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Motorola Moto X Active Display available for any Android phone

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Motorola Moto X Active Display available for any Android phone
If you like the Active Display on the upcoming Motorola Moto X handset, but aren't planning on buying the phone itself, you can actually add the feature to your own Android phone thanks to the ActiveNotifications app. For those who haven't seen the Active Display on the Moto X, it allows you to see notifications and app alerts even when your phone is locked. And don't worry about this being a drain on your battery. Sensors know if the phone is in your pocket and won't display the notifications until you can actually read them. Additionally, the display only uses the necessary pixels to show the notifications which cuts down on battery use.

If you mosey on over to the Google Play Store, you'll find an app called ActiveNotifications. With the app, notifications will appear on your lockscreen and a swipe upward will allow you to respond to the notification. Swiping to the left or right will delete the notification from the screen. And while this is a free app to download, for 99 cents you can upgrade to the premium version of ActiveNotifications.

Like the Moto X Active display, the app won't display notifications while your phone is in your pocket and you can select what types of notification to receive on your lock screen. The premium version allows you to prevent the screen from displaying notifications during nighttime and lets you adjust the brightness of the display. The app has been updated since we originally took a look at it earlier this month.

So go ahead and install ActiveNotifications on your Android handset now. Or, you can wait until later this coming week when the Motorola Moto X launches.

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source: ActiveNotifications via RedmondPie

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posted on 18 Aug 2013, 21:43 5

1. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Not as refined, this doesn't light up part of the screen and has low resolution images.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 21:52 12

2. pwnarena (Posts: 933; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


not so useful for non-AMOLED displays.

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 22:05

3. warrenellis93 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


i installed this application and now talkback is enabled for some reason on my phone, anytime I use the keyboard it audibles every key I press

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 22:40 6

4. Pancoon (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


Let me guess. You own a samsung device. Its a bug, for all notification apps. It sucks! Hopefully sammy with fix it :(

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 08:57

19. warrenellis93 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


lg device

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 22:45 4

5. slygates (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


NOKIA GLANCE COPYCAT

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 00:23 6

6. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


go away

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 00:48 4

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Point proven. Nokia fanboys are everywhere. Go away and take a photo of something no one cares about.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 01:36

9. jaychildz (Posts: 106; Member since: 31 May 2013)


I didn't know they had fanboys lol

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 03:52

11. samystic (Posts: 191; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


define 'no one', when Samsung, HTC is vying to get their 'share' in optics unsuccessfully... Instagram depends on photo of something no one cares about... lemme define it for you... PapaSmurf = no one

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 06:23 1

12. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Can your nokia Glance interact with your notifications? Your Nokia phone doesn't even have a notification centre! And i heard alot of people having issues with recieving notifications from Facebook an Whatsapp
Go away TROLL

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 06:58

14. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


This "always on" notification was present in almost all features phones that I had... So let's stop this "I did it first" thing and be happy that today we can have it on our smartphones too. Otherwise we all know how did the first cellphone, don't we?

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 01:20 2

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Notification Light > Active Notifications

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 03:11

10. harigrg33 (Posts: 159; Member since: 20 May 2013)


I thought this lite up continuously after geting notification bt in my s4 it shows for few sec and than black out....

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 06:51

13. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Works on my Samsung Galaxy nexus.... This app and the shake camera app makes the moto x useless to buy....the voice command app is coming soon

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 07:22

15. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Sorry, I have to disagree with you.

Good luck with the battery life when the voice command arrives, I'm sure you are ready to swipe battery twice a day.

The Moto X's selling point isn't based on it's features, but the whole experience that the phone can provide. Moto X was design to have those features always on and keep the performance and battery life intact.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 08:05

16. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


i'm content with the beautiful little LED on my nexus 4.looks classy.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 08:46

17. sam.7 (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


a refined version of nokia glance.. haha..
but thats good android takes a basic concept and modifies it.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 15:25

18. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


it will drain the battery quicker...

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