July 31, 2014

Paranoid Android introduces Peek, its own version of active notifications

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bubOne of the most useful and innovative features of the Moto X, besides its voice control, is its Active Display and today Paranoid Android announced its own implementation codenamed Peek.

Peek is PA’s effort to overhaul the Android notification system with smartwatch convenience.

The way it works is when you receive a notification, Peek will start listening for movement, such as being taken out of a pocket or lifted off a table, and if movement is detected within 10 seconds of receiving a notification, the UI displays your active notifications. There is also no need to press any buttons or unlock any screens, just click or slide to select a notification and the app is launched. This is very similar to what Motorola did with Active Display on its current flagship device.

If you’re running the latest PA beta, activate Peek by:

Settings > Display > Peek notifications checkbox (right under notifications title)

Peek is just the next step in Paranoid Android’s innovation in the platform and if you haven’t been following its development, PA’s reworked PIE controls were just integrated in recent betas, plus it seems like it’s somewhat of an inspiration for an update to menus that Google is working on.

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