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Handy volume control app Silence got a nice update today to version 2.0. The update, besides introducing a new (holo) interface, adds a ton of new functionality. So much, in fact, that the app's functionality now overshadows its simple name.

For starters, the update adds Google Calendar integration (for Android 4.0+), and support for recurring events, each with their own volume profile. Users can configure the events to repeat until a given date, and the app can control notification, media, and alarm volumes with individual levels for each. Oh, and Silence can toggle mobile data, though that feature is currently in beta.

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If all that isn't enough, the developer promises a list of features to look forward to in future releases, including a whitelist (for contacts whose calls will always come through, regardless of sound profile), a home screen widget, and user-suggested features (some of which are being discussed on Reddit).

Those that are already using Silence should hit the widget below to grab the update. If you haven't given it a shot yet, there's never been a better time, and – with such a receptive developer - the app only promises to get better from here.

Thanks, Corey!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Ronny

    This is the closest app I've seen to what WhoIsIt used to do.
    WhoIsIt was such a great app. Then the developer decided to take a vacation or something.

    • nuser

      this app is one of the worst of its kind in the app store. there are a lot better ones that can do the same and by far more.

      try llama for example.

      • Ronny

        If you're referring to "WhoIsIt" as the worst of its kind, I couldn't disagree more. It has different notifications for Gtalk/Gvoice/Gmail, and was very useful to me before the developer got lazy.

  • Ryan Lindsey

    This app doesn't seem to be able to automatically sync with a Google calendar - I can only add events *from* the calendar. This is fine for recurring events, but "Mute O Matic" can do that for events without configuration.

    With Mute O Matic, any event you're scheduled as "Busy" in your Google Calendar will mute your phone, if you've chosen that setting. No need to configure events on the application.

    In "Silence", It's either not available in the free version, or I can't find the option for it. There aren't many options, either.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Indeed, a tighter integration with Calendar is something I and someone else suggested on Reddit, as linked by Liam. I'm excited for when this gets added, since this app is actually updated and looks good.

      Thanks for the tip on Mute O Matic - it seems to do these automatic things better right now. Mute for all Busy events in a certain calendar? Hell yes. My god is it hideous though.

      Here's the link btw https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ypb.muteomatic.

      • Ryan Lindsey

        Yeah, that was actually one of the things I posted in the Reddit discussion, that it doesn't have the Holo skin that everyone seems to like. It's definitely a bit cluttered, but the program has a lot of options. I also find that it's designed to match the TouchWiz calendar app - which might make sense.

  • Pancake345

    I like Audio Control more.

  • Nick Schiwy

    I decided to try out this app because I have always been a fan of the idea of tasker, just too cheap to shell out $6. I set up my times last night that I am in class on a daily basis and then I forgot about it this morning. When I started getting messages, it didn't make any sound and then later I suddenly realized that this app was to thank! I really like it and I'm glad AP featured it!

  • SoWhy

    Llama can do all that as far as I checked and more