As most of you know, I have been using BlackBerry devices for very long time.I have gone through many software changes and different models of devices. Each new version of the BlackBerry OS software got better and better (for the most part) with each new version of the OS. Each new device got better than the device before it ( again for the most part). When BlackBerry released new software versions, they would always add great new features to the OS. Features like, Bedside Mode for instance. While they always added great new features, they rarely delete features.
One of my most loved features of BlackBerry OS and even BlackBerry 10 was the Sound Profile feature. I loved the ability to manage my notifications and when certain notifications went off and when they didn’t. I always hated and still do to this day, the way other Smartphone OS’s handled notifications. Most smartphone OS’s have three notification settings. Silent, Loud, or Vibrate. With BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 you had, All Alerts Off, Normal, Loud, Medium, Silent, Vibrate Only, Phone Calls Only, and Custom Profiles. Later on in BlackBerry 10 we were introduced to Do Not Disturb and Meeting Mode. As you can see, you had plenty of options to choose from. When it comes to notifications, there really are tons of life situations where three profile types just aren’t enough. Say for instance you are an On Call Doctor out with your wife on a date. Now being on call means you need to be reachable in case of an emergency, but you don’t want your ESPN Sportscenter notification to go off in the middle of dinner every time the Eagles score a touchdown. Trust me, your wife won’t be too happy about that. In this situation a profile like Silent won’t work, nor will Loud work. This is were a Sound Profile like Phone Calls Only comes into play. The only time your phone is going off is when you get a phone call. Now I know in iOS you can go into the Notifications section of settings and turn off notifications for certain applications, but what happens when you forget to turn each one back on? If you used the Sound Profiles in BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, you had a perfect profile for pretty much every occasion.
BlackBerry, as we all know is going Android and has done a great job of bringing the BlackBerry experience to the Android OS. There are some great features in the OS like the BlackBerry Hub. I have been using my BlackBerry Priv a lot lately, trying to get myself ready for the BlackBerry Mercury launch. Before the Priv, I was still primarily rocking a BlackBerry 10 device, such as the BlackBerry Classic or the BlackBerry Passport. Just like I did with any BlackBerry OS device, I made sure I had my Profiles set up properly. With BlackBerry for Android however, I don’t have BlackBerry’s beloved sound Profiles in it. It is one of the features I am really missing on my Priv, and I am sure others are missing on other devices.
So this is my public plea to BlackBerry to bring Sound Profiles to BlackBerry Android. I know BlackBerry listens to the fans since we got Dark Theme for the Hub on Android, so I am sure they will listen to me for this request. Don’t worry, after this I will ask for Bedside Mode!
What feature would you like to see brought to BlackBerry Android for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10? Let us know in the comments below!