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Muting GPS while on call?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by asmallchild, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. asmallchild
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    I use the speakerphone option my car quite a bit.

    I also use the GPS option quite a bit.

    The GPS has this annoying habit of interrupting my conversations and I find myself having to exit navigation, then make a phone call, then resuming navigation which is obviously very dangerous while driving.

    Any way to definitively mute GPS while on a call?
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    While in Google Navigator, click the menu button then choose MUTE.
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    I posted this question a while back and got the same answers as above, which is not the answer I was looking for. My stand alone GPS with blue tooth speaker phone was smart enough to automute when on a call. Pandora or iheartradio auto mutes for a call on my Droid. Why doesn't GPS? Is there an app for that?
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    I agree

    I agree... this isn't a huge issue, but it is REALLY annoying when your call is interrupted (especially when it's a long winded exit name.) This needs to be addressed and be auto muted when a call is made or received...
    IMO
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    I agree that having the phone auto mute navigation during a call is a no-brainer. Google devs supposedly use the Google Product Ideas website to decide future enhancements according to Thom in this thread:

    New! Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android OS 2.0 - Google Mobile Help

    I suggest everyone go over to the Google Product Ideas website and vote for the mute idea which only has 36 votes the last time I looked. We need thousands from this site to inundate and vote for this and any other no-brainers for Google Navigation:

    Google Product Ideas
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    I voted, thanks for the heads up. Please everyone vote for this. If you haven't had an issue with this yet, you will
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    If I need to use nav to get somewhere and I talking on the phone while driving (!), I want the nav to interrupt the call to get me where I want to go. To me, it seems dumb for it to work the other way around.
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    If you're jackin wit your homies it may seem dumb.

    But some of us run real businesses on our phones. I can read the Nav screen and talk on the speaker phone at the same time. I do it everyday. But I can not carry on a conversation with a client, over the Nav voice.
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    Sorry. No sale. I, too, have to conduct business from time to time when I'm driving (though I don't like to do it). On the other hand, I only use the Nav system when I really don't know where I'm going. And if I have to put up with a momentary interruption for a driving instruction my business associates understand.

    Your solution of watching the nav screen and carrying on a conversation makes perfect sense except for that other activity you're engaged in....You know...DRIVING! I do know you, though. I see you on the road practically everyday weaving in front of me.
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    Yeah really, what's with these people? There's nothing at all annoying about being interrupted in the midIN 300FT, TURN LEFT ONTO 200TH STREETand of course that's when I decided to quit the circus. Anyway, what was I saying...ah yes...Not only should google not give anyone an option to turn it off, they should go one step further and automatically disconnect any call that dare interrupt its all-important turn-by-turn direcTURN LEFT ONTO 200TH STREET argh forget it I give up.

    Seriously though, it's so annoying and counter-productive to have anything interrupting phone calls. Imagine the lawsuits when google navigation interrupts someones emergency 911 call! Hopefully someone at google does the common sense thing and either eliminates the interrupting navigation or makes it optional. The few people who demand to be interrupted could check off the box and the rest of us normal working folk could continue merrily about our way, un-interrupted.


    I'll leave you with a brilliant joke...
    *Knock Knock
    - Who's There?
    *Interrupting Google Navigation
    - Interrupting Google Navi*TURN LEFT ONTO 36TH STREET
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    I'm on both sides on this. I hate it to interrupt me on a call, but I DO need it to do that. You can't, you just can't drive, watch the screen, talk on the phone all at the same time. So, I have to vote to keep the voice prompts. But maybe they could quiet it down a bit and don't have as many prompts getting ready for a turn when you are on a call.
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    its not like its muting your call just so it can speak..it speaks over the call and most of the time the caller cant even hear the Nav talking.
    If you are talking on the phone, driving, and looking at the nav screen at the same time you have bigger issues to worry about.

    Google did the right thing here.
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    Not really a fix or anything, but maybe you can use Tasker to do that? I don't know if it's possible (don't have it installed currently), but perhaps you could have it disable GPS when a phone call begins, and then have it reenable GPS when the call ends. I wouldn't know how to make it only do that when GPS was already enabled though. Perhaps if it also detects that Google Navigation is running?
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    having tasker kill GPS while on a call will defeat the purpose of using the gps in the first place. I would assuming most people are using the gps because the dont know the way. If its off during a call you can drive pass your exit, no? Unless you have 300 miles to go it wouldnt work. :)
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    Taking a quick look at your gps while driving isn't going to kill anyone, well for most people anyways.
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    My kids will never know driving and navigating without using a GPS. I am guessing that is where the comments come... OMG...I have to have someone tell we where to go at every moment of my drive or I can not possible EVER find my destination!

    I started using a GPS before anyone I personally know. But before that we had to use these things called "paper maps". These "paper maps" were made of "paper" and THEY DID NOT TALK. Somehow (maybe it is my superior intelligence) I was able to navigate across town or across country WITHOUT someone telling me EVERY move to make.

    I like talking maps. I picked a Droid over every other smart phone because of Google and Google Nav. But the genre is "smart phone" and calls should take precedence over every other app.
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    Back when you only had written directions (if you even did) and paper maps, I had adventures. I can still have them if I turn off the GPS. But I'd rather only have them when I want to.

    Back in the good old days people were driving and looking at maps at the same time. Many accidents. I chose to never do that after my Uncle almost died in an accident with someone doing that. I would have to stop and look at a map along a route.

    I'm glad I have GPS now.
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    Use Tasker to mute media volume?
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    If it was the other way...

    People would be complaining about missing turns if the navigation prompts didn't trump the voice.

    When complaints happen for both sides, the user interface should be modified to have an option for both.
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    Frankly if you are driving then maybe you shouldn't even be on the phone. Personally if the GPS nav is running the phone should be turned off. THAT is the setting I think we need to have.

    But obviously a priority system needs to be setup so that people can set the phone to behave as they wish.
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