Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up

Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it upAndroid 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.

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krogothnx  Oct. 22, 2014 at 15:55

i can see this playing merry hell with your phone while it's in a pocket and you're going up stairs or something.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2014 at 15:57

i can see this playing merry hell with your phone while it's in a pocket and you're going up stairs or something. ha. While in you're pocket the phone's sensor would be covered, wouldn't it? But yeah... cue: battery drain bugs etc...

krogothnx  Oct. 22, 2014 at 16:03

i can see this playing merry hell with your phone while it's in a pocket and you're going up stairs or something. ha. While in you're pocket the phone's sensor would be covered, wouldn't it? But yeah... cue: battery drain bugs etc...

exactly. would be fine 90% of the time, but that 10% would likely murder your battery - at best.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2014 at 00:42

Not new features, by the way ...

kamawell  Oct. 23, 2014 at 07:10

Not sure I'd want waking on pickup but the double tap thing works nicely on the M8. Only trouble is I find myself tapping my Nexus 7 and expecting it to work.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2014 at 10:06

hahaha... same here.

timy  Oct. 24, 2014 at 10:51

my BlackBerry z30 wakes when I pick it up, I like it

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 24, 2014 at 15:05

my BlackBerry z30 wakes when I pick it up, I like it

Yep. As I said: nuddin' new :p
Some phones did that years ago. YEAAAAARS ago... Google just can't innovate :p
Oh, sorry...

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