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Homebrew Android app Flash Blink turns your LED flash into a notification light

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Homebrew Android app Flash Blink turns your LED flash into a notification light
Flash Blink

Flash Blink

If for some reason you want to have your smartphone's LED flash blinking when you have an incoming call, then boy do we have the app for you! It is called Flash Blink and is a homebrew creation, so don't go looking for it in the Android Market Google Play.

The app's creator, XDA Developers member faiyyaz, actually made Flash Blink because of a user request. The app itself is pretty simple, but it serves its purpose just right, and additional features may be included in its future releases. Flash Blink has been tested on a Samsung Galaxy S II and is compatible with Andorid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich too. 

If you want to install Flash Blink on your Android device, you have to follow the link below in order to download it. Also, don't forget to enable the installation of software from unknown sources by going to the Settings -> Security menu on your device. 

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posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:32 8

1. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Wish they'd put notification lights on the front of phones like they used to.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:45 1

5. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Most do? My Thunderbolt did and so does my GN.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:51 1

7. ogiveyakuza (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


huh???? at&t user got notification light???

GN in here is galaxy nexus or galaxy note?? getting confused thou

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:58 5

8. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I was referring to the Nexus.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 13:55

12. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Yeah but... I dunno. I love my Rezound, but there are only two colors on the notification. Orange (they call it red) and green. It kind of sucks. My Droid 1 could make about... 4 distinctly different colors. Green, blue, yellow, red... So I could custom set colors to different notifications (thanks to CM7).

That's basically the only hardware I miss from my Droid 1. And the camera app on the Rezound is too noisy, shouldn't have to lower sharpness to reduce the noise.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 11:46 1

10. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


There is a nice notification color led on my android sony xperia active
I wish there is the same on my galaxy note

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:33

2. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I wouldnt want that!

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:34 2

3. android_hitman (Posts: 592; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


excellent app

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:39 1

4. hunted (Posts: 324; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


I had a notification light glowing for few minutes in my Nokia C6. But i dont have anything like that with my arc s now.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 10:47 2

6. Chasers (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


This was definatly the #1 thing i miss about my blackberry.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 11:10 1

9. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


I have this enabled On my iPhone, its annoying when you are trying to sleep at night though.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 13:35 1

11. Twitch016 (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


Light Flow does this in addition to controlling front LEDs. Works like a charm on my Galaxy Nexus and has free and paid ($2 USD) versions. Light flow is basically a "notification center" sort of like iOS with in-depth controls for hundreds of apps. One of my must-have apps.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 15:57 1

13. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Best notification light ever was the Nokia N900 which had a RGB led which allowed for all kinds of colors, and built into the settings was a pattern editor. You could make it pulse, fade in/out, stay solid, flash any number of times--you name it. Choose your colors--purple for missed call, blue for sms, white for on, orange for charging, red for forward facing camera on, green for fully charged, etc. People used to compliment me all the time when they saw the diode pulse.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 16:25 1

14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah that's how the Galaxy Nexus is. I have about 7-10 different colors using the app LightFlow and it lets me assign any type of pulse/solid for any notification I want.

It's pretty sweet, one of the things I had missed from my D1/DX that the Thunderbolt didn't have.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 16:56

15. joseg81 (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i miss that about my G1 also it would do different colors for everything now my amaze does only 3 colors :(

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 18:41 2

16. cpmBurst (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


AndROid spelled AndORid

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 22:08 2

17. freedomispopular (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Yeah, it bothers me that so many phones nowadays don't have an LED notification light. It's such an incredibly useful feature and it shouldn't be that expensive to include.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 03:34 1

18. fost4real (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


battery life?

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 11:52

19. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


(not trolling) The iPhone had this feature when the iPhone 4 launched, it's very annoying, it uses the full LED brightness. And if your like most people, you have your screen facing upward when you put down at night, so it's pointless in a way.

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