In the Galaxy S7, Samsung first introduced the Always on Display functionality, or what is the same, the ability to see the clock, notifications and other data on the screen off and with the terminal locked. This feature, which the Korean company continues to incorporate into its terminals with a Super AMOLED screen, acts in the same way as Ambient Display (which we saw, for example, in the LG G5). Although many manufacturers currently offer this functionality, there are quite a few Android models that can only have it by resorting to an app on Google Play.
Of course, before reviewing some of them, it should be clarified that it is It is essential that the mobile in question has an AMOLED panel (which only turns on the pixels necessary to display that information and keeps the rest off); otherwise, that is, if it had an LCD panel, the Always on Display functionality would quickly “eat up” the autonomy of your terminal.
Always on Display – AMOLED
Compatible with Android 4.4 or higher, this mobile app with an AMOLED screen provides information about the time, date, battery and notifications, among other information, just by looking at the phone. In addition, it offers you the possibility to choose font size, color, brightness level, and clock style (digital or analog, with a multitude of spheres available).
It also allows write a reminder of something important so that it appears constantly (Always On Memo) and to activate the ignition of the screen with a double tap on it. It is downloaded for free, but contains ads.
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Always On AMOLED – BETA
This app, which has more than 5 million downloads, can be used on mobiles that have Android 4.4 or higher, as well as an AMOLED screen, as we have already said. It’s about the first open source Always On application and shows, among other information, the time, date and notifications without having to touch the phone.
It includes a night mode that automatically darkens the screen in dark environments and a pocket mode that locks the device when we put it away to save battery life. Between his customization options, highlight the possibility of choosing the screen orientation and changing the text color, size, brightness, etc. It’s free to download but includes ads and offers in-app purchases starting at 1.69 euros per item (watches of different types are some of them).
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Always on AMOLED | Edge Lighting
In addition to displaying information about notifications, clock, date or weather, it provides a attractive edge lighting of the phone, and all this without touching it and with extensive customization options. It also allows you to set reminders or shortcuts (to the calendar or the flashlight, for example).
Its creators assure that uses 0% CPU resources and it consumes very little energy. It can be used in devices that have AMOLED, Edge, LCD, LED, QLED and curve screens, as long as they have Android 4.4 or higher (although, as we have said, it is not highly recommended to use it on LCD panels). It’s free to download, but it contains ads.
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Always On Edge – Edge Lighting
Although it shows the time, date, battery level and notifications (whose icons can be customized), the strong point of this app for AMOLED screens is the edge lighting, which you can activate manually (when you open the application), automatically (as soon as you lock the screen) or every time you receive a notification. It is even possible define color and time that will stay on.
It has a pocket mode that automatically detects when you take it out to activate it, a SmartUnlock mode that recognizes when you pick up the device or you leave it on a flat surface, and the possibility of deactivating it in a certain period (when we sleep) or when the battery level drops below a set percentage. It is compatible as of Android 5.0 and is downloaded for free, but offers in-app purchases for an amount between 1.09 and 21.99 euros.