Illumination Bar Notification
Illumination Bar Notification is a utility app for Sony Xperia NXT series of mobile phones. It will light up the transparent bar, the illumination bar, at the bottom of the device when you receive an SMS or you have missed a call.
In addition to SMS and Missed Calls, notifications from almost any app is also supported.
The following apps have been verified to work, but almost all other apps should work too
- Google Talk
The illumination bar can blink with different speeds or have a constant light depending on your preference.
This app will only work on the latest range of Sony Xperia mobile phones that have the illumination bar. Currently this is the following models: Xperia S, Xperia P & Xperia U
On Xperia U multiple colors are available to choose from (Red, Green, Blue, etc). Xperia S and P only have hardware support for one color so they are limited to white light.
The illumination bar will light up until the SMS is read, the call has been acknowledged or optionally the lights can be turned off when the screen is unlocked.
Screen shot of the settings for Illuminatin Bar Notification
Illumination Bar Notification is available for free on Google Play, but if you like it you can donate to help fund future improvements to the app.
Download APK directly
DonateThis app is free, but if you like it and would like to help fund future development you can do so by donating some money to my Paypal account.
Click the button or go to paypal.com and make a donation to firstname.lastname@example.org
General SettingsSettings that apply to all notifications, or that does not apply to notifications at all.
Clicking the items will sometimes bring up more detailed settings, and sometimes directly toggle a setting.
Phone NotificationsNotifications that do not belong to a specific app. Click any item to bring up more detailed settings.
App NotificationsContains a list of apps that you can configure notifications for. Click any item to bring up more detailed settings.
Add more appsOpens up a list of apps you can add to list of App Notifications
Select DeviceSelect between Xperia U and Xperia S/P.
Xperia U option will NOT work on Xperia S/P. If you have Xperia U you can select both options to get different behavior.
LED BrightnessHow strong the light will shine in the illumination bar.
Notification TimeoutHow long until the illumination bar stop blinking after a notification is received.
To save battery the times may differ a little from the target time.
Default value "Never" means you have to manually acknowledge an event before it stops blinking.
Quick StopWhen you enable Stop light when screen is unlocked, this option will stop the light when the screen is turned on instead.
That means you only need to tap the power button to wake the screen if you want to stop the illumination bar light.
Note that some apps will turn on the screen when something happens (Skype, Viber, etc.). This means some notifications may stop before you have noticed them.
Don\'t notify when the screen is onDo not start the notification light if the screen is on when the notification is received.
NOTE: If you enable this you risk missing notifications.
The illumination bar will not light up when the screen is turned off!
Don\'t show icon in the status barThis app will not show an icon in the status bar if this option is enabled.
NOTE: If you enable this and receive a notification from an app while the screen is on you must turn off the screen before you can stop the notification.
Softkey Backlight Always OnEnable this to always have the illumination bar lit while the screen is on.
Notification blinks will override this light.
Temporary DisableSet this to disable all notifications.
You can use this when you do not want to be disturbed to quickly disable all notifications from this app.
Off HoursSet a time interval when the app will not notify.
Use this if you dont want any notifications for example during the night.
When the Off Hours ends any outstanding notifications will start to shine.
To save battery the set interval may not have exact timing.
Individual Notification Settings
EnableTick this checkbox to enable a notification
Stop light when screen is unlockedEnable this to stop the light directly when the screen is unlocked. The default behavior is to stop blinking when an SMS is read, or a missed call has been acknowledged.
If the screen is on when you receive the notification the light will stay on as per the default behavior.
ColorA range of colors are available on Xperia U. Each type of notification can have its own color.
This option is not avialable on Xperia S and Xperia P.
Blink RateBlink Rate determines how fast the light will blink.
There are several options ranging from the fastest at 150 milliseconds, to the slowest at 2 seconds, which is the slowest rate the hardware supports.
This is a list of apps you have installed on your phone. You can add any one of them to the list of apps on the main page.
Just click on the app to toggle it on or off
Note that some apps may not give notifications properly for this app. Some apps make notifications in strange ways, some apps will only work with some settings, etc.
This means some apps will not give any notification light, and others may show weird behavior with their notification light.
Voice apps like Skype and Viber will turn on the screen when a call is received, so they will not work with Don\'t notify when the screen is on.
Viber will update its status bar icon continuously during a call, which means the notification light will blink during the entire call, even if you stop the notification.
The test buttons at the bottom of the screen lets you try out your LED settings without actually receiving an SMS.
Use this to preview blink patterns and to verify the LEDs work.
Problems / Known Issues
SMS notification does not workIf you have problems getting notifications for SMS, make sure your SMS app does not stop other apps from getting incoming SMS notifications.
For example, GO SMS Pro have an option in Settings -> "Receive Settings" -> "Disable other message notification". This should be unchecked!
Other SMS apps may have similar options.
Always On keeps the illumination bar on after the screen is offThis is because of a timing issue when the phone goes to sleep. The light will go off eventually, but it may take a while.
To turn it off manually, just wake the screen and put it back to sleep using the power button.
SMS / Phone notifications keep blinking after I have cleared the notification bar.SMS and missed calls blink until they have been acknowledged in the system. Depending on your SMS and Phone app those values may not be reset when you dismiss the notification. To avoid this issue you can enable "Stop light when screen is unlocked".
Some examples of who has recommended this app.
- Sony Mobile
- Xperia Blog
- Best of Android
- Phone Arena
- Android Telegraph
- Android World
Fix blinking on Xperia J
Translate app to Swedish, French, Spanish
Better support for Xperia U custom ROMs (CyanogenMod)
More blink rate options
Set theme color. (Xperia U only)
Notifications for battery fully charged and battery empty
Added a widget to quickly enable or disable the app
Added Off Hours (Night mode).
Support notifications from any app.
Temporary Disable option.
Support Twitter notifications.
Bugfix regarding missed calls.
Option to not show icon in the status bar.
Support Facebook notifications.
New GUI + new icon
Support for 3rd party apps. (WhatsApp, Email, Calendar, etc.)
Add option to stop blinking when screen is turned on instead of when it is unlocked
Add option to not notify if the screen is on.
SMS notifications now also works with MMS.
Add timeout option to stop blinking after preset time.
Add option for "Always On", to keep light on when the screen is on.
Fix crash on devices with ICS (Android 4.0).
Screen stays off. (Previously it would light up regularly).
Add option to set the intensity of the LED light.
Added new slower blink option.
Added help page and donation button.
Help page includes instructions to solve issue with GO SMS Pro.
Add support for Xperia S and Xperia P.
Thanks to Josh Taylor for the great icon.
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