DynamicNotifications app aims to imitate the Moto X’s Active Display lock screen

by: Robert TriggsAugust 22, 2013


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.

DynamicNotificatons options

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.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    What’s next? Will someone develop an app that wakes the camera on a shake of the phone? Or, will an app keep an ear on the mike for the phrase “Ok, Google App…” and launch voice?

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      You already have Twisty Launched which launches the camera on a shake of the phone. :P

    • And Open Mic for the voice activation

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      You have Tasker that can do everything. From shake to open camera, to touchless controls mimic and even with some work, we could also mimic Active Notifications on it.
      Tasker does much more then that though. It’s an advanced app for automating your android phone with many plug-ins.

      • EvenInTheDarkestHour

        So, a Sprint Vital, mid-tiered $349.99 + $2.99 for the app, or an LG Optimus F3 at $249.99 + $2.99 for the app, OR my existing phone that it paid for with the $2.99 app, can do essentially the same things as the $549.99 to $699.99 (depending on our location) Moto X? How can that be?

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          The power consumption would be more, and you won’t get the exact same UI, but you have all the functionality or even more with it.

          Here’s the proof for the voice commands: www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=r_9-TYIt1JQ&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLFGfKKOu8_7WzRC5f-Nn_-Z1LWF8nKwD_
          Here’s the one for shake-to-open the app: www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=BnHI4cAVOrA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUXzySgo3V9KysSfELFLMAeA

          Enjoy :)

  • Hothfox

    Now, does this take advantage of the screens that support not turning on black pixels?

  • CPDogg76

    Someone explain why this app needs to collect all text,and passwords,and data INCLUDING credit card numbers. Sounds like a load of crap to me….

  • Mastermind

    Does it affect the battery life in any way running this app on the S4?

    Since this feature is sort of optimized for the Moto X..