One of their supposed “chips” Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 called support for technology Always On Display. Confirmation of this information has already been seen several times in the code of Android 8.0 Oreo. However, the specialists went further. As reported by XDA, there was a working way to activate this function on the smartphone with AMOLED-display and custom AOSP-firmware. A successful experiment was put on Nexus 6, the official support of which has already been discontinued. Used firmware SiXROM, the author of which made some changes to the lines of code, after which a switch appeared in the System UI.
The option works on the same principle as that of other manufacturers: the clock on the locked display is displayed; the incoming notification is displayed for a few seconds, then it is minimized to the icon under the clock. This information was already picked up by the developers of XDA. Probably, many of them adapt this method Always On to their assemblies. By the way, the current list of firmware is here . We’ll see what Always On looks like in the new “pixels”.