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Lightning Bug - Sleep Clock

Rated: All Ages
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

Price: $2.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.9.1
  • Bug fix for some scenes that weren't playing correctly

Product Details

  • ASIN: B006ZB3V2C
  • Release Date: January 18, 2012
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,704 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Plugin-Mode enables tons of new content
  • Almost 200 sound samples and loops engineered exclusive for Lightning Bug
  • Over 50 soothing backgrounds and sound visualizations
  • Control each sound's volume (long press the sound's icon)
  • Control each sample sound's playback frequency (plugin-mode only)
  • Customize each scene with whatever sounds you want (plugin-mode only)
  • Digital Clock, customize font, color, screen size, and date\time format
  • Alarm Clock with customizable Snooze
  • Local Weather
  • Sleep Timer with App Shutdown

Product Description

Mix some me time! Find sleep and relaxation easier with Lightning Bug, an ambience and white noise mixer for Android powered devices. Lightning Bug features a library of almost 200 sound loops and samples ranging from the natural peace of rain storms and ocean waves, to pure white noise, city trains, meditation bells, acoustic and electronic instruments, and down-tempo break beats.

Lightning Bug also includes many soothing backgrounds and sound visualizations. It even has a stylish, customizable digital clock with alarm, a great replacement for your bedside alarm clock!

No plugin keys required, this special offer for Amazon users gives you access to *ALL* of Lightning Bug's premium content at one low price!

Required Permissions
* Your Location – course (network-based) location
Only used if you enable Lightning Bug’s local weather feature which is disabled by default. If you enable the local weather feature, only your latitude and longitude are sent to a trusted weather reporting service.

* Network Communications – full Internet access
Required for downloading extra content including sound, image, and program files from 1908 Media servers. If you have Lightning Bug’s local weather feature enabled, Internet access is also required for contacting a 3rd party weather reporting service.

* Storage – modify/delete SD card contents
Required for storing and managing extra content including sound, image, and program files.

* Phone Calls – read phone state and identity
Required so that scene and alarm audio can be ducked (partially to fully muted) during phone calls.

* System Tools – disable keylock, prevent phone from sleeping
Keylock control is required by Lightning Bug’s alarm system. Screen and sleep controls are required to keep the Lightning Bug digital clock and\or scene player visible (this is the default behavior, however you can override using Lightning Bug’s Screen Timeout feature)

* System Tools – send sticky broadcast
Lightning Bug broadcasts a single sticky intent whenever it begins audio playback. After audio playback begins, the intent is cleaned up.

* System Tools – automatically start at boot
Lightning Bug must briefly run at boot to synchronize it’s alarm clock with your device. This process is designed to have zero impact on your device’s startup time. Without this permission, you would loose any set alarms after a device restart.

Technical Details

  • Size: 2.5MB
  • Version: 2.9.1
  • Developed By: (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Disable the keyguard
    • Read only access to device state
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Broadcast sticky intents
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Modify global audio settings
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.1
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

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130 of 142 people found the following review helpful
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[NOTE: First, let me thank everyone who has warned others about the permissions in this app! :) I love you gals and guys, and am so glad to see the diligence and caution!! Keep it up!!!]

You may or may not be aware of my reviews of many of Amazon's Free Apps of the Day. If you are not aware, I try to protect users from bad apps as well as praise the good apps. I use my experience as an IT professional to help guide my reviews. Over the last couple of years, a good number of folks have used my reviews for guidance.

Which is why this review is likely to anger and confuse some of you gals and guys. Surprisingly, I approve of Lightning Bug. Undoubtedly, this will alienate and/or anger some of you who have supported my reviews in the past, which is why this review is so hard to write. But please, bear with me; I *promise* I haven't gone to the Dark Side (if nothing else, drop to the last line to see why).

Can this app be used maliciously? Yes, it can. Can it be compromised and used for its permissions? Yes, it can. So yes, this app can certainly be a security risk. On its own, though, this particular app is not malicious.

Nearly every application that I have warned about used permissions that were not necessary, or even dangerous. Almost all of those were games or similar applications that had no business incorporating the permissions they were using. The difference between a bad app and a good app is this: The primary reason to require a permission is for a valid purpose. In this case, those are some invasive and scary permissions.

Unlike games and such, Lightning Bug, along with similar apps, need some of the permissions to work properly. Lightning Bug needs additional permissions for extra functionality but doesn't require them.
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Messages to End Users June 19, 2013
By Peggy A
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After reading the reviews, I wasn't sure I wanted to take a chance on this free app of the day, especially because of the "gap" and privacy issues reported. After researching and considering for about half an hour, I decided to give it a try.

After installing the app, the following screen displayed. For your reference, I have copied the screen in word for word:


Have you recently experienced 'gaps' or 'skipping' while using Lightning Bug?

'Lightning Bug Audio' is a custom audio component we built to address the 'gap' issue reported by many of you over the last few months.

*If you are using a dual-core Android device running the Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread) or higher, this issue probably effects you!

To enable Lightning Bug Audio, press 'Enable Now' below or:
- Press the Clock Setting button from the main on-screen menu (the button that looks like a clock)
- Check Lightning Bug Audio (beta)

Feel free to use Lightning Bug Audio even if you haven't experienced audio problems, you can always switch back to the normal Android audio component from Settings.

Please report any issues to support and thank you for using Lightning Bug!

Your Choices -

Enable Now! or Ok

I finally decided to give it a try, and clicked on the "Enable Now" button. Right away, I was blown away by the beautiful graphics and the realistic sound of the surf and a lightning storm.

When I started exploring, the app stopped responding. I forced a close, and re-opened the app. A new screen popped up. Again, I've copied that screen, verbatim:

Thanks for using Lightning Bug! As of our 2.
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102 of 117 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the privacy policy before you install..... June 19, 2013
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The app is wonderfully itself actually deserves 5 stars. It is wonderfully done and could easily become my favorite white noise app. But there is a huge white elephant in the room. The permissions. I decided to read their privacy polic to see why they thought they needed access to all those phone functions and it is because they use Flurry Analytics. They make a big deal out of saying that does not get any personal info for them but they don't tell you that Flurry Analytics gathers personal info for themselves. There is also not an option to opt out of this info gathering. They claim that it will be an option in version 3.x and that it should have been released in late 2012. App itself deserves 5 stars but I am removing 3 because of the shady practices
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crashes on Samsung Galaxy S2 June 19, 2013
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APP crashes immediately every time it's run.
I hear the sound and the spash sceen pops up. Then the app stops.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed July 17, 2012
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i bought this based on all the good reviews but i think it's actually very buggy, pardon the pun. i put a lot of time into enabling plugin packs & configuring buttons only to find it's all gone the next time i open the app. and that's only the beginning of the problems i ran into, which were simply too many to enumerate. needless to say, it was sadly just money down the drain. kindle fire.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Sofie
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Product tested on 3 phones, Samsung Galaxy SII stock with Jelly Bean, SII running Cyanogen Mod with Jelly Bean, and HTC Sensation 4G Cyanogen Mod ICS. Immediately upon launch, crashed on all 3 devices. This version is actually 3 updates behind the one in Google Play store (that one is 2.9.4 and Amazon still has 2.9.1).

I downloaded and tried the version in Google Play (it's free because you do not get all of the plug-ins for free like you do with the Amazon version) and it worked immediately upon launch. So, until the version on Amazon is updated, I won't be able to use the app, but it will remain in the cloud.

I read the permissions and I also read why some of the questionable ones are needed. Maybe some of the folks that are freaked out about giving their location should read why it is If you want the weather, they need to know where you are (roughly, they only use latitude and longitude based on network location) so that you can get it, makes sense, right???


The app still does not work on my Galaxy S2, but it does work on my Galaxy S4 and my HTC Sensation. Not sure what the difference is, I am using Jellybean on both Galaxy devices and the Sensation. So, if you have tried it before and have a new device, try it again. I like the app, I just don't like the fact that they have not updated their app on Amazon, and despite contact with the developer by many users, they have not released a fix. I will update my rating, but it's still not a five star app since it still immediately crashes on my other device.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the program on my Android phone
I liked the program on my Android phone, but it kept hanging on my Kindle Fire HDX. I'll try it again in a couple months in case it's a bug that'll get worked out.
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Published 14 months ago by Jeff Goodfox
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, BUT it force closes
This app is wonderful! You can mix and match sounds to create you very own melodies and the background images are superb! Read more
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The review title says it all. It is one of the best FREE white noise applications out there. I think I have downloaded most of the free white noise apps, but the ease of use and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Destiny Thornton
2.0 out of 5 stars Force-Closes 100% of the time!
This app force-closes 1 second after opening, 100% of the time (after 30+ attempts) with my Samsung Galaxy S Relay-making it only the 4th app out of over 600 I've ran on the device... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Setnakt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I really like this when I am out of town and at motels, cuz it helps create a soothing sound and makes it easier to sleep. I don't even hear the traffic. Read more
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