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[Feature Request] ALWAYS-ON-DISPLAY, do you want it in Xiaomi phones???

2016-07-30 12:33:26
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This post was edited by nob1.ch3n at 14:30, Aug-03-2016

Samsung, one of the top player in smartphone industry, with the release of samsung galaxy s7, has brought to the mobile world, a new technological feature in the display field,  ALWAYS-ON-DISPLAY (AOD), which enable the user to view some desired informations such as time, date, calendar and notifications, directly from the screen without turning it on. so what exactly is this AOD thing? take a look:

you can even add themes for this AOD:

pretty cool for xiaomi's gigantic library of themes to have this dedicated AOD module right?

and the gut news is, also the answer to the one thing that pops-up in your mind, i know it for sure, IT DOESNT EFFECT/DRAIN THAT PRECIOUS BATTERY LIFE OF YOUR PHONE! HOORAY!!! {:6_224:}

if you are interested, you can read more in depth explanation of the feature:

Samsung explains the Galaxy S7’s Always On Display (AOD)

Let there be LIGHT…in the darkness. But make sure it’s ambient and not draining the battery.

When Samsung launched its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge last month, it brought forth a fortitude of features. Some were a triumphant return to form such as the inclusion of water resistance (from the Galaxy S5) and microSD card support. Others were entirely new, such asthe Always On Display feature. Indeed it is this last in the list that Samsung has taken to talking about today.

In a post on its Samsung Newsroom site, the Korean conglomerate has extolled the virtues of its new screen-off-spectacle in a piece titled, fittingly, “How the Always On Display of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge Keeps You on Track”. The piece begins with a brief overview of the technology, followed by an explanation of its development.

As per Samsung’s comments, the AOD “allows users to check the time and date with ease, and also keep an eye on missed calls and message alerts, even when the phone is not in use and just on standby. And, with its variety of clocks, calendars and themes, the AOD even offers customization options.”

Perhaps the more interesting part, however, is the aforementioned history, where Samsung reveals the AOD functionality began development about three years ago. The problem of course, was in part one of power consumption. To battle such a barrage of battery bleed, several solutions were reached: (1) making liberal use of black colors which AMOLED displays don’t need to light, (2) reducing power consumption in sleep mode to 1/5 of previous models, and (3) applying a new hardware algorithm called Smart Power Saving.

The end result is that the hardware itself consumes power at different rates depending on if the phone is powered on, or in sleep mode. Samsung uses an analogy of how a car driver can opt between 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive depending on the road conditions. Likewise, with respect to the AOD itself:

Power consumption rates vary depending on the information users want to check via the AOD. The display only uses eight colors when it displays simple information, including the time and date. If more images or colors are to be displayed on the screen, then bit depth is increased to 16 million colors, requiring a little more power. This change happens automatically and seamlessly by AOD software and hardware in a harmonious way.

The last part of the piece focuses on yet another way the device makes smart use of energy efficiency: by decreasing the frame rate. The AOD has a lower refresh rate compared to normal operation. This, coupled with the relatively small AOD image itself means that battery power is preserved. Also in play are “special proximity, RGB light and accelerometer sensors work to automatically disable the AOD in situations when users are unable to see the screen, such as when the phone is in a pocket or a bag.” This also lets the AOD itself automatically adjust its brightness.


this feature is still new and can be developed even further in the future!

Pretty cool and useful isnt it? this is the one thing that is missing from xiaomi's phones that's always catching up to the latest tech progression, i love it, i want it, and i need it in future phones (and maybe tablets) of xiaomi, {:4_118:} how about you??? please participate in the poll, thanks!  {:7_249:}      


Note 7: the Always-on display gets an upgrade, becomes much more useful

With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung introduced the Always-on display — when in standby, the device's AMOLED screen is still entirely black, though, a small part of it is dimly lit and displays time and basic notifications, such as missed calls, messages, and battery. Not a very useful feature, many might argue, as it doesn't support notifications from 3rd party apps, and there isn't much one can do with the display when it's in this state — it works more like a clock than anything else.

Well, with the Note 7, Samsung is taking things a step further. As can be seen in the demonstration video below, the Always-on display will now, finally, support notifications from 3rd party apps. This means that if you have a Facebook message waiting for you, you should see the Messenger icon drawn there, if it's an Instagram follow request, you should see the Insta icon, and so on. The clip also shows that we will be able to crop any of our own personal pictures and place it on the Always-on display — dimmed, but in full color. We can't imagine this not being bad for the device's overall battery life, however.

Most excitingly, the Always-on display is now actionable! Double-tapping on any of the notifications will take you straight to its app (after passing an unlock, if the phone is secured), and tapping on the music playback picture will open a mini music control centre for play/pause, next, and previous song controls. Writing down an Action memo with the S Pen on the standby screen will let you pin it to the Always-on display, staying there as a reminder for whatever it is you need to not forget today.

So, while it may still not be the best feature to keep activated due to battery concerns, it definitely looks like the Always-on display has become a much more useful feature on the Note 7. Let's hope it lands on the S7 and S7 edge via a software update some time soon!


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Atmi | from app


it's was originally bought my Motorola in Moto x phones
2016-07-30 16:30:09
it is not necessary, thank.
2016-07-30 16:45:59
This is really cool !! {:7_240:}
2016-07-30 16:55:19
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Dovan Pujangga | from mobile


It would be great
2016-07-30 18:18:49

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potatochips | from app


Yeah like it. It should be available and make sure not drain the battery
2016-07-30 18:31:38
I don't care about this feature, not useful.. for what? To know which is the time? To know which day it's today? Nahhh, thanks.
Xiaomi doesn't copy Apple or Samsung or whoever more!
2016-07-31 01:20:54
2016-07-31 01:50:16
OLED screen can do this
2016-07-31 02:17:09
i think notification seeking like in oneplus phone much useful than this
2016-07-31 21:16:39

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LeandroAS | from app


Hum, good feature!!! cmon Xiaomi, do the best.
2016-07-31 21:22:58
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