Extend the API to query phone volume and vibration settings, maybe even set them.
Currently, when developing a alarm clock app, there is no way to tell if the user has his phone set to vibrate only, so a soundeffect set by the user is played even if he has set his phone to vibrate. I find this very confusing, even though the builtin alarm clock behaves the same way.
This would also be good to have for games, so when you launch a game in a quiet environment not all heads turn the user's way :)
Example: alarms with different volumes.
The media volume should be independent of the phone's ringer volume. When we have our headphones on, we don't listen to music on full volume and hence reduce the phone's volume level. But when we remove the headphone the phone volume level continues to be at the reduced level, hence when a phone call comes we can hardly hear the phone ringing.
The button sound on virtual keyboard is too loud when typing, that forces me to volume down when I type, because of this situation I may forget to volume down, and miss my calls..
Allow users to set volume levels separately for different things. This way games or ringtones or music could be quiet but the alarms are still loud.
When we set the phone in silent or vibration only modes - the system should force the sound-off on all the apps/games/notifications. Think about this case, you are in a meeting/movie theater and you want to do something as play a game/update something - in this cases, the phone should not let the apps/games play sounds.
It will be a good idea to give the developers away to check if the phone is in a silent mode or not - and then they will handle this issue.
Split the volume settings up to support different volumes for ringer, music, alarm, etc.
Thank you for the suggestion and the spirited commentary. We are not adding this capability in the 8.0 release, but know that it is high on the consideration list for future Windows Phone releases.
WP8 should manage the volume for each application, like in Symbian. In Symbian, I was able to use the volume buttons to set the volume of my app, without changing the volume of the ringtone.
Justin Liu commented
It's the little things that WP has missed, please, you are doing your devs a big favour if this can be done in the next update.
Like in iOS they have a separate volume value per connected device (BT volume differs from Speaker volume differs from Handset differs from Headsets volume) and app/function of the phone (media player volume, Ringer volume, call volume, notifications volume, ...)
I keep changing volumes when listening to music and resetting the volume for the ringer...
This is a very common and obvious feature...i don't know how they missed it. I am feeling it very annoyed when it rings aloud. I need the volume to be high while driving and sometimes i forget to reduce the volume when entered into the office.
Justin Kong commented
Android has apps that will auto set your volume based on time of day. It is very useful and required before I get a windows phone. You can also use apps to turn off volume for a specified time, for instance, for an hour long meeting.
Should be able to set ringer and media volumes separately.
This should be combined with "2 Volumes"
the ringtone volume setting should only be accessible in ringtone&sound settings and not thru the volume rocker
A feature that should be on windows phone yesterday!
NiTiN Reddy commented
Really this is small improvement but highly needed,
This is a must-have feature.
Just add ringtone volume slider in ringtone+sounds settings screen.
There should be also independent volume control of voice call.
also for symbian os...
see iphone. control music sound different to phone sound
Omg, this is what I was talking about. I did not know how to actually explain it.
yes please add this!!! i am tired of missing calls and nearly blowing my ear drums when i play music.
having a single volume level is annoying. Other phones i have used have a system volume and another for multimedia
Chris Hanson commented
In my mind, the ideal API would be one which lets us kill off our sound when silent mode is on. For example:
UseSilentMode = true; // no sound is played when the silent mode is on, and sound is played when silent mode is off
UseSilentMode = false; // sound is played regardless of silent mode
Developers having a way to check if the phone is in silent mode is not perfect. It would be better to just shut off sound. In games, it could be weird if the user switches to silent mode, but some sound effects still play until they are finished. Controlling the music could also be a problem.
The only problem with simply shutting off the sound would be with alarms. If a user has a 3rd-party alarm app and is expecting it to wake him/her up, it's definitely useful to bypass the silent mode in case the user forgets to turn it off.
Klikerko C commented
I agree with this idea but there might be time when you want to lower (not disable) all sound to let's say 5 (movies, restaurants, etc). I suggest that by default volume rockers are for current app open but once you press button phone can show small "master volume" icon next to volume info at a top of the screen which when pressed will set all sounds to selected value. When clicked again "master volume" will revert all to previous settings.
Definitely give us a way to see if the phone is silent, though, for sure!
Rogério Barros commented
I think at least the ringer volume should be separated from the main system volume. Usually when I lower the volume for apps and forget it that way, I start missing calls since the ringer is not loud enough for me to hear it.