From wallpapers to a battery indicator, folks have found interesting uses for the Samsung Galaxy S10’s selfie camera punch-hole. Now, Android developer Chainfire found yet another use for the punch-hole — notifications.
Cleverly called Holey Light, the app animates the edges of the camera punch-hole whenever you get a notification. It’s a clever use of that area, which actually lights up a chrome color when you open the stock camera app.
Bring forth the “Holey Light” ! S10/S10e/S10+ Notification LED emulation, by flashing the camera cutout edges in various colors. Much beta, such ouch, work in progress. Free, sauce included. https://t.co/xqX2fFWnaa pic.twitter.com/pCoeVPi8fi
— Chainfire (@ChainfireXDA) April 3, 2019
There are a few things to keep in mind, the first being that the notification light doesn’t work on the lockscreen. The light also doesn’t work while the screen is off, though an experimental feature within Holey Light lets it show the light while the screen is off and the phone is charging.
Also, Chainfire recommends that you turn off the Galaxy S10’s always-on display feature and check off the setting that automatically locks the phone.
If you’re okay with those caveats, you can download Holey Light for free at the link below. The app works with the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10e. Chainfire is even keeping a running list of known issues on the app’s Github page, so don’t be afraid to reach out to the developer with problems you might encounter.
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