The Nexus 6 has a very cool feature a lot of us stuck with a Nexus 5 are drooling about: ”Ambient Display” notifications. That’s the black and white display you see briefly when a new notification comes in and is basically the same thing as Active Notifications on the original Moto X. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to get the Nexus 6 ”Ambient Display” notifications on your Nexus 5. We’ll bring you more transformative tutorials in future.
Now, you need to be rooted to install this cool feature and running stock Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. If you haven’t rooted your Nexus 5 already, you can follow our simple walkthrough on how to root the Nexus 5. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into first though, as there are always some risks involved and I won’t be buying you a new phone if you botch the procedure. Note: the power saving features of a grayscale notifications screen on a LCD display won’t be felt like they would on a AMOLED display, but it’s still a cool feature to have.
How to install Nexus 6 ”Ambient Display” notifications on the Nexus 5