Kissing the ring: Samsung’s Smart Glow may be much more than a notification light

Kissing the ring: Samsung’s Smart Glow may be much more than a notification light
Thanks to a leaked Galaxy J2 (2016)  manual, we now know the big plans that Samsung has for a humble LED ring around the camera lens of its phones going forward. Dubbed Smart Glow, this LED setup illuminates up in different colors, which we initially thought are going to be just an alternative to the good old notification light - for missed calls, messages and the like.

This, however, didn't make much sense, as most of the time we are having our phones facing us, or placing them face up on a flat surface somewhere, which would preclude us from seeing the ring. Samsung is not aiming for the notification glory here, it seems, but rather a somewhat amusing way to inform us who is calling with something like the "Edge lighting" option on its phones with curved displays. That's the so-called "Priority alerts" part of the Smart Glow execution.

Next up is "Usage alerts," which can display the battery charge status at a glance, or issue alerts when you connect the charger or the phone is already topped off. Last but not least of the initial Smart Glow employment scenarios is the so-called "Selfie assist" function: the LED ring around the camera will light up in blue when the shooter on the back locks faces - a pretty smart way to use the usually superior rear camera for selfies, instead of the front-facing snapper.


Samsung is not done with Smart Glow, though - it plans to expand both on its existing functionalities, and introduce new ones. Usage alerts may be enriched to show memory or data usage status of your choice, while the Selfie assist option would light up the LED only partially until you calibrate the angle to lock all faces in the frame completely.

Moreover, Smart Glow could be further enhanced in the future with the so-called Weather and Health rings. The Weather ring would, for instance, light up the LED in yellow for sunny temps, and blue for rain, and so on, while the Health ring could deliver heart rate measurements in conjunction with the phone's flash. Well, Samsung sometimes skimps on a notification light just to separate its high-end from midrange phones, so the Smart Glow ring would be an elegant way to equip phones like upcoming Galaxy J2 from the pack, so we are curious to see how Smart Glow will be implemented for the first time.

source: SamMobile

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18 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Hey! Hey! Hey! What the hell!!

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"Kissing the ring"? iPA you can kiss my ring! LOL!

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Mmm... Not so interesting... Sounds more gimmick to me. For notification I prefer Nokia's glance screen :)

8. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

it IS pretty gimmicky

14. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

why? because Apple has not made it?

20. TerryTerius unregistered

Because it's not really adding a lot of usefulness. But I will grant you that the idea of "usefuellness" is subjective. Still, doesn't have a damn thing go do with Apple. You need to relax that knee jerk response.

18. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I think it would be neat for a phone to have its entire trim made of this smart glow tech.

3. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Now Apple and other handset maker will follow the leader.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

before that, someone else will patent something similar with this.. with circular led shape, around top-corner camera

4. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

It's like the edge lighting but better. The edge lighting isn't really a gimmick on my S7 Edge but it does come in handy but rarely... et. movie theater. It's not a gimmick but not extremely useful. Wonder where Samsung is going with this.

11. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

I don't care if its a gimmick, it looks cool. I don't care if the curved edge is a gimmick it looks cool.

5. choon916

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Oppo Find 7 skyline still the best!

6. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

lol have fun with your toy

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What? You know the smartphone game has peaked when you see something like this. How many different ways do I need to figure out the weather or get a notification? Geez! And no, I'm not trolling!

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're just mad the iPhone has no LED notification lights at all. TROLL! You're always a troll.

21. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm going to ask you honestly. Are you actually excited for this, or do you just want to disagree with anyone who thinks it isn't all that useful?

17. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

So the headphone jack is moved to the top of the device again?

23. GeekMovement unregistered

It's cool to see something different.

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