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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to feature 'Always On Display' mode

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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to feature 'Always On Display' mode
We first heard way back in early January that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge could include an always-on display mode à la Google's Ambient Display. With two weeks until the grand unveiling at Mobile World Congress, a new trademark filing by Samsung for an 'Always On Display' feature throws a little more leverage behind the story. 

Today, we got our first hands-on look at the Galaxy S7 from the back and design-wise, it's fairly safe to assume that neither the S7 and S7 edge will change a great deal from their respective predecessors. In order to keep fans interested, a bevy of tweaks will arrive under the hood, including a new 12-megapixel camera and customary processor bump. 

There's been fairly little talk of the software, besides that both models will arrive with Android 6.0 Marshmallow off the bat. But last month, a report indicated that the S7 duo could include an always-on display, allowing users to glance at notifications and other info in a swift, convenient fashion.

The feature is said to be very light on battery use -- around one percent per hour -- which is good news regardless of the impressive-sounding battery retention rates of the S7 line. It's apparently not too dissimilar to Motorola's Active Display or Glance Screen feature of Nokia, and while it's no killer feature by any stretch, it'll be a useful one to have in the armory. 

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to feature 'Always On Display' mode
Motorola's Active Display feature

With the 'Always On Display' trademark having just been published through the USPTO, it seems like those earlier reports were correct. There's a chance that said feature is being preserved for another device at some point in the future, and isn't to be rolled out just yet. Having said that, the timing of the trademark filing is perfect with fortnight to go until Unpacked, and with Sammy looking to make a big impression as usual, we now fully expect that both devices will offer always-on display support from the off. 

source: USPTO via SamMobile

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posted on 08 Feb 2016, 13:42 2

1. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I just want to see a storage solution faster than the one apple is using on the 6s series.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:34 2

9. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 263; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Samsung has already partly achieved this. Samsung's Random Read/Write is on par if not ahead of Apple. However, Apple is 2x to 4x times faster than Samsung at Sequential Read/Write. I hope that Apple will fix its relative weak performance at random memory access because I want to upgrade this year to iPhone 7 :).

Anyway: May the better phone win the 2016 battle.

Source:
http://anandtech.com/show/9686/the-apple-iphone-6s-and-iphone-6s-plus-review/7

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:36 2

10. Supraman21 (Posts: 307; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


People just don't realize how much a difference storage speeds means to all around performance.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:09 2

14. Rafishant (Posts: 206; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)


This feature is a registered patent for Nokia.
First time implemented in Nokia 5800 Xpress Music

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:02 2

2. Brewski (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Oh, you mean like what my last 3 Moto phones have already had? I wonder why more companies don't embrace this. I love it, I've been using it for three years...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:05 4

3. SamDH1 (Posts: 411; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)


But it's silly too, because sometimes the display turns on in the pocket, and if the screen is against your thigh, it then fully turns on the screen, and then it doesn't turn off cuz the thigh keeps moving around on the screen, which eventually kills the battery. I disabled it on both my Nexus 6 and 6P and used Light Flow instead

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 17:18

21. Awalker (Posts: 1394; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I've never had that problem with my 6P because it's so hard to get it to work anyway but it would constantly go off when I had my Moto X 2014.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 17:35

22. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3781; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I would think the Proximity sensor would keep the display off, as it does when it's against your face during a call.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:23

16. MEeee (Posts: 343; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


S4 Quick Glance & Moto Active Display. Just curious who came out with that feature first?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:08

4. xondk (Posts: 1203; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Sounds interesting, though yeah always on vs normal turning off how will it affect battery life?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:15

5. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


did samsung just patent "keeping screen on"? So Apple hatebandwagon, how do we do this? Wow "innovation" or "my phone had this for years". Or "samsung just patented what others had for years".

I told you Samsung patents simple things too.... This is how world works - they file for thousands of patents and get granted even silly ones - but no, Apple bad, Samsung good!!! Right?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:22 11

6. ihearlivepplz (Posts: 77; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Trademark :) Trademark not patent :) Huge difference :) lol

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:24 2

7. ihearlivepplz (Posts: 77; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Oh and in case you're still confused, they trademarked the name of the feature "always on display" :)

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 16:11

18. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


How is this different? It's even worse. Now I can't even say "always on display" in reviews or description about other phones?

I'm gonna trademark the word "touch screen". Right? Isn't this as bad as "one last thing" that xiaomi or hiway (not sure) trademarked after Apple keynotes? Then try to play it off as if it was after Colombo episodes? Really?

I just wanted to point out that when Apple does this little s**t - you all pointing and screaming, Samsung does it, "nah it's different".

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 19:26 5

26. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


It seems that your life is now just about Apple and protecting them at your level best. I don't think you should be having a issue here.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 22:11 2

31. ibend (Posts: 3531; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


let me explain by simple word so sheeps can understand...
trademark is something like retina screen, iSight, 3Dtouch, or whatever...
it doesnt mean other company cant use crappy dpi, or crappy image quality similar to above trademark.. but other company just cant refer that word for naming their product.. but they can still say it

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 05:17 2

32. FrenchGuy (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


You clearly don't get the difference between trademark and patent ( mostly patents of basic ideas in case of Apple). But hey, it doesn't surprise me at all when I see the way (childish) you try to defend Apple...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:25 8

8. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Dear God...Just take a break, go out for a walk. At this rate, you're going to have a nervous breakdown. Just a damn phone.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:40 3

12. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 263; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Quite a bad location for dropping such a statement.

Stay real.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 16:12

19. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Why don't you say that to the Apple-hate-bandwagon flooding every Apple article?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 19:05 4

23. PopeFrancis (Posts: 59; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


And yet you are here in a non Apple article, creating your own hate bandwagon. Congratulations!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 19:17

24. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


The difference is: I'm not hating on Samsung here or propel that choose it as a divorce - I'm just pointing out the hypocricy. I frankly couldn't care less if Samsung trademarked "touch screen" and "home button" names. It's the fact that when Apple does it - you redicule, but when Samsung does it - nothing.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 19:29 2

27. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Because others did to Apple, let me do to Samsung.. Really Alix? You are turning into a blind fanboy now, searching for loop holes to talk about and protect Apple.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 19:49 1

29. PopeFrancis (Posts: 59; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


I understand your opinion, but please realize that what people criticize the most, is Apple's arrogant position. I doubt that someone complain about Apple because the iPhone is a bad phone and if they do, they are plain dumb, because actually the iPhone is a very nice piece of design.

Apple goes around putting fancy names on existing technology and a lot of people believe they actually invented the thing. Granted, they refine the implementation, but that, together with their extremely controlling attitude, is what gets them a lot of criticism. They go around bricking people's phones with the new error 53 totalitarian measure and putting stupid restrictions in the name of "user experience", that just makes me (and make a lot of people) angry.

I bet that any company that practiced such policies, would get a similar amount of heat from the people. This is just my opinion though, I want to like the iPhone, but I think I'll never like Apple.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 16:49 3

20. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1120; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You have gone to a new low I see.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 19:30

28. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


agree, I never expected this from Alix

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 05:56

33. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Wow! If there's someone you'd expect this from it's from that sheep. You're not a very good judge of character are you?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 19:22

25. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


You don't have to protect Apple every time. Sometimes, let it go..

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:40 1

11. .KRATOS. (Posts: 307; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I hope all the goodies brought to the S7 will find a way to the S6 with a software update

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 05:57

34. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Custom ROM baby!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:52

13. Unordinary (Posts: 1170; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


2 weeks :)

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:21

15. MEeee (Posts: 343; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


This is similar feature to Quick Glance on the S4 which was released months before Moto & Nokia?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:34 1

17. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8368; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The new Galaxy Unpacked event just one day before by birthday 2/22. I can't wait to watch.
Nothing I've heard about the S7 is very thrilling just yet, but I always love to see new toys from all the OEM's even if I don't plan to buy them.

Can't wait for the camera tests, see if they actually put the sdcard back and if so, how did they manage it? will it have 2 controllers or did Samsung make a way for a new controller with bi-directional data transfer so that the sdcard can work with the new UFS controller.

Oh and is this "always on" feature the thing we heard about where movie playback can be up to 17 hours?

I still want to pick up another S6 Edge+ just to have as a souvenir. I wished I kept my old one. Samsung makes so many great devices, that I just can't be happy with one.

I'm curious as to why, if they plan to have an S7 Edge model, why its smaller than the Edge+..or are they saving the Edge+ model to be released with the Note 6.

Come on Unpacked. 2/21 can't get here soon enough. Daddy needs a new toy.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 20:10

30. WPX00 (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


That's a Nexus 4 running Lollipop's ambient display. That's not active display.

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