You probably have seen the way Motorola’s Moto X handles notifications, and noticed how simple the lookscreen UI looks. If you haven’t, the way it informs you of pending notifications is by pulsing the screen on for a few seconds when you receive the notification, take it out of your pocket or flip it over on a desk. Notifications are shown as icons that can be dragged up to open or left/right to dismiss.
All those features make up what Motorola calls Active Display. Being an exclusive to only the Moto X, users owning other Android phones were unable to try it for themselves. That has changed however, with a new open source app made by developer Artem Chepurnoy called AcDisplay.
AcDisplay allows you to emulate some of the functionality of Active Display on any Android device running Android 4.4 KitKat. When enabled, incoming notifications will fire up the display presenting themselves as icons, just like on the Moto X!
To enable, install and open the app. Give it notification permissions by selecting the “Notifications” tab and set it as a device administrator by selecting “Turn screen off” and then hitting “Activate”. Now you’re all set and ready to go. You can test to see if it works correctly by pressing “Send Test Notification” which should turn the screen off and display a notification. Drag the icon up to open or down to unlock the phone.
As of now, this app is in its early stages so things like notification dismissal and duration settings of the notification are missing. I tested this on my Nexus 5 and it ran just fine and it seems to be working the way it should without using much resources but I’m hoping for more customization options available to everyone in the near future. To try it for yourself, check out the Play Store here.