Android Power Button Functions


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  1. Minjin

    Minjin Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I am new to Android and come from using a Symbian phone. One function that I am not happy with is how the power button works. Here is what I can do with either of them:

    Evo:
    Power Off
    Silent Mode
    Vibration Mode
    Airplane Mode
    Mobile Network

    Symbian:
    Switch Off
    Lock Keypad
    General (profile)
    Silent (profile)
    Meeting (profile)
    Outdoor (profile)
    Offline (like airplane mode)
    Lock Phone
    Remove Memory Card
    Activate Power Saving

    Now some people might say that that is too much. I don't think so. There are two main functions that I think are lacking. I'll ignore the other differences for now though I would like to see some of them as well.

    First is having real profiles available at the power button, not just sound and vibration settings. Its not even intuitive what the Androids settings mean. I'm accustomed to my phone ringing and vibrating at the same time most of the time. If I'm around other people, I switch it vibrate only. And if I'm in a meeting, I want both sound and vibrate to be off. As it is, if I'm going between the first and third scenario, it seems like I need to go into this menu, change one option, whereupon it closes, press and hold the power button again, go into menu, then change the other option. Being able to select user changeable profiles would make this much more efficient.

    Second is having the ability to easily turn the phone off. As it is, if the phone is locked, I need to first unlock it. Then I have to hold down the power button. Go into menu, choose Power Off. Then choose OK on the confirmation screen. Sheesh. With Symbian, I unlock the phone, then press and hold the power button until it turns off. This is very easy to do with the phone still in your pocket when you have a hardware unlock button but that isn't really part of the discussion right now.

    Anyways. I don't know much about android so I don't know what controls these functions. Let's start easy. Is there any 3rd party program out there that does what I am asking? If not, does anyone know what service or program it is that performs this function or is it tightly integrated into the system?

    Lastly, am I the only one who would like to see an improvement here? If I'm talking to myself, I guess I can live with that. ;)
     

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  2. Bnice

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    you can get the app lockbot pro and it will let you power on your phone with one of the touch buttons.
     
  3. Minjin

    Minjin Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    That has absolutely nothing to do with my post. :confused:
     
  4. benso87

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    You're right about the silent and vibrate options in that menu not being intuitive. You can go from silent to vibrate with one touch on that menu, but to go from vibrate to silent, you have to open it twice. It's confusing.

    The best solution I have for that is to use a widget. HTC offers a profile widget that you should be able to get on your Evo (I have it on an Eris). You tap it, and it gives you the choice of normal, vibrate, or silent. I know this isn't exactly what you were looking for, but I think it's better than using the power button to change profiles.

    As for the powering down part you mentioned, I don't know of any solution. I don't have a problem with the way it works now, so I haven't looked for anything like that.
     
  5. Minjin

    Minjin Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  6. Nickc001

    Nickc001 Well-Known Member

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    why not just use the volume button on the side to switch between normal silent and vibrate, then you dont even have to go in to any menus...?
     

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