Phone [Q] Apex launcher on gt-s6810p android 4.1.2

Hello all
i have the infamous samsung galaxy fame gt-s6810p, with android 4.1.2
as some will know its not the smoothest of running phones being quite underpowered,
i am currenty running it with apex launcher which has smothed things out a bit but it doesnt seem to put the message alerts on the icons in the lower bar anymore for email, gmail and messaging, i have set the alerts to pop up along the top and that works but does anyone know of this problem?

regards
spug