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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ikon, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. ikon

    ikon Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    The only notification light I am seeing is the trackball glowing every 10 seconds. The spec sheet makes it seem like the led above the screen is also supposed to be used for notification ala my G1. I tested it using sms and email and the notification ringtone rings but then no flashing led, just the pulsing white trackball every 10 seconds. One thing I really liked on my G1 was seeing the notification led's and being able to tell if it's an email, missed call, or sms by the color of the led flashing.

    Is anyone else's led notifying them?

    Oh, and my led isn't broken. When I plug it in to charge it's orange and turns green when finished charging.

  2. ikon

    ikon Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Oh, it also says "tri-color trackball" I'm only seing white there. Anyone else getting any other colors?
  3. ManMythLegend

    ManMythLegend Well-Known Member


    Dont know if this is even doable. All 3rd party apps that manipulate LEDs dont seem to work.
  4. mine blinks blue when there is an incoming call and bluetooth is paired and enabled.
  5. smijes

    smijes Lurker

    yeah i want to know about this as well. it seems like my trackball perpetually blinks white if ive missed a notification and i sorely miss my LED indicator from my blackberry... let me know if anyone figures this out
  6. rramsdell

    rramsdell Newbie

    I only have seen the trackball notification and it is only white. I really really hope this phone has multi-colored notification and hopefully using the led on the screen. This will suck real bad without that.
  7. droid747

    droid747 Member

    I was considering buying a nexus one once the verizon version is released and selling my droid, but if there is no LED notification like on the droid, then that makes my choice easy as I will for sure be keeping my droid, if it is just a software bug that needs fixed, then I might upgrade to the nexus one, depending on reviews once it is released on verizon.
  8. Drew1204

    Drew1204 Newbie

    The ball pulses with new notifications, and on the top right of the 'screen' is a very little light. Glows amber when charging, green when charged, and blinks red when the battery is almost dead. I'm sure these could be programmed at a later date for notifications too
  9. rramsdell

    rramsdell Newbie

    Yep, I returned the droid because the plans are to high and sorely miss the awesome droid led notifications. It blows my mind that the phone was released and this simple thing could be overlooked. What were they thinking.
  10. oniongirl

    oniongirl Android Enthusiast

    I think the LED is also used when using phone for turn-by-turn if I remember the YouTube video correctly - it shows green/yellow/red for various traffic conditions.

    I really hope they add the functionality for missed calls/messages etc. I don't think anyone should panic though, it would be a simple enough software implementation. I'm sure Google will hear our cries of despair :)
  11. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    I thought the ball was tri-color. Maybe you have to configure the colors in the settings menu for each task.
  12. fearyaks

    fearyaks Newbie

    Currently, I don't think there is a way to change the colors of the trackball.
  13. ikon

    ikon Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I looked all around in the settings but didn't find anything for it. The only option was to "Pulse Trackball" when there's a notification. The app Missed Call let's you control the led color notifications but it doesn't seem to work with the N1 yet, so hopefully the dev will update it soon.
  14. ikon

    ikon Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Just searched around and found the dev for Missed Call, missed_Call (missed_Call) on Twitter . Looks like he's working on the update and was waiting to receive his N1. Once the app gets updated, it lets you control the led and set all different colors for different notifications.
  15. oniongirl

    oniongirl Android Enthusiast

    Excerpt from the Manual:

    Trackball state Meaning
    Flashing white Incoming call.
    Flashing blue Incoming call when connected to a Bluetooth headset.
    White pulse Notification received. You can configure the trackball to pulse once or repeatedly when you receive a new notifi- cation. See “Sound & display settings” on page 300.

    Looks like diff colours are not standard. Just white and blue. I thought it was tri-colour too until I read this.
  16. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member

  17. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    So odd they wouldn't make the LED functionality from the DROID be the same LED function in the trackball. Has anyone installed Handcent SMS and tested the LED colors? Would seem that if they had to code for the trackball, Google is intentionally fractioning the Marketplace (like Motorola did by introducing the Trackpad on the Backflip). So weird. Still doesn't explain "tri-color" if the manual says: white, blue. Unless "pulsing white" is the third color.
  18. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member

    tri color is obviously red green blue, just not being used by stock applications.
  19. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    I just checked my Handcent SMS and apparently, the trackball LED is a separate option. There's no LED on the N1 that's configurable? LED on the DROID can select from at least 6 different colors.
  20. ManMythLegend

    ManMythLegend Well-Known Member

    Yes several people have. No 3rd party apps have been brought up that work with trackball lights.
  21. Ayrow

    Ayrow Member

    Oooh.... I don't like hearing all of this. The lack of an LED might be a deal-killer for me.
    This is one of the best things about BB devices. On my Storm, I have my LED color-coded for SMS, MMS, email, missed calls, etc...

    Please, let's keep this thread alive in hopes of a solution.
  22. benjamin_

    benjamin_ Newbie

    I totally agree. I had the same type of program on my Tour and I loved it.
  23. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member

    Probably just need to wait for the 2.1 SDK to be released so programs can be coded to support the newer OS
  24. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    What's the delay in releasing this kit? Didn't Rubin say a couple of days? It's been almost a week! 2.1 still not available to developers.
    jmar likes this.
  25. ManMythLegend

    ManMythLegend Well-Known Member

    All the devs of familiar apps have replied and all are waiting.

    They need to release it already.

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