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As shown in below screenshot: is there a way to remove the notification header, or at least replace it with a transparent image, on Android 4.3?

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out of curiosity, why would you wanna do that? – Kmelkon Nov 11 '13 at 7:48
This is why: (it is my actual homescreen) – user45905 Nov 11 '13 at 19:16
how did you make the notification shade fully transparent ? I guess your problem is there not with the buttons themselves. – Kmelkon Nov 12 '13 at 5:30

Not easily- no. The notification shade is part of the systemUI APK which will need to be de-compiled and reverse engineered to do so. I know of no custom ROM or MOD at this time which will allow for this behaviour; although posting this request on the relevant sub-forum for your device on XDA-dev might turn up a lead.

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There is an app named Color Status Bar in Play Store. This app allows you to increase transparency. Give it a try.

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