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[-] [email protected] 93 points 8 months ago

I want my notification light back so badly!

[-] [email protected] 46 points 8 months ago

I agree! And it flashed different colors for different notifications! Things were awesome!

[-] [email protected] 9 points 8 months ago

Didn't even realize the led was something that had been removed. Mine has it on the upper edge, which is fine, although I'd prefer it on the front face so it can be 'muted' by flipping the phone over

[-] RIP_Cheems 0 points 8 months ago

My android flashes around the edge of the screen when there's a notification, whether I'm using it or not.

[-] viperex 3 points 8 months ago
[-] [email protected] 2 points 8 months ago

There used to be a notification light settings panel in Settings. I don't have a. Notification light anymore, so I'm not sure where yours would be.

[-] [email protected] 18 points 8 months ago

Wait, aren't most phones OLED? Wouldn't it be trivial to light up a few pixels in the corner of the screen when it's off? Do phones not do this (I'm still running my S7 into the ground so I have a dedicated LED)?

[-] [email protected] 20 points 8 months ago* (last edited 8 months ago)

It's not trivial. An LED only needs power to light up, an OLED Pixel always needs the GPU to be powered on and it would be a significant power loss to implement a pixel sadly

[-] [email protected] 17 points 8 months ago

The full Always On Display (which shows the clock + some notifications) uses less than 1% battery per hour on my ancient S7, are new phones not any better than that?

[-] WhoRoger 5 points 8 months ago

It doesn't if the screen is connected directly to the frame buffer which can refresh independently. Whether that's actually implemented this way in hardware, well who knows, but I suspect it is as that's useful to display any static image. Then just power up the display driver for a microsecond to refresh the image if needed.

[-] MooseBoys 7 points 8 months ago

None of this is true. It may happen in practice on some poorly-designed devices, but the “GPU” in the SoC can remain powered off, and the display controller remain in low-power mode.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 8 months ago

I mean there's a ton of phones that have always on displays (AOD)

[-] [email protected] 10 points 8 months ago

I have my always on display which gives me icons of the notifications in a predictable place on screen all the time.

My battery still lasts a full day so power concerns not an issue

[-] tehmics 7 points 8 months ago* (last edited 8 months ago)

OLED does see significant power benefits for black pixels but it's no where close to lighting just a single LED

[-] [email protected] 3 points 8 months ago

yeah samsung has a feature for this in good look

[-] dashydash 3 points 8 months ago

Which setting? I don't think I see it

[-] [email protected] 4 points 8 months ago

Huh, you're right, I don't see it anymore either. Could be they removed it, or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 8 months ago

The Xperia Z2 had a notification light bar, I miss that one especially.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 8 months ago

I saw a comment on lemmy some time ago about a foss app that mostly brings it back, but I can't find it anymore.

It's not the one I saw, but a quick google search led to this: https://github.com/Chainfire/HoleyLight

[-] MooseBoys 3 points 8 months ago

Why do you need it with an OLED screen?

[-] [email protected] 3 points 8 months ago

I just use the camera notification circle. It works just fine. I can set it to use a notification dot but the circle is cooler

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