Now Playing feature from Pixel 2 has been ported to an AOSP ROM

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CarbonROM, an Android image based on the Android Open Source Project code, now has one feature that was exclusive to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL — always-on music detection and the Now Playing notification that can be displayed on the lock screen.

Developer frap129 told XDA-Developer that he had to “reverse engineer a lot of proprietary Google code” to make the feature work. Unfortunately, it is only available on CarbonROM for the Pixel 2 XL, but if users were to port the ROM into their device, at least they would still have one of the nifty Google-made features that would have otherwise been lost.

Still, frap129 hopes that there’s enough of a blueprint to port this feature onto Android devices other than the Pixel 2. In fact, there may be potential to even enable a more customizable lock screen text notification feature based off of other ambient data collection — there is already a root-access app to show the title and creator lines for tracks played on the device on the ambient display lock screen of the Pixels.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.