Samsung can't say if the S10's camera ring animation will be used as notification light 'at this stage'

Samsung can't say if the S10's camera ring animation will be used as notification light 'at this stage'
For the new Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+, Samsung went with an ultrathin top bezel and a hole-in-active-area design. For the surprise of many an S10 buyer, however, that also means that the LED light that used to bring us visual notifications about charging status or missed calls and messages in the Galaxy S9, is also gone. 

Granted, there is a light ring animation around the in-display front camera area when you do face recognition and such, but it doesn't serve a notification purpose just yet. Eventually, Samsung may choose and use it for other notifications with an update, and we asked if it intends to do so, but at this point, it can't confirm anything of the sorts:

Rather boilerplate, as can be expected for phones that have been designed without an LED notification light, but we keep our hopes hooked to the "at this stage" part. 

While you wait on an update that may or may not come, you can use the new and improved Always On Edge lighting app from the Play Store as a stopgap solution for the type of visual notifications you see on our S10 unit below. 

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1 inches
    3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



19. LouisMariano5

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

the always on edge lighting app doesn't work... don't waste your money.. it renders your phone frozen

18. gd761

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Why can't Samsung "Say"? Is it because they would be indirectly admitting that they Screwed Up? I think so. If and When Samsung decides to Implement the Camera Ring as the Notification LED, they might quietly activate it with a Patch Update instead of Publicly Announcing that they Will be Activating the Camera Ring as the Notification LED.

16. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I'll miss Samsung galaxy experience as I've bought the iPhone XS on galaxy S10 launch day changing my mind on the pre-order payment screen.

17. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Sure you did :)))

15. Cat97

Posts: 2069; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I really thought that the LED in question is a real LED ring separate from the display, it would have been great. But it is not, it's simply a display animation, meaning that the display driver circuit must be on (unlike what most people think, OLED displays consume a lot of power even if just one pixel is on) and that it could produce burn-in. So basically it is much better to use AOD instead. I really hate that this phone is missing a real, power-efficient notification LED.

13. TBomb

Posts: 1772; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's probably a pretty simple addition on Sam's part... I bet the support person didn't have an answer and just gave the standard response. It's a shame that Sam didn't think of it though. The ring would be pretty minor, yet sweet, effect.

12. gd761

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Samsung Must Use the Camera Ring as the Notification LED Replacement!

10. CDexterWard

Posts: 146; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Seems like a missed opportunity at launch. If you are taking away the notification LED (which a lot of people use) and creating this glowing ring effect around the camera for another purpose, why not put 2 and 2 together and make that connection? Hopefully will be a bonus in an update soon.

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1420; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

hard to tap to awake when you are warm and comfy under a blanket and need to know what kind of notification you got from across the room... LED light with different colors is nice... i HATE that my iphone doesn't have something similiar

8. dumpster666

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

someone will make the app...

3. maherk

Posts: 7101; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wish you also asked them if they will add a night sight like mode in future updates.

2. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Notification led isn't really needed now that you have tap to wake combined with AOD

4. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 800; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

No one said it's a necessity. It doesn't mean we don't want it though.

6. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

At least we have alternative options such edge lighting and aod notification (combined with tap to wake so that aod only comes on when tapped, negating battery, drain). Until the front cam ring develops led, we have options for now

5. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

So u gotta sacrifice needless battery drain just so u can have equivalent functionality as a simple blinking led?

7. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

With one ui update, you have the option to tap to wake the AOD instead of having it on continuously. Negating battery drain and possible burn in (very rare), plus their is edge lighting which uses the hole edge of the display as a led ring (haven't tested on flat screen phones though).

11. gd761

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

That's Your Opinion. Some can also say that You Don't Need Speakers because You can just Text instead of Talking. For some people, That would seem reasonable. To Everyone else, it is absolutely Dumb. Getting rid of the Notification LED WAS an Extremely Dumb Idea without Any Alternative Solution like using the Camera Ring as the Notification LED Replacement.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6942; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Speak for yourself. I'd rather look at my phone from a distance to see if I have a message waiting rather than have to touch it every so often while I'm at work (I don't carry my phone on me all the time and it can be a noisey environment at times).

1. iushnt

Posts: 3189; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Woww, liked it

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