Summary:

That didn’t take long: The Active Display notifications found on the Moto X can be added to your Android smartphone or tablet through a third-party app. You’ll need Android 4.3 for now, though, and unless you have an AMOLED display, it won’t save battery life.

Moto X v iPhone 5

Motorola’s Active Display system is one of the unique features of its new phones: It makes the screen pulse with important notifications so users can take action or ignore them. This method, along with an AMOLED screen can save battery life. Active Display is officially exclusive to the Moto X and Motorola Droid Ultra handsets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the feature unofficially.

ActiveNotifications is an Android app in the Google Play Store that replicates Motorola’s software. Droid-Life found the app and gave it a test, finding it works as advertised; with a limitation or two. For starters, the app currently requires Android 4.3 on your smartphone or tablet, limiting which devices can install it. And while Motorola’s software works with multiple notifications, ActiveNotifications can only handle one for now.

The developer is working on improving the software and also making a version that works on older Android devices. The biggest challenge now is that Android 4.3 adds support for a new “NotificationListenerService” that the app takes advantage of; older versions of Android don’t have that feature.

Regardless of the limitations, this app opens up the functionality beyond smartphones. Android 4.3 is already available for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, so the app should work on these as well as the Google Experience versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One.

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