When Google first announced the Motorola Nexus 6, we noticed that the device’s specs list includes mentions of an “Ambient Display” feature that has an effect on the N6’s overall standby time. Google has never mentioned what Ambient Display is, but now that a new version of Android 5.0 Lollipop is out there, users have dug around and discovered what Ambient Display is.
In the “Display” section of Android 5.0’s Settings app, an option to turn Ambient Display on or off is available along with a description that reads “Wake screen when device picked up or notifications arrive.” If that sounds familiar, it should, because the feature sounds a lot like Moto Display (formerly Active Display) that Motorola has used on devices like the Moto X.
As expected, the feature will light up your device’s display with your notifications as they come in. Unlike Moto Display, though, it looks like Ambient Display will show all of the details of your notification. Moto Display only shows an app’s icon unless to touch and hold your finger on the display.
When rumors of a Motorola-made Nexus smartphone began swirling, there were questions about whether or not any of Moto’s special software features would make the jump to the Nexus program. It appears that Google has decided to adopt the feature and tweak it a bit, and that’s exciting news for anyone that’s grown accustomed to having Moto Display on a Moto X or another device and are now interested in a Nexus 6.
Have you used Active Display/Moto Display?