Displays incoming notification without the need to unlock the phone with the option to open it or dismiss it.
Notification display in a distraction free way.
Option to donate to the developer in the app
When the star child of Google and Motorola, the Moto X was announced people fell in love with a few of its unique features namely the Touchless control, the active display and the location aware features. Suddenly everyone wanted those features and many apps fulfilled the empty void, but a few stood out.
The concept is to display the notification when the phone screen is off, hence reducing the need to fumble with the device and preventing unnecessary distraction. AcDisplay has recently gone through a make over, and the developer has made it even more amazing. Due to the limitation of the android platform, this app is available only for devices with android version 4.3+.
The app is very minimal with good HOLO implementation. There are not many options to play with since this does a single job. There is a single on/off switch in the main screen. The lock screen has clock and date displayed. There is also a battery level indicator which shows during charging, though it can be set to display always.
The settings page is also very simple with the basic features having a switch to toggle them.
Tapping the menu button gives the following options:
Blacklist gives a toggle to blacklist any app installed on the phone. The ability to blacklist system apps is also available.
1. Lockscreen: Option to use it as default lockscreen app. Though using a password or pattern will show that screen after unlocking.
2. Active mode: Its an interesting feature which gives the ability to turn on the display automatically when pulled out from the pocket. What is more amazing is that there is negligible battery drain even after turning this feature on. It definitely helps to save that power button from unnecessary abuse all day.
3. Notifications: Option to wake up device on notification and to display low-priority notifications like ones from Google now.
4. Interface: As mentioned earlier, there is not much to do here. You can set your home screen wallpaper to show instead of the black background and a few other changes. Choosing a custom background is however not available.
5. More: Adds the option to use only while charging, inactive hours and notification duration.
When you get a notification the display ‘breathes’ the notification on the screen for a short duration. Holding the notification displays the content and the background changes according to the app. For messengers the app shows the profile picture of the person, which is a very nice touch. It also displays the quick action buttons of the notification pane making things very easy.
Swiping the notification down dismisses it while tapping the content opens the app.
You can also swipe anywhere else on the screen to unlock the device.
The app works great on devices with AMOLED screen, but its not limited to those. The battery impact is minimal in either cases as it keeps the display on for a very short time. It’s also convenient to open a notification without using the power button all the time.
This app is not a lockscreen replacement hence, there is nothing more to want from this app as it does it’s job perfectly.
Active mode is a very good feature
Cannot set custom background image.