Last year one oddity of Android Lollipop that was discovered was the missing silent mode for smartphones. Users could use their volume buttons to get down to vibrate mode, but the next step that would normally be present, silent mode, was missing without going through a lot of trouble including a reboot. According to reports, this issue is addressed in the forthcoming Android 5.1 build. Until that update rolls out to users, there could end up being a lot of people out there on Lollipop 5.0 who are missing the ability to truly silence their device. To take care of them, Great Bytes Software has released a new app call SoundHUD that promises to bring back true silent mode to Lollipop users.
The SoundHUD app is a replacement volume control panel for devices running Android 4.3 or higher. One useful quality is that it does not require root access. The panel includes draggable volume sliders for each volume stream on a device including ringer, music, notifications, alarms, and in-call volume. SoundHUD can also be customized with different styles and users can configure any app to launch with a long press of one of the volume buttons on their device.
To grab SoundHUD, just hit one of the Google Play download links below. The app is free, but some features require an in-app purchase.