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

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. 

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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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
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34 Comments

30. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

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

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

15. MEeee

Posts: 449; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

13. Unordinary unregistered

2 weeks :)

11. .KRATOS.

Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

34. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Custom ROM baby!

5. AlikMalix unregistered

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?

6. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

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

7. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

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

18. AlikMalix unregistered

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".

26. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

31. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

32. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 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...

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

12. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 734; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Quite a bad location for dropping such a statement. Stay real.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

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

23. PopeFrancis

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

24. AlikMalix unregistered

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.

27. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

29. PopeFrancis

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You have gone to a new low I see.

28. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

agree, I never expected this from Alix

33. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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?

25. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

4. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

2. Brewski

Posts: 739; Member since: Jun 05, 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...

3. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 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

21. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

16. MEeee

Posts: 449; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

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