Everyone hates when their phone goes off when it’s not supposed to. Sure, you get to flash your awesome phone to the whole room, but it’s still embarrassing and can get you into trouble. This week’s App of the Week isn’t necessarily a heavily downloaded app, and it isn’t an app you will find yourself constantly opening. However, I personally find this app to be a huge help, and I really couldn’t live without it at this point.
Sound Manager is a very simple application. The first time you open it you know how to use it. It only has two menus. However this app is extremely helpful. One of the problems I have always had with how Android’s sound is set up is that when you turn it down with the volume rocker it only turns down your ringtone/notification volume. That leaves your media volume, your system volume, and your alarm volume turned up to high heaven. So when you turn down your phone and you think its silent it may not be completely silent. Therefore, when you open up Angry Birds and attempt to squash some evil green pigs, you won’t be the only person in the room enjoying the wonderful sounds that go along with this game. Oh, and don’t worry, everyone knows that little opening jingle to Angry Birds, so there’s no playing it off like it’s a ringtone. What sound manager does is give you a quick way to turn down all of your sounds.
When you open up the application you have the volume showing for all of the sounds your phone emits. System Volume, Ringer Volume, Notification Volume, Media Volume, Alarm Volume, and In-Call Volume are all a part of this list. You can drag a little bar to turn everything down or however loud you choose it to be. You can also hit menu to mute it and change the vibrate settings and such. These are all very helpful features for turning down your phone.
The golden feature for sound manager that makes it all worthwhile is the schedule feature. This is an intuitive feature that lets you decide what times you want your volume to turn down or up or wherever you want them. The schedules can be set on whatever days you choose and whatever times. For example, if you start school at 7:45 and then get out at 3:00 you can set a schedule to turn down all of the volume at 7:45 and turn it back up at 3:00. This makes muting and unmuting your phone completely painless to the point of you having to do nothing. This is a serious standout feature that can really help you save time and worry.
I highly recommend this app to anyone who frequently has to mute their phone. This is a great app that works well and does everything for you. All you have to do is make your schedules and everything happens quickly and easily, and that is why I have chosen Sound Manager as this week’s App of the Week. Remember to follow @thedroidguy and @elijahisme on twitter. If you have any questions or comments feel free to post below!
about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 15 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his Iphone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email firstname.lastname@example.org