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Everyone's favorite notification LED manager Light Flow received quite a large update today, to version 3.20. The new app features a totally overhauled UI with better support for tablets, quicker access to notification settings, and more. On the substantive side, Light Flow can now allegedly be controlled by apps such as Tasker, and the developer promises documentation for that is forthcoming.

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100 or so new apps have gained Light Flow support, including Blue Mail (which is apparently popular), and new pickers for ringtones and color top off the major UI changes. The typical bug fixes are in tow, as well, but this update is obviously more about the new looks than anything. Head to the Play Store to get it now (note: the free version of Light Flow had not yet been updated at the time of this writing).

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Guest

    Is this app worth it?

    • Josh

      If you have a phone with an LED, yes. 100%

    • Ryan

      I prefer light manager when I'm not on a rom with led control baked in. it's free with ads, or if you hate ads the pro version is a buck cheaper

    • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

      Yup, the dev is super friendly and has helped me with a very time consuming bug within the app and fixed it right away :) . App itself is flawless and clean. No wakelocks are made...

      • Clifford Rebelo

        I've been emailing the dev since yesterday about an issue with Evolve SMS. You're absolutely right - super freindly, responds quickly, and really seems like he wants to help. We just got the issue fixed and he asked if I got the new update...I said yup and it looks amazing. So yes, totally worth paying for this app.

      • derk p

        yes he has helped me before right away and added apps ive requested compatibility for, quickly

  • Oliver Phillips

    Is there any advantage to using this over GravityBox's notification controls?

    • merman1983

      or those included in CM (which may be the same/similar)?

    • vomer

      notification cycling on light flow vs not on GB

    • abqnm

      Much more control over what you can do. Complete control over the led color, blink rate & duration, vibrate pattern, when to vibrate, alert sound, when to alert, repeating alerts and vibration, what resets the led, and more.

      • Sac Bunt Chris

        GravityBox lets you choose the color, blink rate & duration, and repeating alerts.

        • abqnm

          Not even close. Gravity Box has "insistent alerts" which just causes the notification to repeat over and over until stopped. Light Flow let's you set a schedule, for alert sounds and vibrations separately. Also you can set the led to turn on and off in a pattern (rather than just GB setting the in and off duration). You can choose to have certain alerts ignore silent mode or choose whether or not to alert you during a call. There are really tons of options in Light Flow that Gravity Box doesn't have. (I have paid versions of both apps.)

  • Michael

    I bought this app a while back but never got into doing anything with the lights

    • Andrew

      Get in touch and I'll try help

  • WORPspeed

    I hardly ever pay attention to the led light...I wouldn't miss it if it wasn't on my next phone.
    Though every time this app gets upodated I am excited...I don't know why, I never used it for longer than a few hours before unisntalling it again :S

    • Paul_Werner

      Same here pretty much. Lightflow is a great app but I like using AC Display instead for my notification needs. I just feel that that's a better option IMO.

      • WORPspeed

        for me, the phone is either in my pocket (can't see the light) in the charger in field of vision (using Dashclock, screen turns on for the notifications I want to see, or in charger and not in field of vision (or not suppsoed to be) in that case I am likely sleeping and any additional light will be bad OR the device is in my hand in which case I jsut turn on the screen and look at the notification bar instead of waiting to see if any lights pop up :S

  • Gsizzle

    Lol Uninstalled it yesterday and now it has a massive update. FML

  • br_hermon

    This app used to be a favorite of mine, an instant install on any new device. But when I switched over to my Nexus 5, I decided to see if I could live without it. I don't think that it ever really caused much battery drain, but it was up there among the top in using system resources. 6 months later, I don't miss it too much. LED notifications are nice but I can live without them. And now Hangouts lets me customize individual SMS ringtones. (A really nice feature of LightFlow at the time) Plus having one less app taxing my phone's memory is nice too.

    All that said, I still think Lightflow is a great app and I would still recommend it to anyone wanting the functionality (though I haven't really explored GravityBox a lot, could be a strong competitor). I wish the dev the best of luck.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      I like it because I can tell it to stop flashing the light after a few minutes. Can't do that with the stock LG G2 controls. This alone helps with battery.

    • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

      The Gravitybox is pretty decent, but I love the simplicity of Lightflow. Especially now with the new card UI. Could have used tasker as well for Led control. But Lightflow is nice and tidy and (on my phone) doesnt use that much resources.

  • youareme7

    for some reason with my nexus 5 i don't have the update, tried uninstalling and reinstalling to no effect

    • Andrew

      It's on a staged rollout at the moment so I can handle support and fix a few bugs. I'm hoping to have it fully rolled out in the next couple of days.

      The lite version will follow shortly after

      • AndroidUser00110001

        Is there better LG support for G Flex and G2? Sometimes it worked on G2 and sometimes it did not. Would love an option for back light too.

        Custom color notification light is one thing keeping me off the stock ROM :(

        Thanks for good product!

        • Andrew

          Most issues with the g2 have been sorted and if you've root the back button lights work with the app

      • abqnm

        Have you considered a g+ beta community? Have a smaller group of testers before it goes live so you can handle bugs from volunteers rather than general users. Just thinking while I patiently wait. 😀

        • Andrew

          I've already got several hundred beta testers but even with that number there's still always some bugs that crop up

          • abqnm

            Nexus 5, cough, ahem, cough.

          • Andrew

            Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean. I use a nexus 5 for development and a large number of beta testers use one too

          • Andrew

            Just realised, do you mean you want to join?

          • abqnm

            I would love to. I don't have a N5, but in previous email conversations you had mentioned a lot of bugs with the N5 early on.

            Should I just email you to become a beta tester? For reference I have a Nexus One GPE (damn you HTC, give us 3 colors!).

          • Andrew

            Just email me, yes

  • NF

    Sounds cool, though my nexus 7 has a colorless LED light. I did try it, but there's not much I can do.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      The 2013 model?

      • NF

        Yes

  • Ryan O’Neill

    The notification LED on my Razr HD has all my iPhone friends jealous.

    "Whoa it's blue! What does that mean?"
    "Facebook message."
    "WHOA!!!"

    Thanks to you, Light Flow.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Oh yeah, iPhones never had notification LED

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    Oh man, staged rollouts suck. Still no update here but play store displays the updated version number :/

    • Andrew

      I kind of agree but I'm working on rolling out pretty fast while sorting out a few bug reports that have been reported. There's no way I could handle 100,000's users across both versions without it being staged and i don't like to ignore emails so prefer to spread it over a couple of days.

      • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

        Yes, I totally understand that but I think the possibility should be there for power users like us to update with a quick visit on the play store and click update manually. The great mass is receiving it later on. But this is not implemented in the play store (yet).

        • Andrew

          I know I wish there was something similar

  • Chad Baker

    APK Please

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      It's not a free app (although there _is_ a free lite version).

      • Chad Baker

        I have the paid version it's just not showing up yet

  • Eduardo Mateos

    And it will be updated on Amazon Appstore... in a year or so?

    Devs, those of us who bought it on Amazon (for whatever reason) are also paying users

    • Andrew

      I know, but it's a little slower due to the Amazon approval process and slight change required to meet their t&c's

  • archercc

    Hasn't shown up for me yet but I am excited. I love this app. Given the availability of android phones with multicolor LEDs Google should have hired him to put this functionality in stock android. Id love to see a "notification controls" center that basically had lightflow. Where you can centrally tweak notifications per app and apps just plug in using an API or something.

  • IncCo

    Awesome developer

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    And when is this update going to go live in Amazon? Devs can no longer give the excuse that Amazon takes too much time approve updates. Last time I pushed an update of my app, I got a response within 2 days.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Who uses Amazon? _Why_ would anyone use Amazon?

      Ugh...

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Free money. $$$s. $34 to be exact.

  • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

    This update easily just took the crown for the best looking app on my phone and its already been one of the most useful for a long time, even with a nexus 5 and its silly led issues, i dont care if quantum paper changes some little things this is what android apps should look like

  • E Jom

    Kills my battery and is suck

  • dontpanicbobby

    Will this ever work with Samsung devices?

    • Sokudoningyou

      Works on my Note 2. I did have some funky issue where my stock ringtone would set itself to a random number after someone called me, but after speaking with the developer and clearing the data, it seems to be fixed. Might have been due to me backing it up and installing it with TiBu instead of clean installing it after new roms.

      I'm just waiting for a "group" customization and I'll be completely happy. (And I swear it used to have it, when it first came out.)

  • kris

    Is it possible to discard the notification on the phone from the pebble?

    • derk p

      dont think so, id like to see that too but its prolly not possible

    • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

      Perhaps using Tasker?

  • dis

    I can't seem to set repeated sound notifications. Also, there is not longer an option to email for support from within the application. I liked the old interface better....