Nexus S Kernel Mod Adds Backlight Notification, 1.4GHz Overclock

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While we wait for Sprint’s WiMAX-powered Nexus S 4G to arrive, there’s still plenty of life left in the original T-Mobile 3G-only incarnation of Google’s flagship Gingerbread phone. Android enthusiasts continue to pump out interesting tweaks for the phone, this time addressing the lack of LEDs on the Nexus S to act as notifications with the Honity14 kernel.

Support for backlight notifications – BLN – lets you use the illumination for the Android touchkeys in the place of stand-alone LEDs. You can manually assign how you’d like the lights to behave, tied to which notifications. The free BLN control app will let you set things up, or you can pick up the pro version for about $2, which lets you set time parameters for when BLN should be active, and configure blinking alerts.

BLN is just one component of this modified Android build, which includes support for overclocking up to 1.4GHz, Voodoo sound and color controls, Samba support for Windows shared directories, and a VPN mode.

As with most things Android-hacking-related, you can pick up the necessary files over at the XDA-Developers forum.

Source: XDA-Developers forum

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