Always On Displays (AOD) on smartphones are a nifty feature, but limited to only a few with OLED panels. Nokia first introduced it on their Lumia smartphones, followed by Motorola on Android and has been popularized ever since by Samsung and LG. Always On Displays essentially show important notifications on your smartphone when it s not in use. It is now reported that Google could introduce the AOD for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Also Read - PUBG New State: India release date, minimum requirements, major features, moreAlso Read - Now you will have to pay a processing fee for mobile recharges on PhonePe
This feature was discovered by XDA Developers on the Google Pixel which was running on Android O Developer Preview 3. Under the SystemUIGoogle.apk file, the source code has a feature codenamed doze which is said to be referring to Ambient Display or AOD. Doze on Android is originally known as the battery-saving doze mode, but the report says that this codename is actually for Always On Display. This is because Google chooses the gives contrasting to features codenames within the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP. The feature is given a name meaning something opposite to what it actually does.
Moving on, the source code also shows doze_always_on which is said to be a toggle option for the AOD. However, since this toggle is within tuner_prefs.xml , this feature is currently in experimental mode. This means that the AOD feature may or not arrive on the Google Pixel. Also, this feature was not accessible on the Google Pixel. ALSO READ: Incognito GBoard for Google Chrome appears in Android O Developer Preview
As aforementioned, AODs were first introduced on Android smartphones by Motorola on its Moto X series. Samsung introduced the AOD feature on its Galaxy S7 series and even rolled it out on the late Galaxy Note 7. Last year, Motorola accused Samsung for stealing the Always On Display feature from the former after the Galaxy Note 7 was launched. However, as XDA Developers explained that it is available on Android s Open Source Platform (AOSP) and available for any manufacturer to use it on their devices with the required hardware available. ALSO READ: Greenpeace hails refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as the Fan Edition goes on sale in Korea tomorrow