06
Jul
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I have a confession to make: I don't use ringtones. Most of the time, my phone is on vibrate, and when it's not, I insist that my ringtones actually ring. However, if I were to use custom ringtones, Ringtonium is the app I'd use to set them up. This app is beautiful. In a way that few apps are. The interface is brilliantly easy to use and accessible to even the most tech illiterate users.

Very similarly to turntable, this app might remind some folks of iOS just a bit, although this is more due to a design philosophy than any particular UI element. The faux realistic textures are much more common on iOS than Android (and at least one texture is just plain lifted from the iOS folder background), however the editing interface more than makes up for it. Select a track, place an in and out point by dragging or using the snazzy scrub wheel and you're done. The app also allows you to record your own audio files.

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Left: Ringdroid, Right, Center: Ringtonium. Past and future.

The resident king of the hill, Ringdroid, has been a mainstay of ringtones on Android for a while now. Unfortunately, the app hasn't been updated since March 2011 and it shows. Ringtonium brings a much-needed UI update to ringtone management.

The paid version offers additional effects you can apply to your ringtones. The paid version costs $2 and removes ads. So if you're even an audiophile when it comes to your ringtones, or if you really hate ads, it might be worth it, but otherwise the free version is ready for you via the widget below.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://code.google.com/p/lg-v909 Aaron Echols

    Looks like an iPhone app...

    • Mancubus99

      That's because it IS an iPhone app! Honestly, I don't like the look. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWodLOYbSpk

      I will say one thing though: Adding ringtones on iOS is ridiculously involved compared to how simple it is on Android!

  • Harry Smith

    I'm actually not a fan. After becoming so accustomed to ICS and the Holo design, this just looks like a massive step in the wrong direction. Nifty little app, though.

    • http://twitter.com/tweet077 RonaldoVerta

      Not every app need to look the same. The holo theme is nice, but it doesn't apply to every app. I doubt any developer could make a sophisticated-looking, yet intuitive ringtone app like this using only the holo theme elements. If they would only remove the couple iOS UI elements, it would be golden. Even so, it still rocks.

  • AMGman_M156

    Skeuomorphism. Meh...

  • Leo

    Hummm.. It requires read and write contact permissions... for what? Setting custom contact ringtones?

    • Ryan B

      Zedge has the same permission, and (at least in their case) it's to set specific ringtones to specific contacts

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. It's for setting custom ringtones per contact.

      I checked the permissions. Everything seems on the up and up.

  • Jon Bresler

    I tried it on my Droid bionic, and wherever it is saving the clips, they are not available for setting as a ringtone. Ringdroid is still the king because it actually works!

  • Simon Belmont

    I've been a RingDroid fan since almost day one. This is kind of like a prettied up version of that. The added effects might be interesting. I'll check them out.

    Not big on skeuomorphism, myself. The app does look polished though, so hats off to the developer.

  • Yoshinatsu

    Ew. Too iOS-y.

  • Northstar17

    The trick with making a ringtone from music file, is you have to pick a part of the song that has no vocals and more high end frequencies.
    Ive stuck with and outro to 'Jay- Z - Dirt Off Your Shoulder' for a few years now...it 'rings' as OP mentions.

  • http://profiles.google.com/zookee zoo kee

    It looks and works like crap.