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Android P's Ambient Display finally shows phone battery percentage

You can now know just how much battery charge is left on your phone when you check out the Ambient Display in Android P.

Published onMarch 7, 2018

  • Android P Developer Preview 1 adds a much requested feature to Ambient Display.
  • It now finally shows the battery charge percentage that is currently available on the phone.
  • Notifications have also been centered in the Ambient Display, cutting down on screen space.

The Ambient Display feature in earlier versions of Android was designed to show the current time, as well as the current notifications on a phone, in a quick and easy way without having to go to the home screen. However, one feature that many Android owners have asked for is to also include the phone’s battery charge percentage in Ambient Display.

With the release of Android P Developer Preview 1, those folks finally have their wish come true. The battery percentage is now visible at the bottom of the Ambient Display. In addition notifications have now been centered in the display, and don’t take up as much of a phone’s screen compared to earlier versions on Android.

While both of these new Ambient Display features are minor, they certainly make this part of Android P more useful, especially the battery charge indicator. Of course it’s hard to say if this change will make its way into the final version in this exact form, but it looks like a good step in the right direction.

Want to learn even more about Android P? Check out our Diving into Android P series.

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