Samsung just announced the Galaxy S10 series, but we already knew each device's every nook and cranny. Thanks to leakage and hands-on demos, we know that OEM retained the coveted headphone jack, but released a nice feature in its place – the LED message. Why did Samsung knock out S10 in this light, and can users expect anything to replace it?
Notification lamps have been an integral part of Samsung devices for many years. Android fans may not remember a while before these lights, and for good reason – they are super cool. Notification lights offer a simple, unattractive way of knowing whether or not you have alerts on your phone. No sound, no information, just a small, practical flash.
Why get rid of it? Well, it is probably not a deliberate omission, at least not in the sense that it is said to be an outdated port. Rather, the registration diode is a failure of Samsung's bold new design. To create the seamless border-to-edge infinity display, had something to give. You cannot have a traditional sign-up LED when the space needed to record is currently occupied by the coveted screen property.
Undoubtedly, fans will be disappointed for a long time. While still boasting most of the smartphone world with their intact headphone jacks, the new S10 is just another device to lose the message diode.
So where do we go from here? Well, maybe around the screen. Samsung's Edge Lighting is much like a message diode, except instead of being a single light, the entire limit lights up on the display. While the feature only works while interacting with your phone, it is a cool substitute for pop-up messages, and it offers a lot of customization approach.
Those who know about Edge Lighting's previous limitations should find comfort that Samsung has updated the feature with a user interface. Yet, it is not really a true substitute for the message nature's simple nature. Hopefully, Samsung always contains a display version of the message diode, or, better still, uses the ring light around the selfie camera as a message diode. Unfortunately, there are no official plans for any of these substitutes at this time.
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