Samsung’s new flagships now up for sale, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, feature a revamped Always On Display with the ability to tag animated GIF images for amusement. This feature is now being rolled over to last year’s Galaxy flagships including both Galaxy S8 phones in addition to the Galaxy Note 8.
The Always On Display feature requires owners of Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 to update from Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store. Once updated, the easiest way to enable the feature is by heading into the Always On Display settings and choosing the option to add a symbol such as a GIF, to your lockscreen. There are a few options as far as GIFs go, but the selection could definitely use some more variety. GIFs are displayed with a gray frost to conserve battery life, and if you have a GIF file stored on your device, you have the ability to upload a GIF and set it as well.
We didn’t notice the feature while conducting our initial review of the Galaxy S9, but we checked and it’s there. I’ve played around with it personally and it’s pretty cool, at least for a little while when trying to pass time. Hopefully Samsung continues to update the feature with more functionality in time, but that’s easier said than done.