One of the Moto X’s better software innovations is its Active Display notifications feature, which offers users an intuitive lock screen that displays the most recent notifications received by the handset. Fortunately for those of us aren’t planning on picking up a Moto X, Great Bytes Software has made its own version, which was previously known as ActiveNotifications. The app has now been updated and renamed to DynamicNotifications.
Just like the Moto X version, DynamicNotifications displays the most recent notifications on the handset’s lock screen, and will quickly jump you to the appropriate app if you swipe over to the notification icon. The app also works with lock screen patterns, so you don’t have to compromise security for these additional features.
One of the new features in the update is the introduction of “breathing notifications”, which will redisplay alerts after a set period of time if they haven’t already been addressed. The update also brings a new “auto-on” feature, which will display notifications when you pull your handset out of your pocket or lift it from a table, and the developers have also improvde the quality of the icons.
There’s some level of customization too, allowing you to pick applications which will appear on the lock screen, so you don’t have to receive notifications for every app. There’s also some premium content, which costs $0.99, adding further options for privacy settings, such as hiding SMS sender details for example, and the ability to configure when the app runs and when it sleeps.
The app also is now reported to work with any device using Android 4.0 and higher, so it’s no longer limited to just Android 4.3 devices.
If you have a compatible device and want to try the DynamicNotifications lock screen for yourself, the app is available free of charge on the Google Play Store.