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App Request: Call Screen Lock

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Gtavc200, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Gtavc200

    Gtavc200 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hey everyone I'm new here. I've been trying to find an app that locks the screen while you are on the phone with someone on the Motorola Droid. The proximity sensor does not work very well. One wrong move and i hang up on someone with my face, dial in their ear, or enable speaker phone. Its really annoying.
    I wish there was an app that would give you an option for a swipe lock just like with answering/ignoring calls and the main unlock screen to unlock the screen. Like you hit the power button at the top then swipe and then hit end call.
    Like I said I'm new here so I dont know how I go about getting something like this made? It doesnt seem too complex but what do i know ahah.
    Help me out please!
    thank you :]

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  2. Gtavc200

    Gtavc200 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    anyone? please
  3. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    I am not sure if this can be done.

    I am thinking of diving into the SDK and creating some apps. I'm new the SDK so not sure I will be able to make what you are asking for.
  4. matty1124

    matty1124 Newbie

    your having trouble with the sensor? try taking it back. as long as i've held the phone against my head it stays locked with no trouble what so ever... in fact my trouble is that after a long call i have to press the lock button to get it to wake up, which is what i find annoying
  5. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    Glad to hear this happens to you. I am hoping the Dec 11th OTA will fix this issue with long calls.
  6. p3droid

    p3droid Newbie

    You must be coming from a blackberry Storm. This really is not needed on the Droid. If you have a faulty sensor take it back and get a new one.

    P.S. - you will need to stop thinking of this phone like the storm because it will drive you crazy otherwise.
  7. Joewoowoo

    Joewoowoo Android Enthusiast

    place your call then press your sleep button AKA on/off button (top right )
  8. Hellspawn

    Hellspawn Newbie

    I think there must be something wrong with your proximity sensor, my driod works like its supposed too, it locks out the screen while its near my face.. the only thing I find annoying is after a long call, I have to wake the phone up before I can end the call.. (like another poster stated)
  9. chefboyardee

    chefboyardee Well-Known Member

    nice workaround!
  10. argylecyclist

    argylecyclist Newbie

  11. purduefan

    purduefan Lurker

    I went to a Verizon store and the sensor was working. At first they tried to tell me to hold the phone an inch from my head. Humm..
    but if the sensor is working then why do I have to hold it away from my ear so my face doesn't dial numbers or hang it up. I didn't buy that. They watched me make a call and successfully hang up on someone w my face. They said over and over it's the way I hold the phone and getting another droid wouldn't solve the problem. After refusing to hold it uncomfortably an inch from my head, they said to bring it down a quarter inch on my ear. I tried that called several people and no hang ups or dialing so sat after a day. Still not 100% sure of this but worth a try. I am curious as to why the sensor doesn't like my hair/head as opposed to my ear?
  12. Gtavc200

    Gtavc200 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Nahh i never had a black berry storm. I had a Voyager (which sucked and was flimsy) and I just came from an EnV3. It just would make sense to have you be able to lock the screen and turn the sensor off. I tried the power button thing and it didnt work that well but thanks for the suggestion.

    I am getting a new Droid tuesday because my camera has been messed up since day one. 1/3 of the screen is purple shade and 2/3 is a green shade. Taking pictures at night, everything was all different colors and my friends Droid takes beautiful clear pictures. Sooo hopefully my camera is fixed on the new one and maybe the proximity sensor will be better!!
  13. halldc87

    halldc87 Newbie

    The HTC Eris' proximity sensor works fine. It locks the screen while I'm in a call and is quickly responsive when I remove the phone from my ear. I'm actually wondering if someone knows of an app that will dim the screen and/or lock the phone when I lay the phone face down when I'm NOT in a call. If this app doesn't exist, someone should create it.
  14. De4our

    De4our Lurker

    Yeah I've been having issues with my screen turning on during calls as well. I keep muting people, or I'll hit end call. I took my phone to Verizon, and they said it was working properly. I don't understand, isn't it supposed to work like the iPhone sensors??
  15. Gunner

    Gunner Android Enthusiast

    +1 on that.

    Would also like an app that automatically switches audio to speakerphone if you place the phone face down while ON a call.
  16. alisa999

    alisa999 Lurker

    I have this same issue. I actually took the phone into the Verizon store this evening and they switched it out for me and the second one is worse than the first. They said that shows that it's not the phone its the way I hold the phone. They suggested holding it away from my head or holding it with my left hand (it worked on my left ear). Not sure I'm liking this answer. Love the phone but hate muting myself all the time.
  17. chippy

    chippy Well-Known Member

    I hold the top part to my ear but don't rest the screen/bottom of screen on my face thus avoiding that issue.
  18. theKIEF

    theKIEF Lurker

    +196789087 !! Id really really love for this app to be made. My sensor sucks as well and an in call screen lock would be so helpful!! Preferably the slide lock, thanks -Moto Droid
  19. kflipmasta

    kflipmasta Lurker

    I just got a new Moto Droid this past weekend, and I'm having the same issue. Accidentally muting or hitting the speakerphone...
  20. chiefs918

    chiefs918 Lurker

    It's definitely a problem for me. Switched to a Droid around 10 days ago. In the middle of calls, it kept hitting buttons, muting, activating speakerphone, etc. Called Verizon, they sent a replacement. It was even worse than the first one. Exchanged the original for a brand new one last week, still having the problem.

    So three different Droids (2 brand new, one "like new" replacement), all had the same problem. Almost definitely not a hardware issue. Went through multiple tiers of Motorola support, they finally said, "Weird, I'd go get a different model of phone."

    I've tried everything (holding it different ways, got a haircut in case it was hair hitting the sensor, etc). Two years with an iPhone, never a problem with this. It has to be either something in the way the proximity sensor works (i.e. my ear/face isn't activating it), either on the hardware or software side.

    I'd kill for a locking application. There's just plain no way to lock a Droid on a call. You can hit the "Home" screen, at which point about five minutes into a call, my face has usually opened up Navigation or started sending emails.

    Anyway, it's a real problem for a small number of people, and it's not one of those "Hey, idjit, you aren't holding it right" sort of problems. It happens to me on other people's Droids (and doesn't happen to them on mine). I know everyone wants to chime in with, "Hey, you just need to..", but I'm pretty sure I've tried all of that and then some. And fundamentally, how much work should I have to put into trying to talk on a bleeping phone? You should be able to pick it up, talk into it, and presto.

    Maybe 2.1 will fix it. In the meantime, I'll stick with my wired headset or Bluetooth for actually talking on the phone. It's a shame, too, because the phone is wonderful, aside from that.

    - Jeff
  21. tominabox1

    tominabox1 Member

    You are holding it wrong if your phoen works on other people. the sensor is to the left of the ear speaker, so just make sure you put that area over skin (not hair) and it'll be fine. I was having problems too, but once I made sure i had the thing covered right, it was easy to keep the phoen from unlocking.
  22. chiefs918

    chiefs918 Lurker

    I understand that many people don't have this problem, or have found a special way to hold the phone to minimize the problem.

    However, from my perspective: I shouldn't have to hold a phone a certain, special, magic, I haven't-found-it-in-hours-and-hours-of-trying-EVERYTHING way to get it to actually work.

    I'm going to stick with my theory that the proximity hardware+software is not working correctly *for me*. For you, and everyone else, it apparently works great. However, for me, it doesn't work at all.

    So I'm going to focus on finding a solution *for me* to actually use my phone without a bluetooth or wired headset.

    On the brighter side, I think I have figured out a way to actually lock the bleeping thing. Installed the Lock 2.0 app (free version is fine), configured it to *not* replace the default lock page. Start a call, hit home, hit the Lock shortcut, and presto.

    Really ugly solution, but at least it's an option. It seems to lock the screen well enough that my face doesn't deactivate the lock.

    - Jeff
  23. Optimus

    Optimus Well-Known Member

    Your proximity sensor isn't optimal..you'll just have to exchange that phone.

  24. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy Android Enthusiast

    He's on his third, if you didn't read his posts.

    My wife is having this issue and is about to get rid of her phone and get a different one all together. This app really needs to exist. There is tons of people that would benefit.
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