A volume panel customizer with a few tricks up its sleeves
Volume panel theme engine
Media control through the volume panel
Volume button long press shortcut
Free with in-app purchase
Most of you probably never thought about how ugly the Android default volume panel could be. Even if you factor beauty out of the equation, it’s usefulness isn’t that great. This is where Noyze comes into action. It enables you to customize your volume panel, finally bringing some interesting functionally to a piece of the OS that really needs some.
The app’s core feature is its theme engine, letting you customize the feel of your device volume panel without requiring any root access. The themes that come default with the app are inspired, at least for a few of theme, off other ROM or OS’s volume panels. You can find Apple iOS’s, Blackberry’s or Paranoid’s, to state a few. Some other themes take a truly original approach, like the status bar theme, which reduces your volume controls to the size of the device status bar. Note that there are two paid theme, which allows you to have music control in your notification panel. One functionality that is lacking is the fact that you cannot add third-party themes, which would really allow for untapped customization.
Each theme can be customized to a certain extent. You can change the panel’s timeout and its background and foreground color.
The app has other few tricks up its sleeves. The one that caught our eyes was the shortcut you could assign when you long pressed the volume buttons. In our case, we used this functionality to control our music. Be aware that using this feature prevents you from taking screenshots, if this is something that matters to you.
The app also has paid features, like locking your volume buttons to only change one audio type, and hiding the volume panel when viewing full-screen media, like YouTube videos.
Usability and performance
Setting up the app is easy. Start it and flip the toggle in the action bar. It will ask you to activate it in the accessibility settings, and when you do so, you’re pretty much done. You can customize the app by going through the settings, but after that, it’s a set and forget type of app.
After a few days of daily usage, we didn’t really find Noyze to be a game changer. Sure, it is certainly nicer, and the fact that the volume panel is pushed out of the way at the top of the screen on certain themes really make viewing videos a lot better. Also, the media control on certain themes proved itself useful many times when we didn’t have access to the notification bar. But for us, it is still another app that we have to install on our device, taking memory and battery time. Noyze is one of the biggest app on our smartphone, taking more than 10 Mb of space.
Noyze makes our volume panel beautiful, and gives us a few features that certainly makes us smile, knowing that nothing in this app requires root. It still has a few limitation, one being price. We would have also liked having support for third-party themes, which would have helped reducing the size of the app. But if you have sufficiently powerful device, Noyze is a must-have.
Finally brings some beauty in your volume panel
Other miscellaneous tweaks like long press shortcuts
Lack of third party theme support