Google has rolled out a new feature in its Clock app that lets users customize their alarm sounds on their Android devices. While Google’s Clock app lets users set a custom sound as the alarm sound on their smartphone, the process isn’t exactly straightforward. Users need to first record the alarm sound they want to use, copy and save it to the Alarms folder using the File Manager app, and then drag the sound into the Clock app’s settings. Once all this is done, users can use it as an alarm sound. However, the new feature makes the process much simpler and less tedious.
According to a report by XDA Developers, once this feature is rolled out, users will see a new record new option in the alarm sound and timer sound settings within Google’s Clock app. Tapping on this option will open the Recorder app, which in turn will help users record a new alarm directly from the Clock app. With this feature, users will be able to record and use any sound – ocean waves, running water or even the sound of their pet – as their alarm clock.
But there’s a catch.
Esper founder Mishaal Rahman reports that the feature won’t be available to all users when Google finally decides to roll it out. Instead, it is likely to be available only for Pixel device owners. “I think this is limited to Pixel users, or at least users with the Google Recorder app installed (so some custom ROMs count). Seems to be clock MediaStore.RECORD_SOUND intent targeting http://com.google.android.apps” .recorder clearly sends the package name for Google Recorder,” he wrote in a post on Twitter.
The Google Clock app now lets you record your own audio to use as an alarm. This is being rolled out to users on the current 7.3 release via a server-side update.
— Mishaal Rahman (@Mishaal Rahman) January 16, 2023
Google usually reserves some of its best and most useful features for its Pixel smartphones. So, it is entirely possible that other Android devices may not get the feature when it is available for Pixel devices at all.
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