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Officially confirmed: LG G5 features an Always On Display mode

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Officially confirmed: LG G5 features an Always On Display mode
Last week, LG informed the world that it would announce its G5 smartphone on February 21 at MWC 2016, without providing any particular details about the device. Today, the company revealed one of the features that the G5 is bringing: an "Always ON" display mode, which will let users see incoming notifications (like missed calls, messages, or emails) without turning the entire screen on.

This always on screen feature, which is already available in slightly different implementations on Motorola smartphones (called Active Display), as well as on Google's latest Nexus handsets (called Ambient Display), will likely also be found on Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge - both of which are going to be announced on the same day as the LG G5.

The image revealing LG's new Always ON feature - embedded below - also shows an outline of the G5 itself, allowing us to speculate that the previously leaked LG G5 diagrams and renders (see here, here, and here) may have been accurate.

It's said that the LG G5 will be significantly different from its predecessors (G4 and G3), as the handset is reportedly made out of metal, while offering a fingerprint scanner and a dual rear camera. To find out more about what to expect from the upcoming smartphone, check out our LG G5 rumor roundup.

Officially confirmed: LG G5 features an Always On Display mode

source: LG (Facebook)

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posted on 09 Feb 2016, 19:46 16

1. sip1995 (Posts: 1565; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Lumia Glance Screen.....?

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:30 12

11. Awalker (Posts: 1432; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Nah. Motorola's active display.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 22:03 10

25. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


heck you can this back to "big clock" and "sleeping screen" on Symbian devices and the nokia n9

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 04:10

48. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 129; Member since: 17 May 2012)


yup, nokia sleeping screen from nokia beta labs. it was even better on nokia n9

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 22:54

29. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I thought the same

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 01:46 2

39. titae (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Nov 2015)


yes. since nokia lumia. it seeems that phonearena forgot this

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 19:47 3

2. theo14461 (unregistered)


Interesting. I'll stay with my Samsung.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:58

16. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


You can see the lines from the back on the sides, I can not see how this phone is going to have a removing battery

But it will have type c USB and all the lead problems this will be linked to, thats100%, it's the one thing I do not like about my 6p

Not 100% on why you buy this phone over the nexus 6p,

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 11:17 1

62. Brewski (Posts: 328; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Interesting. I'll stay with my Motorola.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 19:50

3. Tziggy14 (Posts: 442; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


That pixel resolution. Even Motorola has better always on screen than this.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 19:54 5

5. bur60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Rather have low res and higher stamina. Let's also hope that it's a oled screen.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 21:41 2

23. 2faraway (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


I'll prefer a newer ips tahn the flamable yet colorful oled, that notification will burn same as any sami!.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 03:37

45. FluffyBled (Posts: 509; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Well ... if they want to implement an Always On Display mode, the better thing would be to use a screen which does not require backlight ... so I guess oled it is!

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 08:41

54. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


I have thats on my ips moto x play and its work perfectly well. No need of Oled for this.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 05:30

49. ibend (Posts: 3871; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


flamable? what?
as i know, the most flamable phone on planet use IPS screen, lol

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 11:16

61. xocomaox (Posts: 123; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


Are you talking about the HTC M9?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 12:12

68. 2faraway (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


flamable I mean by burned go and check out all the sami dummies phones the have this burn display that is almost dissgusting!

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 19:55 3

6. gtrc11 (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Feb 2015)


-.-, you realize that it is a simulation right?. ( Made with software)

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 02:24

43. Xelief (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


Not ONLY is it a simulation, but the image quality isn't great.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:28 2

10. Awalker (Posts: 1432; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Google's ambient display looks the nicest but Motorola's active display works much better because of the added sensors on the front of the phone.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 19:54 1

4. DRS1977 (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 May 2015)


I like LG's G series phones, but they have absolutely horrid resale value. I always buy my phones outright and get a new phone every year so that makes LG a non-starter for me.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:24 1

8. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1208; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


because the average guy wants either an Apple or Samsung logo at the back.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:10 5

7. UglyFrank (Posts: 1606; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Unless it's oled I don't even care, if you want my money..... Go OLED

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:34

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12069; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If they want my money, they need to actually make a good phone this time around because the G3, G4, and V10 have been terrible.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 23:32 6

32. benjdbs (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Oct 2015)


V10 - terrible? For constant Social network selfie users & Really avid Audio enthusiasts, NO, not terrible.... In fact Terrific especially the Audio aspect of this model....

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 02:05 1

42. SenorThrottles (Posts: 277; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


Personally I think the battery life stopped it from becoming a great phone.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 07:25

53. chenski (Posts: 363; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


No they are not terrible, just underrated

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 11:20

63. xocomaox (Posts: 123; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


My G3 has been the best phone I've ever used. 160GB storage, 6,000mAH battery in a very slim bezel package. Coupled with double-tap to wake and a very quick custom firmware, it's up there as one of the best.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:45 1

14. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I thought that always on display only work with oled. It is oled then.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 21:04 1

18. Awalker (Posts: 1432; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The Moto G 2015 has an always on display and it uses a LCD screen.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 08:42

55. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Same with moto X play.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 20:01

65. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I mean always on display like on the rumored s7 that consume only 1% battery per hour.. I dont know why you would want this feature on ips? Its no different than turn on the display regardless the content showing.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 21:06

19. vijay.alapati (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


even new moto x and nexus 5x have always on .....and they are not OLED i guess

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 00:16 3

36. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3919; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


No, like others have stated there are other phones that use LCD screens with a Moto Display type feature, starting with the Droid Mini back in 2013. The only issue is using am LCD screen removes the main advantage of it. When using a device with an oled screen, it only lights up the necessary pixels for the characters to display the notifications, which in turn uses little battery. It still works on LCD screened devices, but the power savings are lost because no matter what, the entire display has to be turned on with an LCD screen.

So in short, an LCD will work with this feature, but there will be no battery saving advantage as you would have with an oled screen.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 08:43

56. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


My moto x play screen take about 300 mah for 4 hours of screen time battery is like 3600 mah.

Between me and you i dont care if its take a lil extra more than an oled its already a superb screen and use very lil battery

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 20:48

66. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I tell you its no different than turn on your screen showing home screen. Same battery life.. This feature is whortless on lcd.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 21:42

24. 2faraway (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


flamable screen taht notification glance will burn same as any sami!

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 00:18

37. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3919; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


When they talk about burn in on amoled screens, it doesn't mean it's actually flammable. It just means that in essence a ghost image can be etched into the display, or "burned in". It can happen with any display with the right conditions, but oleds, plasma, and CRT are the most susceptible to it.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 03:51

46. Romantico3pe (Posts: 75; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


oled stinks it dies overtime

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:25 1

9. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Oled please!

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 05:33 1

50. ibend (Posts: 3871; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


obviously it will be oled, since its LG
(or their new p-oled)

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:43 2

13. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1044; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


The lumia glance screen is better, its not always on, comes on when you pull it out of your pocket or wave your hand over the proximity sensor if its sitting on a surface.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 21:13

21. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


All always on displays work like that. No always on implementation on a smartphone keeps the screen literally on. Smart watches have actual always on implementation though.

Given that LCD displays consume same amount of power regardless of image displayed, an actual always-on will kill the battery mid-day.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 00:21

38. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3919; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That's exactly what this is. Moto Display and Ambient Display on the Nexus devices work in the same way. So far Moto has the best implementation due to IR sensors at the four corners to pick up movement vs using a proximity sensor or an accelerometer like some other devices do.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 08:44

57. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Same at motorola its open when its detect you move your hand over it or move the phone itself.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:55 2

15. Gemmol (Posts: 788; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Its sad how this website forget about Lumia glance screen, they also forget about live images too, when they report android phones getting the feature they make it seem like only apply and android have it lol they just keep on trolling

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 21:28

22. DRS1977 (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 May 2015)


My GS6 already has "Gesture Wake Up", I can wave my hand over the screen and see all of my lock screen notifications. My GS4 also had the same thing called "Quick Glance" where you wave your hand over the phone and see your missed calls, SMS and battery life.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 22:12 2

27. VLaRueC (Posts: 177; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Half the writers weren't born yet when Lumia Glance was introduced...

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 21:01

17. suavemezie (Posts: 83; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


It says always on. Display will soon be so annoying.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 22:25 1

28. vijay.alapati (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Imagine if u start seeing ads on the screen ....lol

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 21:06

20. vijay.alapati (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


why do i need it to be on when its in my pocket O_0

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 22:05 1

26. crogers2012 (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I'm hoping they do not go with an LCD Always on display because it will just kill the phone's battery. LG puts 8 Billion dollars into POLED displays so let's see them put into their top tier devices to see a greater battery improvement.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 08:48

58. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


My phone use ips lcd ( moto x play ) and screen is often the second or third thing thats take battery on my phone.

4 hours screen time for 300-350 mah

phone has a 3600 mah battery so nope its wont kill the battery.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 20:56

67. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Thats must because the SD810 and SD808 lol.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 23:10 2

30. Joseph96 (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)


The king of all phones

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 23:21

31. Clars123 (Posts: 615; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


Based on the icons showing on the display..I can already tell they are going to keep the boxy motif for their UI

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 23:33

33. BLSEOTB (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Didnt rumors claim the g5 would have a ticker display?

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 23:36 1

34. Derekjeter (Posts: 814; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


It's looking pretty good so far. I'm more interested in this than the S7. The only thing that's looking bad for now is the boxy UI please please LG change that UI.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 03:52

47. Romantico3pe (Posts: 75; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


i love the ui

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 23:52 1

35. amasog (Posts: 341; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Wow!!!! LG copying nokia's glance screen. ahaha!!!

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