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

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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19 Comments

1. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

5. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

7. ogiveyakuza

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

huh???? at&t user got notification light??? GN in here is galaxy nexus or galaxy note?? getting confused thou

8. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I was referring to the Nexus.

12. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 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.

10. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

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

2. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I wouldnt want that!

3. android_hitman unregistered

excellent app

4. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

6. Chasers

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

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

9. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

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

11. Twitch016

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 26, 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.

13. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

15. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

16. cpmBurst

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

AndROid spelled AndORid

17. freedomispopular

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 22, 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.

18. fost4real

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

battery life?

19. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 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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