Use your Samsung Galaxy S screen as a LED notification light

The Galaxy S and its variants, the Captivate and Vibrant don’t have the LED notification light that most other Android phones have, so a missed call or text or email won’t be noticed till you actually turn on the screen and look. But a helpful hacker over at xda-developers whipped up an application that makes use of the screen as an indicator. When the AMOLED screen displays black, it uses no power, so only a few pixels in the upper left hand corner of the screen are used to display and moving red square.

It’s a beta application, so it may not work correctly all the time, but he has already release several updates and fixes. Visit this thread at xda-developers for more about the application and a download link. And of course you can contact the developer and report issues there.

Here’s a quick video showing the NoLED in action:

[via AndroidSpin]

***UPDATE*** Just for the heck of it, I tried it on my MyTouch Slide and it works pretty well. Although I suspect it may be using more power to turn the whole screen on.

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  • Does not work with my Galaxy 9000

  • Rip

    The AMOLED definitely draws power even when it is black. Sadly, on my Fascinate, noLed is a battery killer. I intend to contact the dev on this, however. The indicator could flash on and off for 1/2 sec once every three secs. That would allow turning the screen off and sleeping the app completely to decrease the battery usage approx 6X. This might make it usable.

  • Tina Urrutia

    wanted to put phone led notification on my samsung galaxy s 4g the first one came out

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