Whereas the Nexus telephones performed a good recreation, with options accessible for any gadget working the identical model of Android. In distinction, the Pixel telephones had some options that had been unique to them, a minimum of for a short time. One of many newest ones is Google’s official implementation of the All the time On Show characteristic. It seems, nonetheless, that it’s truly accessible for any Android Oreo gadget. That’s, offered that ROM builders flipped the best swap.
All the time On Show, or AOD, is turning into a preferred characteristic, particularly with the rise of OLED screens. In a nutshell, this characteristic permits restricted items of knowledge to be displayed on the display screen even whereas it’s technically off. In Android Oreo’s implementation, that interprets to having the clock all the time seen and a few notifications for a brief period.
It was not too long ago found, actually solely by chance, that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 would have this characteristic. However for that to occur, the performance should already be current in Android Oreo, or a minimum of a model of it. Certainly that was the case,and even the primary gen Pixel has it, besides it’s disabled. Unfazed, Android modders snooped round and found it was truly considerably simple to allow it.
There’s a single piece of in Android Oreo known as “alwaysOnAvailable” that, because the title suggests, returns true whether it is accessible and false if it isn’t. Proper now, it’s onerous coded to all the time return false and doubtless onerous coded to be true within the upcoming Pixel 2. If enabled, nonetheless, this might trigger a brand new possibility to seem within the hidden System UI Tuner.
Now, the truth that the one line of code is buried deep inside Android’s supply code implies that common customers gained’t have the ability to change it. Luckily, evidently customized ROM makers have caught on to this and are making use of it of their unofficial Android Oreo ports.