Today marks the initial release of StatusBar+, the first custom status bar for any Android device, with no need for a custom ROM or root privileges. StatusBar+ follows your device anywhere on any application, and includes a number of features such as color manipulation, click to drop, automatically disabling swipe to expand the system status bar when the screen is turned off and re-enabling when the device is unlocked, automatically launching on boot, and more coming soon!
With that said we need to point out that this being the initial release of alpha zero, there will be bugs! Before you purchase StatusBar+ check out StatusBar+ Lite to ensure that it functions on your device, and if you run into any issues please do not leave a comment on the Android Market, rather send me an email stating your device, ROM (if applicable), and any other relevant information and we will do my best to fix the issue. Also, the custom status bar remains even in full screen applications. There is simply nothing we can do about this because there is no API for accessing this information. While this status bar does not drain the battery on the devices tested we cannot ensure that it will not do so on yours. Do let us know your thoughts in comments below.
Oh, and did we forget to mention that StatusBar+ is part of the Seven+ Project’s open source initiative! Head over to Tom Barrasso’s StatusBar+ repository on GitHub! Unfortunately this does not mean that the WP7UI Android Library Project will be open sourced, but if developers are interested in learning exactly how this custom status bar was accomplished check out the source. It might even be possible to create a theme-engine driven custom status bar! The source code is released under the Apache 2.0 License so it is free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute!