Google has included a new feature on the Nexus 6 called Ambient Display that displays notifications on your screen as they arrive. With its similarities to the Moto X, it’s no surprise to see that the Nexus 6 has inherited a feature akin to the popular Moto Display. Ambient Display can be found in the settings of the Nexus 6, and it turns out that it’s a tweaked version of Moto Display that allows you to see your notifications as they arrive.
With Ambient Display on, the Nexus 6 will turn the screen on to display notifications as they arrive. Unlike Moto Display, which only showed an icon for the type of notification, Ambient Display shows you the content of the notification as well. It can also be used to turn the display on when you pick the device up. You can see it in action in the photo to the right, where it’s been enabled on a Nexus 4 loaded with a system dump from the Nexus 6.
We saw reference to this in the Nexus 6 spec sheet from Google, but weren’t entirely sure what it was. Now it makes more sense, as battery life has a stat for Ambient Display being on and one for it being off. It looks like standby time of the phone will be reduced from about 330 hours to 250 hours when Ambient Display is on. Not a major issue, and the convenience of Ambient Display will likely outweigh any impact that it might have.
Have you ever used a device with Moto Display? Did you enjoy it?