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Galaxy Nexus Shows Off Its Multi-Color Notification LED Light


It may seem sort of silly that we are obsessing over something as minuscule as an LED notification light, but when it’s on the Galaxy Nexus and can do this many colors, it’s tough not to. We saw a quick glimpse of this a week or so ago in video, but nothing to this magnitude. This would be the G-Nex doing a rainbow. And this again confirms what our sources told us back in early October, that this device would have multi-color functionality in its notification settings. Tasty. Mmmm.

Cheers Mike!

  • Klaine

    Did the video above use an app to change colors on the light? It does change colors on its own and Ive been trying to figure out what makes colors other than white. I dont know if Im imagining but Ive noticed Gmail notices get a red light and Yahoo Mail gets a purplish one – those are those icons colors. Anyone know if the Nexus 4 will have it too

  • charlyRoot

    I use touchdown with my Google Apps account (GMail) to write emails rules that show diff colors based on folder(label) or search string (from address). This it the closest I’ve been to when the BB Storm came out and I could tell what my phone was doing across the room. With the rule sounds I can even tell what my phone is doing while in my pocket. 

  • did you use a third part app for this? I want to change the color of the notification light on my nexus but I cant figure out how. HELP

  • Anonymous

    is this built into the OS? Or is this an app? 

  • Reminds me of a BlackBerry as they have colored notification lights. My droid (ZTE) doesn’t have one.

  • Anonymous

    Yes the OG and DX had this, but not as many colors.. this is gonna be useful as hell.. I use to use blink patterns to determine which type of notification it was (facebook, gmail, txt, call, VM) but with this many colors I’ll choose colors tied to people

  • Tabe

    Is the notification LED on the bottom of the phone? Or is the screen just rotated 180degrees?

    • Justin Kos


      • Tabe


        • Easier to press the standby button. For filming.

          • Tabe

            Huh? Standby button? Filming? What am i missing here? What does this have to do with the notification LED?

  • Great than you for that!

  • Anonymous

    That light is strangely hypnotic…

  • Joelseph

    Pooooooooost!  *slams fist on table*

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  • Anonymous

    can anyone say “get a life?”  it is a phone people……jeeez

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, I know its Sunday, but we’re all wondering if you have any new news on the Galaxy Nexus… I go through withdrawals on the weekends where I get no updates no matter how much I refresh… Its like crack, NOW GIVE IT TO ME! Holy crap I need an intervention. 

  • xxdesmus

    want….phone.  Release the damn thing already Verizon.

  • Brett Ward

    by the way hes using the lock button, we can also confirm that it’s on the side, not top. but being smasung, we can assume that anyway

    •  That’s been confirmed for a very long time.

  • Mr ilheis

    Reminiscent of the BB days!

  • 第一次来 踩踩

  • fialcon

    It’s my phone and I need it now!

  • jbonics

    My droid 2 has more colors than that. Waiting a couple of months for the quad cores. Aka a real phone. Your going to feel like such a chump when they release a new phone a month after with 5 times the power 12 times the gpu……… don’t be that guy……

    • i bet it sucks. 

      • jbonics

        Says the people paying $125/mo. For one line. HOP ON THE BANDWAGGON YA CLONES. U NEED A GIRL, it sounds like… that sucks

      • jbonics

        Says the people paying $125/mo. For one line. HOP ON THE BANDWAGGON YA CLONES. U NEED A GIRL, it sounds like… that sucks

    • Blackonblack99

      Then you will feel like a chump a few months later when your phone sucks…it’s a vicious cycle. Why even make an ignorant comment?!! Technology changes fast we get it…why even post something so stupid.

      • Justin Ellis

        You know the spec whores have to have the super duper crazy hardcore specs to compensate. Hardcore spec guys dont compromise on specs, which is why theyre always waiting on the perfect phone, never to be satisfied. 

        • jbonics

          Your that guy……. stay in school…. your burger king job is just temporary i hope.

          •  Stay in school?  Please tell me you’re kidding.  You used ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’…  YOU’RE an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad the nexus has a notification light.  I got used to not having one on my fascinate to the point where I had been wondering why someone’s phone had a flashing light…haha of course then I was like, Oh yeah! I forgot they screwed us on that!

  • Justin Ellis

    All the Motorola fanboys are out in full force. Guys, we all know Moto has really good LED indicators. Probably everybody commenting here had an OG Droid. The point is that Samsung is also known to never put them their phones. So the inclusion of a really bright big multi-colored LED is very exciting to us who have chosen HTC phones due to them being unlockable but put up with POS LED lights. Now we can have our cake and eat it too. 

  • Freygrimrod

    No SD card means not worth buying IMHO

  • Anonymous

    Ok…. so its got colors. But riddle me this. What good is a notification light on the bottom of this phone? My phones and many of people I know are kept in our shirt pocket. And our notification lights can actually be seen by glancing down inside the pocket. (All variations of Moto Droids) So unless you want to flip your phone upside down and put it in your pocket your are never going to see a notification without removing the phone from your pocket. Kind of a deal breaker for me as I work in loud environments and don’t hear/ feel notifications all the time.

    • Guest

      what’s so bad about having the phone in you pocket upside down??  i mean really!!! some times i put my DX upside down  in my pocket.  it’s not the end of the world! 

      • Cam

        Actually, when I think about it, I always put my phone in my pocket upside down. That way when I pull it out, it is right-side up. 
        Never really thought about it before; I just assumed that everyone reached into their pocket and got a good hold of their phone before they took it out. 

  • Questto

    Crap! They all look the same. Except for blues I can see blues. Or was it purple. Damn being color blind sucks.

  • awesome

  • Johnwall

    My old sidekick did this 5+ years ago.

  • Anonymous

    why is this news? motorola phones have been able to do this for the past 2 years

    • Because Samsung hasn’t used notification lights in the past.  

  • yo mama

    Huh, That’s weird. My Bionic can change it’s notification colors and so could my OG Droid. How is this news again? This phone really needs to come out already so I can have a really fun time laughing at the bugs that come along with it. 😉

    • Blootzm3

      your dumb … show me where on the og Droid that the notification light changes colors like that. oh it doesn’t . just the red or green light… not the same thing.

      • Anonymous


        • Nixhex05

          SMS Popup. Download it on the OG. Lets you change to blue, purple and other colors. 😉 Don’t call someone dumb until you do the research. That’s the app I used to do it back in the day, I’m sure there’s a ton more.

      • Anonymous

        CM7 lets you change the color so does Handcent SMS, I use a dark blue and Cyan colored LED now and the only time its red is when the battery is dying.  Its an OG Droid…

  • Um my Droid x did the same thing and im pretty sure the bionic and must other phones can as well.

  • Is this exciting? The OG Droid has multiple colors, too, and that came out like, 2 years ago…

    • Cam

      Yea, Samsung finally figured out how to use LEDs. 

    • Justin Ellis

      Heres why this is a big deal to us. Samsung hasnt put in a notification light in any of the Galaxy phones except for Sprint’s GS2. The Nexus S also didnt have one either. I just assumed they wouldnt have one in the Galaxy Nexus so the inclusion of a really good LED makes us notification light nerds really excited. Yes, everybody knows that the OG Droid had loads of colors. We all had one.

  • Cam

    Why does it taunt me?!!? 


  • shdowman


  • Anonymous

    I just bought the samsung galaxy nexus costco bundle that includes a docking station for $289………………….in my dreams

  • Anonymous

    I just went to costco and bought the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus bundle with docking station for $289.99…………………..in my dream

  • RJFrank

    Question… I’m going to spring for the Galaxy Nex when it arrives. Will my Nex be as relevant two years from now as my OG Droid is now? Can’t help it but I still love my OG running CM.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Hard to say, I’d take a stab at it by saying probably not. I don’t think there is a phone today that can withstand the Android invasion. With that said, your best bet is a Nexus phone because it will get updates from Google, but I wouldn’t bet on longer than 18 months for updates. 

  • Anonymous

    NEXUS PRIME indeed!

  • Anonymous

    Really Kellex… Notification light? I thought I needed tech therapy. Lol its ok it helps to sooth our cravings with each post

  • Bionic

    I wish there was a way on Bionic to control the color and settings for the notification light.  I cant seem to find any way to do it.  

    • Dominick DeVito

      Sure you can, root it and install a custom ROM. It’s how I do it on my OG

      • Bionic

        Im already rooted but I dont care for customs ROMS. Besides there are no popular custom ROMS that are classified as stable for Bionic yet.

        You would think they would allow you to change it up under settings, but nope.

  • that looks amazing!


    Is the strong interest in this phone the ability to easily root or remove all the unwanted crap or is it the ICS? 

    • Anonymous

      both, and more

    • Cliff Wynne

      being a google experience phone there should be no unwanted crap

  • Anonymous


  • Jonyauger

    Awesome. One of the few things I liked on my storm is now on android. Now we need a berrybuzz like app for android n we are set.

    • LionStone

      Yea man that was it!! Berrybuzz on blackberry was sweet…you could pick a different color for FB, email, etc. Keyword though: was. Its about Android now! Bring on the Ice Cream sandwiches!

  • Anonymous

    My Storm had more than a few colors and I couldn’t care less that this one does. Just give me the dang phone already. 

  • Anonymous

    Big fing deal. Get a grip people!

  • Anonymous

    The phone blinked Morse code of 1121.

  • Anonymous

    People are missing the point, it’s one of the only Samsung devices with an LED notification light.  

    Be rejoiced.

  • Panda came out with a poem saying online only around Thanksgiving I beleive

  • I’m color blind, THIS MEANS NOTHING TO ME …oh yeah.. GO DAWGS 🙂 

  • Anonymous

    I am so ready to spend my money! I’ve been telling my wife I’m buying it and its not a debate.

  • This is what my life is reduced to: watching a two minute video of a blinking light. Could this phone get here any slower????

    • tjmonkey15

      Haha it’s pretty sad for us isn’t it?  And on a Saturday night nonetheless.

      • Anonymous


    • Breadable

      I gave up and bought a Droid Charge on ebay. I couldn’t take a) the wait and b) the lack of RAM in my OG droid any longer

      • Foamposite0o1

        Why didnt you just upgrade to the razr and exhange it when the nexus came out?

      • That’s nuts.  You could have bought a super cheap phone to tide you over…

    • vernon

      yee how about that niners win.

    • palomosan

      Exactly my point, how about we get a freaking release date, how long is it gonna take or are they waiting for the next Nexus to be announced.

      • Anonymous

        We’ll definitely get a release date within a week. Likely either the 17th or 21st.

  • SugaShane

    This may be silly, and this may sound silly, but the second I saw the blue led notification light on the DX I was sold. 

  • Wow, this is just like the OG Droid from two years ago! Cool new functionality!

    • Anonymous

      The point was Samsung devices usually don’t have a notification light at all, so this is something we’ve been hoping would be included. 

  • Anonymous

    Razr is smokin fast. Picked one up off contract. Pricey but very well done.

  • obsessor

    Nexus is such a sexy name. 

  • Jboogie1289

    Driod Life is getting flooded with GNex news so I know we are super close to a release. Just gives the darn phone VZ!!!

  • joejoe509

    Sweet. My Nexus gets more and more talented day by day.

  • I am starting to agree with the guy who said they’re smuggling it out one part at a time.  Clinger and his jeep. Or was it Radar?

  • Lmrojas

    This changes everything

    • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Just give me my damn Nexus already!!! I refuse to buy anything else!

  • Reminds me of BeBuzz app for Blackberry. Had it on my Storm and I found it rather useful in managing notifications….and the colors weren’t to sneeze at neither

  • Jason Purp

    I’m gonna have fun with that

  • Vaporware

    Anyone else notice how many times he had to tap more than once for the screen to respond? I am hearing it is like that on release build. I hope its a fluke because I will not tolerate an unresponsive screen because it angers me greatly.

    • Minterbomb

      Yah I notice the same thing. He seemed to have a fat finger. At the end it seemed like he was trying to decide on a color in the rainbow wheel so it looked like he was tapping it but I think he was just hovering.

  • Anonymous

    And yes, it does poop rainbows.

    • joejoe509

      HA! Love it. That should be the Nexus’s slogan. Best comment of the day. 🙂

  • FortitudineVincimus

    awesome. this is hella important to me and even more so if they give us native ability to set led colors based on alert type: text, missed call, gmail, alarm, etc


    My OG Droid did colors… Is this really a big selling point now?

    • Anonymous

      Not a big selling point but a very very nice added bonus..Not just because it is convenient to look at your phone and know you have a certain notification but on the other hand it can be a battery saver bc you dont have to start up and shut off your screen every time you want to see you have a text or whatever…

      • Anonymous

        Throw in the fact that the Nexus S does not have a notification light and it does make it kind of a small big deal.

  • Anonymous

    You know the release is dragging on when they are posting articles about the led notification blink.

  • Mike

    Rainbow sprinkles on top of ice cream sandwich? Nice!

  • Crevels8

    In my opinion this is worth obsessing. Its a big step forward for Samsung. Unlike you lucky HTC users, us former Samsung users have no led at all. I hoped the rumors of an led were true and this is a pretty cool one at that.

  • Justin Ellis


  • Anonymous

    the colors, duke, the colors!

    • Anonymous

      I’m color blind kid…

  • dkbetts

    STOOOOP!!!!   No more good news about the Nexus until we have it.  I cant take this kind of teasing.  Kellex your leading us on.  I am all blue balls and wet dreams over this phone.

  • Anonymous

    You don’t really appreciate the notification light until you use a phone that doesn’t have one.

    • Anonymous

      +1…I’d be lost without it

    • Anonymous

       BLN isnt the saaaammeee

    • rrosotho

      It should be standard on android phones.

      • Ahsan

        I thought it was standard on android phones..

        • Brecht Germis

          It’s not. Galaxy S e.g. does not have a notification light. I solved this issue by installing cyanogenmod which uses the backlight of the soft keys as notification led.

          • juan

            what app of cyanogenmod did u use?

      • John

        it should be standard on ALL phones, imo

    • Anonymous

      I think this LED light is actually blinking Morse code…it’s telling us the day it’ll launch and its price!

    • Anonymous

      Thinking this week will be an interesting week for the Nexus, things are looking sexy.

  • Pnicuh

    uhh.. ok…

  • Anonymous

    How many colors does one need?

    • GimmeGalaxyNexus

      a different color for..

      -gmail notification-sms
      -missed call
      -3rd party chat

      the list can go on and on!

      • FortitudineVincimus


        -google voice-google chat-calendar notifications
        -low battery

        once you use this kind of ability, you will see how awesome it is to have a color coded LED for any kind of alerts

        • Jdduncan11

          If I had that many I probably couldn’t remember them all 🙂

      • Anonymous

        I actually want the ability to have the LED cycle through colors ridiculously fast when something happens.  Hopefully that’ll be possible.

  • SinSix

    My wife and i went to Verizon yesterday and i asked the salesman when the nexus would drop. He said “hypothetically” it may “hypothetically” come out on December 1st “hypothetically”…wink wink

    • RJ

      Shut up nobody believes you or or wants to hear this.

      • SinSix

        truth… i don’t like it anymore then you. i felt like knocking his teeth out, ha.

        • The employees at store locations only hear rumors unless they are upper management.  So the guy you were talking to is most likely full of shit.

          • SinSix

            i hope you are right. i really do.

          • Anonymous

            That could very well be an in-store date.  It wouldn’t be the first time Verizon has launched a phone with 10-14 days advance availability through online/telesales.  Hell, that’s how they used to do ALL of their smartphones.

    • joejoe509

      Ugh. I bet his next sentence was how great the RAZR is.

    • Anonymous

      The sales rep I spoke with about 4 days ago told me that it was going to drop the same day the RAZR did.  You get what you pay for.

  • rjskalet

    this will be the number one reason i choose this over any other phone. i have wanted this forever lol

    • Anonymous

      I have this on my Bionic.

      • Bear0013

        What’s a bionic ……..lol……..jk

        • Guest


  • It does multiple colors, just not with stock software.  I’m on CM7 but I’ve had this functionality since CM6.  Texts are blue, Gtalk is orange, Facebook is purple, etc etc.

  • Justin C Ellis

    The addition of a multi-colored LED is the icing on the cake for me. My dream phone. LTE, Nexus Device, HD Super Amoled screen. Just perfect for me.

  • AHHHH I NEED THIS PHONE TO COME OUT ALREADY!!!!!! i seriously cant wait to have a notification LED again. stupid droid charge. 

  • fartbubbler


  • MJZ

    Is this really something special? 
    Every Moto Droid I’ve owned could do this. 
    OG Droid, DX and Bionic. 

    • ChuckDezil3

      Not stock customization like that. You always needed a 3rd party to fully customize the colors. This is awesome that Samsung built this in.

      • Not true at all.

        My dx is customized notification alerts with no 3rd party apps
        Its in most apps settings.

      • Justin Ellis

        This is not a stock app. In the videos details it states that he’s using LED Tester to demonstrate different colors. Either way, its great to have more options than amber and green. And we wont have to be staring directly at the phone to tell it blinking like we do with our current HTC phones. 

        • FortitudineVincimus

          the app is triggering the LED but many phone do not have the ability to do multiple colors and not this many colors off 1 LED.

          • Anonymous

            If an LED can do more than one color it can usually do a spectrum of colors, (RGB) by blending whatever color is required. The OG droid can do way more than 4 colors, I have used green orange cyan blue purple and red. It all depends on what type of software you have to trigger the hardware.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        and most 3rd party apps failed as most phones do not have multi color LED ability, and cerrtainly not this many colors

    • My thoughts exactly. This proves nothing. My Droid has had this for the past two years, yet until Android allows color changing for notifications, the ability of the LED is pretty much pointless.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        so wrong

        most droids, like the OG, can do about 4 colors. And, you cannot pick infinite rainbow of choices like this. NEVER seen a phone that can use a color picker for LED.

        As well, very few apps can pick a custom color LED notification so the implication here is possible native setting of notifcation colors as in many cases, you have to get a 3rd party app – like Gmail notifier – to do a color and have 4 colors to select from.

        • Just to make sure I am not wrong (I hadn’t tested this in about a year or so) I downloaded the same app as in the video onto my Droid, and all the colors (except white — white has a very slight pink tint) work just fine, and the color picker works — the LED colors using the color picker are pretty darn close, and I’d be willing to say that the discrepancy is due to the fact that app calculations have to be calibrated for the specific LED, as all LEDs have minor differences.

          As far as the app thing goes, I already agreed with you — in part. Since the test app can do all of those colors, that means any app can do those colors. However, as we have seen, a color-enabled LED in absolutely no way means that there are native color notifications settings. If you do some research, you can actually find that color LEDs in bulk cost the same as white LEDs in bulk (and I actually couldn’t find single-color LEDs at all — or well, tiny single-color LEDs that is).

        • An RGB LED can do any color depending on the voltage applied to each color connection. The number of colors is based on the setup, but any phone that has more than just red, green, and blue can do all of the colors. White with RGB LEDs is generally not a pure white though.

          And I can assure you, I used a color picker on my OG Droid quite a long time ago. I had different colors for different notifications and they could be any RGB value I wanted. I can’t tell you how many phones have this functionality, but I know the OG Droid did and any other phone with an RGB LED probably can. I can’t imagine the engineers would connect an RGB LED without having analog (PWM, not a DAC) capabilities on each of the three connections, especially considering that PWM doesn’t require extra hardware. If you can switch each of the colors on and off, you can PWM them and mix them up to 16.5 million (255^3) colors even with the most basic hardware.

          • Thanks Nick, that was well said.

    • Blootzm3

      your dumb, no Motorola has a notification led that changes colors. and I’ve had all the Motorola’s.

      • Anonymous

        Your dumb, all Motorola phones have plenty of LED colors but its ANDROID that doesnt allow customization. 

        Get the app “Lightflow” off the market.

        • SugaShane

          YOU’RE* both dumb. 

          • Anonymous

            You’are dumber than both of us combinded.

            My first you’re got autocorrected.

  • “And this again confirms what our sources told us back in early October, that this device would have a multi-color functionality in its notification settings.”

    What?  It doesn’t show that.

  • i really want to see it go one color, fade, then do another color.  Like if two notifications called for different colors, is this able to be done with an app already?

    • Anonymous

      I like that idea! Have one color represent a missed call and a different color represent a new email. It would fade from one to the other to let you know about both without even turning the phone on!

      • Anonymous

        download the app missed call.. been doing this since 2009.. multiple colors for diff types of notifications.. no root necessary

    • 123

      Cyanogen Mod has blended or succession modes for different notification colors at the same time.

    • jbonics

      I’m on cm7 but if your not so lucky. An app called TASKER will let you do amazing things with your led notifications. Unrooted too I think. I used it to blink a different color according to my battery level. And you can control how long or how fast it blinks. TASKER. Its not free though

    • Ben

      Yes, LightFlow will allow you to display as many colours as you have notifications.  I use it on both of my Motorola phones.  If I missed a call, I get red (orange if it’s from my wife), blue for sms/mms, purple for email, and so-on…

  • Brett

    Nice, brings back memories of my Nexus One, I loved the little track ball that use to light up. 🙂

  • None

    You could tell me then degree of pitch of the curved screen and I would read it just because its the Nexus … 🙁

  • Tachoboiii

    oh shoot, black and purple is mines!!!  will match my car <3

    • RJ


  • Odd that the notification light is on the bottom of the phone.

  • razrftw

    absolutely stunning

  • Silly or not, I love it.

  • Verizon can you take my money and give me my device already please? WTF MAN I DONT WANT A RAZR OR REZOUND I WANT A REAL ANDROID PHONE!

    • STiK

      Somehow “Real Phone” and “Samsung” don’t seem to fit into the same sentance. You must mean “I will sacrifice quality to have the latest and greatest OS!!!!”

      • Anonymous

        Just because it is plastic does not mean it is low quality.

      • Anonymous

        Contrary to DL popular belief, my Razr is a pretty damn good Android device

        • Anonymous

          Agreed, thing is slick.

        • this, razr is probably my favorite phone I’ve ever owned, cant wait to get ics

          • And, wait you will! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

          • Anonymous

            Indeed, it’ll be like getting a new phone again

      • Colin Zack

        Yeah, that Galaxy SII line of phones are really poorly made and are bad phones in general. /sarcasm

        Plastics can be high quality too. 

  • Is a multi-color notification light not the norm? I’ve always assumed it was since there was one on my OG Droid and my D2G.

    • Anonymous

      Too many phones either don’t have one, have only an amber + green one, or have one that is completely useless. My Thunderbolt falls into the last 2 of those categories, unfortunately.

    • Rp780

      Your OG Droid has a multi-color notification light? Mine surely didn’t.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, every Motorola device since the first Droid has had an RGB notification LED.

        • Justin C Ellis

          Correct. Ive missed the Moto notification LED’s. The wait for an unlocked/unlockable phone with a great LED indicater is almost over!

        • FortitudineVincimus

          I have one and use it BUT we are limited to like 4 colors.. red, blue, green, pink. You cannot do the whole color picker, trust me.

          • Anonymous

            You can pick from most colors, in fact white was the only one that didn’t seem to work. I had a Droid too.

    • Justin

      To us poor suckers currently using an HTC device, all we get is amber or green. To make it worse is HTC always hides the freaking LED behind some speaker grille. Now thats ignorant! Ive always missed the notification LED on my OG Droid. 

      • Anonymous

        on my htc desire there was blue as well as amber n green, and two colours could be put on at the same time to make pink and cyan – miss that on my SGS2

      • Domingo821

        The mytouch 3g had an abundance of LED color choices thanks to the MISSED CALL app

      • Anonymous

        for the longest time i never even realized that i had LED notifications on my thunderbolt…SMH

      • Anonymous

        DX is even brighter than the OG.. and I had a TB for a week (car dock and battery life made me return) and yeah the LED behind the grill BLEW.. another one to ‘add to the list’ of why I returned the TB.. gimmie the gnex

  • Guest

    Can it blink itself into my mailbox in time for Thanksgiving?