Despite all the crazy things going on this year, it's Pride Month in many parts of the world. As always, Google celebrates that occasion by donating money and gives us some seasonal product updates, like a selection of wallpapers and appropriately decorated search results. This year, the company has also added a few new ringtones and notification chimes to its Google Sounds app, collected under a Sounds of Pride umbrella. Read More
This seems to be the week of Bluetooth bugs. In what could be a related issue, we've received reports that notifications and notification sounds are being doubled (or even tripled) on Android devices which are paired with other Bluetooth devices. Some are also reporting that media and ringer volume are being inexplicably paired together, resulting in do not disturb, silent, and vibrate mode settings being effectively ignored when media channel volume is above silent. Read More
The last time Google made new alarm, notification, and ringtone sounds for Android was for the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Maybe this will become a yearly tradition, because Google has done the same thing for this year's Pixels. We've also extracted them from a Pixel 2 XL, so you can use them on your own device. Read More
Android makes it very easy to add your own ringtones, notification sounds, and alarm sounds to your device. Simply move a sound file to the Notifications, Alarms, or Ringtones folder on your internal storage, and you're done. A new bug has popped up in Android 4.4.2, however, which could make this a bit more complicated. Currently, unless the sounds are added via a computer, they will not show up in your lists of available sounds.
The problem here is very straightforward. If you download an MP3 file directly onto your device, move it to its appropriate folder using an on-device file manager app like ES File Explorer or Root Explorer, and then attempt to select it, it will not show up in the list of available sounds. Read More