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Once Google announced the new Nexus 6, many were quick to point out that the device is nothing more than an enlarged Moto X.
After all, Motorola is the company to manufacture the handset. While many can argue that the Nexus 6 is an individual device on its own, there are simply too many similarities.
One of those similarities, besides the design, is the Ambient Feature found in the Moto X. The feature was spotted by a Google + user, when he installed the latest Android 5.0 Android on his Nexus 4 device. Once he installed the OS, he noticed that there is an option to turn on Ambient Display.
What Does the Feature Provide?
Ambient display, found in the Nexus 6, is a similar feature, as the Active Display Motorola uses, for the Moto X. Motorola uses infrared sensors in order to detect whether the hand of the user is over the phone. It then triggers a display showing notifications and actions. Motorola claims it doesn’t affect the battery life of the device. Nokia also used the feature on its Lumia devices. At the moment, the same feature is called Glance screen for Nokia devices. The feature shows notification on the lock screen during the time the phone is in standby mode.
Google introduces Ambient Display in the Android 5.0 Lollipop, which will have its premiere with the Nexus 6. According to reports, the phone wakes up the moment you pick up or tap the screen twice.
Google defines the Ambient Display function in the overview section of the Android 5.0 Lollipop and notes that “Your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice”. The new feature is available under display settings. The Ambient display can be turned on or off.
Effects on Battery Life
The Ambient display feature is destined to have effects on the lifespan of the battery. According to reports, the Nexus 6 will deliver 330 hours of standby mode without the Ambient display and 250 hours with the feature enabled. Just for information, the latest handset from Google sports a 3220 mAh battery.