Dec 09 AT 3:02 PM Dima Aryeh 15 Comments

Motorola adds Active Display to the Play Store, only compatible with new Moto devices running KitKat


Not only is Motorola incredibly quick with software updates for the Moto X, but the company also aims to make the Moto X experience even better through other means. Motorola has already uploaded a few system apps to the Play Store, like the camera app, and next up is Active Display.

Active Display is the system that displays notifications on your lockscreen without you having to actively turn the display on. You can then dismiss notifications or unlock the device straight to the app from Active Display. It’s one of Motorola’s more useful smart functions, and now it can be updated through the Play Store instead of waiting for software updates.

However, this Active Display update is only for KitKat-powered devices, limiting it to the Moto X. Verizon’s DROID lineup can’t install this update until the devices are updated to KitKat. It’s not a big deal, because the first update is a fix for a 1-2 second lag when using Active Display after the KitKat update on the Moto X, so the DROID phones don’t need it.

If you own a Moto X, use the widget below or head to the Play Store to update the Motorola Active Display app. Motorola has been on the ball with updates, so do you think it will contribute to its success?


Source: Android Police

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • w9jds

    Personally I think the Moto X is the most innovative in a long while. So I think that the updates contribute to some success but I think the innovation is what ultimately is helping.

  • kazahani

    From the headline I thought this would let me install Active Display on my GS4, since I’m running KitKat. I’m sad now.

    • Josh

      me too! bummer

    • w9jds

      Sorry :( The thing about active displays is that it is written specifically for the x8 processor (that is why it is so effect and doesn’t use anywhere near as much battery as turning on the phone) so just allowing any Kit Kat would be impossible.

    • Dima Aryeh

      Sorry! Editing that to be more clear

    • Matt

      Me too :/ to bad I just bought the nexus 4 a month ago

  • AvatarZ

    The more I see updates for the MotoX the more I have buyer’s regret for going for the Nexus instead

  • thel0nerang3r

    Google has been working on having updates separated from firmware updates, thus bypassing carriers. I”m glad it’s finally panning out.

  • David

    Sad times. I think the headline of this post is a touch misleading. Nexus devices are KitKat too! Anyone wanting something similar for their phone could install an app called DynamicNotifications from the Play Store. :)

  • Alan Wes

    So this will be available for the Moto G when 4.4 comes out? If so, that’s good news.

    • messtech

      I believe that moto g does not have active notifications since it uses IPS screen. If I am wrong someone will correct me.

      • Dima Aryeh

        You are correct. This isn’t an app, but an update to the inbuilt app for devices that already have it. So Moto X and the new DROID devices.

  • G2

    for Amoled Moto?
    Hi! Here’s my humble entry. :)
    plese watch and like.

  • famoso jorden

    yeah…I thought it would work on any 4.4, makes me a bit sad now =/ Have fun with it guys who can use it :’(

  • donger

    Go motorola.