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Feature Requests: Ambient Mode

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Apprentice

The border "wall" /frame looks dumb when the lights are off.  It's a gimmick that is cool for 5 minutes.  Then you just want to see your pictures.The border "wall" /frame looks dumb when the lights are off. It's a gimmick that is cool for 5 minutes. Then you just want to see your pictures.

 

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Observer

TV cannot display ambient photos is full screen?  Only framed?  Appears to be false advertising to me.

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First Poster

I have just installed a Q9FN and it is ridiculous how bad / limited the Ambient mode is. 

Why bother having a key on your remote for this useless *****? 

(and advertise it) 

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Apprentice

Spotify would also be a great smart app for this tv by the way, especially in combination with ambient mode!

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Explorer
Actually, why not all the music streaming apps. Would be fantastic to get ambient album art.
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Apprentice

I think this is my biggest beef with the whole thing. There's just enough of a feature here that they can advertise it to sell TVs, but there's basically zero explanation on what the options are for displaying photos and how to do it. It all seems very deliberate because they know the actual function  is a bit half-baked. 

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Explorer

To Samsung: 

I realize now, after more research, that you probably don't want to cannabalize sales of "The Frame" TVs by offering full features of Ambient mode in other lines.

 

I'd ask you to consider: Would you rather keep full features of ambient for "The Frame" or distribute Ambient mode as a full feature across all your TVs so that Samsung TVs becomes synanamous with the feature? Why keep it as a niche feature when we've all got these dark gray lifeless expanses in our rooms itching for content. What about a free streaming Art show supported by single, sponsored visual ad 1x day? Think of the opportunities.

 

Its 2020, we want low energy screensavers for our TVs.

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New Member

Why does the Board template show an example of a screen full of photos. But when I add photos, the upper left corner is Today's Date. Am I doing something wrong

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Apprentice

Good question.  Given the ridiculous border issue with full screen photos, the Board is the best option.  I do not see a way to choose between date or picture either.

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Explorer

Dream on.  

I’ve been messing with Ambient Mode and communicating with Samsung about it for over a year, and it has become glaringly obvious that Ambient Mode is and always has been nothing but a marketing fraud.  It has never had the capabilities that Samsung has touted, and Samsung has shown no interest in fixing it.  There used to be some pretty involved kludges/hacks that could get you some of the promised features (see my earlier posts on this), but those may have been neutered by recent software updates.

Indeed, the fact that there is and has been complete radio silence from the Moderators here on this issue speaks volumes.  (I guess it could be worst . . . the Samsung US boards just delete messages that point out uncomfortable truths about QLED TV’s, and then ban posters who have the temerity to point out such censorship.)

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