API for LED Notification
Provide an API to use the Windows button as led notification for missed calls, incoming messages or mails and other notifications.
Put (blinking) LED notification when having incoming notification to save effort every time do not have to unlock screen and checking any notification. Nokia symbian phones does have, would like window phone will have too.
When an email arrives, or when I got a missed call, OS notifies via the notification LED.
But third party apps don't have the ability to notify the user this way.
I realize that allowing raw control will compromise the UX. However, allowing the apps to let the OS know that there is an update, combined with a toast or a tile update would be useful.
For ex: when I update the tile, or fire a push notification, allowing to mark it as 'priority', so the OS can blink the light ? (then also need a way to cancel the 'priority' as well)
Would be better if the marketplace force the developers to allow disabling the LED notifications if the user wants (or make is a App specific OS setting)
- If this is used properly, it makes using a phone much easier. I wouldn't even have to turn on the display to see whether there's a notification. (allow a setting to disable at night time, so it won't freak out people if they wake up mid night and found 'something' blinking next to them.)
Thank you for your suggestion. As you now know, we have already moved to a model that hard windows button is not a hardware requirement anymore. It wouldn’t make sense to light up the Windows button if that’s a soft button as that will result in the whole screen to light up. If we ever introduce a notification LED framework it will most likely be a separate light.
Balázs Bernát commented
nokia/MS phones with software navigation buttons are mostly low-mid phones (except for the 735, but that has a hidden notification LED as far as I know, so it could have this feature with that led), let this be a feature for mid/high phones with iluminated hardware buttons. it would also be good for market separation, yet another feature that doesn't come with cheap phones, right?
IceX PR commented
If it's a software button, even better! It means we developers can change the window button color (or at least make it blink) when need it in our apps.
IceX PR commented
Especially the LED with Windows Logo..
I hope you don't mind, but I tweaked the suggestion to be API related and less about consumer capability - great suggestion.
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the phone should "communicate" to user without need to turnon/unlock the phone. It would be good to have visible if you have missed sms or phone call wihtout need to unlock the phone. E.g. you go and get cafe in the office and leave your phone on the desk. when coming back you do not know if someone has tried to reach you or someone has sent you sms without unlocking the phone. the phone should "actively communicate" to the user rather than just sitting on the table.
Agreed as for hearing impaired. Would save time to do not have unlock screen every time to check any notification.
Azzam Aziz commented
This idea would make the Windows phone far more superior to any other phone, especially Blackberry and iPhones. Hope this gets passed, it would be an easy idea.