Android.com’s new page dedicated to Android 5.0 Lollipop’s and all its bag of tricks makes mention of a feature that is a lot similar to the new Moto X’s “Moto Display” technology – it’s called “Ambient Display” for the moment, and it allows devices running Android 5.0 to wake up as soon as it its picked up or when notification come in.


We shouldn’t really be surprised, given that the Nexus 6 takes a lot from Motorola’s design book – although still tethered to Google’s Nexus branding. The feature was first seen embedded on the new Moto X, although there have been 3rd party implementations of the same idea before (like Peek for Android).

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The feature page also makes mention of a sort of “knock-to-wake-up” feature similar to LG’s Android implementation, saying that “where supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice.” There is no clear explanation of the feature yet, but it might be that AMOLED screens will allow for notification “peeking” like the new Moto X does.

Why did you not catch this with the latest developer build, you ask? Well, it’s because it isn’t there. This feature will only be available with the final build of Android Lollipop. But this is a good sign that Android Dev is starting to accept more of the fanciful features that attract people and make Android such a cool ecosystem to work with.

VIA: Android Authority