Always-On Display considered the most interesting new feature in the Galaxy S7/S7 edge

Always-On Display considered the most interesting new feature in the Galaxy S7/S7 edge
The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are both thicker, but slightly more compact than their predecessors. They feature a curved back, identical to the Galaxy Note 5's, and offer IP68 certification—or dust and water resistance. They have a new physical Home button, within which a fingerprint scanner is integrated, and offer improvements in areas such as processing power, camera performance, and battery capacity. For most intents and purposes, therefore, it's fair to say that the latest Galaxy S refresh is focused on hardware improvements.

But the software—widely known as Samsung's TouchWiz—has seen some changes and additions, too. For example, there's now a dedicated Game Launcher app, which serves as the home for all your games. With it, you can tweak in-game frame rates and display resolution in order to save on battery, and there's even a floating menu that reveals options such as a DND mode, turning off the Back and Recents keys for uninterrupted gameplay, and even the ability to record game footage.

Also new are the special camera modes Hyperlapse and Motion Panorama, along with Galaxy Labs (enable experimental features, such as getting rid of the app drawer), Always-On Display, and of course, the re-made Edge UI for the S7 edge. But which one do users dig the most?

According to our readers, Always-On Display is by far the most interesting feature from the bunch, with nearly 41% share of the votes. A distant second, Edge UI received 22% of the votes, while Game Launcher made it out with nearly 17%. Least appreciated are the experimental features from Galaxy Labs, which allows you to remove the app drawer and Quick Call.

Which of these Galaxy S7/S7 edge software features are you most interested in?

Game Launcher
Motion panorama
Quick Call
New Edge UI
Always On Display

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I think it's a nice feature - just so long as it doesn't impact battery life, which I'm not sure is conclusive or not yet.

9. jqnsgr

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

You're dreaming if you think Always-on doesn't affect battery life. Check gsmarena "Samsung Galaxy S7 edge battery life (Exynos and Snapdragon)"

13. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

1% every hour.

24. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I haven't used it as an evil iPhone user, but 1% an hour is too much if that's the case, 15% in a day is ridiculous for a "gimmick". Is there an option to turn it off?

30. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Yes you can turn the feature off.

31. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

I have the S7Edge. It also depends how bright you set the display at. 15% you mentioned is on max brightness, the lowest is 5%.

33. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This is more to do with android dose not working with it on, if you turn this off all the time the battery life is way more closer, I tested as I have an s7 edge

14. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

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2. w1000i

Posts: 247; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

And the impact on battery life is huge. what confuse me they used AMOLED which known for low consumption with black background. but for sure the implementation by Samsung is a mess as usual.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Same here. Even on G5 LCD it consumes 0.8% per hour. This could be something on software side or maybe its just normal

5. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

And exactly how did you measure this 0.8% per hour?..the G5 isn't even up for sale any case the GS7's always on display is a lot brighter than that of the G5

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats what the internet say.. G5's Always On Display eats 0.8% each hour, while S7 eat 1% each hour.. for real number, lets wait next month

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Samsung says it consumes 1% per hour while LG says their own consumes 0.8% per hour so I am gonna trust that since GSMarena did the test on it.

32. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

The lowest is 0.5%, and the maximum brightness is at 1%. I normally leave it at 0.7%, which is 60% bright.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Always-On Display considered the most interesting new feature in the Galaxy S7/S7 edge" Nope, the most interesting new SOFTWARE feature. If we're looking at both hardware and software, it's amazing low-light (literally night goggles built into a SmartPhone), ultra-fast auto-focus, dual-pixel camera is most interesting IMO.

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Can always on display cause burn ins? I don't trust it... disabled it.

10. ZeneticX

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

the always on display move around as the clock hit a minute to avoid burning in

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It doesn't move around? A co-worker of mine just got the S7 Edge and I asked him about it and he said it did. Maybe he/are was wrong. If it does, I wouldn't worry about burn-in, because the definition of burn-in is a permanent mark made by repeatedly having something on the screen in the same place. I guess that depends on if it's actually random, or on a pattern (in which case you'd have a pattern of burn-ins). Personally, I'd be more worried about the extra battery drain frying the nearly irreplaceable battery than any burn-in caused by this feature. And not use it.

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

3D touch of course has more overall potential. And of course the newest most intriguing feature of the latest flagships is the slide-out battery (and other modules) on the LG G5.

16. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Poor Nokia. They had this since Symbian, and the custom Symbian^3 implementation (Nokia Sleeping Screen) is even better. Android tried to mimic with Daydream but failed to make it available outside charging and docking, and now Samsung adds always-on back to that crippled promise, only to play catch-up to years ago.

25. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Still enjoying your Symbian?

17. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

jerk, enjoy your lumia 1020.why ranting

19. TechKids

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

New innovation

21. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

It's the first thing I'd disable. Too distracting for me.

23. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Night Clock is more eye catcher. Android AOD is nothing different than Lumia screen glance or Nokia old screensaver... hehehehe

26. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I believe that we are already looking enough into our phones, no need to look even more! Note: Samsung presented this feauture and in the same time promoted it's Smartwatch, what it didn't mention though is that anyone who has a Smartwatch as well won't be needing this future at all since you can glance quicker on your watch rather than glance at the "always on display" LOL

27. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Game Launcher is the best feature.

28. niteiknight

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

How is this new? Moto and Nexus phones have had this for a hot minute. Samsung is just now catching up, so of course since Samsung is for most people their only window into Android, people think this is something new. Don't get me wrong, its useful, but definitely not new.

29. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I switched off the always on display the first day i got the S7 and will stay off until i can set my choice of image and notifications.

35. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

The most interesting feature about the S7 is the 'S7' other OEM has had that many 'pros' in one single device.

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