FYI: Changing LED Notification Light color based on App - Light FlowTips


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  1. ranova

    ranova Well-Known Member

    Light Flow (Lite Version, Full Version) works on the Atrix!

    It allows you to pick a different color for each application when you get a notification (I set missed call to white, gmail to red, google talk to blue, and google voice to lime). It also works in succession, so if you get a notification from gmail, google talk, and a missed call it will blink red to blue to white.

    No root is required. The Atrix can do about 10 or so colors.

    This was one thing I missed from my Nexus One, now made possible!

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  2. DT

    DT Well-Known Member

    Nice. I used a test app to see all the different colors generated, but wanted something that would let me tie more than just a couple of apps to a couple of colors.

    FWIW, I was able to test light: yellow, white, [dark] blue, turquoise, orange and purple.
  3. ranova

    ranova Well-Known Member

    The downside to this is that if theres an app that light flow does not support, you will not get ANY color for that app. Luckily my main apps I want notification lights from are Gmail, email, missed call, voicemail, google talk, and google voice.

    The succession is somewhat weird. I think it blinks one color 4 times, then goes to the next. Has anyone noticed a pattern for the succession?

    Overall, well worth the $1 for the app support. Based on reviews, the developer updates frequently, which seems true from the Appbrain History
  4. andrewpmoore

    andrewpmoore Well-Known Member

    Hi, I'm the developer of the app. If you want more features/app's adding post here and I'll add them to my list.

    As for ranova's comment on the weird succession, generally by default the app will change the notification succession color ever 2.5 seconds while on charge and ever 5 seconds when on battery (that's the full version - the free version is once every 20 seconds)

    It could change it even faster, but it would end up taking too much of a hit on the battery as it has to partially wake the phone each time the notification color changes. Battery use has been something I'm very aware of since day 1, so I'm keen not to add features that will hit the battery hard, but am happy to consider other features.


    My first post here after being a member for nearly a year! I'm usually looking out for cool apps from other people. It's nice to see other people interested in my app. It's only 7 weeks today since my first android "Hello World" app!
  5. earthdog

    earthdog Active Member

    I love the app and bought it and now I seem to have an issue that I'm not sure if its new or never worked.

    The Atrix Stock Email is not causing an LED notification. Also I am looking at another Email App called Enhanced Exchange and its not on your list.

    Any help would be great. FYI: I get my sound notification but not the LED.
  6. andrewpmoore

    andrewpmoore Well-Known Member

    Yes i am aware of that on the atrix, I've been working with someone debugging it and it seems like motorola have changed the app slightly since the droid 1 & 2.
    I've hopefully got a fix in the dev build which I'm hoping to release very soon.
    I'll also see if i can add that exchange app into the checking process.
    Cheers,
    Andrew
  7. andrewpmoore

    andrewpmoore Well-Known Member

    Actually, can you provide a market link to that exchange app as i can't find it.
  8. earthdog

    earthdog Active Member

  9. ranova

    ranova Well-Known Member

    you can use light flow to make the notification of the stock email app work. You can set it to vibrate, make a sound and show the led light. has worked well for me
  10. tekonus

    tekonus Well-Known Member

    Good to see a developer stand beside his work even in a random forum like this!
  11. oHIobellboy

    oHIobellboy Member

    After reading through this thread last night and looking at the suggested apps I figured I'd study it more today. Turns out my Atrix already has different color notification flashes. Green for text, red for something(FB I think) and purple for email. I'm new to the 'Droid and am having fun with it but can someone please explain how this already works? Why is there an app needed if it's already in there?
  12. shalemail

    shalemail Well-Known Member Contributor

    I was pretty excited about this app until I went to install it and saw the access it requires. I am not sure how I feel about giving unlimited access to all my texts and possible logging of anything I input including credit card numbers and the like. Is that really necessary?
  13. UnCommonGrafx

    UnCommonGrafx Member

    I am not able to get the test to work.

    I, too, do not like the access desired of this app.
  14. UnCommonGrafx

    UnCommonGrafx Member

    i stand corrected: test mode works if you have patience. ;_)
  15. dream5hift

    dream5hift Active Member

    Does anyone's led flash while on call? I'd like my led to flash when I'm talking on the phone.
  16. shalemail

    shalemail Well-Known Member Contributor

    Is anyone (hello developer (andrewpmoore) I am looking at you) going to adress the required permissions on this app? I'd like to know why such extensive permissions are needed for an LED color changing app.

    ???????
  17. MVXIMUS

    MVXIMUS New Member

    I assume it's because the app needs to distinguish between the types of alerts you're receiving, but because I'm not sure, I'm not downloading it just yet.
  18. vaterp99

    vaterp99 Active Member

    Gang,

    I am very new to android (only had it a week) but I'm not sure I get the point of this app-- seems to me most apps already let you configure the color of the notification light for their own individual notifications....

    Is it easier to use this via configurting them all in one place? Am i missing the point? Is this any different?

    Thx!
  19. tekonus

    tekonus Well-Known Member

    Your Atrix must have features that mine doesn't. :p What apps have you been able to select the LED notification color for?
  20. vaterp99

    vaterp99 Active Member

    go sms lets me pick a different color led per contact.
    iirc, calendar and gmail also gave me an option of which color to use...
  21. Sparroo

    Sparroo Active Member

    I like this app too, but removed it for two reasons. The permissions it wants from you, and it removed my led notification from whatsapp. I was testing the free version.
  22. maurilax

    maurilax New Member

    I have been looking for an app like this since I switched over from a blackberry (with berrybuzz). I often like to have my phone on silent and know what type of message I have received only by looking at the LED.

    So far the app shows promise, I have always had inconsistent results using missed call, blink, gmail notifier.

    The customization and number of apps supported (skype) makes this app look very promising.

    I am concerned about the permissions required and would like to see an update on that.

    assuming the developer continuous to update and fix bugs I see a lot of potential here.

    Light Flow is working reasonably well on my droid X which seems to have a fair number of supported colors in the LED.
  23. groan

    groan Well-Known Member

    This app checks the status of may applications. Im no developer but I assume ther eis a hook into each and every app that it has to read from.
    It says that it needs to read yoru Gmail, well if yo ulook at the notification settings, it asks if you wnat ti to notify you of only PRIORITY items. cant do that without having access.

    That's my 2C

    Great app!
    My money is now your money. :)
  24. weasel

    weasel Well-Known Member

    I will agree that there seems to be way too many permissions. The one thing that got me was the fact it wanted permission to log and read whatever I type !! I don't think so ... uninstalled.
  25. Sparroo

    Sparroo Active Member

    Still no word from the developer on the permissions... I wonder what that means?
    If the permissions are addressed and add support for Kik and LiveProfile would be nice.

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