The Galaxy S8 may soon show GIFs on the always-on display


The Samsung smartphones Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 get the update GIF support for the always-on display donated. Just like the Galaxy S9, the devices can then display animated images on the otherwise-disabled screen.

Samsung has given owners of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 a feature that buyers of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus can look forward to: GIF support for the always-on display. As soon as the device switches to standby mode, a previously selected GIF is displayed on the screen. The reported the portal SamMobile.

Animated images spice up the always-on screen: In addition to basic information such as the time of day, the date and some current notifications, a picture is permanently displayed on the AMOLED screen at the request of the user. The corresponding update can be downloaded directly from the Samsung App Store. However, it only works if the smartphone itself has already been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

To enable GIF rendering, you must set the theme for the always-on display in Settings> Screen Lock and Security, and then add a GIF file stored on your smartphone. The GIF animation itself is played only once after deactivating the screen and then remains as a still image. By tapping the image on the screen twice, users can replay the GIF at any time.


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