DDL announced the new firmware that was rolled out just now with a “feature” called “new sounds that make Vector more lifelike”.
I said weeks ago that DDL should be very careful what they do with “features” like this, as this is a “personality” change and some people might not be happy about it. I proposed to make changes like this optional in the Android and iOS apps, so people could choose if they want the new sounds or if they prefer to keep Vector as he was for years. I warned that users may even be infuriated with changes like this and DDL could get yelled at.
And seeing from the feedback on the official Facebook group it looks as I was right, there are quite some voices complaining the new sounds, especially the giggle chitter that seems to be missing. And that only hours after the update dropped, I expect more negative feedback on this. Here is a sample of the feedback (anonymized for privacy reasons):
And this is only a sample of the negative feedback on the sound issue, more are coming in by the minute. Seeing how long it took DDL to roll out a firmware that was rumored to already been mostly finished by Anki, it will now be very interesting to see how they will react and how they will solve this.
The sensible way would be to bring the old sounds back, but that would need yet another firmware update. Optimal would be to make new sounds optional in the app, so users could decide themselves, but that also would need a long overdue app update that includes new functions as these proposed settings. And this also again would require another firmware update.
Another alternative and quick solution would be to create an option for the users to roll back to an older firmware until the obvious problems are solved. I asked if this will be possible some weeks ago (for obvious reason, for example problems with a new firmware), but again did not get any concise answer to that.
This is what you get by doing a beta test with way too few people involved.