Most people who have owned a Nexus One, a Galaxy Nexus or a Nexus 4 will know and love the functionality that the RGB notification light brings to their device. The lack of notification light from the Nexus 7 was a glaring omission at the time of its release, but it appears that Google may be about to remedy that situation.
Twitter user Cesi D’Alessio noticed that in the latest video from Google announcing Hangouts, Google shows a Nexus 7 receiving a notification which is illustrated by showing a notification LED lighting up. This notification light, which is not included on the current iteration of the Nexus 7 shows up at the 21 second mark of the video below.
The notification light has saved me from missing notifications many times, if I do not hear the sound of a notification arriving while the screen is off I get a constant reminder of the notification through the LED even with the screen off. Being able to assign different colours to notifications, as well as different flashing speeds and timing for different apps is a fantastic advantage that Nexus phones have over others in my opinion.
The Nexus 7 Mk II which failed to emerge at this years keynote address at Google IO has been rumoured to carry a new HD 1920×1200 screen as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. When the device will actually emerge is unknown but the one year anniversary of the Nexus 7, is due to coincide with the release of the newly announced Google edition Samsung Galaxy S4, so that would be a very good time to announce two new devices.
Do you think this is really the next Nexus 7? Do you like the idea of a notification light on a tablet?