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[App] [Pixel Pulse] Rejoice! Our Alternative for LED Notifications - (Stable)

Incredible_Culp

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Like most, I feel really empty without the LED.. I've been using, and have been dependent on the LED ever since my beloved Nexus One
and every Nexus/Pixel since..


Giving thanks:
Forcing us to pick up our phone just to see if we have any notifications is just uncalled for.
I want to check my phone when I want to, not because I have to.
I've tried pretty much every alternative out there -- they either didnt work how i wanted, or were just too ugly how they displayed the info.

Welp, enough rambling. Let me get to the point.
Lets us all give a round of applause to @grokus,
for providing us non-led'ers a true solution in the hell storm that has been created over this whole ordeal :victory:
He's been taking suggestions on what to include as well!




Description:

- Pixel Pulse uses the systems ambient display, in a VERY minimal, clean, efficient, time interval approach, to display whatever app you want to 'pop up'

- Pixel Pulse will 'cycle through' each app if multiple notifications are present

- Notifications can either be displayed as; icon only, icon + app name, icon + notification title, icon + title + content, or a mixture of all three depending on the app(s) you choose.

- Color choices, and more


How to use:

- Must have Ambient Display enabled. - (I just have the 'tap to touch' slider on).

- Have 'New Notifications' (Inside Ambient Display settings) enabled. - (This just allows Pixel Pulse to take over how to display the notifications).

- Battery Optimization (for this app) disabled. - (So the system continues the run the app without shutting the app down) ---- Settings > Battery > Battery Optimization > Pixel Pulse app > Don't Optimize.

- Go back into the app, set everything up as you like; colors, the time interval between pulses, what apps to display, how to display, etc



Going a Step Further:

- Once you have everything enabled you will be greeted with a persistent notification that displays "Pixel Pulse is Running". This notification will be present at ALL times; pulsing like a notification when the screen is off and in the notification drop down. Lets get rid of this (look at the next line).

- Settings > Apps & Notifications > Pixel Pulse app > Notifications > uncheck Pixel Pulse is Running > Enjoy :good:​



And there you have it! Enjoy your new LED notifications haha :laugh: -- Cant wait to see future development.
 
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tlbland0426

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I came across this a few days ago and even donated to get the pro features but for the life of me couldn't get the repeating pulse to work. It would show when I got a notification but then never repeat no matter how many seconds I set the interval to so I just gave up on it.
 
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I came across this a few days ago and even donated to get the pro features but for the life of me couldn't get the repeating pulse to work. It would show when I got a notification but then never repeat no matter how many seconds I set the interval to so I just gave up on it.
After reading through that thread, i believe he fixed it sometime last night.. I pulses for me fine.. You might give it another go and see
 

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Yep, ambient display is turned on (tap to view) and set to wake screen with new notifications. Have Pixel Pulse enabled with notification access, interval set to 10 seconds, apps configured and timeout set to 0.
That all sounds correct. I wonder if do not disturb is causing problems?

---------- Post added at 12:20 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:19 AM ----------

I think this one would be a better implementation for notifications because it does a light ring around the phone AND a pop up toast for the app.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flysoft.panel.edgelighting
Just be aware that displaying content over the lock screen like that wakes the device from doze/sleep.
 

tlbland0426

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That all sounds correct. I wonder if do not disturb is causing problems?
Don't have DND on and made sure to disable all battery optimizations so that wouldn't affect it either. I'll keep messing around with it though cause it seems like it's just the app I'm looking for at least until OnePlus implements an AOD or someone makes a working AOD port down the road.
 

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Don't have DND on and made sure to disable all battery optimizations so that wouldn't affect it either. I'll keep messing around with it though cause it seems like it's just the app I'm looking for at least until OnePlus implements an AOD or someone makes a working AOD port down the road.
Yeah it's working here. Tested it out. It was iffy at first for me too.

I would say go in and just toggle the settings again and then restart.

After I did that it's been flawless.

Also @grokus enjoy 70% of a coffee.
 

Incredible_Culp

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Thanks so much for the mention! I'll subscribe to this thread so if anyone has any issues or requests feel free to post them here.
Absolutely!

However, if i may give one .. maybe two suggestions.. lol

1. While its pulsing, with hidden content.. Maybe remove the "pixel pulse" name and only show the icon itself? thatll clean it up a bit more i think.. (also: when new message is received, the content still displays, but then 'goes away' and continues to pulse without the content -- is that intended?).

2. When you have multiple notifications; gmail, sms, etc .. maybe have the notification cycle through each app every pulse? (first pulse could show the sms, then the next pulse, gmail, etc..) Or 'stack' them (maybe 3 at the most?) on top of each other while it pulses? .. So you get to see all three apps at one time? Or a combinations of those if you have multiple notifications from various apps? ..

Hope i made sense :silly: -- i can elaborate if need be ha
 

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Absolutely!

However, if i may give one .. maybe two suggestions.. lol

1. While its pulsing, with hidden content.. Maybe remove the "pixel pulse" name and only show the icon itself? thatll clean it up a bit more i think.. (also: when new message is received, the content still displays, but then 'goes away' and continues to pulse without the content -- is that intended?).

2. When you have multiple notifications; gmail, sms, etc .. maybe have the notification cycle through each app every pulse? (first pulse could show the sms, then the next pulse, gmail, etc..) Or 'stack' them (maybe 3 at the most?) on top of each other while it pulses? .. So you get to see all three apps at one time? Or a combinations of those if you have multiple notifications from various apps? ..

Hope i made sense :silly: -- i can elaborate if need be ha
Yeah for those I have a feeling the Pixel lock screen doesn't work like ours. So he would definitely need to detect the device that's being used, if he's not already.
 

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Absolutely!

However, if i may give one .. maybe two suggestions.. lol

1. While its pulsing, with hidden content.. Maybe remove the "pixel pulse" name and only show the icon itself? thatll clean it up a bit more i think.. (also: when new message is received, the content still displays, but then 'goes away' and continues to pulse without the content -- is that intended?).

2. When you have multiple notifications; gmail, sms, etc .. maybe have the notification cycle through each app every pulse? (first pulse could show the sms, then the next pulse, gmail, etc..) Or 'stack' them (maybe 3 at the most?) on top of each other while it pulses? .. So you get to see all three apps at one time? Or a combinations of those if you have multiple notifications from various apps? ..

Hope i made sense :silly: -- i can elaborate if need be ha
I only have a Pixel to test on right now so please bear with me while I try to understand this.

I suspect that the first wake up might be your device's initial wake but I could be wrong.

I'll be adding a way to only show icons in addition to the hide content option (like the ninja mode).

On the pixel they do scroll through all current notifications each pulse. The pixel only shows one full notification at a time. What happens on your device? I can try other ways if you're willing to test it for me.
 

KOLIOSIS

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@Incredible_Culp

THX for sharing this w/us,much appreciated ! :good:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.compass.pixelpulse&hl=en

I'm liking this a bit better than a couple of the other apps mentioned throughout the OP6T Forum .
Your set-up notes in the OP got me to give it a look & once set-up & tested,I immediately went to this one as my go-to LED Notification replacement.

Those who choose to use this or any other LED replacement apps are going to see usage in the battery stats.
This may be near the top in usage,my suggestion is don't get caught up in the numbers,just use your phone as you normally would.
You may see less remaining at the end of the day vs not using it at all,but,I'm willing to bet it won't be close to a "panic" / "wall-hugger" level.
If this wasn't using battery/in-use,the next app or process in line would be showing the higher % use,hence the tail-chasing of the battery life discussions,LOL.

I recommend anyone give this a shot & support the developer if possible............. :good:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.compass.pixelpulse&hl=en
 
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KOLIOSIS

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It doesn't work for me no matter what I try. Changed the settings according to the first post, made all in-app settings, activated the pulse for all apps. Still, nothing happens when a notification arrives. Can someone please help?
Perhaps check your battery optimizations for all of the associated apps, including Pixel Pulse. (make sure they're not optimized & are allowed to run in the background)

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