Those default ringtones are dull, aren’t they? It’s time to add your own…
There is no denying the fact that the default ringtones packaged with new devices just aren’t individual enough. Not only this, often they’re actually quite inadequate as effective ringtones.
The solution, of course, is to set your own custom ringtone. This might be a segment of a favourite song, or perhaps a sound effect from a movie. Better still, you’re not limited at customising ringtones – notifications and alarms can also be enhanced with short MP3 files. After all, it’s far better to have a phone ringtone, alarm noise and notification alert that you will react to, rather than one that you’re prone to ignore.
Make your alerts and notifications fit for purpose! All you need to get started is the MP3 file of your choice, cropped to 30 seconds of your favourite segment (perhaps the chorus or a riff, rather than the intro).
Enjoy the look and feel of this Material Design music player app
Mobile music players can be tricky apps to negotiate. It is all too easy to get lost in a sea of album covers, playlists and artists. If you find this, then Phonograph Music Player might be the one for you.
At time of writing it is still in its beta with more features being promised, but right now it is a simple, attractive, easily-navigable music player. It works alongside Last.fm, giving users photos and biographies of the artists that they’re listening to.
The always-there play/pause button also enhances the user experience, making Phonograph a truly enjoyable app to use. If you are a technical music fan, you can also change the equalisation of individual songs to increase or decrease the bass at output of certain frequencies, allowing you to create your very own versions of your favourite songs.
News aggregating services like News360 or News Republic can take some time to learn what kind of news a user is interested in.
Nuzzel: News From Your Friends, however, has quite a head start in this area because it brings you news from sources that it already knows you like and are interested in, specifically your friends on social media.
If one of your Facebook friends or someone you follow on Twitter shares a particular news story, it will appear on the Nuzzel news feed. The apps assumption is that if your friends or follow with someone you will share similar interests and therefore be interested by similar news stories.
So, its like Flipboard? To an extent yes, but Nuzzel has much more streamlined interface for easy reading. This is also why its preferable for reading news stories in the app, rather than in the overwhelming social network itself.
Put an end to switching between messaging apps and calendars with the Meet keyboard
Switching between messaging and calendar apps to organise a meeting can be a pain. So is the necessity for ping-pong emails to decide on a time that’s suitable for both parties. The ingenious new Meet keyboard solves both problems, making it quicker to arrange one-on-one meetings on your phone. The keyboard is included with Microsoft’s free Sunrise Calendar app.
With Meet keyboard set up, whenever you’re making plans via WhatsApp or even by email, you only have to select the bottom right keyboard icon and it will replace your keyboard with a mini calendar. You can then choose a selection of free time slots, without having to leave the conversation. When the link is opened by the recipient they get to select a convenient time. The meeting will then be added to your calendar (and theirs if they use Sunrise). It’s that simple.
This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine issue 53. Never miss in-depth tutorials and hardware reviews again, subscribe here.
Get automatic updates about websites on your lockscreen and notification drawer with Chrome 42 for Android
Notifi cations are a quick and easy way of seeing exactly what’s going on in your Android apps. With a recent update to the Chrome app, Google are expanding notifications to the World Wide Web. A new push notifi cation feature will gives online services the power to send alerts to your device about updates to their websites. For example, a shopping website might use notifi cations to give you a head’s up about any sales that are coming up.
If this sounds like a good way to swamp yourdevice with notifications from all corners of the web, don’t worry – this is strictly an opt-in service, so you’ll only receive notifi cations from the websites that you have explicitly approved.
While it’s still early days for browser push notifications, popular websites including eBay, Facebook and Pinterest have announced they’ll be supporting push notifications, so this is the perfect time to get to grips with this new feature.