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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.

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)