Want to experience HTC One (M8)'s Motion Launch gestures on any OLED Android device? Try Knockr

Want to experience HTC One (M8)'s Motion Launch gestures on any OLED Android device? Try Knockr
HTC's flagship for this year, the One (M8), came with the latest version of Sense UI, 6.0, which was playfully dubbed ''Sixth Sense''. Apart from its cleaner, flatter visuals and on-screen buttons, Sense 6.0 also introduced Motion Launch gestures – a rather useful addition to the functionality of the interface. What Motion Launch does is simple, yet most welcome – when the One (M8)'s screen is off, the user can wake the device up with a simple double tap, navigate to a certain app with a swipe, or launch the camera with the aid of the volume buttons. So far, so good!

As appealing as it may seem to some users, it's obvious that you need an HTC One (M8) in order to treat yourself to the Motion Launch perks – rather unfortunate for all those that sport a different device. Luckily, XDA has come to the rescue – enter Knockr. Developed by Acela1230, this app emulates most of Motion Launch's traits on your Android smartphone by keeping your screen turned on even when your device is locked and asleep.

But wait... Won't this drain the battery like crazy, making the app virtually unusable in our daily lives? Well, normally it would, but there is a catch – Knockr is only compatible with devices that rock an OLED display. The app actually displays a completely black image, which keeps the display turned on so that it can register a touch input from the user. As you probably know, the amount of power OLED displays use when displaying a black image is next to nothing, because the pixels are actually turned off.

So, what does Knockr have in tow for us? Just like HTC's Motion Launch gestures and LG's Knock Code, Knockr allows you to wake your device by tapping twice on the screen when it's off. You can also define what apps to launch when you swipe up, down, left, or right, which is something you can't do in HTC's Motion Launch. Knockr also allows you to rotate your device and press the volume rocker to quickly open the camera app, similar to the way you can do it on the One (M8).

Knockr also makes use of your device's proximity sensor in order to avoid accidental unlocks when your device is in, say, your pocket or face down.

The app is still in beta and some users report that they are experiencing certain issues with it. Although it still needs some polishing, Knockr is one of the ways to experience Sense 6.0's gesture traits on your Android OLED smartphone. The app is free, so if it sounds like your thing, go ahead and give it a try.

Download: Knockr (Android)

source: XDA (1), (2)

Related phones

One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



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2. Xplorer

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

is the nexus 5 screen an OLED screen?

5. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

If I am not wrong only samsung and nokia use OLEDs nowadays

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Not only, for example Motorola also use OLED.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Nexus 5 use LCD based screen not OLED.

4. Lifengineer

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Still... It will drain like hell! I had NoLed on my S2 and it drained battery a lot! With all respect, this is one of the most stupid apps made for this purpose! I thought it's gonna be like a kernel thing or something...

8. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

NoLED on a S4 Mini, and on the S3 that was stolen from me never was a battery drainer... Maybe you didn't configure properly to maximize battery life? When I set NoLED usually activate the Proximity Sensor, so the screen remains off most of the time (in a pocket or facing down), at expense of the battery use of the sensor which is really minimal... I also set a timer, so the notification only stay on for 15 minutes or so... Finally, I avoid big parts of the screen lit such as Weather, Battery, Date info... but I do like full app icons instead of "color dots"... I configure al this to my mother's S4 Mini and she couldn't be happier... I don't think she would trade NoLED notifications for a single led light, or a different phone like an iPhone with no external notification at all....

13. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

I love/like it needs to be more sensitive on the knock. Keep up the good work:)

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