Sorry, folks, Galaxy S7's always-on display feature might not be coming to older Galaxy phones

Sorry, folks, Galaxy S7's always-on display feature might not be coming to older Galaxy phones
One of the highlights of the new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge champs is the Always On Display feature that debuted alongside them. True, it's not something we've never seen before; actually, LG's G5 that was introduced merely hours before the S7 and the S7 edge also sports a similar functionality, and many others handsets do so, too.

Utilizing the strengths of AMOLED, Samsung has crafted an always-on screen feature which is constantly keeping part of the display on, in order to show important info, such as the time, notifications or appointments. It makes use of AMOLED displays' ability to light up only a handful of pixels and thus go lighter on your battery.

If you've been keep your hopes up that the always-on display feature will arrive on your older Galaxy handset, we've got some potentially bad news for you. SamMobile reports that this feature will likely remain a Galaxy S7/S7 edge-exclusive and won't arrive to other AMOLED-rocking Samsung handsets via a software update. We will be keeping an ear close to the ground and get back to you if more info on the matter pops up. 

Also, patiently waiting for the devs over at XDA to say the last word...


source: SamMobile


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39 Comments

2. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Leave Always On Display, we are not expecting even Mashmallow to be available for older Galaxies. There should be someway to get the Sammy team to court for breach of promise. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 just had one update and is sitting on that for last 1.5 years, still on 4.4.2 Kitkat.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sounds like its your own fault. Don't you knwo how to update the device OTA? http://androidcommunity.com/galaxy-tab-4-note-10-1-finally-get-android-lollipop-5-0-20150930/

55. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Samsung didn't push update to all Note 2014 and only few regions got 5.1.1 update. I had to flash SM-P605 HK firmware to NEE to get 5.1.1 firmware. So it's Samsungs fault to not let all regions get 5.1 update.

3. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Also S7 64gb version not coming. "32GB variants of both S7 and S7 edge are said to have higher profit margins than their 64GB equivalents" http://tinyurl.com/z4xt4zc

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Sorry phonearena, hardcore Samsung fanboy will defend and gonna flood into At&T VZW sprint store, as well as Vodafone, SK telecom, just to get this more of the same device. If always on display available on GS6, fanboy might mistook it as GS7 since both design look the same

20. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Xda is there to help, custom Roms. How you meant to tell the difference between the S7E and S6E. ? Less chamfered?

45. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I assume by your screen name that you an Android guy. Why do you care what Android we buy? Be together, not same.

6. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Please someone call XDA ;-)

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

We just need to extract the apk, change permissions to 755 and put it in system apps folder. Now we need a root for S7 and a volunteer. Samsung can go to hell. I'm getting this feature on my S6.

8. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes , ofc , XDA is there , but they cant push this to other flagships just like that , im sure S7 display is more efficient than S6 or N5 to support this.

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

That might be true but Always On feature mostly display only blacks so it could be very efficient even on S5.

25. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Well this idea didnt just pop into sammys head , they tried it with S6 Edge/+ as Night clock and Information stream, but by default it was on only during night , you could go on the limb and extend it , but the fact that they didnt should mean something.

46. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

There is also the wave gesture on the S4 where you get that screen if you wave your hand across the display.

21. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Are you gonna change the Kernel?

24. TyrionLannister unregistered

I probably will switch to unikernel once it starts supporting Touchwiz on 6.0, unless Samsung does something crazy to the battery life and performance on marshmallow.

29. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Can't it be directly extracted from Stock ROM?

31. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's what I'm saying.

9. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well that's what I hate about Samsung, they even haven't pushed the 6.0.1 for the S6 how about this now

13. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Well that's pretty typical of samsung. Once new feature comes out, they rarely introduce it in the older models. If it was an iphone, we would have this feature before ip7 went on sale.

18. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

You are being sarcastic right?

34. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Lol, no. New ios is ready for download before a new iphone goes on sale. Of course you can't add features that require essential hardware like 3D touch.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So why didnt they add slpitscreen to older iPad's or the iPhoen 6 Plus? That's a software feature that any iPad or the iPhone 6 plus can do. Oh and why didnt Siri come to the iPhone 4, that was software implemented too. Yeah, see how much of a lying Apple fanboy loser you all are? Such lying hypocrites.

56. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Exactly. And that isn't even half of it.

54. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The s6 tw that being updated now if you sim free is the same as the s7, Samsung is not offering the always on deploy as the battery crap on the s6

47. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Time to stop posting and get some rest. You're delusional.

15. srattan

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Nothing new here. Shamesung is famous for ditching its customers like that only. My Note4 is still awaiting 5.1.1, so how can I expect anything more :-(

26. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

You're right! Next these scumbags will announce they aren't making the SD card slot backwards compatible with my s6. I swear this is the last Samsung phone I buy if they do :(

30. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

How would that be technically possible?

48. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

By injecting sarcasm to ridicule whiny babies.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Your Note 4 is still waiting for 5.1.1? Talk to your carrier. Its available.

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