Android 5.o has been well received throughout the wider technology community – providing users with many new features and an updated design. However, there’s one thing that they seem to have missed – there’s no silent mode!
On Android 4.0 and previous editions, when you hit your ‘volume down’ button on your smart phone or tablet, the phone will lower your ringer levels down from loud, to vibrate and eventually into fully silent mode. This mode apparently hasn’t made the grade into Android 5.0, kind of.
Silent mode was often used by consumers to disable the ability to hear or feel incoming phone calls, text messages or calendar notifications – the only alternative to this offered in Android 5.0 is the new “zero notification mode”. This mode gives you the ability to deaden your phone completely, allowing no alerts to get between you and your task. Apparently there is somewhat of a work-around if silent mode is important to you – simply turn you volume right up to 1, restart your device and then you’ll notice silent is available to you. It’s also noted that silent mode is available on tablet editions of Android 5.0 but not the smartphone edition.
Given this information, it looks like the no-silent ability is some form of small release bug – here’s hoping it’s fixed soon.
We’ll report if and when the story develops, here on eTeknix.
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