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General Bluetooth Voice Dialer

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by shaylih, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. shaylih

    shaylih Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 30, 2009
    I've searched the forums but haven't found a fix for this yet. I like to call people on my way home from work. I used to tap my bluetooth, have my phone in my purse and say 'Call Bob Mobile' and woosh - it calls Bob on his mobile. I've tried the voice dialer that came with the phone and it can't understand a work I say even when I'm holding it right next to me. It's driving me nuts. Are there any apps that will make my bluetooth call Bob when I tap it?


  2. bruceo

    bruceo Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2009
    All of the current android OS versions are terrible in the bluetooth department. The audio is good but the control for music player and voice commands are inexcusably nonexistent. Shame on google/handset makers for not having remote voice command through bluetooth which has been a standard even on better dumbphones for quite a while. I actually consider it a violation of consumer safety issue. Even though I think it should not be allowed I bet a crafty lawyer could get a big judgement by establishing the number of devices that have made this a defacto standard feature among handsets that advertise Bluetooth capability and that Google was negligent in advertising bluetooth but not providing the defacto functionality therefore causing unnecessary accidents.
  3. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    There is a long post on the Google Android developers website about this issue. It goes back over a year (to the original G1)! It's close to the top of the list of issues, but as far as I'm aware, still no word on a fix.

    I was speaking with a pretty knowledgeable Verizon tech about it, and they do know it's an issue (at least some of them do). He seemed to hint that Verizon may be able to help with a fix if the Android developers don't get it, but that's pure speculation.
  4. jvolzer

    jvolzer Active Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    It's absolutely AMAZING that such a feature could be omitted from a modern phone, especially a smart phone. I never even through to ask or check for this feature before purchasing my Eris given all of my dumb phones from the past 6 years have had this feature. And with more and more places making it illegal to use the phone other than true "hands free" this is more critical than ever. I read that long post in the Android developers forum and it's disheartening that no one a Google responds. It sure give the impression they really don't give a flip. It's almost as pitiful as their so-called "Google Groups" that don't have a "group calendar" feature.... users post and post and post to their forums and they just ignore and ignore and ignore.

    Do I understand properly from reading the forums that this is not even something that's expected in the 2.1 update?
  5. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead

    Oct 29, 2009
    Right Behind You
    No, it will not be in the official 2.1 update unless HTC has figured out someway to add it in to the Sense UI. I doubt that they have.

    I think this is one of those things that they overlooked when originally building the Android OS. It is kind of like Apple leaving out cut/copy and paste on the iPhone. I guess they figured that nobody would use it.

    Maybe one day.:(
  6. doogald

    doogald Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    I agree that it is an unfortunate oversight.

    Well, the good news is that even hands-free is all that safe, so your health (and those of the drivers, passengers and pedestrians around you) is better off that you cannot make calls while you are driving.

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