Samsung first implemented an Always On Display on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and since then, the Korean company slowly added more functionalities to the feature. If you happen to have a Samsung phone that supports Always On Display, good news: it can now show GIFs too.
Naturally, there are a couple of limitations to this. For one, the GIF won’t actually play endlessly on your Always On Display – it will only loop once right after you locked your phone. You can, however, double tap on the GIF to loop it again. You can choose any GIF in your image gallery for this new feature, but there is a limit on maximum length.
But before you start looking around the Always On Display menu for the new GIF support, note that this feature is only available on Samsung devices running on Android 8.0 Oreo; it won’t work if you’re on older versions of Android. On top of that, you’ll have to make sure you have the latest version of Samsung’s Always On Display (version 188.8.131.52).
Right now, the new Always On Display should be available on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S8 phones, as well as the Note 8. It’s not exactly a groundbreaking feature, but we imagine most users will find this fun to play with.