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Triggering when Receiving Sound From an App? (Auto-switch to Maps during Turn-by-Turn Directions)

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by ConanOBrien, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. ConanOBrien

    ConanOBrien Lurker
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    As the title says. I can't find a trigger for an app sending a short audio focus change.

    I am running google maps navigation and listening to music, the music player is open, navigation running in background. When I reach a waypoint, Google Maps will speak the directions, but the music player stays open. I want to write a task to automatically switch over to google maps when that happens. Problem is, I can't find a trigger for this action.

    I found the "notification" trigger, problem with that is, google maps doesn't send a new notification during each turn-by-turn instruction, so that's not working either.

    Any help/insight would be appreciated, thanks in advance

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  2. WarriusZero

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    According to the help, "if the notification is a duplicate of one still in the status bar, it will still trigger the event."

    Since the notification is updated for every waypoint, there's a chance that the event will be triggered for every waypoint as well.

    I can't test it myself at the minute but you should give it a chance (unless you've done it already).

    An alternative is to switch your music player. I could be wrong but I think the Google Play Music app is paused (or the volume is lowered) when you get audio directions.

    Sorry for the series of assumptions... :)
  3. ConanOBrien

    ConanOBrien Lurker
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    Thanks for the suggestion, it did not work though. I tried it with other apps (sent myself a text message and it triggered just fine), but it seems like google maps notification is a bit different.

    Right, Pandora and Google Play Music will already do that. I'm not trying to accomplish lowering the volume. I want tasker to switch to Google Maps (the display) so I can visually see the actual next waypoint (not just hear it) if I originally had the music player open.

    Hope that makes sense!
  4. WarriusZero

    WarriusZero Guest

    I tested something driving back from work.
    I set up Tasker so the Maps notifications wound launch Maps, sending it to the foreground.

    But the updated notification would not trigger the event.

    Now I don't think you're going to be able to do what you want... :(
  5. ConanOBrien

    ConanOBrien Lurker
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    Yup I tried it as well, did not work. I believe I have to figure out how to use the "intent received" trigger, but I've tried and failed. It's a pretty advanced trigger and I'm not sure how to use it correctly
  6. Try clearing the previous maps notification a second after it comes up and see if the next alert will then trigger action.


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