The Android O Developer Preview has simplified the way in which custom ringtones, alarm sounds, and notification sounds can be assigned.
In previous versions of stock Android, the process of adding a custom ringtone involved copying files into the dedicated ringtone or alarm folders on your handset — or downloading a third-party app. Neither was a particularly elegant solution and other manufacturers, such as Samsung and Huawei, have long-since provided a more convenient way of doing it.
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In Android O, you can now more easily select an audio file from your device. When you are selecting a ringtone from the sound settings menu, an “Add Ringtone” option will appear at the bottom of the list of stock sounds. Tapping this will allow you to locate an audio file from your phone and, once you have, this will become available in the menu alongside the default sounds.
Some may say that Android has really never had a very friendly UI when it comes to Settings. So earlier, we either used apps to create ringtones or notification sounds from MP3’s already on the phone, or we would plug in our Android phones into our computer systems and add some new tunes later to be used as tones!
But no more! Here comes Google’s Android O! Now you will be able to customize your ringtones right from your phone, be it a ringtone, notification tone or alarm. You can easily download from the web. Email’s and cloud storage? No problem. You can download it from there too! It does not stop there. The people over at Android Police have revealed that you can also ‘+ add ringtone’ which is seen at the bottom of the list of available phone ringtones/notification sounds.
Google’s Android O was first announced earlier this week. It’s all about presenting to the users a deeper customization experience.
Perhaps not one of the most exciting features or developments to be announced, but it definitely is a good thing. It is certain, that users who don’t often plug their Android device into their computer systems can now enjoy an, up till now, missing feature on their smart phones.