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Video: A Quick Look at the Notification Light on the Galaxy Nexus

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The notification light seems to be hiding during many of the Galaxy Nexus hands-on videos we have seen over the last few weeks. We definitely know it’s there – one of our sources reported it to us a week or so before the phone was even unveiled. We were told then that it was a multi-colored LED that had been placed towards the bottom chin of the phone. If you take a look at the short 30 second clip we have included above, you get a very clear shot at how this will look.

Breathing easier now? As one of the most asked about features of this device, we hope this settles some nerves. Now, if only Verizon would make this official or at least tell us if November 21 is indeed the day.

Cheers @Crispityyy!

  • http://twitter.com/annduhroo Andrew LeMasters

    It almost sounds like the audio is being played backwards… No offense to German speakers… If that was even German

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cylestia Cylestia

    Did anyone else notice how black the screen was compared to the other phone?

  • http://twitter.com/snakedoc SnakeDoc

    i love it… i watch it 10 time hahahahahahahah

  • Anonymous

    best notification light ever.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonTsujimura Jason Tsujimura

    Finally! That LED is sexy. I can’t wait.

  • Tyler

    This is why i love DL, I was really curious about what it looked like. Now im happy :) Only two things that could make me happier. 1) A release date for this phone 2) Holding this phone in my hand.

  • Joelseph

    That LED is sexy.

  • Arkansasgaskin

     Dank! Ich mag die blinkende.

  • rrosotho

    I mentioned the Notification light and you showed me….thats whats up!! thanx !!!

  • joejoe509

    Nice! I didn’t think I would care than much about a stupid LED light, but that’s pretty cool. If Tron had a notification light, this would be it. Sexy Nexy.

  • Anonymous

    On a different note anyone else worried about the display? Early reviews for the Raze display is getting bad reviews.

    • joejoe509

      Where are the bad reviews? Link? The RAZR has been getting great reviews. Maybe you’re referring to the fact that it’s not HD like the Nexus and Rezound? Of the three, the Nexus has the best screen so… no we’re not worried.

      • Anonymous

        BGR wasn’t super excited about the display.

    • Peter

      The only bad review I have seen is from the Verge which had payed homage to Steve Jobs before any of their posts for like two weeks… other than that I have seen nothing that said the screen was less than stellar. 

      • Anonymous

        The verge was the worst and engadget touched on it. Worried that the same tech is used on the Nexus. I’m leaning towards the Rezound as the safe bet.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else curious why none of the sites we use get a test unit? I’ve seen videos in 4 different languages, from sites and people I’ve never heard of, yet DL or AC or DF still have no access to this phone.  

    You’d think they’d be aware of the sites that actually promote their devices.  

  • nexus on the brain

    So, who is actually in charge of the Nexus release, Verizon?  If so, why on earth is the Nexus not releasing yesterday?  Why would verizon care what phone someone bought, as long as they became a verizon customer and signed up for their data and voice plans, right?  So pu-leeze Big Red, just release this already!

    • John

      Verizon is on record complaining about the lack of input on the release and marketing for this phone.

  • Anonymous

    Will this phone support any kind of inductive charging?  

  • Anonymous

    I think I have it narrowed down to the Vigor (It’s just a better name so I’m rollin with that) and the Galaxy Nexus. I want the Galaxy Nexus in a bad way. I just don’t know if I can do the mini tablet screen size….

    • Anonymous

      It’s not a mini tablet, it’s screen is larger but it’s nearly the same size as the vigor and a lot thinner.  It’s width is less than razor/rezound, it’s only a few mm taller.

      • Anonymous

        Your not telling me anything I don’t already know. It’s clearly an opinion. To me, the jump from a 4″ screen to a 4.3″ was pretty significant. Now add another .35. Do the math and you come up with a pretty large and in-charge screen (not phone).

        • Anonymous

          I guess just don’t understand how someone can not want a larger screen when the device essentially stays the same size?

          A larger screen can only improve media viewing/typing/web browsing.

          • Anonymous

            One hand navigation is pretty big for me. I just need to get it in hand and see what it feel like.

          • joejoe509

            Look at the hands on videos out there to get an idea of size. It’s nearly the same size as a Galaxy SII. Get the dimensions and reconstruct one made out of paper… I don’t know. lol

        • Keith

          it’s not really any bigger the 4.3 to 4.65 difference is the space for the new virtual buttons instead of the physical ones.  Not sure if i’m explaining it well.  in the end a 4.3″ device with physical buttons and an 4.65″ device with virtual buttons are “essentially” the same size.

  • Mark M

    Verizon is so dumb. You release your most in demand/hyped phone on BLACK FRIDAY?!  So now the demand for the Nexus gets in the way of potential window/deal shoppers on that day for other products like the RAZR and Rezound…It just means you are causing more chaos for your systems and stores on a day that is already chaotic.  Simple solution.  Have pre-orders for the Nexus on the 10th then release the phone on the 17th like the rest of the world.  Verizon is trying to out-think consumers/market and when in times of economic hardship for consumers and luxury devices, the strategy could go terribly wrong…

    • Anonymous

      Most hyped??  Maybe on these sites, but the average consumer doesn’t care about it being unlocked.  Verizon is going to push the RAZR and Rezound.  This phone will be shoved in the back corner, if it is even in the stores, and no one will even know about its existence except for the 1% of nerds and developers.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not a nerd or a developer and I’m waiting for the G-Nexus to be released…..if it wouldn’t be for sites like this one I would’ve gotten the Bionic instead of waiting to see what these 3 phones have to offer, Bionic, G-Nexus and Razr……don’t care much about the Rezound….

        • Anonymous

          Sorry if you are tracking phones on this or other android sites…..you are an android nerd.  Most of the general public still think that all phones that run android are a Droid.

  • Scott Willenborg

    The audio track was screwed up on that video, I think it was playing backwards…

    • JMac726

      …namreG saw ti thguoht i ,mmh

  • Anonymous

    Thats a huge bitch… And yes bro, I am mad I don’t have one…

    • Pennywise

      EXACTLY what I was thinking; except for having one.  That thing looks HUGE!!!!!!

  • Guest

    They will tell us when we can buy it 11/21/11 at 11:21am

  • http://twitter.com/slole1 slole1

    My LED notification light in my OG Droid has been hosed since month 13. Maybe spacing the notifications conserves the bulb better then the quick flashing of the D1?  Either way I get a semi whenever I see this phone.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LQNNJDZQIWIIHJWUIUV7R24XAM Aaron

      LEDs should last for years and years, extending the delay is unneeded. Something in your phone is faulty.

    • Anonymous

      Mine still works after 2 years, like Aaron said, LEDS should last decades. They are very efficient.

  • Matt2783

    Wow… the Xperia has a 4″ screen and the Nexus makes it look tiny. Not sure I want a phone this gigantic.

  • Yammer

    Really? 32 seconds of advertising to show 1 second of the LED? F’that!

    • Anonymous

      LOL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

    I love the fade in/out. 

  • YankInDaSouth

    Sweet – thanks for posting this! Something I would have never thought of, but of course would have noticed once I got my hands on it. I remember when I first got my TB I thought there was not notification light, then realized how dim and stupidly placed it was. 
    I get more and more ansty for this device every day!!

  • Anonymous

    Not sure the location of the light really matters. When I look at my phone I normally look at the the entire phone, so as long as it’s on the front, I’m good.

    • bigrob60

      I just look at where the notification light is. Will have to get used to looking at the bottom of the phone but no big deal.

      • Cam

        Agreed, but at least it has one (unlike the other Samsung offers). That was really my biggest (only?) complaint about the other phones. And, NoLED was not a suitable replacement.

  • Anonymous

    Did I really just watch a video about a notification light? Wow, I’ve got it bad.

    • Christopher Heuer

      I watched it twice. :)

      • OreoMan

        Only twice?!

        • Warden Chinbach

          I downloaded a YouTube auto-looping extension for this video.

    • Anonymous

      or you love the Swedish Chef. 

  • Anonymous

    Even the notification light is bad ass. Want to buy.

  • Teabling

    the 21st? why does it feel like this phone is going to forever be 2 weeks away…

  • Anonymous

    It was as if the G Nex was saying, “Hi, I am here”

  • John

    Is the other phone an xperia play?

    just curious for size comparison

  • Anonymous

    Never has a single LED caused so much controversy.

  • Anonymous

    I see these videos out on so many places.. where the heck do you guys get hold of the GNex?? I’ll be happy to pay a small fortune to get my hands on it right away.

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/cush2push Geoff Wightman

    i give about this much l-l  where its located i just want the it now  this phone has it all blah blah processor blah blah screen NO STUPID BLUR OR SENSE MESSING UP ANDROID =)   thats the selling point right there   

  • Anonymous

    Er sprach so schnell das Ich nicht ihm können verstehen! (He spoke so fast that I can’t understand him!)

  • Anonymous

    Could you make it ‘flash’ any slower Samsung/Google?

    • Mctypething

      u mad bro?

    • Jeff Tycz

      app developers can change how slow/fast it blinks so it was just the app that made it blink most likely

      • tjmonkey15

        That’s good.  That light was flashing way too slow for my taste. 

      • Anonymous

        Not true.  The flash rate is dependent on the system, apps cannot modify that at least in prior android versions.  A modification of the relevant system files should be possible though.

        • Anonymous

          No, there were definitely apps that could affect the Nexus One notification flash rate and color, and that was WITHOUT needing to root.

          • Anonymous

            Color yes, flash rate no, not on the Droid which ran stock android anyway.

        • Anonymous

          Any comment I see of yours is just some dumb rant. I swear your the most boring troll.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah because your comment history is so stimulating. Did I crap in your corn flakes or are you just mad I’m not another hyperbole spewing dipshit fanboy like you?

        • Jeff Tycz

          you clearly have no idea what you are talking about because I am a developer and I have changed the blink rate, yes not all phone can be changed like HTC’s but the OG droid you can thats for sure. http://developer.android.com/reference/android/app/Notification.html scroll down towards the bottom you see the variable “ledOnMS” and “ledOffMS” thats how you change it and on the right it says it has been in the android since API Level 1 which means the very first version of android so again you dont know what you are talking about

          • Anonymous

            Have you tried changing it on the OG Droid? Have you tried making the LED do white?

          • Jeff Tycz

            yes I have changed it on the OG droid like I said previously, that is the phone I develop all my apps on, no you cannot change the LED to white but any other color you can do on the OG Droid you need the hex code for the color. HTC’s blink rate CANNOT be changed

          • Anonymous

            Like I said, I’ve used programs in the past that claimed they could change the blink rate but they never actually worked.

          • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      The developers will have this blinkin like a blinking beacon!

      • Anonymous

        Of that I am certain.

    • Anonymous

      They made up for the slow flashing by making the led bigger!

      That makes sense right…?

      • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

        No it make vanilla 

    • Mctypething

      u mad bro?

      • Anonymous

        I’m always mad.  Yippee Ki-Yay motherf*ucker!

      • Guest

        you a dick bro?

        • Mctypething

          u mad about me writing ‘u mad bro’, bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

          • Mctypething

            u a Guest bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

          • Djlowproz

            lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

            I love only mctypething’s comments are flagged 

          • OG Droid

            Hahaha!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

      Could VZW make the official release date announcement any slower?

  • Anonymous

    A whole post dedicated to two little blinks… :)  I like it!

    Also… I want to speak German.

    The only German I know is what I leaned from Hogans Hero’s.

    “I know nothing, I see nothing”

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, we’re really getting excited about minutia now lol

      • Anonymous

        yeah no doubt

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    Wow I hate that location for a light.  Going to take some getting used to.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

      Rotate the phone 180 degrees. 

      • Anonymous

        probably going to be doing that a lot with the hump on the bottom and no physical buttons…

      • Anonymous

        It has no buttons on the front so you might not realize that’re your’re holding the phone upside down other then for the speaker…..I dont bother with the nitification light anyway….I just turn on the screen to see if I have any notification….but really they should release the G-Nexus already…..

  • http://twitter.com/MoonToMike Mike

    Who does Wayne Brady have to choke to get one of these?

    • Anonymous

      I’m not violent….I try not not be…but I’m gonna have to get outta this car…

  • Anonymous

    What’s German for nice?

    • http://twitter.com/sandpitbai Rishi

      schön

      • Anonymous

        Richtig! :-D

    • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

      I have seen this done and never had a reason to do that. Thank you, my bucket list is now complete.

      http://bit.ly/w1pvI7

      • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

        Since I failed at this, my bucket list is not complete. Crap, now where did I throw away my bucket….

  • http://twitter.com/sandpitbai Rishi

    nice

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

      schön

      • Anonymous

        Richtig! :-D (stolen from above)

  • http://twitter.com/Crispityyy Scott Morgan

    I have finally passed along a quality tip to the DL community…my inner nerd life is now complete!!!

  • Spickle

    looks sweet. don’t see the point of it being on the bottom but still looks cool.

  • Chuckdz3

    I like how big it is :P

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LQNNJDZQIWIIHJWUIUV7R24XAM Aaron

      Must fight urge….Can’t.

      That’s what she said!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Samsung!

    • Anonymous

      You may want to actually thank Google. Samsung hasn’t always used notification lights – I’m thinking Google told them it was a must for this phone.

      • Anonymous

        How about we thank Google when they tell us the day we can go buy this phone. Or thank Samsung, or Verizon… I just want to thank someone.

        • Robbie Gerling

          i’d like to thank samsung/google/verizon with my hard-earned dollars…  *when* i’ll be able to do that still mystifies us all :(

        • Anonymous

          You’re welcome!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Larvia-III/41904444 Thomas Larvia III

    I love when intro/outro videos are half the length of the video.

    • http://www.brandongoodman.com/ Brandon Goodman

      half is being conservative.  There was 2 whole seconds of real content in that 32 second video.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

        I’d say they got their point across without having to watch a 3-5minute video. Good for me.

  • turdbogls

    looks great….i like the fade in/out.
    only complaint is how slow it is.  hopefully you can configure this.  i dont want to look at my phone for 12 seconds just to see if i have a notification.
    a blink every 3 seconds would be nice.

    • mike

      I agree completely.  I measured 8 seconds in between blinks.  That is way to long.  I use the notification light on the droid all the time in my car or when the phone is on my desk.  It needs to stay lit or blink quickly.  8 renders it nearly useless. 

      • Anonymous

        The developers will have this thing blinkin like a blinking beacon!

    • Jeff Tycz

      notification blink can be adjusted by app developer, it was probably just the app that was used

  • Anonymous

    yay

    • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

      damn i was just about to hit post.

  • John

    what the hell did i just watch

    • Anonymous

      lol

    • Anonymous

      A Youtube video.

  • Anonymous

    All I can say is: beautiful (or breathtaking…one of those) :P

  • manderko

    NOTIFY me when it is available. Heyoooooo

    • http://www.adamalter.com/ Adam Alter

      They actually are notifying you when it’s available here.  Notice, the flashes are 7.8 seconds apart.  Now factor in some other stats for the phone:

      weight 4.832oz
      processor 1.2ghz
      front camera 1.3MP

      7.8 * 1.2 * 1.3 + 4.832 = 17

      The 17th is confirmed.