Android L was first detailed back at Google I/O in June, and became a proper thing last week, officially launching as Android Lollipop 5.0.
In typically prescient fashion (*flexes muscles*), I mentioned that “more features will become apparent in the coming days”, and here we’re learning about something called ‘Ambient Display’.
Seemingly Ambient Display doesn’t appear in the Android Lollipop 5.0 developer preview; it’s in the full version only, as shared by Prashant “Percy” Gahlot on Google+.
As described in Android Lollipop 5.0’s Settings section, Ambient Display will “Wake the screen when [the] device [is] picked up or notifications arrive”.
Digging into the official Android Lollipop 5.0 feature list, Google says: “Where supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice”.
Presumably “supported by the hardware” means some sort of accelerometer/gyroscope combo, as found in most high-end phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3 and LG G3.
We’re immediately wondering, however, if Ambient Display is a good idea. I mean, would you really want your phone to wake up every time you pick it up off your bedside table, or desk, or whatever?
Well, with Ambient Display, the choice is very much yours. Don’t like it, don’t use it, I guess.