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Yeah, I don't think that's normal. The whole reason Active Notifications doesn't annihilate your battery life is because only the pixels that need power, get power. That's how AMOLED works. You can turn off each individual pixel. Which is why you don't see something like Active Notifications on phones with an IPS panel such as the Nexus 5. IPS works by lighting a giant backlight, and the pixels act something like shutters, opening and closing as needed. Of course it's more technical than that, but in layman's terms, that's how you can think of it.

So yeah. Something's up. Those pixels should not be lighting up on an AMOLED display. If it were an IPS, that would be normal.
 
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Two Rogers phones here, neither do that.(I am running 4.4 though)
 
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My VZW MM doesn't do that. Seems strage, as it's a big selling point for the phone that it only lights the pixels you need.
 
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i have the same problem, im on 4.2.2, i will take it to motorola
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The whole screen flickers gray right? I'm on a Rogers X. Mine does that.

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YA! a Rogers phone running 4.2 still.. i did a reset but it didnt help
 
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Yeah, I don't think that's normal. The whole reason Active Notifications doesn't annihilate your battery life is because only the pixels that need power, get power. That's how AMOLED works. You can turn off each individual pixel. Which is why you don't see something like Active Notifications on phones with an IPS panel such as the Nexus 5. IPS works by lighting a giant backlight, and the pixels act something like shutters, opening and closing as needed. Of course it's more technical than that, but in layman's terms, that's how you can think of it.

So yeah. Something's up. Those pixels should not be lighting up on an AMOLED display. If it were an IPS, that would be normal.
thanks for the explanation! cant wait for OLEDs to be ubiquitous.. wonder what comes after OLED, or is it the final frontier for active matrix
 
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Since its a problem that only I would notice, and only in the darkest of rooms, I Dont want to go thru the hassle of explaining to the poor guys at the Rogers store why I want to exchange the phone. I'm wondering whether it may be a software related thing... What's the best way to reset the software besides deleting all data.. Is there a way to get down deeper and scrub it clean?

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Since its a problem that only I would notice, and only in the darkest of rooms, I Dont want to go thru the hassle of explaining to the poor guys at the Rogers store why I want to exchange the phone. I'm wondering whether it may be a software related thing... What's the best way to reset the software besides deleting all data.. Is there a way to get down deeper and scrub it clean?

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Well, it's most likely just a software bug in the Rogers 4.2 rom. As the others who are not on Rogers do not have this issue, your best bet is probably to upgrade to the T-Mobile 4.4 ROM, which is what I'm running (I'm also with Rogers).

EDIT: Just noticed someone had said that they had Rogers phones that didn't have the issue... I say proceed with caution. You can try reflashing the Rogers stock firmware from the internet, see if that clears it up?
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I've had 4 Moto X's. They all did this. It doesn't impact battery enough for me to worry about it. It may be the backlight or something though I admit I know very little about how SAMOLED works.
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I think is happening is that there's some code in there that's telling the transistors to discharge throughout the matrix instead (which explains why the whole screen is dim for a second) which helps with reducing the amount of wear on individual parts of the screen (the notification icons itself). If someone can compare the ActiveNotification between 4.2.2 and 4.4, that would be nice.

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