If a speaker, vibration motor, and an on-device notification light aren't enough to grab your attention when a new message comes to your phone, you need a more extreme option. The developer of HueNotifier Beta has provided one: an impressive sync between any Android 4.0+ device and Philips' range of Hue connected LED lightbulbs. After installing the app and setting it up, new notifications from any app can be assigned to pulsate the light bulb or bulbs in any available color.

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The app is pretty basic at the moment, but seems to have all of its bases covered, with easy setup and quick modifications. Pulses can be set to any length of time, though it appears that a notification can only flash once. Users will have to set up an Accessibility service to enable it (Settings>Accessibility>HueNotifier). There is one potentially deal-breaking bug in the app right now: the accessibility setting tends to reset after you power your phone or tablet off. Here's a short demonstration of the app in action - apologies for the poor quality, but it appears to be the only one available.

You'll need the Philips Hue base station and at least on Hue lightbulb to get started. After spending that kind of dough on some fancy lights, another $1.29 for the HueNotifier Beta app shouldn't be an issue. Don't forget the official Hue management app as well.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • yo mama

    Piece of sh1t!

  • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor


    • Wilfredo Alarcon

      Apple asked for it to be built, so, yes, overpriced.

    • damonwuzhere

      If you live in the US i believe you can get a $20 tax rebate for each bulb because they are led and energy efficient. also you can save money on your electric bill and they are designed to last 13+ years. uhhhhh yeah for that ill have a disco light party in my house!

  • hanbeeg

    Looks very useful for deaf people!

    • zookee

      Also useful if you want to become a blind person...

  • Wilfredo Alarcon

    All the icrap owners don't seem to mind paying outrages prices for their icrap accessories. Philips lumileds didn't even want to build these, but Apple insisted (setting the $$$ potential no doubt).

    • feres13

      I'm pretty sure if Apple had something to do with making this accessory there wouldn't be an android app for it. And even if it's overpriced, we have to give the credit to Philips for making something different and futuristic.
      And BTW can we end this Apple hate crap, as much as i love android and prefer it over iOS, i just hate reading all this crap in comments, this is really pathetic...

      • Wilfredo Alarcon

        I work for Philips lumileds. We make it almost grudgingly (get ca$h for it obviously), because of the low lumens and very niche market.

        The android app is NOT from or by apple. It is a 3rd party app taking advantage of the unit's internet capabilities built in. The unit takes commands from the web (basically). Simple.

        Don't like my "crap" comment? Don't read. Move on. Simple.
        Pathetic is someone commenting on a "pathetic" post.

    • Mike

      Have you ever even used an Apple device, you poor Walmart-shopping, scumbag?

  • http://twitter.com/r2DoesInc r2DoesInc

    There will be a free version in the future with a more limited set of features, and you can expect this one to be receiving constant updates.

  • Xpgamer7

    So I could link up Arduinos into my house and sync them to an android app that sends a notification to this which turns a bulb red when someone breaks into my house while I'm focused. Cool.