Arc Lighting and Energy Ring turn the OnePlus 8’s hole-punch into a notification and battery indicator
OnePlus finally ditched the notched display as well as the ‘Pro’ variant-exclusive pop-up selfie camera in favor of the hole punch design in the OnePlus 8 series. Despite housing a single front camera, the hole is placed at the top-left corner, giving the design an asymmetrical vibe. Given the company has yet to implement an Always on Display mode in OxygenOS, the developer community has been quick to fill the gap and has decided to utilize the area around the camera hole to simulate a notification light or even a battery indicator.
The first candidate is Arc Lighting, which is a known name within the Samsung community. Originally developed by XDA Member epicality, the app “… adds a highly customizable ring of light around the camera cutout”, which can be further brought to play for audio visualizations, displaying battery status, charging state, notifications, and many more events.
Next up is Energy Ring by XDA Recognized Developer jagan2. The developer has relentlessly added support for new devices with hole-punch camera cutouts in this app, which is solely meant for indicating the current battery level. Using in-app purchases, users can further unlock the ability to add gradients or multi-colored rings around the hole-punch cutout of the OnePlus 8 and its ‘Pro’ counterpart. Energy Ring also offers a set of cool animation effects to choose from, which will be activated every time you plug in the device for charging.
The model-specific discussion threads are listed below: