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Say goodbye to AirPush: you can now disable notifications in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean [VIDEO]

As excited as I was to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Nexus I’ve been going through every nook and cranny that I can. Another cool feature that went unseen in Google’s keynote is the ability to disable notifications.

I don’t know if you remember that story I wrote on AirPush, the service that allows developers to serve ads up to your notifications bar.

I was appalled that something like this existed, and even more appalled that developers thought it was a good idea to get on board.

There have since been third party solutions to take care of AirPush, but there’s now no need to download an app whose sole purpose is to get rid of another app’s notifications.

Google gives you the ability to disable any app’s notifications at the system level. Tired of AirPush-enabled apps? Download the app and simply disable its notifications.

Don’t need to be reminded to water your crops in Farmgame V1550? Just go into its app info page and disable them in one very quick second.

While I’m not sure something like this qualifies for the “killer feature” or “killer app” tag, it’s definitely a must have feature that I will cherish for as long as Android sticks around (which should be a very, very long time).

If you’ve got a Galaxy Nexus and you want to try Jelly Bean out be sure to follow the links below. We’re still searching for some gummy love for you Sprint users out there.

Verizon version

GSM version

Sprint version




  • 91firebirder

    This is probably the best feature of Jelly Bean I’ve seen. Even when notifications are disabled in app, some still pop up, eating my battery!

  • DavidB23

    Nice little feature. But I refuse to keep any app that averts to the notification bar. Developers need to learn that that practice is not acceptable. Of course blocking it as you suggest may have the same overall affect if his adverts never get clicked :)

    • MK2

      It’s an automatic uninstall for me atm, even if I enjoy using the app. JB will definitely help with this.

    • RedPandaAlex

      The problem was you couldn’t always tell what app was doing it. The notification would launch the the web page of the thing it was advertising, not the app that was responsible.

      • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

        Addons detector.
        Find in google play.

  • Intellectualdiot

    Google is trying their damnedest to turn me into a stark-raving fanboy.

    The sad thing is that it’s sorta working…

  • Marsg

    wtf how did i miss that option, i must go and do some further investigating >.>

  • Zenstrive

    i was kinda meh with JB, but now I want it! WANT IT, HEAR IT, SAMSUNG? BRING JB TO MY GALAXY NOTE ASAP!

    • Vernon khuzwayo

      do u think there is any chance of JB hitting the galaxy note? i mean we’re still waiting for ice cream sandwich

      • Zenstrive

        I already got ICS on my Galaxy Note (international version)

        • Vernon khuzwayo

          rooted and flashed or official upgrade..in south africa as im sure in many regions ICS is MIA

          • Zenstrive

            official, I am in Indonesia (South East Asia region), got the upgrade two months ago, I believe…

  • JulianZHuang

    even his big hand cant handle the GN…

  • Vernon khuzwayo

    do u think there is any chance of JB hitting the galaxy note? i mean we’re still waiting for ice cream sandwich

  • Endoverend

    Now if I could just disable the notifications I get from AirPush in my email. Have replied to three emails from them indicating I never ever never ever never want to do business with them or include their “exciting technology” in my apps. They’re harvesting emails from Android market product support links to promote their crapware.

  • IronHorse01

    Lol I guess project butter worked, and it’s so buttery that he can even hold the phone without it falling haha

  • Troy Sing

    Are we sure this option is available with all apps? Some apps, restrict certain elements of system control, no? Hope it’s consistent with all apps, but I’d want to check out a wide variety of apps first.

  • Go Hawkeyes

    Now if they would just include a kill switch to get rid of custom skins without the need to use a custom ROM.

  • gmaninvan

    This is huge!! Airpush sucks. I have only had to deal with it once and I uninstalled the app immediately.

  • Jady Arewar

    LOVE