If you don’t have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or an LG G6 then you might be a little jealous of the Always On display, which is a feature that will leave your device on for an extended period of time, during which time it can show you the current time, date, battery, weather, and notifications without having to unlock your smartphone.
It’s a feature that has been around since the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and the LG G5 and makes it so much easier to take a quick glance at the information that you need as you need it.
Sadly, it’s not a mainstream feature just yet, however, there is one way that you can get an Always On display on any Android smartphone, no matter the manufacturer.
This is thanks to a new app called Glance Plus.
It is more of an ambient display because in order to save power the app doesn’t leave your phone on all day and instead uses the proximity sensor to show you the time, weather forecast, notifications, and more when you need it, and only when you need it.
And you can fully customise all of this with your own font, positions for the information, and even the size and colour of the text displayed. You can also edit what is shown within the settings app, as well as the brightness level and the screen timeout time.
They also expanded upon this within even further settings, allowing you to decide when this Always On feature kicks in.
You can choose to have it start up only when the device is charging, or break that down to a specific type of charging, such as AC charging, USB charging or wireless charging, meaning that it is pretty great for using it for something as a nightstand.
When it isn’t charging, the Always On display will turn into more of an ambient display. Wave your hand over the proximity sensor and it will show up.
You can also edit this so that it will show up when you pull your smartphone out of your pocket or when you turn the screen off.
One thing that we should note is that if you have an AMOLED display you should enable the Random setting from within the app in order to prevent a burn-in effect from happening.
It’s a pretty fantastic app that you should definitely try out by hitting up the link below.