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New Google ‘Sounds’ app brings audio and visual delights to your Pixel

The app offers a slew of alarm, ringtone, and notification sounds for users to choose from, complete with visualizations.

Published onDecember 4, 2018

  • Google has released a new ‘Sounds’ app for Google Pixels.
  • The app is a Google Play version of the Sounds menu found in the Pixel settings, arriving with a redesign.
  • The app landed on Pixels with the December security patches, though the redesign doesn’t appear to be live yet.

Google has released a new and exclusive app for Pixel smartphones called ‘Sounds.’ The app, which is an updated version of the Sounds menu in the Pixel settings, allows users to select preferred sounds for alarms, ringtones, and notifications.

9to5Google says the new app rolled out to the Pixels along with the December security patches and it also recently popped up in the Play Store. However, its Play Store page is now inactive, so Google has seemingly pulled it.

Three Google Sounds app screenshots.

The reason for this likely relates to its design. Some folks on Reddit reported having the app installed on their device but without the design refresh seen in the Play Store (pictured above). Presumably, the app will go live in the Play Store again once the new interface also rolls out to Pixels — probably in the coming days through a server-side activation.

When it does eventually go live, you can also look forward to new color patterns to accompany each sound, giving you a visualization of the mood the audio is trying to evoke. However, it’s unclear if these visualizations are used outside of the app or only when previewing sounds.

Let us know in the comments if the new app is live for you and what you think of it.

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