Tag Archive: sounds


Android Auto finally gets an option to disable notification sounds

You will no longer be distracted by annoying notification sounds while you’re on the road.

What you need to know Google has quietly added an option to disable notification sounds in version 5.0.500224 of the Android Auto app. The “No sound from notifications” toggle can be found in the Android Auto settings. Notifications will, however, still remain stuck on the screen until you dismiss them.

Google rolled out the first major update for Android Auto last year,  [Read More…]

Some Nest Hello owners have been stuck with Halloween-themed sounds

Ding-dong don’t change your doorbell to an annoying sound

What you need to know Google Nest Hello owners could play spooky Halloween doorbells. The option to remove or change the theme disappeared from the settings. Google is rolling out a fix presently.

Google Nest Hello doorbell owners who wanted in on the Halloween spooky spirit were haunted by their choice for almost a week after the night ended. Some Google Nest doorbell owners reported to Android Police  [Read More…]

Live Transcribe for Android now recognizes sounds, allows you to save text

Live Transcribe is currently available on 1.8 billion Android devices and in over 70 languages and dialects.

What you need to know Live Transcribe enables you to see the sound around you. You will also be able to copy and save text for up to three days. The audio visualization indicator has been made larger.

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google announced new changes coming to its Live Transcribe feature. As of June 3, they have finally  [Read More…]

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…]