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Samsung’s Always-On Display adds support for those GIFs you can’t stop watching

Samsung’s Always-On Display tech is pretty neat. Whenever you lock your phone, it’ll show the time, date and any unread notifications without draining your battery life too much. 

More recent updates allow you to can customise the display with themes and photos. You can even add media controls. However, you know what it has been missing until today? GIFs.

Thankfully, Samsung is rectifying this by rolling out GIF support for the Always-On Display for Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 users.

Users can now choose GIFs from their photo libraries. They can’t be too long so you may have to trim your selections. Also, they will only play once when users lock the display, rather than on a loop.

That’s probably to prevent display burn or too much battery drain.

It’s possible to reanimate the GIFs by double-tapping on the screens according to posters on the Samsung subreddit (via Android Police) who first spotted the feature.

In order to install the update, Always-On Display update, Note 8 and Galaxy S8 users can head to the Galaxy App Store.

You can then customise your own in Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Always-On Display.

It’s not clear yet whether the update is available for the new Galaxy S9 range, but it doesn’t appear so at this stage.

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