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Always On Display demo on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Always On Display demo on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

On the outside, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge look familiar. The two aren't very different from last year's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge+, at least not when it comes to design. But under the hood, you get a ton of new goodies, including a faster processor and a better camera. And on the software side of things, the S7 and S7 edge have gained a few neat abilities. One of them is called Always On Display.

In a nutshell, the idea behind Always On Display is to have the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge show basic information on the screen while in stand-by. This can be a clock, a calendar, or a static image, to give a few examples. You also get tickers for your missed calls and unread messages, along with a battery level indicator. 

Now, you're probably thinking that having the screen lit at all times will drain the Galaxy S7 battery faster. And while you won't be wrong to say that, we must point out that an AMOLED screen's pixels draw power only if they're not showing black. That's why Always On Display uses black backgrounds, thus consuming minimum amounts of power. As a matter of fact, the feature could improve battery life, as you won't have to turn on the whole display anymore just to see the time. But you may disable Always On Display if you really want to. 

For an in-depth demo of Always On Display in action, check out the images and video below, where we go hands-on with it on a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. And if it sounds like something you'd enjoy using, do let us know in the comments!

UPDATE: To clarify, widgets and images shown by the Always On Display have their location changed every once in a while. This is to avoid screen burn-in – a degradation of the screen caused by displaying a static image for long periods of time.




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posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:30

2. ZeneticX (Posts: 63; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


The second clock looks the best, the 3rd clock looks like a copy of Sony's Xperia UI clock

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:50 3

8. natypes (Posts: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


lol Yeah, like every version of an analog clock hasn't been used over and over everywhere.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:32

4. XDAdam (Posts: 152; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)


This could be a way to help extend the S6 battery as you wouldn't need to turn on the whole screen to check for missed calls/messages/emails/chats. Kinda stupid that this wont be coming to the S6 officially.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:07 3

14. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


If I remember corectly. Galaxy Edge series have these features, since begining. And almost everyone call it useless gimmick feature.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 15:28

42. keithtae (Posts: 434; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


I have a note edge here, what you said was just a night clock that can only be used for 12 hours max a day. Theres no always on for note edge.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 16:37

43. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


I know. The concept still the same. Or just buy cheap lumia phones, you will have always in display feature.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:36

5. .KRATOS. (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Well I hope that Samsung change their mind n push the always on display to the S6 but before that happens we still waiting for the marshmallow update to hit the unlocked version worldwide

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:38

6. abdoualgeria (Posts: 397; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Olways on-screen is hardware not software

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:34

23. RaulBlas (Posts: 38; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


Absolutely not, in Amoled panels. You can do it anytime.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:54 1

30. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


It is software, bro.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:51 1

9. natypes (Posts: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I really like this feature. Can't wait for the Note 6.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:54

10. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 588; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


What about screen burn? It's rare for users but I've seen demo units of S6 with screen burn because it's always on.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:03 3

13. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It is not static and moves with time. So no such issues to worry.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:22

16. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 547; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Well, the round analog clock is somewhat static. At least the round part, and dial. Only thing that would move are the arms on the clock. When you sleep, that image, as described above will be static for at least 4-8 Hours (How ever long you sleep). Plus how ever long your screen is off through out the day. I believe burn in will happen. At this point, only time will tell.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:25 2

18. ZeneticX (Posts: 63; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I think what he's trying to say is the whole clock will move up and down the screen according to a set time. If you watch the video at the beginning the calender was shown at the top of the screen but near the end it's at the bottom

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 13:10

35. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 547; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Didn't watch the video. My fault. As long as it bounces around the screen, then there shouldn't be an issue.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:28 1

20. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


The whole clock moves. It changes every minute or so. If you ever used the clock daydream, you'd know.

Alas, daydreams only work when your phone is charging. But it's a cheap way to get always on screen, especially if you have a wireless charger.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:14

49. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 588; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Well, that's a breeze. I didn't watch the video because the internet sucks. So, the screen burn is still a problem to AMOLEDs but they are still awesome.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:33

22. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Just buy the Edge series. You dont need MM to have this feature. And the Clock is not static like the one on MM. More beautiful in the Edge panel than in the main screen

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:42

48. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


It doesn't stop at one place.
It moves slightly so that there is no chance to have burnin

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:55 2

11. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I would never use this feature on AMOLEDs lol. There's almost no generational improvements between the Note5 and the Galaxy S7s for their display panels. They either need to put more focus onto increasing the longevity of AMOLEDs or switch to a new, more efficient technology in QLEDs.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:23 2

17. joeytaylor (Posts: 443; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


It does improve over the Note 5 in some areas

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:26 2

19. tedkord (Posts: 11626; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Best screen available to better best screen available. How much generational improvement do you want?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:39

27. joeytaylor (Posts: 443; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Haha...."better best"

I love it

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 12:14 1

32. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Best available still isn't at its full potential and certainly lacking with LCDs in some areas. Burn in is still a real legitimate problem, so is efficiency on anything over 65% Avarage Picture Level.

It personally still annoys me to see an AMOLED screen that's excellent out of the box, look all murky and dim after just 5 months of using it because it's slowly burning out. LCDs don't have this issue, they look and perform their best even after a year of usage.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 14:30

38. ph00ny (Posts: 1234; Member since: 26 May 2011)


When was the last time you had a burn in on AMOLED display personally?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:32

44. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Since every AMOLED device I've owned. Galaxy S2, S3, S4, S5, Note 4, S6, and Note5.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:35

47. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


It's already at it's full potential if it can't be improved more at the time, yeah after 1.5 year i noticed some burn in though its not that noticeable most of time, still won't back to lcds greyish black though.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:38

25. abdoualgeria (Posts: 397; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Check displaymate's review on gs7 display

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 12:17 1

33. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I read it, and I read their bi-annual assessments each year of the Galaxy S and Note series. But I still see the deficiency of AMOLEDs that are degrading over time just from even having the screen on. If you have contrasting images like black and white in the display, it makes the screen burn in more rapidly

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 14:39 1

40. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Samsung doesn't use AMOLED displays, they use Super AMOLED which is a better technology and screen burn-in is as rare as people getting struck by lightning.

Why is it still being brought up?

If screen burn-in was that much of a problem, they woudlnt even be using the technology. Both Samsung and LG both use OLED displays on TV's and other devices and appliances with no issue whatsoever.

Screen burnin? Other than some videos I have never seen it in real life. It is so rare that it shouldnt even be talked about. When it rains outside, do you hear people being afraid of getting hit by lighning? NO. Why? Because it rarely ever happens. There are billions of lightning strikes in a year...yet maybe less than 5 people will get hit directly. Most people who have gotten hit, were hit indirectly and lived to talk about it.

The only known direct hit I ever heard about was a man in Florida who him and his buddy were out in the ocean. One guy was scubba diving. When he surfaced as they were trying to leave, he was struck and killed.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:12

15. gjkiii (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)


Can something like this be pushed onto the Note 5 via software updates?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:38

24. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


I'm sure pretty sure soon there will be several apps for this on XDA.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:41

28. RaulBlas (Posts: 38; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


I believe that Motorola's version of this feature is way better. It let's you "peek" the notifications content very quick. Once you have used it, you start loving it. Besides, the screen is not always on. It flashes every now and then when you get notifications.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:52

29. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Well, I believe. For Edge series owners, every features you have mentioned on your beloved Moto device are not something new. We didn't MM to have this feature.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 12:10 7

31. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


That black screen with faint text looks so nice with curved glass. Samsung really got their designs right lately.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 13:36

36. DnB925Art (Posts: 1010; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Yup. I think a lot of the criticism by both the public and the media about design got to them in the last year plus (starting with the A series). When compared to Apple and even to other Android OEMs like HTC and Sony, they had to do something to pair the arguably best hardware with design, both externally and internally with the continued refinement of Touchwiz. It's good that all those OEMs (Apple included) help push each other. Competition is good.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 14:41 1

41. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You think anyone is goign to design a phone that looks better than the Edge, without doing the same exact thing?
The Edge is an award winning design. Other phone could also win a design award, but I don't see it happening all that soon. The Dual-edge curved design is simply very innovative and hard to beat move.

If this was poker, this would be a Royal Flush.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 13:42 3

37. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


S7 Edge is so beautiful man wow, I would totally get the Black Onyx S7 Edge, looks so dopee..

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:37

45. kevin007in (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


yeah and that ALWAYS ON feature first appeared on NOKIA LUMIA SERIES ... !!! ts TRUE

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:58

46. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Yeah, and then appear on Edge panels as Night clock. It shows everything I need.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 01:51 1

53. pegasso (Posts: 274; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


i'm sorry to dissapoint you, but Lumia is not the first.
some old Symbian phones (and some feature phones) had the "always on" feature long before Lumia.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:31

55. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Every Nokia have this. Nokia 3200 can do this.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 19:31

56. kevin007in (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


agreed NOKIA was the first to use this beautiful tech.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:23 1

50. hellonerds (Posts: 314; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


my note 4 has screen burn :(

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:50

51. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Faulty unit.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 23:20

52. gehrig (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


That guy needs to shave his arms.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:49

54. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Well said. He's way to hairy.

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