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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by K-Rizzle, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. K-Rizzle

    K-Rizzle Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I'd have to say this is where I'm having the biggest issue with my phone. Any insight at all as to why this could be, would be appreciated.

    I set my screen to auto backlight, and to time out after 15 seconds, just to test this out.

    Well when I'm not in a call, it dims and brightens accordingly. It also times out and shuts the screen off after 15 seconds like I selected.

    When I am IN CALL, the screen does not dim and does not time out until about a minute or more into the call, it doesn't seem to be consistent. I've rebooted, and all that, nothing has worked.

    I'm thinking of trying a factory reset but I don't really WANT to, I like the apps I have and such.

    I've had a few 'time out' apps, like call caddy, power manager, etc. None of them worked the way I wanted them to (call caddy is supposed to lock the screen upon answering a call, and power manager is supposed to llow you to control timeout while in call) and I have been thinking maybe it somehow messed with my phone ability to regulate the screen time out?

    As for my second question. How do I save all of my info on the phone, is there an app for that? I think sprint automatically syncs my contacts (I used to get notified but I somehow turned them off). Where/how would I re-download them? From the sprint website?

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  2. troyboytn

    troyboytn Well-Known Member

    Try this app in the Market....Screebl. It is great! Works off the accelerometer to disable screen timeout while the phone is at a "tilt" (whether in portrait or landscape), but when layed flat or holding upright on a call the screen will timeout at the interval you have set in the phones settings. One of the best apps I have to date.
  3. K-Rizzle

    K-Rizzle Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I had screebl actually. The thing is, I WANT my phone to time out...during a call. Sorry, I just re-read my post and I wasn't clear on my question, lol. ;)

    I accidentally hang up on people because my screen won't time out during a call. At first I thought screebl was my problem, I loved that app! But I uninstalled it because I thought it was not allowing my phone to time out during a call, as I had read other posts of people saying their screen times out in 10 seconds during a call.
  4. esoteric1311

    esoteric1311 Newbie

    If you download Astro manager, you can save all of your apps to your sdcard and install them from there. otherwise they should be "remembered" in your mydownloads (don't quote me on that. i know the paid apps are supposed to be)

    if you convert all of your contacts to google contacts, they will be saved in your gmail account. once you reset, it will resync itself automatically, and all your contacts will appear.

  5. troyboytn

    troyboytn Well-Known Member

    did your phone not time out during a call? mine does with screebl. did you go into the screeble settings and adjust the portrait tilt slider? if you do so, it will adjust to time out the screen while the phone is in a fully upright to a slightly tilted postion. try it again.....maybe it will work for you. good luck
  6. K-Rizzle

    K-Rizzle Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Well, the thing is, my phone doesn't time out in a call even without screebl, lol. ;)

    Thanks esoteric1311, I think I'm gonna try the reset. :)

    Oh one more thing, do they stay as google contacts when I sync with google? I never use my gmail, or google voice or anything like that (though I do have a gmail account for signing up with certain websites and such). I have all of my contacts synced with their facebook accounts and I don't want that to get ruined.
  7. Teph

    Teph Newbie

    I'm pretty sure you need to edit your contacts back with there Facebook link and what not. At least I had to when I updated the firmware.
  8. K-Rizzle

    K-Rizzle Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Ugh, system restore didn't help. Darn. All I did was make a project out of having to set my phone up again, like it was.

    I hope someone comes out with a GOOD app for this soon.
  9. kawika0

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  10. BSki

    BSki Well-Known Member

    I am not sure what the issue is people are having, maybe I am lucky with my phone.

    I get a call, the screen goes blank 15 seconds later. If I have to wake it up while on the call to look at something, the screen goes blank 15 seconds later.

    I use screebl to keep the screen on while I am surfing etc. But it is set to disabled while on the ear.
  11. mamiamjo

    mamiamjo Well-Known Member

    My screen blanks out during calls with out a problem. I wonder why some people's phone does this and some don't?
  12. osli

    osli Well-Known Member

    My phone acts just like yours, but in that 15 seconds my ear or cheek often hangs up on the call, or starts a three way call, or hangs up and then dials someone else, or sends a random text, or adds something to my contacts, or opens and mucks around in my calendar... etc.

    For people like the OP having their screen active longer than fifteen seconds, their nightmare is amplified that much more.
  13. nick325i

    nick325i Android Enthusiast

    Have you tried disabling auto backlight? Just a whim...

    Also people are reporting better battery life when Auto Backlight is disabled.
  14. Godfather13

    Godfather13 Android Enthusiast

    Im also curious about this. I have a gmail account but only opened it to get on the android market. What does syncing the contacts to google do in the long run? Will I notice anything different in how the phone works? Will it mess anything up with my yahoo account (my main email).

  15. pdragon

    pdragon Android Enthusiast

    It's by far the easiest way to back them up. A contact added to either the phone (as a Google contact) or your Google account (Gmail, Google Voice, etc) automatically syncs without any interaction on your part.
  16. Bennyhill

    Bennyhill Member

    I was thinking about this just this mourning, Having switched from an iPhone I am very happy with my Hero/Android/Sprint except for this. I find myself wishing for a dedicated on/off button like the one the iphone has at the top right of the device. That way you could invoke the lock screen during a call manually at least.

    Basically the whole lock/unlock routines for the hero are just FUBAR when compared to the iPhone. I never not even once accidentaly unlocked my iphone while it has happened at least four times with the hero. Whether in call or not this needs to be rethought IMO.
  17. osli

    osli Well-Known Member


    FrogSpatter suggested a practical solution for in-call situations, at least. Let the screen stay active, but as soon as a call is started or answered the screen gives perhaps three sliders: hang up, keypad, and either back to the main call screen or to the home screen. I doubt my ear or cheek would activate a slider very often, especially if the sliders were oriented vertically instead of horizontally.

    It does keep unlocking in my pocket though, which is one of my other top complaints with the phone (Hero) at the moment.

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