Apr 10 AT 5:10 PM Guest Blogger 14 Comments

Missed Call: Micromanage your notifications

My Droid needs to know something. Green is not the favorite color of every human being in the world. In fact, according to the Internet, the world’s most favorite color is blue. That said, I hate both of those colors. Personally, I enjoy yellow.

Don’t get me wrong! Android is a great OS and the phones that run it are getting better and better. You are constantly updated on new e-mails, text messages, tweets, and a variety of other notifications… which is awesome! But, despite all that awesome, there is one flaw to the system. With the exception of the Facebook application (which, by the way, apparently got it right with the blue) all of your notifications produce the same boring blinking green LED. If you’re like me and normally have your phone on vibrate, a blinking green light isn’t enough to tell you what kind of notification you’ve got.

Enter Missed Call: a free app from the Android Market. Missed Call does more than it’s name may entail. It allows you to set up profiles for a good amount of notifications you might get on your phone, including everything from missed calls and SMSs to your low battery status. This then gives you the ability to set a handful of options for things your phone should do upon receiving these notifications like the LED color, the length and type of vibrations, the ringtone used, and whether or not the notification should repeat. Some of the services, however, have less options than these four. Specifically, things like the low battery service can’t change the LED color from the default red, which I think is okay.

The process is pretty simple. You add a service from the main menu. Then you go into the settings for that particular service. For some services, like the SMS service, you have the option to set general settings for all of the notifications, as well as settings for individual contacts. After choosing the group you are trying to edit notifications for, you are then presented with the options you can change.

Pros:

  • The ability to fine tune notifications
  • Several options to customize the response to several notifications your phone can generate
  • Easy to use and manage interface

Needs Improvement:

  • Have to turn off the internal notification settings for some of the services before the app will work
  • The notification sound selector seems to be buggy (won’t select the right sound sometimes)
  • Control over other notifications, like getting e-mails and linking into specific applications are non-existent. Hopefully these will be included in the future, though.

Final Verdict

So, if you want to be able to micromanage your notifications this is the app for you; if you just want to be able to change the LED color from green, this is also useful. All in all, this is a pretty nifty little app that gives you access to options that probably should have been in the OS to begin with, and allows you to add that extra bit of color back into your life.

Phone Version: Droid with 2.1

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Note: This review was submitted by Peter Janak as part of our app review contest.

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