@Anonymous you will be pleased to hear that the S10 family will be using the camera cutout hole for the notification light. A spinning circle or other animation will appear in various colors around the camera hole. Whenever Face Recognition is used or the selfie camera is activated, the camera cutout will also light up again. It's pretty cool!
Update: Turns out the release for this update has been delayed for some reason. We don't know why, and don't have access to that information from this end. Only developers know specifically when. I do believe the update is happening, as it was confirmed by a supervisor in the testing area after the Unpacked release event & afterward by a Samsung executive.
Hello @SamsungAdam , this is not solved. Please revert back to unsolved
Wouldn't say this is a solution as it still doesn't resolve the issue that owners of the S10 range of phone do not have a notification indicator of any kind. No point having a notification flashing up for 3 seconds after the message has been delivered, no point if I am not looking at the phone at that time! I have had the Galaxy S2, S4, S6, S8+ and now the S10+. I am sure that all of these devices had a LED notification indicator. To suddenly take away this feature seems silly. So I can charge someone else's device with wireless power share on my S10+ now but I can't tell if I have a new email, text message or WhatsApp on my phone!! The phone is expensive enough and I have been told by Samsung "Customer Services" today to download a 3rd party app. I wasn't told which one but just to download one! Not great service considering a number of your customers are asking for what is a function that we have come to expect with these phones. For Samung not to offer this as an update is pretty bad to be honest for a £800+ device! Shame on you Samsung, please provide a software update soon to resolve this issue.
Today I oredered the s10e and just googled some reviews. I was expecting improved version of the s9. I am so happy I stumbled on this issue with the new s10. I immediately cancelled my order. The LED notificartion light is very impiortant for me and is one of the main reasons I stick to Samsung phones. I hope that this important feature will be brought back
I am not sure why it is so hard to get this done? The camera illumination is most likely more of a stretch as there is probably zero development that went into enabling that portion of the screen as a notification aera. However, edge lighting already works as a notification tool. Granted, it is currently too limited and only lights up one time, but letting a user select a color for messages, voice messages, etc. and then not only light the strip once, but continue in a preset interval until cleared should not be too big a lift. I would be happy with that as an LED replacement.
@userjxnzutaSf8 Samsung released their version of the notification LED with their updated Edge Lighting + app. A great app that has been reliable and useful to me has been Holey Light though. I highly recommend it. It offers a high degree of customization and is 100% safe.
@Goodole everything that makes the phone function can be considered being controlled by an application. Had there been a physical LED, the functionality would still be controlled by a system app. Holey Light (or alternatively Edge Lighting + made by Samsung themselves) are real alternatives for you. The sky is the limit with Android, and these apps take up hardly memory. Many phone manufacturers are removing LEDs from their devices. Some aren't. You're welcome to look elsewhere if it's right for you, but if you ask me I love my S10+ way too much (and use Holey Light, which works wonderfully for me) to give it up for any other brand.
Please mark this as UNSOLVED. When people do a Google search for this issue the link for this post comes up as Issue Solved. It's absolutely not!
Using third party apps is not considered solved. Samsung really needs to step it up and fix this. If we have third party apps that can fix this then Samsung should be able to.
I'm a little confused why 1) people don't seem to think it's a big deal not to have a persistent notification alerting you of missed calls and messages while the screen is off and 2) Why it's so difficult for Samsung to integrate a setting that enables a simple replacement for the missing led using the camera cutout.
After weeks of struggling with 3rd party apps that are unreliable and drain battery with unnecessary animations I finally found "LED Me Know". It can hide the AOD until there's a notification and even hides the AOD clock when there are notifications. The result? I get a basic flashing circle around the camera cutout with a black screen which uses little battery and does exactly what I need it to.
Why isn't this a part of the OS? I don't think I'm the only person who puts their phone on a desk or night stand that would like a constant flashing alert on the screen that uses as little battery as possible so we know at a glance we should check the phone when we walk back in the room. Having the screen on when there are no notifications is unnecessary and actually makes it less obvious when there are notifications. If I want to see the time I'll just wake the phone.
Here we are at September 5th, 2019, and still no Notification LED. Edge lighting notifcations do not work, the silly workaround app is ridiculous and flaky. Last update from SamsungAdam was 3/28, so he's probably jumped ship on this. Sadly this will be my last Samsung Galaxy purchase, and the Q60 TV I bought 2 weeks ago will be my last Samsung ANYTHING purchase. Not impressed with vaporware strategies.