Android Lollipop has brought many changes to your BQ device that you will notice right away if you are used to previous versions of Android. In the article “What Changes Does Android Lollipop bring?”, I already talked about many of the general changes, but in this new article I would like to show you more in depth one of the changes that has created a lot of controversy, and which could initially cause a bit of confusion in some aspects: the new sound modes.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and the first thing I would like to do is show you the differences in how the sound modes worked before and now.
The fundamental changes are basically the removal of “Silent” mode and the inclusion of two new modes “None” and “Priority”. “Vibration” mode is now integrated into “None” and “Priority” modes as another volume option, and “General” mode is now called “All”.
For MediaTek devices, the change is even greater, as the “Audio Profiles” have being directly removed, by changing the “Settings” menu and standardising it for different platforms.
In Android Lollipop 5.1, some minor changes have introduced that I will be able to show you, in an upcoming article on this subject.
This is the normal sound and notifications profile. With “All” mode activated, it alerts you to all notifications unless you have configured an app so that you don´t receive any notifications.
To activate “All” mode, you need to go to “Settings > Sound & notification > Interruptions > When calls and notifications arrive” and choose “Always interrupt”. You can also activate it directly from any menu by pressing the volume buttons and selecting “All”.
If you don´t wish to receive notifications from a specific application, you can block it by directly for all modes so that you won´t receive any. To do this, go to “Settings > Sound & notification > App notifications”, find the desired application and then select the “Block” option. If you wish to block more applications, simply repeat the process.
In “All” mode, you can adjust the volume of your device and the general notification sounds by pressing the volume button and choosing the desired level of sound. If you move the volume bar to the minimum, “Vibration” mode will be enabled automatically, where the device will only notify you by vibrating. A vibrating phone icon will appear in the notifications bar to indicate that it is enabled.
In this mode, you can determine which app notifications or priority interruptions (calls, messages and events) you want to receive and even which days and times.
To enable “Priority” mode, you need to go to “Settings > Sound & notifications > Interruptions > When calls and notifications arrive” and choose “Allow only priority interruptions”. You can also activate it directly from any other menu by pressing the volume buttons and selecting “Priority” (if you press the “Settings” icon, it will take you directly to the interruptions menu where you can adjust the settings).
It’s important to point out that alarms are always considered as priority interruptions, so when this mode is activated, the alarms will always go off.
Immediately after enabling “Priority” mode, a menu will appear so that you can select the desired time period, either indefinitely or between 15 minutes and 8 hours. Once this time period has passed, it will revert to “All” mode automatically.
You can also program which day or days “Priority” mode is automatically enabled, as well as the start and end times. These options are available via “Downtime” in the “Interruptions” menu. The modification will not be applied if “None” mode is activated.
After you have selected “Priority” mode, a star icon will appear in the notifications bar, indicating that it is active. As with “All” mode, you can also adjust the volume of the device by moving the slider up or down, but this will only apply to priority notifications. If you turn the volume down to the minimum, “Vibration” mode will be activated automatically (always for priority notifications), and a vibrating phone icon will appear in the notifications bar to indicate that it is enabled.
To set what notifications you do and don´t wish to receive, you will need to divide them into two sections; priority interruptions and applications.
From “Priority interruptions”, which you can find under “Interruptions”, you can enable or disable interruptions for events and reminders, calls and messages. When one of the latter two is enabled, another sub-menu will appear, enabling you to select where you want to receive messages and calls from:
- Anyone: any phone number, whether saved in your phone book or not.
- Starred contacts only: contacts saved in your phone book, which you have previously marked as favourites via the “Contacts” app.
- Contacts only: any phone number saved in your phone book.
By default, all applications are configured without any priority, so if you want to receive notifications from a certain app, you will need to adjust the settings. To do this, go to “Settings > Sound & notification > App notifications”. Select the relevant app from the list and then select the “Priority” option. To do this for another app, simply repeat the process.
The main function in this mode is not to be bothered by anything or anyone.
“None” mode is totally restrictive (none really does mean none whatsoever). It won’t sound or vibrate for any notification (not even the notification LED), call, message, and even the alarms won’t sound. This is something to consider when setting an alarm (even though an alert will appear on screen). Keep this in mind if you use your smartphone as an alarm to wake you up for work.
To activate “None” mode, you need to go to “Settings > Sound & notification > Interruptions > When calls and notifications arrive” and choose “Don’t interrupt”. You can also do this directly from any menu, by pressing the volume keys and selecting “None”.
Immediately after you enabling “None” mode, a menu will appear so that you can select the desired time period, either indefinitely or between 15 minutes and 8 hours. Once this time period has passed, it will revert to “All” mode automatically.
When this profile is activated, a circle icon with a line through will appear in the notifications bar, indicate that it is enabled. It cannot be changed by pressing the volume buttons.
So there you have the review on the new sound profiles. I hope that this article has resolved any doubts that you might have about this change, and that you get the most out of it.If you have any doubt or questions regarding this article, you can share them in the comments.
Carlos Martin (known as Heminwein at bqyyo) is an Electronics Technician and currently teaches Italian. Smartphone MVP and active member of the BQ forum, he is the madman of technology and more specifically smartphones.