Wishlist/Software:Ambient Noise Detection

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Ambient noise dependent ringing volume

Ringing volume is dependent on the ambient noise. Adjust the ring tone volume to be heard over the background noise. I.e. ring nice and quietly (or on vibrate) when in a quiet library, or ring at full volume when in a noisy bar.

The ambient noise level is measured using the microphone.

Use Cases

Here are some possible use cases:

  • I'm in a noisy bar and somebody is calling me, I need to hear the phone ringing and the loudspeaker should be set to an higher volume to allow me to hear better while talking.
  • I'm in a quiet library and somebody is calling me, I don't want other people to be disturbed by the ringtone.

Design Issues

The ambient noise level might be muffled in pockets, and therefore would not ring as loudly while inside a pocket when it should.

Maybe it can analyze how loudly it hears itself ringing and adapt as it rings? If it's in a pocket, it will supposedly hear itself ringing more quietly than if say on a table. If it kept constantly adapting it would also go quieter once you drag it out of your pocket, bag or whatever.

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