I love having different notification sounds for various apps on my phone so that when I get a notification I know exactly what app it came from, and thus exactly what kind of notification it is. It lets me prioritize the notification in my head so I know how important it is to get to my phone and check it.

Unfortunately, the Stack Exchange app does not have the ability to select a custom notification sound, so it uses the default notification sound for the device and gets mixed into all the other apps which also don't let me select a custom sound.

I think allowing users to choose a custom notification sound for the app is a great improvement. I really love when apps let me choose one rather than forcing me to use the default.

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    So you're saying you'd prioritize notifications from SE if you knew it was a SE app notification? Good mod. :P
    – hichris123
    Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 20:53
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    The vibrate alert already seems to be subtly different, I can distinguish mails from SE notifications there. I find this pretty convenient, so making this customizable sounds like a good idea. Commented Jan 21, 2014 at 20:53

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This is an excellent idea and it's implemented in the app as of version 0.1.90 coming out in the next few hours.

In implementing this I realized my old beloved text noise from the original version of Android called "Captain's Log" still exists, and I am insanely happy right now, so thanks :)

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    Is this the sound you mean? No android for me so just curious. :-) Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 0:23
  • @ShadowWizard Yes, minus the echoing of the initial beep. It was the default sound on the G1 (or the sound I picked, can't remember) so getting the notification from your comment made me think I had a text message on my no longer functioning old phone! Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 0:24
  • oh, phone ghost... hope I didn't cause you a heart attack! :-D Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 0:30

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