General Contact Widget Replacement

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Digital, May 11, 2010.

  1. Digital

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    I'm sure this has been asked before but a search didn't turn up much. I was wondering if anyone knows of an alternative to the HTC People widget? It seems the large one everytime I flick by the screen I'll randomly call someone (Maybe I press too long or something). Right now I'm playing with the smaller version of it and wondering if theres one on the market somewhere? Thanks.
     

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  2. tranceFusion

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    Yeah I am looking too. I would love something where a) I can view the contact card instead of calling/texting and b) there is a layout option other than fullscreen and vertical.

    For now, I used BetterCuts to create shortcuts to the contact card for people I contact a lot.
     
  3. nightfishing

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    This won't solve the contact widget's lackings, but is a nice tool to stop accidental calls anywhere on the phone.

    Call Confirm - Android app on AppBrain
     
  4. Digital

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    I found one I'm trying out right now. It's not the prettiest, but it adds a contact as an individual icon, and from there you can select View Contact, Call or SMS. It's called Contact Widget. I'm still looking for a better one, but it might help my accidental dialing while trying to get to the score board widget.

    Contact Widget - Android app on AppBrain
     
  5. lmbgm

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    I wish there was a way I could view the phone book sorted by group.
    Right now the whole thing is just sorted by first name which kind of defeats the purpose of having groups.

    What I'm doing now, is just going to the groups tab and clicking on the correct group.
     
  6. Tech Addiction

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    I use starred folder and renamed it to contacts. It brings up all my popular contacts. You can also make shortcuts for all of the contacts you want and put them in a blank folder. If you want to rename the folder just open it and press and hold on the title bar for the folder.
     
  7. crutoi

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    as pointed out by "tnessling", the easier way is to add shortcuts for each contact that you want to your desktop ...

    "To do this: Go to your home page, and press the '+' button.
    Then choose: Shortcut > Person > (Select the Person) > Quick contact.

    This will add an icon to your home page that, when pressed, will give you the option to: call, view contact info, sms, email, or navigate to their address."


    Contact Favorites(multiple numbers)
     
  8. JeeperDon

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    When I added the People Widget to a Sense panel, it asked what category to use and I picked Favorites for it to display, as I 'added' people (+) to the Fav panel I was offered their full list of activities so I could pick what I wanted that icon in Favs to do (call mobile, call land, SMS, whatever). The top one in the list was 'View Contact'. If you pick View Contact as the response when adding that person, you get their list and can decide what you wish to do (text, call, email...).

    What I would like to see is a way to have that nice pretty panel switch between Categories. While in the panel I'd like to change it to Family or Work, whatever, and have it look nice like it does normally. The only way to see an alternate list is with a couple taps and then you get the normal ugly contact list.
     
  9. crutoi

    crutoi Well-Known Member
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    just use voice dial :)
     
  10. JeeperDon

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    Thanks, I've never used voice commands before though and just tried it a bit. That's a poor solution for me, is a workaround at best (can't say "text Andy"). Saying "open' triggers it to look at pgms and "call' to look at the contacts and phone numbers. There is no way to trigger a SMS, or e-mail.
     
  11. lgldrgdlr

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    Vlingo works great for voice to text. You can say "text andy message lets go to the bar" and it'll open your text app and insert the text you just spoke. tap send and you're done. it works very well, i use it all the time.

    http://androidforums.com/htc-droid-eris/59091-vlingo-beta.html#post510141

    second link is the download link
     

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