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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Green1, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Green1

    Green1 Newbie
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    This seems like an obvious thing, but I can't find any way to do it.

    When I put my phone in the car dock, instead of auto-launching the official "car dock" application, I want to launch an app of my own choosing. (in this case vlingo)
    I can find various apps that specifically replace the car dock app, but that's not what I want, I want to use vlingo (which doesn't seem to have that option by default)

    Just to be clear, I don't want an app that gives me an icon I can click to launch vlingo, that would defeat the purpose as I can already click the icon on my home screen to launch it if I want.

    So how can I set what program launches when I drop it in the car dock?

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  2. UncleMike

    UncleMike Android Expert

    An app would have to be written to "listen" for when the phone is placed in the dock. Without that, an app cannot load upon insertion into the car dock by itself.

    You could do this with Tasker, maybe Locale, and there my be other apps that specifically let you choose which app to run upon insertion in the car dock.
  3. Green1

    Green1 Newbie
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    What a ridiculously poor way to write an operating system! you don't write a system requiring every application to always be open and waiting to see if it's needed, you write a system whereby the system calls the appropriate applications as needed!

    Imagine if they wrote your email client such that the web browser, office program, picture viewer, pdf viewer, music player, etc all had to be running and watching to see if you clicked a link, instead of making the email client choose what program to run? Nobody would even consider doing something so stupid!

    Any elementary school level programmer would design a system better than that, and you say Google managed to screw it up THAT badly???
  4. travisn000

    travisn000 Lurker

    Vlingo does have an option to autolaunch when any bluetooth device is activated... if you only use blutooth in the car this solves the problem.

    As far as android's ability to support this feature, it already does. I have an aftermarket car home app installed that takes over when put into the car dock; I also have an aftmarket application that takes over when the phone is put into a desktop dock. It is up to vlingo to implement this as a feature, it is already supported by the OS / API.

    I'm sure that if you request it directly with vlingo you will see it in a future update (..I had some support questions / conversations with them in my blackberry days and found them to be very responsive).
  5. UncleMike

    UncleMike Android Expert

    I think my use of the word "listen" misled you. I didn't mean to imply that the app has to be running in order to load when the phone is inserted into the car dock. I'm not an Android programmer, but my understanding is that if an app doesn't "declare" that it can respond to dock insertion, then there's no way to tell Android to load that app upon insertion. I believe this declaration is made at installation time, but does not require that the app be running at the time of insertion.
  6. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
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    BlueDock - Android app on AppBrain

    I don't use it so don't know if it will do what you want but it looks like it may.
    I do use Car Dock V2 and Car Dock Settings and they work well.

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