Here's an app that brings the Galaxy S7 and LG G5's 'Always On' feature to other Android phones

Here's an app that brings the Galaxy S7 and LG G5's 'Always On' feature to other Android phones

Developer: RttiLink Download: Android
Category: Education Price: Free

The Always-On display made waves as a stand-out feature of the new Galaxy S7, S7 edge, and LG G5. It's designed to show you glanceable data like the time, date, and notification icons without having to wake up your device (up to 180 times a day, according to user statistics) and drain battery. Our verdict is that it's a useful thing to have, if implented properly, which isn't exactly the case with neither Samsung, nor LG. Sammy's implementation tends to 'run' around the display to prevent burn-in, and you seemingly never know where you're going to find the Always-On data next. LG's, on the other hand, is barely visible in all but the most subdued lighting.

Clearly, there's more work to be done before Always-On becomes in demand! Still, people out there are impressed by the feature and want it on their older Samsung and LG phones, but for the time being, it doesn't look like this would happen by official means! And you know how the Android way is – if a smartphone maker won't give you something, a clever developer with the same need will make it for themselves and push it onto the Play Store (or the XDA boards, if the application is somewhat "underground"). And that's exactly what happened with Always-On.

There's a number of applications emulating the feature already, and among them, we think RttiLink's Always On Display is the slickest. Although its creator might run into some trouble with Samsung for re-drawing, or straight up borrowing trademarked graphics assets, the app is alive and well for the time being, and it's able to place the Gear S2's stock watchface or the S7's clock onto your display. It comes with other useful tricks as well – a "double-tap to turn screen on" gesture, selecting color of the text, and automatically turning the screen off when the phone is in your pocket or bag (for devices with proximity sensors only).

Other features coming to the app in the near future include display battery level, choosing display images, showing notifications, the ability to select the information that will be displayed on screen, font selection, and more skins (themes). Always On is free and available in the Google Play store.

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13 Comments

1. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 321; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Glance Plus is better especially after the latest update.

8. torr310

Posts: 1606; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I use "Easy screen turn on" on S7 instead of Always On. This kind of feature has been available since Galaxy S5 under different names. Love it!

2. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Only effective for AMOLED displays. But who cares about this always-on Daydream anyways.

3. jds4000

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2016

That app is utter malware garbage.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1751; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Looks like this app is pretty much in beta right now. I'm reading comments about battery drain. I have installed it, but I'm going to wait to use it until some of the bugs have been worked out.

5. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Tried it on my Note 5 - drains over 15 percent an hour. Absolutely poor implementation that geys nowhere close to the real thing. Not that others are much better - if the OEM doesnt include it, it means your processor is going to be working 100 percent of the time, while phones that do will have special optimizations.

7. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Yeah, it must be more than just shutting off pixels. Even Motorola has special low-power chip for it.

6. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Using this from few weeks, Looks great like s7 AOD but little extra battery consuming

9. Raghavkumar

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

That "devises with proximity sensor only" was so 2010!

10. AlikR

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

so so... shows notifications that don't exist... Uninstall!

11. S.Yashwanthram

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I installed this app "Always On Display From S7 G5" on my galaxy S5 G900H and its good,but its consuming more battery. From 4.00 am to 8.00 am it consumed 40% of power.

12. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

I'll stick to my Moto Display

13. srk_s_rao unregistered

Not working with MIUI v7 on my Note 4

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