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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by MrDamantion, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. MrDamantion

    MrDamantion Lurker
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    Hello all, for my first post, I have a few questions about the stock CarDock application. Verizon is selling Droid 2 car docks for about $50. I've talked one of the guys down to $35, but it was still way too much for me.

    Alternatively, I bought a universal dock at Best Buy for $15. It's not incredible, but it's cheaper. However, it's missing a few crucial key things. So, my first question deals with the capabilities of the "official" dock that Verizon sells.

    From what I've gathered, when you insert the phone into the official dock, it auto-launches (and auto-closes) Car Dock. However, what else does it do to the settings? I have my phone set to lock after 3 minutes of idle time. However, when driving, this is a HUGE hassle, and kinda dangerous. If cradled in an official dock, does it change the settings to keep the screen on (and brighter) until undocked? That's my big concern about buying an overpriced cradle. I don't get any setting customization while in the Car Dock app as it is, and can't find any reviews or mentions online saying that it can change settings while in the official cradle.

    My next question is this: I use the Car Dock primarily for music, and the huge buttons in it's music player. I've downloaded Custom Car Dock, and found that even when forcing the phone into Car mode, I can't get that huge music UI. Is there another application for free (or paid) that I can get that both allows me to change the phone setting so that the screen doesn't turn off while in the application (or puts it into car mode to do so) and has a huge media UI? I thought Car Dock Settings would be the answer to my prayers, but it seems to only work when in an official cradle, and can't force car mode.

    My last question, and this is a combination of not being able to word it correctly in Google to get correct results and a lack of knowledge, but is there a way to get the source code to the stock Car Dock application? I can add code that would set the screen to never turn off and adjust the brightness once car dock is entered. Likewise, I can add code that would put the settings back once exited, and I could add an exit button. Of course, that requires me to have the source.

    Thanks for taking the time to read all this, and thanks even more for your answers.

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  2. Rob.G

    Rob.G Android Enthusiast

    You could use Tasker to do most of what you had asked. If you go to the developer's website, he offers a 7-day free trial (as opposed to Google's 15 minutes) and it is only about $6. It is a little hard to grasp at first, but once you have the hang of it you'll wonder how you got along without it. The website is: Tasker for Android

    It is what some would call "a programmer's app"; however, with Tasker, you would program it to perform "when in any dock, change my display timeout and brightness and open Car Dock"
  3. berky93

    berky93 Newbie

    The car dock also keeps the screen on. you can mimic the functions of the car dock by placing a magnet on the back of your phone, just check to make sure you get the polarity right (one way it opens the car dock, the other way it opens the desk dock)
  4. vfnewman

    vfnewman Newbie

    Yet another option: There's a free app called "Car Mode Control":

    Car Mode Control - Android app on AppBrain

    It triggers the car mode just like being in a real Moto car dock.

    That same developer also makes a nice car dock screen and a "car mode settings" app.

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