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PSA: Always On Display isn’t likely to come to the Galaxy S6 lineup or the Galaxy Note 5

We see a lot of comments here at SamMobile from folks wondering why Samsung doesn’t bring the Always On Display feature to the Galaxy S6 lineup or the Galaxy Note 5. Well, we’ll get straight to the point here: Samsung probably isn’t going to bring Always On Display to those devices because of their puny batteries. Always On Display is a battery-intensive feature (taking around 1 percent battery per hour) as it keeps some part of the screen lit up at all times, and it would be rather moronic to offer the feature on a device that can barely get through half a day without needing a charge.

The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ do have larger batteries than the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and both phones also manage to last quite long for their battery capacities. Samsung could certainly bring Always On Display to these devices and leave it to the consumer to enable it (or at least add an option that enables the feature only when the phone is charging), but for the average Joe the decline in battery life would be rather frustrating. Putting in tiny batteries on the 2015 flagships was certainly one of the dumbest moves the Korean giant has made (removal of the microSD slot takes the crown in this regard), and whether we like it or not, Always On Display is a feature ill-suited to any of those devices.

But there is certainly a chance Samsung will bring Always On Display to the Galaxy A (2016) lineup, as it is offered on the 2017 iterations. Even the Galaxy Note 5 might get it with the Nougat update, but at this point in time, there is no way to confirm. It’s best to keep expectations low; Always On Display is certainly a nice feature to have, but only when a smartphone is well equipped to handle the toll it takes on battery endurance.

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Haziq Khairudin
Haziq Khairudin

I’m like T-T

cabulozo27
cabulozo27

Had to have that function on s6 Edge plus sansung, please! l’need more AOD =( my baterry
Endure….. lol

rafael quintero
rafael quintero

Just put a custom rom with aod and thats it.

iamnigeloke
iamnigeloke

Not surprised, Samsung couldn’t easily optimize the 7420 the way they could on the 8890/820, because different models, different specs, different turnout (even the S6 sports 3GB RAM while Note5 sports 4GB).

byco
byco

Actually, the Galaxy A8(2016) has the same processor with Note 5 so that’s not the reason obviously 🙂

ifeyfm
ifeyfm

Again the “Galaxy Note” let down after the incident Note 7, at least do not ignore the “Galaxy Note 5” users, Live the course with a few updates that satisfy users, for example Grace UX, AOD, anything that we consider still faithfully use the Galaxy Note

iceguyver
iceguyver

I thought the Note 5 already had Always On Display notifications.

aquafire
aquafire

Three options:
1) Live happily w/o Glance and save some percentage of battery
2) Install Custom Rom and live your life like pro ( I have Note 3 and I am using Android N and G assistant)
3) Install ‘ Glance Plus’ from playstore and chill out.
Its a very cool feature, especially in Night (Use is only in n8 when u charge your phone, if u r worried about the battery drainage)

aref lotfi
aref lotfi

oh f**k you samsung.
you are traitor!

berkay2000
berkay2000

Just install a custom rom

charleton G
charleton G

I have always on display on my Note 5. It is available on Google Play Store.

rickdx07
rickdx07

Anyone have A 2016 series nougat manual

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Yeah, S Voice got a maker over in Nougat too, Nougat manual for the S6s is up and it does NOT come with AOD or Secure Folder, we do get Samsung Pass though

clau_la2
clau_la2

F*ck samsung! note 5 must be get AOD! we cant wait to buy a NOTE 8 to get AOD on note series

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

It’s probably something to do with the display technology not being as durable and no hardware optimisation. Would you like display burn in and decreased battery life?

ybarqawi
ybarqawi

The S6 already has a disgusting battery life I don’t think that adding this feature will help at all but what I’m exciting the most about Is to downgrade my display to 1080p to save battery

stevles
stevles

Thanks for saying exactly what I was going to say. The battery life is insanely terrible on the S6 and Samsung know it (and knew it when they released it) why on earth would people want less battery life? May as well just turn it off and leave it off unless it’s on a charger lol

Haziq Khairudin
Haziq Khairudin

Well you got the look (for edge variants) but you lost the power

caesantos
caesantos

And who cares? We can always instal “Next Lock Screen” app, which is very good, better than “AOD”.

rickdx07
rickdx07

A5 2016 have a good battery life

lemon66
lemon66

I have seen some Always On Displays with date and battery status in one row. Is this a feature from older app version?

arovik
arovik

Looks like you guys haven’t read the manual on S6 Nougat… If you had you would have known that this feature is not coming!

df002f
df002f

@arovik where were you able to see the manual? I would love to see the Note 5 Nougat manual!!

wlado.walko@gmail.com

for now there is just nougat manual for s6edge/plus on samsung official page in support for s6edge