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On my Galaxy S3 (4.0.4) when I drag the notifications bar down to see the list of the notifications, the ongoing ones (e.g. wifi) are always on the top and the regular ones (e.g. gmail) are the at the bottom.

That seems reversed. It means to see a recent notification that just beeped a user has to drag the bar down and then scroll down.

Is there any way to reverse them so the recent/non-ongoing ones are on top? Either in 4.0, or perhaps something i can look forward to in 4.1, or perhaps in cyanogenmod (I will switch to eventually).

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That sounds like possibly a TouchWiz modification, if the handset is rooted, then its possible to switch to an alternative launcher... Are you using stock AOSP ROM or Samsung's own....? – t0mm13b Dec 18 '12 at 20:28
@t0mm13b Launcher doesnt affect the status bar notifications. – Liam W Dec 18 '12 at 20:32
I'm on stock Samsung 4.0.4. Sounds like my move to cyanogenmod may be coming sooner than I planned. The thing is everything is working fine, so I hesitate to mess with it. – studgeek Dec 20 '12 at 2:55

Notifications, at least in CyanogenMod or AOSP, are ordered in order or the last updated notification.

If you have an app that updates the notification, then the notification will appear on top when it updates.

There is currently no way to change this behaviour.

Note: Some stock ROMs order the notifications into ongoing etc, this is the design of the manufacturer, and can also not be changed

You should get something like what you are asking in cyanogenmod.

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