I created an animated GIF with Cinemagraph, and it's definitely animated when you view the 920. The recipient getting it on SMS and email viewed a static picture. A small section of this recent article (from the Disclaimer at the bottom, read at the 4th paragraph up), http://conversations.nokia.com/2012/11/05/creating
The problem is just that the CInemagraph app doesn't allow you to send the .GIF directly and when you send the picture from the Photos app, it only sends the .JPG preview.
When you connect the phone to your computer and go into the Pictures folder, you can see the .GIF file and copy it over to your computer from there and do whatever you want with it (send, etc...). It's animated, as it should be.
11-11-2012 8:42 - edited 11-11-2012 8:44
I think I have found a solution for you. I have just tried this on my Lumia 920 and it works. Goto Photos then Camera Roll then open the Cinemagraph GIF and select ...
then select Save To Skydrive, and it will upload the GIF. If you are using Windows 8 (or if you don't have Windows 8, you can access SkyDrive on the web-based version), and download it and open it in Internet Explorer. It will work and play. Please remember that the recipient will always view it as a static MMS unless they have an app on their phone that can play animated GIF's, same applies to recipients who view it on their computer. I suggest sending it to their email and they can open it on their computer.
Let us know how you get on.
Adrianhughes, thank you. It did work.
I'll share my experience to help other users. Uploaded the GIF to SkyDrive, downloaded the GIF to a PC, and emailed it. Recipients on the iPhone and Note 2 saw it moving. Negative result on my old Samsung Nexus. No problem on a PC, of course.
Ideally I'd like to be able to share with people directly from the 920, but I guess it's not possible because of the GIF's size (the one I tested was 7 MB).
I use to have an iphone and on that we could send GIF files, that you download and save from the internet, as a text message. Have you found a way to save the gif file from the internet and then send as a text and see that its animated. I was also sent a GIF file in a text and it wasnt animated. Is there a setting that I have to change or is it just that the phone doesnt have that capibility yet?
It seems that Lumia, are the Only smartphone that does NOT read animated gifs. I open my email, transfer an animated gif and... Nothing. It's a static image.