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Galaxy S9 Android 9 update adds ‘Tap to Show’ for Always On Display

Samsung has recently been working on the Galaxy S9 Android 9 update. It’s expected to launch the official beta program for Pie in the near future. Fresh builds continue to surface online prior to the release and the latest reveals a new feature that Samsung has added for the Always On Display.

Always On Display is a very useful feature that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S7. It displays time, date, notifications, battery status and more when the display is turned off. There’s no need to power up the display to check these things. The ‘Tap to Show’ feature will make it easier to wake up the AOD.

Galaxy S9 Android 9 update will make it easier to wake up the AOD

When this feature is turned on, the Always On Display can be woken up by double tapping on the screen when it’s locked. This will wake up the AOD for 30 seconds. It will let users check the AOD whenever they want on-demand.

Samsung previously required you to either have the AOD always enabled or set to enable at scheduled times. This Tap to Show gesture may be new for Samsung smartphones but it has been used before elsewhere. Google’s Pixel smartphones have this feature as part of the “ambient display.”

This is a minor change but one that will prove to be very useful. Many of us rely on the AOD to keep an eye on notifications and the battery status so it certainly will be appreciated if Samsung makes it easier to wake up the AOD.

Another recently surfaced Android Pie build had suggested that the Always On Display will get support for colored notification icons. That’s in addition to the AOD time and icons being off-center with a new font.

Samsung may launch the official beta program for the Galaxy S9 Android 9 update in the coming weeks. Users should expect the update to be publicly released early next year.

  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS OIS (F1.5/F2.4)

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ijazali
ijazali

Good feature… waiting on note 8

ghantasrinivas
ghantasrinivas

ICONS are very bad. UI is very bad. It’s looking like nokia symbian mobiles.

deardevil
deardevil

i have AOD always on,never saw the battery drain because of that. and certainly will continue to use Always on,and not this tap to wake.

fcaroll
fcaroll

I really hope this will come to older models through an update of the AOD app. If it needed specific kernel code it would not have appeared with just an update to the S9 (or the S9 would have featured it at launch already, given that samsung never adds features to existing kernels because well probably it’s too difficult) so i think it’s possible, at least sideloading the AOD update

ash55
ash55

They didn’t add AOD Manuel brightness to older devices because of “hardware limitation”

GS7edge
GS7edge

That’s an awful AOD clock design. I hope that isn’t the stock model.

Messibarca92
Messibarca92

You’re crying about everything

fcaroll
fcaroll

Hopefully they’ll just add new styles to the old ones. “Hopefully” because they might also ruin the always on display’s look just like they’re doing with the new icons etc