The nice Always On Display and Edge Lighting feature from Samsung flagship phones now can be transferred to yours. See the clock, read the notifications, know the weather without even turning on your phone. Customize everything your own way without any restriction.
About Always On AMOLED
When Nokia introduced its Nokia 808 Pureview with ClearBlack OLED display, the world was amazed by the implementation of a Glance screen feature that shows the clock on the phone’s screen while sleeping. Several years later, Samsung brought their own AMOLED screen on their Galaxy S III and pushed the always on-screen feature to an extreme level. After many updates, the Always on Display feature (AOD) of Samsung phones is one of the most exciting features when it comes to UI customization. Many other phone manufacturers are trying to develop their own always on screen function, but no one did the same way Samsung are doing.
The good news for you is that you do not have to exchange your current mobile phone for a Samsung Galaxy device just to have that nice little touch, as the Always On AMOLED app can do the same thing to your phone, and it even excels in many aspects. The app is essentially a free downloadable upgrade, bringing a fresh look to your boring mobile phone and saves you some button press as you no longer need to turn on your phone just to see what time it is at the moment.
To use the app properly, you need to go through some simple setup. The first thing to do is allowing the app to draw on top of another app, and the second is letting the app read your notifications. Normally you will be prompted to grant these permission on the first run, and the app will take you to the screen where you just need to flip the toggle. In case you failed to do so, you can manually go to the app info screen of Always On AMOLED to turn on the ability to draw over other apps, and go to Settings > Apps > Special Access > Notification Access and turn on the toggle associated with AOA.
Once you get the initial setup done, the app is ready to run. You can turn off your screen right away to see if it works. For customisations and tweaking, open the app and feel free to mess around.
It is understandable if you feel overwhelmed by all the options inside Always On AMOLED. There are a lot of things that you can change to make the always-on display (AOD) truly yours. Firstly, you will be able to change the brightness of your AOD. There is a master switch that lets you decide whether the sensors will adjust the brightness according to ambient light conditions, or the app itself might override the settings with your favorite brightness level. The app also lets you save battery by turning off the AOD unless the screen is tapped or a notification is received. The duration of the AOD can also be changed, giving you time to admire your beautiful always-on clock, stickers, or pictures that you put in it earlier.
You can also find various settings that affect the AOD’s behaviors, such as locking your phone while it’s in your pocket, controlling the movement of the clock, or disabling the volume rockers temporarily. While the AOD is displayed, it will register the gestures you put on the screen, such as swiping up, down, left, or right. These swipe gestures can be remapped to many actions too.
Along with settings, Always On AMOLED also offers a wide range of customisation so you can make the AOD suit your style or preferences. There are 22 fully customisable watch faces for you to select, both analog style and digital style. After choosing a watch face, you will get to change the color, text size, typeface, orientation of each element inside it. In case you are not a fan of minimalism designs, you can turn on all the indicators like battery percentage, battery charging status, upcoming alarms, second hands, AM/PM/24h, and a memo.
Always On AMOLED supports reading notifications without touching the phone. Since notifications might be sensitive sometimes, the notification display feature is very carefully developed to protect your privacy while still maintaining the ease of using AOD. If you don’t want your notifications to be accidentally revealed by others, untick the Show Notification Content option to hide everything except the notification icon. Alternatively, you can set the AOD to show your notifications only when the icon of each one is pressed, or put a certain app into the blacklist so the AOD will never be filled with notifications from that app.
The Edge Lighting is another attempt of the developer team to bring a feature from Samsung Galaxy devices to your phone. To be concise, the feature lights an animated light ring around your screen whenever a notification is received, drawing some attention from you so you will never miss important stuff.
To keep you updated on the current conditions, enable the Weather feature in Always On AMOLED. You can let the app detect your current location or enter your address manually, and weather info will always be presented to you precisely and beautifully. Turn off the automatic update to save some battery if you will, but in that case remember to turn on the refresh icon so you can easily see the newest weather info whenever you need it.
Always On AMOLED is a perfect app to get the legendary AOD features from Samsung Galaxy devices for free and apply them on your phone no matter what device you are using. All the clocks and stickers are carefully designed, and the developers must have thought of everything to come up with a wide range of customizations and settings. If you want to take advantage of your phone’s OLED display or you just need a convenient way to watch the clock, this app might be the ultimate solution.