Tag Archive: sounds


When it comes to sounds, are USB-C headphones better than wireless?

Best answer: Yes. With the current state of wireless technology, wired has better audio quality than wireless for the foreseeable future.

In-Ear tunes: Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear (USB-C) ($ 119 at Amazon) Over-ear alternative: Bang & Olufsen H9i ($ 345 at Amazon) Comparing audio compression

When it comes to headphones, the sound quality is crucial and if you want superior sound, you might be wondering if USB-C headphones are better than wireless or other wired connections. Let’s  [Read More…]

Mint Mobile’s $20 data plan sounds too good to be true. It’s definitely not

Here at Android Central, we consider ourselves pretty thrifty people — it’s no accident we’ve partnered with the amazing folks at Thrifter, after all — and in the U.S., wireless service feels like a treadmill of endless fees and price increases.

That’s why, when we had an opportunity to check out Mint Mobile, we jumped at the chance. The MVNO runs on T-Mobile’s nationwide network, but does things a bit differently than the rest of the pack, and  [Read More…]

The Pixel-exclusive ‘Sounds’ app is now fully functional with v2.0 update

Who says ringtones can’t be cool?

Earlier this month, a mysterious “Sounds” app appeared on the Google Play Store as a new way for finding and selecting ringtones on your Pixel phone. Unfortunately, it didn’t really do anything. Now, with the update to v2.0 that’s rolling out, Sounds finally works!

Sounds 2.0 is rolling out to the Play Store now, and once you grab the update, you’ll want to go to Settings -> Sound -> Phone ringtone.  [Read More…]

Google Sounds brings Pixel ringtone and visuals to other Android phones

At least, it will once the app is actually ready to launch.

An app from Google called Sounds recently surfaced on the Play Store that, when installed on compatible phones, enables a collection of alarms, ringtones, and notification sounds previously only available for the Pixel. You’ll also get the visualizations that go with them — those flowing gradients of soft, muted colors that show up on the display of a Pixel when, say, your alarm goes off  [Read More…]

Sprint’s new $90/month Unlimited Premium plan sounds kind of awesome

The price goes down to $ 80/month if you bring your own device.

Less than two months ago, Sprint decided to do away with its one-size-fits-all unlimited plan and introduce two new ones — Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Basic. Starting today, those two plans are being joined by another, more expensive option called Unlimited Premium.

Sprint Unlimited Premium costs $ 90/month for one line, but if you bring over your own phone or buy a brand-new one  [Read More…]

How to add custom ringtones and sounds to your Android phone

Android is all about customization.

Don’t like your launcher? Get a new one. Don’t like your gray keyboard? Change it up! Got the same ringtone as that annoying co-worker at the other end of the room? Just don’t like the lame, old sounds that came with your sweet, new phone? No problem — we have options. Once you get the hang of it, the world is your ringtone.

Let awesome ring.

How to find and set ringtones  [Read More…]

Do you customize ringtones/notification sounds?

Our forum users talk about whether or not they bother with customizing ringtones on their phone.

A few years back when phones weren’t nearly as powerful or capable as they are now, one of the things that everyone seemed to do was get big on customizing their ringtone/notification sounds. Whether it was with pre-installed tones or ones you could buy through your carrier’s clunky mobile storefront, ringtones used to be the thing.

Now in late 2017, that’s  [Read More…]

Anker SoundCore 2 review: The sweet sounds of a summer speaker

The Anker SoundCore 2 pairs perfectly with summer

There’s a lot of competition in the portable Bluetooth speaker segment, with plenty of options to choose from no matter your budget. If you’re looking for one under $ 100, it’s hard to find something that checks all the boxes: high-end sound, long-lasting battery life, and rugged, water-resistant design.

Enter the Anker SoundCore 2, an updated speaker for 2017 that claims hit all of those desired specs. Anker sent  [Read More…]

Adding custom ringtones and sounds to your Android

Android is all about customization.

Don’t like your launcher? Get a new one. Don’t like your gray keyboard? Change it up! Got the same ringtone as that annoying co-worker at the other end of the room? Just don’t like the lame, old sounds that came with your sweet, new phone? No problem – we have options. Once you get the hang of it, the world is your ringtone.

Let awesome ring.

Finding a ringtone

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Ninja Pug: The name sounds cooler than the game (Review)

When I first saw Ninja Pug in the Play Store, I said to myself, “Yes, I want to be an awesome ninja pug and kick the crap out of other ninja dogs.” But no, that is not at all what this game is about. Ninja Pug, by developer Taldius, is a game about a ninja