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New features for Android application “ear” – easy ringtone profiles

Posted in ear, G1, positioning by Markus Klems on February 16, 2009
1_ear-icon_100_shadow Yesterday we launched ear – easy ringtone profiles and already received massive response from G1 users who tried it out. First of all, we would like to thank all users for their positive feedback (on average 4 stars out of 5) and also for the suggestions with regard to new features.

ear version 0.1 (Beta) enables users to:

  • create ringtone and notifications profiles
  • view the active profile in the taskbar, and
  • easily switch between profiles

We are working on a bunch of cool, new stuff and would like to know:
Which features do you want to see next?

  • phone switches between profiles automatically according to a pre-defined geographic location (outdoor)
  • phone switches between profiles automatically according to a pre-defined indoor location (inside a building)
  • phone turns up ringtone volume if it is noisy outside (on a street, in a disco)
  • something else? Please leave a comment 🙂


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  1. […] or conference room. Feel free to drop us a line which features you would like to see next:…-for-ear-poll/ Cheers! […]

  2. Elbow said, on February 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Great app. If you could allow for profiles to be initiated on the fly for a certain amount of time, that would be great. You know, for unexpected meetings. That way you won’t forget to turn it back on.

  3. short/y said, on February 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I’d love it if you could manage more than just ringtones! Turn on/off WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, change volume, and do it all manually (with an optional timer as requested by Elbow), at specific days/times, based on location and based on calendar.

    • Eno said, on August 6, 2009 at 8:59 pm

      Yes, managing all localized settings based on location would be fantastic.

  4. Roger said, on February 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Lets see what else to play with
    Lunch/supper alerts with the sound of where you are scheduled to goto: Burger King, MCD, I know it’s not a ring tone but it falls in the same arena
    As the ring tones get modified by location of course auto-goto voice mail while in a movie.. etc
    Locational enhanced: Big challenge. While at a basketball game for Bulls increase the volume of the output and goto the Bulls theme. Would require a tie in with multiple sources to enable this though. Location / Schedule / Auto Ring tone adjustment.

  5. Jiri said, on March 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I am missing an option in the settings dialog for the configuration options:
    – WLAN
    – Bluetooth
    – GPS
    I have the options to choose On/Off/. I would like to set this to so that i can have ear for sound profiles independly of the state of WLAN/Bluetooth/GPS.

  6. Jiri said, on March 12, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Sorry there was a misstake in my last Post i wanted to write:
    I have the options to choose On/Off/Default. I would like to set this to “do not change” so that i can have ear for sound profiles independly of the state of WLAN/Bluetooth/GPS.

  7. Eddie said, on April 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Thanks for your nice tool!!!
    I would love to see two more features:
    – AutomaticSync toogle
    (so I could turn automatic sync on when I use my home profile with w-lan and off when I use only GPRS/UMTS and turnd w-lan of)
    – Feature of APNdroid as toggle
    (so I could have a profile with internet by phone turned on/off)

    Best regards

  8. markus said, on April 14, 2009 at 7:16 am


    i wish something that connect my profiles and the call forwarding.

    thx markus

  9. taneal bhandari said, on April 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I have a question about ear. I want a profile that rings and vibrates for phone calls and just vibrates for notifications (sms, email, etc.). I thought that I could edit the default “Meeting” profile, and change “Ringer Mode” to “Ring and vibrate” and “Notifier mode” to “Vibration on”. However, this doesn’t seem to work. I can’t figure out how to change sound settings for phone and notification independently of each other. It seems that there is just one volume setting and whatever that is set to is what the default sound is going to be for both. Is that right or am I missing something?

  10. Carrozza said, on June 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    the idea is very cool, if I well understand is pretty much the same of “Locale” Android application.
    What I’d like to see is:
    – BT / WiFi / Phone toggle switches in profiles;
    – time based schedule.
    Congratulations for this grat app! Android rules!

  11. leech said, on July 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Hi, love the app.

    Only thing it needs is a way to set the sms/mms to vibrate only.
    Then it would be perfect for me.


  12. Spoonie said, on August 7, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Great app,
    I would like to see a way to adjust the different volume levels for the profiles. Such as media volume, in call volume, etc.
    Thanks Spoonie

  13. Nick said, on August 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm


    I like this App!

    But I’m still looking for a profile that do nothing for for notifications (sms, email, etc.) and only rings and/or vibrates for phone calls.

    On my BlackBerry it is the “only phone profile” and it is grate for the night, no noise form spam!

    Best regards


  14. Clare said, on August 23, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I would LOVE a feature that allowed you to create exceptions for specific call groups (e.g. family), so that you could silence all calls except this group. The ability to set notifications different from calls would also be useful.

  15. Max said, on September 13, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Really appreciate your work. However, to me it would be really helpful, if automatic profile switching would be possible, in accordance with time settings (i.e. switch off the radio during night) or status on calendar i.e. silent if status is busy (calendar should be choosable, i.e. exchange or google).
    Non of the progs can do this on Android market, whereas location switching (which if feel accuracy is not sufficent) is already covered.
    Thank you for your attention

  16. Trav said, on September 24, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I want to sign this earlier suggestion by Nick:

    “I would like to see a way to adjust the different volume levels for the profiles. Such as media volume, in call volume, etc.”

    I don’t care too much about the in call volume but setting the “media volume” to mute for muted profiles is essential for me (as some apps do misuse the media volume for their sounds notifications (e.g. Remember The Milk)). I know that this is possible with the Android SDK – please implement this field.

    Greetings and Thank you for a great application – I would not want to live without it!

  17. absolon said, on September 26, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Please add one more option to profile “Bluetooth status”. ON, OFF and Don’t change.

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