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Always On Display for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge gets an update, no third-party app notifications yet

Samsung has pushed out an update to the Always On Display functionality on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, bringing new customization options. The update replaces the two existing calendar themes with a single calendar, and you can now set any image on the device as the AOD background through one of the new clock options. There’s another new clock that lets you add a text signature right below the displayed time, with the ability to customize the text’s font as well.

Sadly, the update doesn’t enable third-party app notifications, but we’re guessing the feature will arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat, which will bring the Note 7’s Grace UX to the S7 and S7 edge. You do, however, get the option to display the currently playing music track (this works with any app that can play music). Samsung has also optimized battery usage – the company claims that AOD will now use less than 1 percent of battery every hour. The changelog does note that this figure is based on Samsung’s internal measurements and your mileage will vary based on your chosen AOD content.

The Always On Display update can be grabbed from the Galaxy Apps store, and also from the Always On Display menu in Settings » Display (just go into the AOD menu, hit About Always On Display, then hit the Update button).

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blueman07
blueman07

Why is the background grey instead of black as it used to be? Seems like all the display is lit…

Marxtheboss
Marxtheboss

Just installed Nougat on my S7, and i have 3rd party notifications now in my AOD 🙂

Martin DAYI
Martin DAYI

After the update I recommend you to restart your phone.

LironImaN
LironImaN

After this update, AOD is full brightness most of the time, I’m afraid of screen burns and battery drain, Anyone has it too?

Ysjanati
Ysjanati

So is the update available in firmware downloads? Is version number still 6.0.1?

johnreader
johnreader

No looking under AOD settings

tommypx
tommypx

I really like the feature, it’s a shame they did not include third part notifications with this update, but it’ll be a welcome addition.
I’m hoping because of the Note 7 issues, samsung will try hard to make the S7 and S7 edge as good an expirence as possible, considering a lot of Note 7 users would have settled with an S7 edge as I did. Hopefully that means the andoid nougat release will be a higher priority.

tecksulfur
tecksulfur

No, they won’t, because the #1 priority is the quality check for the new S8…so the features and updates for S7 are probably the #2 priority…Welcome to Samsung World!

Martin DAYI
Martin DAYI

(S7 edge Exynos) Man . I really didn’t like this update. They decreased the font of the clock so that it light less pixels to save battery but I find it really bad. I was already not happy with the size of the clock but now it is really bad because I usually put my phone on the table and my friends and our teacher checks the time during lesson. And when font gets smaller it is harder for my teacher and friends to read from far away. They should add an option to increase the font and add a… Read more »

s2insider
s2insider

Agreed. They reduced the size and now it looks cheap. BTW, at first Note 7 gets the good features AOD of 3rd party apps support left us S7/S7 Edge without it. It’s an important missing feature and now Note 7 is dead they still put us in waiting.

redouanetsps
redouanetsps

I am still not received the patch security of september on my version s7 duos for UAE ….why ?
Is it an problem in my software or what ?
In spite of my device work without any problems ..

multi1vers3
multi1vers3

Does this new update makes AOD to stop moving for God sake!

tecksulfur
tecksulfur

Yep, mine is not moving…

rosenkrieger
rosenkrieger

Yep. Same here. I turned it off for now until another update fixes this. I do not want to burn in my screen 🙁

gtone339
gtone339

Nice, thanks for bringing more Note 7 features over to the Galaxy S7 Samsung!

bobbylechat
bobbylechat

I’m really disappointed because i had third party applications notifications working with the previous version…
And now, even with the stock sms app it doesn’t show how many messages you received… Useless

tecksulfur
tecksulfur

I think Samsung is just messing up everything as always…Update useless. How you had before, the third party app notifications?

valii
valii

i really loved this update

tecksulfur
tecksulfur

For what? It doesn’t even show you how many messages you received, just the sms icon, and that’s it.

G4796

I think Samsung should update or add new features like these on their flagship phone, So that their flagship can differentiate from their mid range..Even that small update to my s7edge made me happy.. Even if samsung adds new small features like new font or new themes(like dark mode) they can sell more flagship phones…As people generally thinks that all samsung phones are same from their entry level smartphone to flagship smartphone with little difference..(ONLY edge model stands out.) So please samsung surprise your flagship phone users with those little updates and you can see increase in sales of your… Read more »

tecksulfur
tecksulfur

What “Dark mode theme” are you talking about?

G4796

I wanted to say *official new themes and dark mode option….
Sorry for writing mistake…

tecksulfur
tecksulfur

No, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t know what you were talking about, that’s what I asked 😀

s2insider
s2insider

He meant the old black theme of UI back before Lollipop firmware or the complete black theme (Which you could find it in theme store) which I wanted that too. And to G4796, you might want to take a look at this theme called “Inverted M. Theme” It’s a stock S7 theme and stock icons with black background instead of white if that’s what you want.

tecksulfur
tecksulfur

It sucks ’cause no third-party app notifications yet, but fingers crossed!

xpr0back
xpr0back

the best <3