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RingDimmer promises to adjust ring volume based on ambient sound

Unnamed-14RingDimmer uses your HTC EVO's mic to detect ambient noise and then adjust the volume of the ring accordingly.

When I first heard of this app, my mind almost exploded. The possibilities are endless.

Let's say you're sitting in a quiet lecture, learning about something that will hopefully benefit you in the future. Just then, your roommate calls to remind you about the triple-kegger that's going on later that day. You're smart enough to ignore the call, but what if your phone isn't set to vibrate? Normally, you would be screwed and the whole lecture hall would snicker as you fumble to silence your "I'm Sexy and I Know It" ringtone. But RingDimmer is designed to save you the humilation! In theory, your phone should vibrate based on the quietness of the lecture hall. 

Ringdimmer-qrLikewise, if you are in a noisy environment like a club, your phone would ring louder so you don't miss the call.

Unfortunately, the app detects a lot of ambient noise.

Even in my quiet house, the app is detecting noises from my laptop fan. This means that a lecture hall of 500 students, with that constant murmur amongst the crowd, is definitely going to trigger your phone to ring. 

This app has a lot of potential and I really hope that it takes off and becomes the app I want it to be. When that day comes, the $0.99 price tag will definitely be worth it. 

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Sam Sarsten

Sam Sarsten is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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8 thoughts on “RingDimmer promises to adjust ring volume based on ambient sound

  • FoxyRing (from the people who bring you Beautiful Widgets) does the same thing for free. It is available in the Android Market.

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  • Avatar of Robert542

    I can’t see how this wouldn’t drain the battery with the Mic being on all the time.

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  • Avatar of Dfrance21

    I would assume for it to be effective, it would have to know the noise conditions before you get a call.

    Much respect to the developers of this and other apps, but I feel like a lot of apps are more like experiments to test the capabilities of the phone rather than for practical. Call me old fashioned but if you’re going into a quiet lecture, just turn the sound off on your phone. Its not hard to do and tons more reliable than hoping an app picks up the amibient sound of the room.

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  • yeah, if I were programming it I’d just hook it into the ring event… ring event gets called, mic turns on, ringtone starts playing a quarter second later.

    You’ve already got several other things before the ringtone starts playing – screen onstate, notify programs to hold, bring dialer to foreground, etc… doubt it would even be noticed.

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  • Developer here. I agree on your point of sensitivity. I’m releasing an update today that adds a feature and will adjust the sensitivity a bit. I may add a sensitivity adjustment feature in the future. And to the comment about silencing your phone in a lecture, I agree with that too. RingDimmer respects silent and vibration mode, so I just set my phone to silent in a meeting or when I sleep. I’m doing a lot of quick feature releases, so I hope it’s up to your standards soon! Thanks for the review.

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