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AcDisplay emulates Moto X's Active Display notifications on any Android 4.3+ device

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AcDisplay emulates Moto X's Active Display notifications on any Android 4.3+ device
Ever felt envious of the unique Active Display feature of the Moto X, which neatly displays your notifications by lighting up only the needed pixels on its AMOLED display? Well, if the answer to this question is yes, then worry not, as you can somewhat emulate this feature with the aid of 3rd party apps, such as DynamicNotifications. Recently, another similar app caught our attention – meet AcDisplay. Developed by XDA developer AChep, AcDisplay lights up the display of your smartphone in order to show you any notifications and alerts.

Similar to Motorola's take on the matter, AcDisplay will only light your screen when you receive a new notification and will remain on for a definable amount of time. If your device is toting an AMOLED display, the app will only light a given number of pixels, thus sparing your battery. AcDisplay also works on smartphones with LCD displays, but these might experience a slightly increased battery drain, as the app would turn on the whole screen whenever it shows a notification.

Although AcDisplay does not have a plethora of settings, it certainly has some aces up its sleeve. For example, you can set a wallpaper of your choice and get rid of the the solid black background of the notification screen. Users can also blacklist given apps, as well as define inactive hours, during which AcDisplay will not show any notifications. The app can be used as a lock screen replacement, too.

All in all, AcDisplay is a nifty free app that works flawlessly albeit it doesn't have a lot of customization options in tow. Take into consideration that it needs Android 4.3 or higher in order to do its magic. We recommend that you check it out, it might quickly become just your cup of tea.

Download: AcDisplay (Android)


source: XDA (1), (2)

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posted on 15 Apr 2014, 08:53 1

1. buccob (Posts: 1292; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I usually install NoLED...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 08:55 1

2. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1154; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


All of these Active Display type apps all say that you can change the wallpaper so you don't have to use the standard black. That's the whole point of AD, the black of the screen is pixels that are off, saving battery. If you have a wallpaper, you might as well just hit the power button every time to check the screen.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:26 3

3. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 434; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


You do know the black screen/pixel off battery save theory only is valid for amoled screens? Other types of screen use a backlight and offer no battery save when using (almost) black screens. Also this app reminds me a bit of Dynamic notifications....

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:56 1

6. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1154; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Yes I know that, I have an X and a Maxx. The whole point of Active Display was to save battery while giving more info than an LED. That's also why official active display is only available on amoled screens.

It's no different than apps mimicking Touchless Controls. Yes they'll work on any phone, but the always listening part of it only works with X8 CPUs (and SD800s if they're setup for it) unless you want your battery to sink like a stone.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:18

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5511; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The other nice feature of Moto's Active Display, is the ability to open directly in the app (e-mail for example) that has the notification.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 12:03

11. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1154; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


If they were going to have something like active display for a non amoled phone, they might as well turn on the screen and open the notification panel, giving you a look at all your notifications rather than just the ones active display has access to. It wouldn't be any worse on the battery than turning on the screen and showing a part of the notification like AD does.

Either way, unless it's an amoled phone, an app like this doesn't really have any advantages over turning on the screen and bringing up the notification panel. It's the amoled screen and low power core that really give it an advantage over standard notifications LEDs, without the serious battery drain. Both the X8 and SD800 CPUs are really under appreciated in that regard.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:40

4. Nabil2511 (Posts: 147; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


thats what i was gona say.. this is only useful for screens that uses led..

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:48

5. ilayron8 (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


How do I set a wallpaper?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:16

7. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Is this the same with WP's Glance screen?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:44

9. torreto279 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


No as wp devices use IPS LCD display the whole display lights up...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 17:11

12. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 682; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Some Windows Phone devices have AMOLED displays...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:54

10. wkm001 (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


Won't install on my S4 running 4.3...

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