The above screenshots are a roaring testament that we at CREO are sworn to build monthly features based on what our users desire and not some feature which was discussed and agreed upon in isolation. Our decisions to build certain features are not taken whimsically. They are requested, up voted and wished for by the users – to have them delivered by our developer community. We do this because we believe in the fact that no one can have a better perspective at identifying problems than the Fuel OS user. Irrespective of what focus groups might say, when users come together and wish for a solution or a feature, our developers shout back in unison: “Wish it. Want it. Get it”.
Right from the time when the Mark 1 was launched, our community of users requested features which would improve the audio experience. Some wished for Dolby Digital sound, ViPER while others wished for Universal Audio FX. No feature suggestion went unheard and we braced ourselves to deliver what our users desired.
The Makers at CREO vetted all the wonderful suggestions and agreed upon that one feature which caught our users’ imagination the most. A feature which would make their audio experience memorable.
In order to better the audio experience, users often end up downloading music apps that allow them to modulate the audio output to their liking via the use of equalizers, bass boosts etc. However, those apps seldom let you modulate the audio universally and are mostly just media players with an equalizer. You face a clash of choices if for example: you want to play your music on one app but the equalizer is on the other.
To address this issue, we thought about the possibility of designing an OS level feature which cures your audio no matter what the source of output is. After innumerable meetings and endless conversations we rose up determined that come June, we will roll out a feature which will refine the audio experience of Mark 1 users.
And that is how the feature for the month of June came into being – Audio Effects. Now Fuel OS users can select one of the pre-loaded Sound Profiles that are optimized for a particular genre. Audio Effects is for people who enjoy listening to media in general whether it be listening to music, playing games, or watching their favorite videos. The Mark 1 user can access these audio profiles by going to the Sounds section in Android Settings. Just double tap on the home button and type “Audio Effects” into Sense and it’ll take you right there in a step.
The profiles nestled under Audio Effects include:
– Clear Voice – Focus on spoken voices with emphasis on clarity
– Bass Boost – Punchy bass and crisp beats that go great with electronic tracks
– Balanced – Great sound for all kinds of media
– Acoustic – Warm tones and higher mids best suited for acoustic music
– 3D Surround – Envelops you with powerful atmospheric surround sound
Apart from this, users can also tweak individual settings within a particular profile and save it as their own custom profile. Individual settings for a particular profile provides you with a 10 band equalizer and wonderful Advanced Settings like Field Surround, Reverberation, Differential Surround, Dynamic Response, Virtual Loudness. Each Advanced Setting adds a distinct layer to your audio.
– Field Surround lets you create sound field (mono field or stereo field) surround effects. For instance, stronger the intensity, more obvious the stereo effect
– With Reverberation, you can simulate the environmental feel for your audio. You can experience your song playing in an auditorium, living room, bathroom etc. depending upon the size of the room you select. Larger the room size value, wider the sound with more echoes
– Differential Surround lets you determine the delay (gap) between left and right sound. Greater the delay, wider the sound
– Dynamic Response lets you control the dynamic range i.e. the bass of your audio. Greater the value, stronger the bass
– Virtual Loudness allows you to control the audio volume dynamically. You can either amplify or reduce the volume. Stronger the Effect strength, higher the final volume and vice versa
Now, you may think that it’s a tedious task to change settings every time you want an effect to be added to your music. Not exactly. You can access wonderful sound profiles by pressing the volume buttons when your media plays. The profiles have been surfaced along with the media volume bar for quick and easy switching as and when you like.
Delivering an uncomplicated yet wonderful experience and extending maximum accessibility for Fuel OS features has always been our primary aim. Audio Effects is yet another shining example of that.
Go ahead and Let Music take over!