No animated gifs???

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    This phone dosent support gifs?? That sucks
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    it does suck I love sending/getting them in my email ;(
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    Does a gif require Flash? if so then wait til Q1 2010.....
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    I just noticed a few days ago that the Droid doesn't support animated GIF images. You will only see the first frame.

    This is pretty disappointing. I have had my share of cheap phones over the years and GIF support seemed standard on all of them.

    I suppose we can get handcent support to allow viewing them in messages... and maybe a good photo gallery app to get the feature there. You would need a custom gmail app and browser to get support there. Man, we really need this basic feature supported natively. This is unacceptable for a phone valued at 600 bucks...
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    animated gif support *was* standard... in 1995. Now for the most part quicktime movies and flash have updated these things, except for those stupid porn GIFs and such that seem to fill up MMS message space on many dumbphones.

    Give it time though, seeing as so many people stil love to send these via e-mail, I am sure somebody will come up with an app or extension that will support this.
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    It irritates me knowing I'd have to have an app for email gallery and mms messages just for GIF support. I shouldn't have to waste so much space and ram resources for such a basic feature. Even the browser doesn't support it. That makes 4 apps you would need to get full GIF support on the phone. That's just not Kool at all...

    I guess our only real hope is a modded ron with full multitouch and GIF support globally on the phone.
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    ahh.. youngsters today... don't understand that certain "basic" technology often eventually just goes away. There was a time when BMP support would have been "standard" everywhere... today... not so much. Same thing for WPG (WordPerfect Graphics), Windows Vector Graphics (don't remember the extension), etc.

    Each of these were "standards" that you could find EVERYWHERE on Windows 3.1... and began losing support (with plenty of complaints) on Windows 95, and all but disappeared by Windows 98. But these formats eventually (despite protests) went the way of the Do-Do bird. and so, GIF is reaching the end of its useful life.
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    Nope. Animated gifs are simply gif movies. Most all mainstream web browsers support them. The Droid browser does not.
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    I'm definitely thinking about returning. Between the .gif images, flash, issues with sending & receiving mms messages. I knew I should have waited until all the kinks were out.
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    GIF's are definitely old-school technology but are supported on everyone browser that connects to the internet - except the one on the Droid. I wonder if it is an oversight or if Motorola is trying to be cutting edge. The problem is they didn't incorporate a replacement for the missing animation ie... Flash.
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    Trolling here? or did you join to make this your first post?
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    Nature of the beast with Open Development... not a big deal to use a few Mbs to create functionality you desire...

    Really? Flash isn't available for any phone... and Android will be first. sms/mms work fine... user error.... QFT....

    good school of thought... oversight on simple stuff when shooting for the stars :)
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    I noticed this was missing when two friends of mine sent me animations. In all honesty BOTH of the animated gifs that I have been texted since I have owned my Droid played fine on my computer after I copied them to the SD card. I might add BOTH animated gifs were extremely lame. I'd have to say any disappointment I have for the Droid not doing this is outweighed by the fact that I really don't care.

    If you feel the need to return your phone or something over this go for it, but in an average lifetime how many animated gifs have ever been remotely memorable?
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    I use a program called Total Video Converter. It will convert several different video file type. One type that is very kewl is .GIF. I can convert movie clips either real movies or home video clips to animated GIFs. They work on websites and I used to put them as backgrounds on my Dare. When/if the Droid supports them I will do the same.
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    This isn't going to make me return he phone but it amazes me that something like this was left out considering the great things this phone can do.

    It irritates me because I frequently get such messages with animated gifs. I really hope a custom rom fixes this.

    I know the phone is capable and I expect a great phone with great features to include basic features. The default message app doesn't even have a contact list. You have to type each person out individually. Its lame that so many missing basic features require us to use external apps just to get what most phones have pre-installed.
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    Don't know when it happened, maybe the big update, but I was just able to view animated gif's on my Droid. This may be old news, but thought I'd let the forum know.
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    Wow, now I need to go find one and see if it works on mine
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    My droid decided to power off or lock with a blank screen - either way I had to pull the battery right before lunch...Coincidence?? What gif were you able o look at...web or emailed picture??
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    I just tried after a power cycle with no luck - I used the web and tried a couple I had stored that worked on my Dare.

    Bummer! Thanks for the tease - how much do I owe you :)
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    PNG replaced GIF.

    For one thing, GIF only supported 8 bit (256 colors), while PNG is more modern in that respect as it supports 24 and even 32 bit color.
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