Android O will let you hear your own custom ringtone through your Bluetooth device

When it comes to technology, people often don't realize just how much work goes into the details — but they sure do once something's just a little off. And this has long been the case when it comes to Android's support for Bluetooth, which lacks several seemingly minor features which actually turn out to be quite useful.

Case in point: what happens when you've paired your wireless headset to your smartphone, and someone calls you? Right now, you can only hear the (often terrible) default ringing your Bluetooth device provides, while whatever custom ringtone you've actually set on your phone gets lost in the void.

However, a new feature in the upcoming Android O, as uncovered by the folks at XDA Developers, will finally put an end to this behavior and let you hear those glorious first three seconds of your favorite Carly Rae Jepsen song through your wireless headphones. If you know where to find it, of course: right now, the option to enable this (named "Enable in-band ringing") is tucked inside the Developer options submenu, which itself is hidden to normal users.

So with its next two Pixel handsets both ditching the headphone jack, it seems Google is finally taking Bluetooth users more seriously — for example, we recently found out the company has also been working behind the scenes to finally let users see their wireless devices' battery status without resorting to third-party apps. This feature, however, won't be making its way to Android 8.0, though we're hoping it comes soon after that.



4. p51d007

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 24, 2013 BT earphone does that now, and has for a long time.

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I believe samsung has done this for quite a while.

2. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

And Samsung Bluetooth works consistently also. Hopefully they fix all the Bluetooth issues for the Pixel and Nexus owners.


Posts: 657; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Bluetooth is problematic on LG devices as well. On the G5 after taking Nougat updates, Bluetooth is buggy and consistently drains the battery at a rate similar to (high accuracy) location services. I hope Android O makes it to my phone and fixes these issues before a hammer does...

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