Google to release Oktoberfest ringtones for its Nest Doorbells

Google wants to help you celebrate the changing of the seasons (or forget that it’s still hot in much of the country) with some new Nest Doorbell chimes.

In addition to the usual suspects, a ghost or witch’s voice for Halloween or a Christmas carol, Google will soon release new tunes for Lunar New Year, Diwali and “other global celebrations.”

First up: an Oktoberfest-inspired jingle, available for download in the Google Home app from September 5 to October 5. Based on the sounds of Germany’s traditional traveling folk festival, the polka accordion features an original composition by Google Nest’s audio UX designer. Benjamin Decker.

“I listened to and analyzed the musical arrangements and styles of a variety of traditional polka songs,” she wrote in a blog post, explaining how she turned separate piano melodies into traditional German accordion tracks, “it sped up… so it was friendly with the doorbell”. .”

It’s really a group effort, according to Decker, who said he tests his edits with different Google teams to find what works best. Some, like the Oktoberfest ringtone, use traditional instruments. Others, like the Thanksgiving option, require more “creative solutions.” (Decker not only studied the intricacies of gobbling turkeys, but also recorded the sound in his own voice.)

“Since we started creating these doorbell chimes, they have been a pleasant surprise for Nest users and a fun project for our team,” the blog said. “Many more ringtones are in the works, so keep an eye out for announcements. In the meantime, I hope this new ringtone takes you, if only for a moment, to an Oktoberfest celebration somewhere in Germany.”

Activate any of Google Nest’s seasonal themes to wow guests, delivery drivers, and doorbell trick-or-treaters. However, you may want to turn off visitor announcements on your Google Nest or Home speaker or display, which also play sound inside your home.

After the holidays, the ringtone automatically returns to the default ringtone and the seasonal themes disappear from the app.

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