t always translate well into real-world day-to-day usage. Like the previous version of Badger, the iOS 7 version lacks the practicality to make it more than your average technical demonstration.

It’s frustrating to me, because the developer of Badger is extremely nice, and an overall good-guy. I really want to like his tweak, but of course, I can’t just outright recommend a tweak because I happen to like its developer. I’ve always striven to be a straight-shooting person when it comes to spending your hard-earned money, and that’s the case here.

The problem that I keep running into with Badger is that it’s just not very useful to me. I understand the concept, but it’s just not a tweak that I feel improves the user experience in many ways. In fact, I find that using Badger slows my workflow down.

From what I can gather, the purpose of Badger is to make it easy to see notifications for your apps in one convenient place. But it’s just not consistent enough to make any sense to me. Perhaps I’m being too critical, but I just can’t make heads-or-tails out of what it’s supposed to be improving with regard to workflow.

Badger 3

To use Badger, you swipe up on an app icon to see a list of all notifications associated with that app. You can then swipe horizontally on a notification to delete the notification, open the app associated with the notification, or in some cases—like with the Messages app—reply to notifications. But replying, as is the case with Messages, happens in a clunky window that gives you no context of the conversation at hand. It all feels very obtuse, very forced, and as such, not very useful or practical.

Badger 1

If there’s one area of the tweak that excels, it would have to be the visual look of the interface. You can change things like blur amount, darken amount, and animation duration for the badge overlay. The interface isn’t perfect, but I won’t spend time talking about the visual imperfections that I’ve noticed, so as to not seem overly nitpicky in this review.

Badger gives you the ability to swipe up on an app icon, or double tap an app icon to invoke its overlay. I personally prefer the swipe up gesture, but you can change it to a double tap by means of its preferences. Along with that, there’s pull-to-refresh functionality, and various other subtle adjustments that can be made from within Badger’s settings.

I guess my main issue with Badger is that it feels clunky to use. It feels like I’m going out of my way to use a feature that solves a problem that I never had to begin with. That’s my issue with Badger; perhaps you’ll disagree, and that’s fine. I’ve just never been able to get over the fact that it feels too forced to be useful in day-to-day situations.

Badger can be purchased for $1.49 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think.

  • CAS

    I don’t like it, but I know some people will, that’s the cool thing about the jailbreak, you have options, you can decide if you want this or not.

    • KingArt

      Totally agree. That’s totally the correct attitude!

  • Michael Romano

    Does anyone know a tweak that will allow me to swipe away notifications in notification center?

    • Damian W

      Bulletin but it still needs to be updated to work with iOS 7.

      The developer already updated all his other tweaks.

      • Eni

        how about in lock screen, is there any tweak to dismis notifications?

      • Damian W

        clearlocknotifications was just updated 2 days ago.

        There used to be bunch more, but they have not been updated.

      • Daniel L

        It’s not really a tweak but I’ve found that (for me at least) that if I swipe down notification center and then back up whilst on the lock screen it would clear any notifications visible on screen.

      • Damian W

        Anything that changes your default system behaviour is a tweak. Tweak can vary from a tiny modification (clearlocknotifications) to a giant one like ISX7

  • Rot Kelfer

    I too thought it would be a super-useful tweak, but much to my surprise, it doesn’t exactly work as advertised. When I confronted the developer, he got very defensive and started arguing with me, which was really lame. I’m extremely disappointed in this one, I don’t think I will be buying any tweaks anytime soon, certainly not by this developer.

    • can u upload a snapshot of that? hate it when developers do this… :

      • Aehmlo

        He’s not telling you the whole story. He confronted me and began by saying “Thank you for making a broken tweak.” This is not a good way to start a conversation with me. i (to the extent of my skills with patience) respectfully replied and told him that I was sorry he didn’t like it, but insulting my hard work didn’t help anybody. I’m sorry if it seemed to him like I was arguing with him, as that wasn’t my intention. He was just very abrasive to me, and though I tried to keep that out of my reply, I may not have effectively managed.

        So, I’m sorry if I seemed to be arguing. I wasn’t trying to.

      • Rot Kelfer

        I’m not sure what are you talking about but I have never said such thing to anyone about any releases.

      • AmP77

        If your so fu**n great then why dont you submit a “better” contribution instead of displaying your miserly financial means & outlook.

        Ungrateful and judgemental prick!!!

    • Aehmlo

      If you have any further quarrel with me, please email me and let me know so we can settle it. I really don’t like making enemies, and I’m sorry if I’ve upset you.

      • AmP77

        My friend DO NOT keep apologising to this miser! He obviously has no concept of the DEVELOPMENT process! If he did have, he would be offering CONSTRUCTIVE criticism instead!

        I say 10/10 for effort, but anticipating updates.

    • felixtaf

      Well, you CONFRONTED him… Not contacted him… There is the problem….

      • AmP77

        lol. Well said sir.

  • Mescudi

    after the 7.1 update came out, I am so afraid on trying out new tweaks fearing it might crashed my phone, and I have to restore.

    • Jonathan

      You can always disable mobile substrate (hold volume up on boot up)
      If everything fails
      Use Semi-Restore for iOS 7. A friend of mine just did it and he said it worked great.

    • longterm

      That happened to me with one of the IntelliscreenX betas; my phone was running the battery down in 2 hours.

      I finally had to restore my phone just so I could use it, so now my jailbreak is gone until a newer jailbreak is released… which may not be until version 8.

      • Damian W

        Oh you rushed and forgot about semi Restore or ilex RAT. Too bad

      • longterm

        Didn’t know about it… I couldn’t install anything, so i couldn’t use iCleaner to fix the issue (I think it would’ve)…

        Frustrating that I was stuck though. I’ll have to find out about semi-restore before I jailbreak again… whenever THAT turns out to be.

      • Damian W

        ICleaner would not fix it

      • longterm

        Oh well… a Google search led me to a page where the error I was getting (when trying to update or install tweaks) was supposedly fixed by running iCleaner. My phone was running, and the jailbreak was running, but my battery was draining really fast.

        Wish I’d known about semi-restore, I really do miss my jailbreak.

    • Damian W

      To cheer you up. There is a way to stay safe even when tweaks will screw you up. Semi Restore by coolstar will restore your phone and preserve the jailbreak

      • longterm

        But if i couldn’t install it, I couldn’t have used it anyway; I was in a state where I couldn’t install new apps or tweaks.

        I’m correct in assuming that I can’t roll back to 7.0.x, right? Everything I’ve read indicates that once you go to 7.1, you can’t go back… and since I was in such a state, I really had no choice but to restore.

      • Damian W

        Semi restore works from windows desktop. You don’t need to install it. All you do is plug iPhone to your desktop and run software semi restore. Click one button and wait 5 min. Then your phone is like brand new.

        And no, you can’t go back to 7.xx

      • Mescudi

        do you know where I can download it?
        Thanks for the insights.

      • their site is like semi-restore dot com or semirestore dot com I believe. This is the real way to go and if someone mentions, LEX RAT they are silly.

      • Mescudi

        Thank you, but the MacOSX is not yet compatible. 🙁

      • Damian W

        Website for semi restore by coolstar. Currently only available for windows

  • Framboogle

    Attempts? does it not succeed?

    • Kevin Osborne

      Did you not read the article…? 😛

  • S2k03

    Sucks that I have to buy it again since I bought the first badger.

    • Aehmlo

      Then ask me for a free copy. I’m more than willing. I’ve already given out hundreds…

      • S2k03

        How can I get a free copy?

  • Oh its allright; nice and sleak. Im sure there will be a version 2 with added features, give the developer some time , encouragement and feedback

    • Aehmlo

      Thank you. I’m already working on a bunch of improvements.

  • ConduciveMammal

    If I’m honest, I bought this tweak a few days ago and within five minutes regretted my purchase. As said in the article, it provides an option to reply to a text message except, it doesn’t show you the text so there’s no way of replying. It only works on a very few apps, I tried opening it for a notification from Impossible and a few dozen others and it just says “No Notifications” which is useless. If you use it on the phone app and it shows a missed call, the natural thing would be to tap on the caller’s name and have it call them back, but instead, you have to swipe to the right to get but a few icons. Overall, i probably wouldn’t waste my time pirating this app, let alone spending $1.49. Looks nice though, so I guess it has that going for it.

    • Aehmlo

      Badger only shows notifications which are in notification center at the moment, as it’s not viable to support all applications with it out of the box. It will have a mature plugin system soon, and developers will be creating plugins (yes, /will be/ – a few have already promised to) which will work with it to provide more information and more intractability. I’m sorry you’re not satisfied with your purchase, but thank you for the feedback.

    • longterm

      I bought the version for iOS 6… seemed like a great idea, but i never used it. Finally uninstalled it.

      Being a programmer, I know how it is to spend hundreds of hours on something and then not have the success you imagined…

  • felixtaf

    I would like to see this developer working for Apple.

    If you dono wat I meant; I want this tweak in iOS8.

    Always wished something like this in iOS. Lets wait n see….

  • Wang Cong

    Where is download ?

  • KingArt

    I just got this mod. I am loving the blur effects. I agree with the poster that it may not be the most productive mod but I am going to give it a shot for a week or so and see for myself.