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Old November 25th, 2009, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone found a way or App that will allow you to voice dial using a bluetooth headset. This is a basic bluetooth task yet the highly technical Droid doesn't come from Motorola with this simple function.

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replying so I will be notified of responses; would be useful feature.
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I think it is a limitation of Android in general and not any specific android phone.
It is a feature that really should have been implemented quite a while ago.


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Bluetooth support sucks balls in android. no excuse for that...
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I think it is a limitation of Android in general and not any specific android phone.
It is a feature that really should have been implemented quite a while ago.


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I asked Motorola about this and they responded as follows.

SubjectBluetooth Headset Voice Dialing Discussion Thread Response (Gisela P)11/26/2009 06:24 AM
Dear Richard,

Thanks for reaching out to Motorola. I’ve reviewed your e-mail and I’m ready to help.

Regarding your concern, please note that there are two methods to voice dial from your phone:

1. Use Google Search

2. Use Voice Dialer

To use Google Search to voice dial:

1. Press and hold the SEARCH button.
You’re prompted to speak.

2. Say >Call” followed by the name of the contact you want to call.

If Google search by voice finds a match, it dials the contact’s default number.

To use the Voice Dialer Application

1. Open the Applications Menu
2. Touch Voice Dialer
3. Say your command
4. * Call "John Doe"
* Dial "John Doe, home"

Unfortunately the Voice Dialing cannot be initiated from a headset, you must turn it on from the phone. At this time the using Bluetooth for voice dialing only supports dialing last number. A full featured version may be available via the Android Marketplace.

We hope that you find this information useful and look forward to assisting you in the future.

For information about Motorola products and services, please visit us at http://www.hellomoto.com/

Thank you for contacting Motorola e-mail support.

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I also contacted Moto again this time using their chat screen and I got the following. It sounds as if they at least are aware of the problem if not working on it.

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Evelina A: Hi, my name is Evelina A. How may I help you?
null null: I have found that the Motorola Droid does not support voice dialing with a bluetooth headset. Is there plans to update the software in the Droid to make this basic bluetooth function available.
Evelina A: Hello! I am sorry to hear about that problem. I will be more than happy to help you with it.
Evelina A: Just one moment please
Evelina A: Your phone supports one-touch voice dialing and full Bluetooth voice conversations.

It does not support hands-free dialing via Bluetooth, and Motorola is aware that it does not.

You can answer a call or initiate the ‘last dialed call’ by pressing and holding the call button on your headset.

You can initiate voice-dial using the Google Search or Voice Dial options from the phone itself..
Evelina A: We are currently evaluating possible solutions for providing voice dialing over Bluetooth. So far we do not have a time frame defined for this; however the update will be provided through a software update process.
null null: Can you tell me what software fix's will be included in the next software update?
Evelina A: We do not have that information yet but you can always check the software updates available in your phone
null null: Thank you for your assistance
Evelina A: You are more than welcome, do you have any other question?
null null: No Thank You
Evelina A: If you need any more information get in touch. Thanks from Motorola, bye!
You have disconnected.
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There is an obvious problem here. Someone dropped the ball, and I think we all will suffer for it. SIMPLE, BASIC, functon, NOT on the Droid. Bullshit, with voice dialer etc. I should be able to call any number in my contacts lis w/o touching my damn phone. Why are all these people sugesting long press on green button etc???? That's crap. HANDSFREE!!! Less distraction while driving, Convenient when cooking, cleaning, whatever?? Come on Motorola...Thats like no ABS on ur car.....
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I cannot stand calling and listening to these people . They are like Droids(haha) reading out of a book. They truley do not know or understand the product. WE WANT VOICE DIALING FROM OUR DROID PHONE so that when we are driving we dont have to take our phone out of the holster/case and look at it !
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There is an obvious problem here. Someone dropped the ball, and I think we all will suffer for it. SIMPLE, BASIC, functon, NOT on the Droid. Bullshit, with voice dialer etc. I should be able to call any number in my contacts lis w/o touching my damn phone. Why are all these people sugesting long press on green button etc???? That's crap. HANDSFREE!!! Less distraction while driving, Convenient when cooking, cleaning, whatever?? Come on Motorola...Thats like no ABS on ur car.....
whoa dude(s), like chill man... 1st post and you're very demanding and out of line. both of you.....
BT voice dialing isn't basic nor is it simple. BT in my opinion is the devils breakfast, I've always hated how it is licensed. I have an old device that never figured out proper ADP2 however voice dialing works on it. Now I have the opposite problem. But I can wait for a fix, BT has always been a nightmare beyond the true basics.

I can tell you are young; ABS is not a deal breaker either. I race cars on the weekend, ABS along with traction control gets turned off before I even think about winning a race. And I would never consider using a phone of course and have no desire to be making calls on the drive home. I don't suffer in the least for lack of voice dialing.
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whoa dude(s), like chill man... 1st post and you're very demanding and out of line. both of you.....
BT voice dialing isn't basic nor is it simple. BT in my opinion is the devils breakfast, I've always hated how it is licensed. I have an old device that never figured out proper ADP2 however voice dialing works on it. Now I have the opposite problem. But I can wait for a fix, BT has always been a nightmare beyond the true basics.

I can tell you are young; ABS is not a deal breaker either. I race cars on the weekend, ABS along with traction control gets turned off before I even think about winning a race. And I would never consider using a phone of course and have no desire to be making calls on the drive home. I don't suffer in the least for lack of voice dialing.
Contrary to your belief, bluetooth voice dialing has been a solved problem for over a decade. Some of my engineers worked on the early bluetooth specs and that was a significant part of the standard. Motorola owns the code for one of the solutions that was found in all their early bluetooth enabled handsets. Unfortunately, Google decided to re-invent the wheel. When you do voice dialing on an Android phone it sends it out to the cloud for a google-hosted application to parse and then sends the results back to the phone. The application code for this doesn't support the bluetooth standard. In fact the entire bluetooth standard is poorly support in the OS. There is no excuse for not supporting voice dialing via bluetooth, except technical incompetence or a "not invented here" mentality by the engineers that worked on this part of the OS.

Hands free dialing is not just car-centric. I require it in my workplace as I am on a keyboard or walking between meetings and do not want to go find my phone, pick it up to dial, switch it to hands free so I can talk, etc., etc.. I also use it at home . . . note I am older so texting is not the center of my life so I use all of the features of a phone. My son kept his droid, I have returned mine until this problem is solved and went back to my Moto flip phone. According to contacts in Verizon, there are several thousand returns because of this lack of support.
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whoa dude(s), like chill man... 1st post and you're very demanding and out of line. both of you.....
BT voice dialing isn't basic nor is it simple. BT in my opinion is the devils breakfast, I've always hated how it is licensed. I have an old device that never figured out proper ADP2 however voice dialing works on it. Now I have the opposite problem. But I can wait for a fix, BT has always been a nightmare beyond the true basics.

I can tell you are young; ABS is not a deal breaker either. I race cars on the weekend, ABS along with traction control gets turned off before I even think about winning a race. And I would never consider using a phone of course and have no desire to be making calls on the drive home. I don't suffer in the least for lack of voice dialing.
LOL.. You're kidding me. You discard the obvious benefits of abs and never talk on the phone while driving. That is absurd. In this day and age Bluetooth handsfree voice dialing is standard and expected and could be considered a safety feature. Putting a bluetooth emblem on a device and not having handsfree voice dialing is like having srs on the dash and side but saying yeah it has srs but the airbags don't deploy. Your reasoning takes it further because you'd say.. "I disable them because getiing ejected from the windshield is a better alternative."
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Quick question, IF you have a BT headset that has it's own built in Voice dialing (BlueAnt Q1) will it work on the Droid? I have one coming as was curious it is will work that way.

If no one knows I will update if it works when my Q1 gets here.
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LOL. hey opinions differ. I wouldn't return my phone because voice dialing doesn't function. But by the opinions here this means that Android phones suck and I should be the only one using them because a few functions aren't yet working and I don't see them as vital. yippee for designing some BT, I still say it is a sucky technology. Handy but I don't expect much from it. Reminds me of Dolby and the licensing scheme it has.

As for ABS, you're out to lunch. I can stop shorter without ABS than you can with it. Not opinion, simple physics and the training to do it. Not at all like BT's deficiencies but a car analogy is always popular. or so I thought.

Well I'm out of this thread because I don't care enough about voice dialing or to argue about it. And no, I don't talk on the phone while driving, never did, never will. And for the few seconds between meetings I don't need the phone either or at least don't whine if it doesn't work like in the movies. yawn
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Well I'm out of this thread because I don't care enough about voice dialing or to argue about it. And no, I don't talk on the phone while driving, never did, never will. And for the few seconds between meetings I don't need the phone either or at least don't whine if it doesn't work like in the movies. yawn
You do know what they call people who use the words never and always? Remember what you said when your phone rings and you answer it while driving.

I am pretty sure I can remember serviceable handsfree wired voice dialing all the way back to my startac days and great bluetooth handsfree dialing since my razor, motorokr, mogul, touch pro. No justifications are good excuses on a $550 phone.
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You do know what they call people who use the words never and always?
no, what do the hillbilly lawyers call it? That's rhetorical, I don't care to know. But if the fine print must be analyzed, I do have a headset and also a stereo headphone. I tap the button and there's my call. But I don't *ever* make calls while driving and so far only took one inbound call while in the car. So whatever technicality that is, well, yawn.
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no, what do the hillbilly lawyers call it? That's rhetorical, I don't care to know. But if the fine print must be analyzed, I do have a headset and also a stereo headphone. I tap the button and there's my call. But I don't *ever* make calls while driving and so far only took one inbound call while in the car. So whatever technicality that is, well, yawn.
Those are terms that make people liars as you just did because you "never" use the phone on in the car and now you have taken an incoming call. Anyone who has a cell phone who says they never take a call in the car has to be a blatant liar or a 1 in a million exception.
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As for ABS, you're out to lunch. I can stop shorter without ABS than you can with it. Not opinion, simple physics and the training to do it. Not at all like BT's deficiencies but a car analogy is always popular. or so I thought.
Terrible reasoning and is just nonsesnical. ABS stopping distances are shorter than without in most conditions and for the majority of drivers. Look up the tests... Most people are not trained racecar drivers like you who know how to pump their brakes without panicking upder pressure.
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Ok folks, the ABS analogy was simply that every car has one these days whether you like it or not. For all the techy experts that can stop w/o it fine. I am simply saying that BT Voice command is the most common of features even in phones costing so much less. I am HAPPY with the Droid overall. I am not one to return it b/c of the lack of this feature...BUT it should have it.....
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Be sure to drop by Goggle Code and 'STAR' up the ISSUE's!

Issue 1181 - android - [VoiceDial] Voice confirmation for Voice Dialer - Project Hosting on Google Code

Issue 1412 - android - [VoiceDial] Bluetooth "voice dial" event doesn't launch Voice Dialer - Project Hosting on Google Code
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I have never used a BT headset before, and I don't talk much on my phone while driving...

That said, I have decided to get a headset for my Droid. Not having BT voice dial won't kill me, but it sure would be nice! I hope they get this resolved, especially for the people who have used it a lot in the past, and need to be able to do so with the Droid...
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@bruceo I'm done with this thread and I'll be sure to stay out of your way. I don't need to be scrutinized to such an extent by amateur lawyers or whatever that is. But don't pretend to know how I or anyone else uses their phone. I went many years without a cell phone so I find it easy to avoid using it in my car. If testing a BT headset in the car one time makes me a liar then that's your call and I don't care what strangers think. Perhaps I'm just old but I learned to use brakes without ABS long before becoming a race car driver so I stand by my own knowledge and not any so called study. All these safety features have done nothing to make people better drivers, quite the opposite and now we're dependent on them. I'll keep my seatbelts, airbags, and even the ABS but just because I now have a cell phone and someday voice dialing I'll still not need to drive while talking on the phone. I use that other technology, voice mail.
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This really IS a major issue. In states such as NY and CA (and apparently also in the UK), it's a violation to be fiddling with the phone at all while driving. I love the phone otherwise, but I can't believe that this basic feature isn't present in Android phones. Hopefully 2.0.2 will fix it.....SOON.
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From what I remember, BT dialing was supposed to be a part of the 12/11 2.01 update.

The list of fixes that's been posted doesn't clarify...this could include just about anything...but I remember a more detailed list that included fixing BT dialing in the 2.01 release.

- Bluetooth® functionality is improved;
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I thought i was having problems with my bluetooth as well, thought my bluetooth didnt work, was disappointed that they didnt integrate bluetooth calling, should have been a simple feature to put in, makes it harder when your driving.
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I thought i was having problems with my bluetooth as well, thought my bluetooth didnt work, was disappointed that they didnt integrate bluetooth calling, should have been a simple feature to put in, makes it harder when your driving.
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Issue 1181 - android - [VoiceDial] Voice confirmation for Voice Dialer - Project Hosting on Google Code

Issue 1412 - android - [VoiceDial] Bluetooth "voice dial" event doesn't launch Voice Dialer - Project Hosting on Google Code

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Once is enough, your other post in this thread hasn't disappeared.
i hadn't realized i already posted in this one... i've been trying to bring up awareness of google code and issues like this or this. so it has been posted a lot. anyways.... thanks for your smug and rude reply! no wonder everyone says this forums is littered with a few asses who don't know what it means to have a community of people trying to make something better for the good of all who use it!

After all is said and done.. you can complain about known issues as much as you want... it is actually doing something about it that helps!

I also know for a fact that EVERYONE reads EVERY post in a thread when they click on it too.... you must have found that fact somewhere as well!!!!


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To throw more fuel onto the fire, the DEVOUR has full blown voice dialing over bluetooth.
MOTOBLUR or not, its an Android Phone, its a Motorola phone and it has it.
AND to add further insult.... its meant to be the simpler and cheaper phone.
A lower cost alternative to the Moto DROID.
The DROID has been out about 6 months now, thats HALF A YEAR ALREADY.
When the H. E. Double Hockey sticks are they going to come out with this already.
New Jersey has banned touching the phone while driving. and the fines are quite high.
A bunch of other states have banned it already.
Come on Motorola, Android , Google someone, anyone give me frakking voice dial over bluetooth already.
And dont pee on my leg and tell me its raining by releasing a cheaper phone that does have the voice dial over bluetooth. I'm fired up now, I'm going to punch a kitten.
(no not really)
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I've just purchased a Samsung Captivate from AT&T, being new to the smart phone world I was only setting my phone up when I noted a huge problem. I can't dial a phone number using my bluetooth headset. As I said I'm new to this smart phone world and in giving up my old Motorola SLVR L7 I felt I would be making a huge step forward it seems not at least not in ease of use. I am a little confused I have been reading every thing that I could for the last 3 days and have found very little about this problem until I reached this forum. Did I miss the boat and purchased the wrong phone? No one seem to be complaining about this issue these days or have they all just given in to the problem as not being solvable. I hope that I'm not the only person who was actually attempting to drive safely and programing my phone to do that for me. I read all sorts of what I feel to be truly stupid issues and complaints with smart phones but almost nothing about one of the safest things that you could do while driving pushing ONE button on your head set, speaking a name or place, and having the phone to dial it for you. This is made even more paramount for me since I enjoy a vehicle with a sick shift, just try to hold a phone and operate one. Anyway now that I have bought this pice of crap and have loaded several calling apps, been on the phone with AT&T for over and hour, sent 2 hours over 2 day a the AT&T store, I've never been able to get through the Samsung help line, have read and listed to more about the Android system and Samsung phones than I ever have wanted, is it possible to find a "SMART" phone that will let me push the button on my bluetooth head set and speak a name and have it to dial a phone number or is this just out of reach of modern technology and I should go back to using my SLVR L7? Thanks.
Please no snide remarks I am truly looking for help .
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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:09 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums! Let me see if I can dig through this, I appologize ahead of time as I am a smarta$$ by default, but I've found that sometimes when one is frustrated by something that should be simple we don't look at the simple answer (I do this all the time). I have an OG Droid so I don't know about the Captivate, but I'll try.

1. You're probably not finding a lot of chatter on this mostly because it was solved in Android 2.1 or 2.1.1, somewhere in there. No, voice dial through bluetooth was origionally not native to the OS. Oversite? Maybe but it happens.

2. What kind of headset do you have. MOST do support voice dial but some do not. There might be something in the manual for your headset. I know I was frustrated with mine at first because you hit the button and it tells you how much battery you have. After a lot of frustration and getting sick of the default voice and trolling all kinds of fourms, I sat back and though..... RTFM!!!! DUH (Faceslap). Right there "Press and hold button for 2 sec for voice dial." I'm not saying your's is the same but I would start there. If that doesn't fix the problem then check back in and let us know what equipment you're using.

3. You have to have a speach to text installed. As you are saying you just got the phone I am assuming that you are not rooted so one should have come preinstalled on your phone. The easiest way to check is open a search and on the onscreen keyboard you should have a little icon that looks like a microphone (I don't know what the captivate OSK looks like but it should be there somewhere). If it's there you have a STT program. If not you can look in settings>Voice input & output. If you have a voice recognizer, it will be selectable. Or you can look in your aplications>all and see if you have an app called SoundBack. This should be native to a stock android phone but if not it's free in the market. Again come back and let us know what you find.
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My iPhone does it. LMFAO.. on here trying to figure out deperately how to make my moms POS captivate do something an iPhone does with ease. Color me unimpressed with android in general.. Sigh.. all the people complaining here have a legitimate gripe. IMHO
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Default Voice dial works in my car, but not from headset

I have a Galaxy S Captivate and a 2012 Chrysler 200 with built-in bluetooth support.

If I'm in my car, I press the "phone" button, then say "Call Cindy" and it works perfectly. This is a standard BT connection between the car and phone, right?

Apparently, the phone IS capable of voice dial contrary to what's being said here.

What does my car do that my headset does not do?

Any ideas?
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Many cars will do it but most head sets won't do it completely. I have old headset with a galaxy 2 that will work if I launch the "vlingo" app that is used by the Galaxy 2 manually on the phone. IF the phone locks, on OS 2.3, the phone disables direct bluetooth activation and won't let the headset work thus defeating handsfree dialing( you must unlock the phone manually to dial again).

Anyone who says people are silly for wanting handsfree are just kids. Any business person has to make calls on their cell phone WHILE driving. Most states do not allow texting by law anymore AND dialing is considered texting BY LAW. In my states , it's a heavy fine and points. Voice dialing must be fully automated PER law! You can tap your ear piece to activate phone dialing and that's about it. Oddly, this was in MOST "dumb" phones 10 years ago but not in an almost desktop computer phone.

Geez...My Old moto Rzar did it 10 years ago...AND ANDROID still can't figure it out???

On the Glaxy 2 Vlingo(required dialer) is slow to start and frequently gets "lost" if the app is running in the background, so that it won't come 'forward' if you press your bluetooth earpiece. AND if the phone auto locks after 10-30 seconds? Forget it! it just won't make a call per the OS 2.2+ with the phone locked. This is a huge fail to me.

Odd, many of the incar systems somehow get around this problem....they avoid using Vlingo I assume. My car uses it's own phone book and dialing system. It only accesses the phone for the network.

BUT many people don't have blue tooth in their cars. They use bluetooth headsets. Can you work on this google/Android???? oh, and even their own wired earbuds won't activate voice calling!!! Crazy!

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I have a Galaxy S Captivate and a 2012 Chrysler 200 with built-in bluetooth support.

If I'm in my car, I press the "phone" button, then say "Call Cindy" and it works perfectly. This is a standard BT connection between the car and phone, right?

Apparently, the phone IS capable of voice dial contrary to what's being said here.

What does my car do that my headset does not do?

Any ideas?
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i had an old LG phone and an old blueant hands free, and all worked well with voice commands. i have updated to a samsung galaxy ace, so smart, me with a new phone, to go with this the kids bought me a blueant s3. now no voice command, it will pair but i have to touch buttons. how unsafe!!!!

yes i have read all the above comments but no real solution. aaahhhh
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Default android HANDSFREE voice dial

I had several Sprint (not android or smartphone) that did true handsfree voice dialing. push the button on the Bluetooth headset and speak the contract name or a number. when I changed to Verizon the first phone I got would not voice dial handsfree. After experimenting with several I was able to do it with that Droid 2 & a Motorola H720 headset. I recently upgraded(??) to a Droid Charge-- no handsfree dialing. I am going back to the store in the morning and do more testing. If cannot find one that will voicedial hands free I will go back to the Droid 2. I have used handsfree voicedial for over 90% of my calls for several years . I WILL NO have a phone that will no voicedial handsfree.
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Has anyone found a way or App that will allow you to voice dial using a bluetooth headset. This is a basic bluetooth task yet the highly technical Droid doesn't come from Motorola with this simple function.
If your Droid is using Jellybean 4.1 and up your out of luck. ICS on down should have no problem. It's not the phone it's Android.
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Jellybean 4.1 and 4.2. Theres no problem for ICS or Gingerbread.
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