Samsung Z3 gets always-on display capabilities

Always On Display app for Tizen-powered Samsung Z3 smartphone
Always On Display app
This affordable Tizen-based handset gets always-on display features via an app created by a third-party developer.
Codrut Nistor,

Until now, the Always On Display mode was only present in high-end handsets like the LG G5, Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S7 Edge. Now, the affordable Tizen-powered Samsung Z3 gets this feature as well thanks to an app created by third-party developer Anup Kushwaha.

According to its maker, the "Always On Display" app offers the following features:

  • analog clock frame with customizable color
  • date information on/off
  • always on display option
  • turn on display on proximity trigger (display turns on when taking out the Z3 from the pocket, for example)

Unfortunately, notifications cannot be added at this time, since the APIs for accessing them are not available, according to Anup. Unfortunately, those who use a Samsung Z1 and hope to get this app as well will be disappointed. Their handset has no proximity sensor and uses the rather old LCD display technology, so a black screen will drain the battery rapidly.

All in all, this app is an excellent addition to the Samsung Z3 and the users of this Tizen-driven handset should at least give it a try.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-12 (Update: 2016-03-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.