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Surprise! The Nexus 6 smartphone has a hidden RGB LED, works only when rooted

A strange development has come to the fore in the form of news that the new Nexus 6 handset bears an LED notification light function which has intentionally been disabled by Google. You will need to have your device rooted in order to access this feature.

Some folks over at XDA (via Vinoth Ragunathan) have discovered this feature, and have revealed that root permissions and an app like Light Flow are the two things needed in order to start using the attribute. Google has most probably not enabled this trait on its own owing to the fact that the Nexus 6 grabs the Ambient Display feature that lets you take a peek at your notifications without waking up the phone.

Nexus 6

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But then why build it into the handset in the first place? Perhaps Ambient Display was made a part of the device’s software after its hardware had been finalized. The notification LED on this Nexus phone is situated behind its earpiece and it lights up in red, blue and green colors.

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This new Google smartphone which acts as a flagship for the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, has been widely made available around the world already. It is based on this year’s Moto X, and features an incredible large display among other advanced components.

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A glance at the key specs of the Nexus 6:

– Display: 5.96-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels
– OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
– Processor: 2.7GHz quad core Snapdragon 805
– Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage options
– Camera: 13MP rear, 2MP front
– Battery: 3220mAh
– Size: 82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06mm
– Weight: 184gms

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If you want your Nexus 6 to be able to receive LED notification support, you need to root it first and then download the Light Flow app through the Play store.