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Background

The current Android app gives notifications in the form of a customisable sound and a non-customisable vibration.

The current vibration is exactly the same as the phone call notification1 which primes me to receive a phone call (I'll admit it; I don't really like being called).

1: on my phone at least: Samsung Galaxy S3, no other notifications other than phone calls and Stack Exchange notifications come through like this

Feature request

Would it be possible to customise the vibration pattern that we receive with notifications?

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    Which device are you using? On my Nexus 5, the app notification causes two short buzzes, which seems to be standard across all notifications on the device. A phone call is a very long buzz. – Steven V Apr 23 '14 at 14:58
  • @StevenV Interesting, for me the SE notification is a single long buzz (same as the phone call but the phone call repeats). I'm using a Galaxy S3 – Richard Tingle Apr 23 '14 at 15:01
  • I was tinkering with a Galaxy S5 a few days ago and I noticed the notification vibrate was different. Maybe Samsung changed the default notification vibrate pattern? It is the same vibrate pattern for other notifications on the device? – Steven V Apr 23 '14 at 15:06
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    @StevenV Texts come through as 2 short blasts. I think most other notifications do as well. Nothing else on the phone (apart from calls) comes through as a long vibrate – Richard Tingle Apr 23 '14 at 15:09
  • Do you know of any app that lets you modify the vibration pattern? I'd like to steal their interface, if possible. Most apps I see have the same on/off switch we have. – Kasra Rahjerdi Apr 23 '14 at 17:35
  • @Kasra interesting question. The ones I have installed don'tbut they have a different vibration pattern to SE. However, this app claims to set vibration patterns for different apps (although the free version doesn't recognise stack exchange app); . play.google.com/store/apps/… – Richard Tingle Apr 23 '14 at 20:17
  • @RichardTingle We can definitely do custom vibrations, I just don't know how to present it to the user (you send it to the OS by a series of "vibrate for this many ms, pause for this many"), I don't know why the current code would have a different vibration than other apps though. – Kasra Rahjerdi Apr 23 '14 at 20:35
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    @Kasra Ah, I see. What I have seen (e.g. in vybr) is a touch based recording of a pattern but that seems like overkill, my 2 cents would just be for 5 or 6 options for the user to choose from (similar to the sound selector) – Richard Tingle Apr 23 '14 at 20:38

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