Google latest operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, have received positive reviews from many tech blogs since it’s released recently. However, Android users who were accustomed to Silent Mode feature have taken to Reddit and the comments sections on several Android blogs their dissatisfaction that Silent Mode is not enable on Lollipop seeing it as either a major bug or an omission by Google.
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Normally when users turn down the volume to ‘0’ on Android smartphones using Android 4.3 and below would normally activate vibration mode, while the silent mode is usually activated by turning volume up once again. In phones running Android 4.4 KitKat and higher, turning the volume down once again below vibrate mode activates silent mode. However with Android 5.0 Lollipop, turning the volume down below ‘0’ will only activate vibration mode, and no option exists to achieve true silent mode.
Silent Mode feature works by silencing all alert sounds and vibrations. This option has been very useful for many Android users when they are places such as, such as meetings, at places of worship or in some places where it is mandatory to use the silent mode or to switch off the device.
The removal of Silent Mode may be a bug, or Google may have deliberating remove this feature as they introduced their new Priority notifications feature introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to Google, with Priority notifications you are only notify or disturb when you want to be. “For fewer disruptions, turn on Priority mode via your device’s volume button so only certain people and notifications get through. Or schedule recurring downtime like 10pm to 8am when only Priority notifications can get through.” This new feature allows persons to choose to answer a call when they are busy, say watching a movie.
The Priority notifications offers three modes namely – None, Priority, and All. The Priority mode will only allow a few set of notifications to go through and users will see a Star mark in the status bar when in this mode. Meanwhile, the None mode will allow the phone to receive all notifications but will not alert the user. Notably, the None mode in Priority notifications even limits set alarm functionality.
The only users who seems not to be affected by the removal of Silent Mode is Android users who owns Google Nexus 9 tablet running Android 5.0 as Nexus 9 tablets still uses the Silent Mode feature.