Samsung is providing owners of its recent smartphones even more personalization options for the Always-On Display. According to Android Police, users can now, showcase GIFs on the screen when their phone is asleep. The Always-On Display appears whenever users lock their phone and it shows the time, their notifications, remaining battery percentage, and other critical info. Users can change the colors, clock style, and other aspects of the AOD to make it feel a little more customized to their own liking.
For the past couple years, Samsung has also let customers choose between preloaded images or pick their own photo to appear alongside those indicators. It’s a good place to stick a picture of your partner, a family member, your kid, or maybe just a dumb meme. GIFs open yet more potential for creativity.
Always-On Display will not harm or drain the battery life of the phone
Samsung includes a few GIF options with the latest update to the AOD software. But the users are also free to use any GIF that’s in their photo library. There’s a limit on maximum length, so that needs to be kept in mind. And in the interest of not killing the battery for a very superfluous feature, Samsung doesn’t endlessly loop GIFs. It will only play once, but Android Police says that users can double tap on the GIF to trigger another loop.
To get the GIF option, just make sure you’ve updated Always-On Display to the current version, which as of right now is 188.8.131.52. GIFs work on the Galaxy S8 / S8+, Note 8, and I’d imagine very soon the S9 and S9+. We all love some good funny memes and Samsung is giving us the possibility to unleash our creativity.
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