One of the best new features on the Moto X is its Active Display Functionality, which periodically displays critical notifications on the lock screen without any user input. If you’re not planning on getting your hands on a Moto X, you’ll still get a chance to try out the new feature thanks to developer niko001 from XDA-Developers, who has developed “ActiveNotifications,” which simulates the Moto X feature on Android 4.3 devices.
Here’s what niko001 had to say about his app:
It uses the new “Notification Listener” service introduced in 4.3 and therefore has minimal impact on your battery. If you own an AMOLED-phone, the “battery saving” feature should work automatically, since black pixels are simply not turned on. The app comes with similar features as the Moto X Active Display (such as not turning on when the device is inside your pocket, purse, or lying face down). Unfortunately, relying on the 4.3 Notification Listener also means that you need a device running Android 4.3 (which are pretty scarce at the moment)…I’ll think about creating a version for older versions of Android if there is enough interest.
So basically the application will currently only run on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but if you’re using custom firmware you can make use of “ActiveNotifications” as well. Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break as well as a gallery of screenshots.
In early July we let you guys know that the Moto X would most likely be headed to Canada exclusively on the Rogers network. That rumor was confirmed today, however the Canadian version will be available in only black and white. The phone will be available for $189.99 on a two year contract. While removing the option for customization is a bit upsetting for Canadian customers, the phone still offers the software enhancements including its “always on” feature and new notification system. The “Made in the USA” campaign probably isn’t going to work too well on Canadian customers either…
For those of you who saw the wooden backing on the leaked photos/some of the photos from today of the Moto X, we have some disappointing news. Yes, the wooden backing customization option will be available, but not until Q4 of this year.
We also found out that the wooden backing will be available in a variety of stains, which is certainly a welcomed feature.
If you really need the wooden backing then I’d advise you to wait for it to come out in Q4, but if you just want to get your hands on this beauty already, get the Moto X at release.
In another unsurprising move, Motorola has announced that a Developer Edition of the Moto X will be available in the Google Play Store as well. Not to make the phone more “available,” as it’s already going to be sold on all major U.S. carriers, but to offer a more “stock” Android experience without the new software features added on by Moto. (The phone is very close to stock Android anyway.)
This means that the mid-range specs of the Moto X will be competing with the high-end specs of the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, which will certainly be tough to beat out. Remember, all of the awesome sensors/features in the Moto X are essentially useless if it is going to eventually be released as a Google Play Edition device. The one thing it really has going for itself is the super-efficient X8 computing platform, which will most likely help it beat out the other Google Play Edition phones in battery life.
Pricing and storage information is not yet available, but we do know that the Developer Edition Moto X will be an unlocked GSM device for T-Mobile and AT&T.
The MoDaCo.Switch for the HTC One is awesome, there’s no denying that. Seamlessly switching between a carrier skinned ROM and vanilla Android on the fly is a feature that most people would love to have on their phones. Considering it was done on the HTC One, though, it would only be fair to extend that to the Google Play Edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, right? If you’re an S 4 owner, your wait is (almost) over. The MoDaCo.Switch developers started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding to bring the switch to the S 4, and in less than five days, they hit their £1,000 goal.
There’s still a few days left to go in the campaign, so if you want to chip in a bit extra to get early access to betas as they come available (or a cool T-shirt) you can hit the link below to throw some money at your computer monitor. Who’s excited to get this running on their S 4?
Just last week we reported that MoDaCo.SWITCH had opened their ROM for those who signed up to receive the beta, but now it looks as though the beta has gone public.
The MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allows HTC One users to effortlessly switch between stock Android and HTC Sense with the touch of a button. The best part is that the ROM uses a single set of user data so all of your apps/information/etc. are available on both UI’s.
Now that “beta 8″ is available to the public (only on the GSM HTC One) you can go and grab it below if you’re familiar with the flashing process.
MoDaCo is also working on a project to bring their ROM to the Galaxy S 4 using an Indiegogo project to raise $1500.
Download, installation, and set up instructions below.
It looks like the folks at CyanogenMod are up to something. Well, they are always up to something, but they are in the teasing mood right now. They released a very short teaser video for something they are working on. What is it? We have no idea so let the speculation begin. It’s start out by saying, “Nothing can be perfect, Things can be better.” Ain’t that the truth. There is a few more tidbits that you can check out for yourself, and then it closes with “A new challenger appears,” and “A new Nemesis appears.” I have a funny feeling they have a few more teases lined up. Any ideas as to what they might be up to? Hit the break for the video.
Last week we showed you developer Paul O’Brien’s MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM which allows HTC One users to quickly switch between HTC Sense 5 UI and stock Android (as seen on the Google Play Edition of the HTC One). All you have to do is tap on one of two options— it’s that easy.
Now it looks as though they’ve opened up a signup page allowing users to try out the beta version of their app. Hit the link below to join in on all the fun.
Once again, the CyanogenMod team seems to be on top of things, as they just released version 10.1.1 of their famed firmware. A post on their blog today issued a follow-up to the general release. They pointed out that the CM 10.1.1 build is simply a security bug-fix release on top of their previous release, the 10.1.0.x code-base. Check out the full blog post after the break for more details.
Developers have been getting more and more creative with how they look at widgets, constantly thinking up new functions and designs. A couple months back we told you about a slick new app called Overlays that brings widgets front-and-center no matter what application you are running. An excellent idea, Overlays is only available for Android 4.0 and above. Thanks to XDA Senior Member sak-venom1997, an alternative to Overlays called Widgets Everywhere has been released.
Currently in public beta version 2.32, Widgets Everywhere is a very useful application with some innovative features. Incorporating XDA Senior Member pingpongboss’s StandOut libraries, users are able to float and move widgets over any running application using pinch-to-zoom gestures to resize. Widgets can overlap each other, and users can float as many widgets as they can fit on their screen.
Planned features for the future include a custom widget-picker, independent of Android’s built-in tool and enhanced resizing options. Widgets Everywhere is compatible with any device running Android 2.1 or newer and is ad-free and free to download at the link below.
Source: Original XDA Thread