LordHedgie, Feb 13, 2019 : Foreword Do you ever find yourself in a crowded place and receiving a bunch of text messages, annoying everyone around you? Or worse, been annoyed by someone near you with a phone that keeps making noise as they text back and forth? Phones use sound to alert the user to look at the phone; they're unnecessary and redundant when the user is already looking at the screen. This simple improvement aims to fix that problem by allowing a user to set the phone to not make noise with notifications when the user is already using the phone, reserving noises for those times when the user has the phone in a pocket or bag. Who are the users? All OxygenOS users who typically lock their phones when they aren't using them. The proposal is a selection that could be enabled or disabled in the Settings, allowing users to decide the level of alerts given when the phone is active. Users who typically set their phones down unlocked and allow they screen to turn off only after several minutes of inactivity will prefer this setting to be off. What is the proposed function? Within the OxygenOS Settings, under "Sound", create a new selection entitled "Alerts When Screen On". The potential settings for this selection would be: Silent - When this is selected, notifications and alerts (texts, phone calls, etc) may create notifications on the screen as normal, but no sound or vibration will be created for notifications when the screen is on, regardless of settings elsewhere. Sound and vibration will be handled normally when the screen is off. Vibrate - When this is selected, notifications and alerts (texts, phone calls, etc) may create vibrations and notifications on the screen as normal, but no sound will be created for notifications when the screen is on, regardless of settings elsewhere. Sound and vibration will be handled normally when the screen is off. Sound and Vibrate - When this is selected, notifications and alerts (texts, phone calls, etc) will be handled the same whether the screen is on or off. If there are existing comparable functions in the smartphone industry, how is your proposed feature superior? Many popular texting apps automatically silence notifications if the user has the app open to the thread that just received a message. However, this fails when the user is using a different app, and a sound is still generated despite the fact that the user is currently already looking at the screen. OnePlus uses a slider to allow users to quickly silence their phones, however, this requires a manual slider action every time the phone is unlocked, and again when it's locked. The proposal automates this existing capability of the phone so that the user doesn't need to take any action to stop unwanted noises while using the phone.