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  1. Smart_Actions

    Smart_Actions Motorola Expert Premium Member

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    Andielyn ,
    Ah... when you go to "current location" we are essentially launching another app, so whatever that app uses to capture your location is separate from our stuff. Sorry for the confusion. For Smart Actions we're using wi-fi to detect such things as when entering and leaving locations. We also do more, but that example is the most straight forward.
     
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    Thank you! That helps. Btw, I'm loving Smart Actions. :)
     
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    I saw back in March there was a request for Media volume to be an action. I want to second, third, fourth, and fifth this request.

    When I'm in my office, I like to have the ringer and media volumes set at vibrate/silence. However, when I connect my phone via bluetooth to my car, I need the media volume to be at 100% or the car doesn't play any audio from the phone. I often forget to do this before I pull out of the garage, and it isn't very safe to make those adjustments while driving (although I manage). Currently my car actions include detecting it is in the car dock, turning the bluetooth on, setting the ringer volume up, setting the brightness to be auto, and connecting to my car system. It covers everything I need while driving except the media volume.

    Also, I had this clever idea of setting my phone up to auto detect when I'm at a movie theater so that it can turn off the ringer and essentially set it to a low power mode, just in case i forget to turn the phone off. This works great when I arrive at the theater and pick up my tickets. However, once I walk into the actual theater seating area, it looses the wifi signal and forgets that i'm at a theater and then turns everything back on.

    I love smart actions and often try and think up cool ways to use them. More triggers and more actions would be wonderful.

    Thanks,
    - G
     
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    Smart_Actions Motorola Expert Premium Member

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    I'm glad you like Smart Actions, I appreciate the comments. I've collected these ideas and shared with the team.
    The volume controls sounds good to me!
     
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    +1 for media volume and 'in call' volume.

    I'm trying out a paid app (Tasker) for this and it seems to have so many more actions available that I can't give it up but I'm starting to toy around with smart actions to see if its any better for battery and responsiveness. Thanks for keeping it on the radar.
     
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    I have a Droid 4, with the Smart Actions app pre-installed.

    I don't want to use it. No offense, but I just don't. However, I am getting "suggestions" from Smart Actions which means it is running and doing something, at some level.

    How do I shut it down completely, 100%?
     
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    Just select "no" on any further suggestion cards. Smart Actions is built into the framework of the phone so there is no current way to turn it off completely. This yields the best experience for our customers that do like it. Many competitors build their applications in the same way and is a common design practice. We have read in other threads of the desire to uninstall pre-loaded apps and we are looking into this option but this is a non-trivial update. Some features would be lost by doing so. But be rest assured Smart Actions is very frugal about preserving battery life and works at a very sophisticated level to do so. You should actually try it and get more life out of your phone.

    If you want to temporarily stop actions from running you can always go to settings> applications > running. Hit "stop" on Smart Actions.
     
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    At least it's telling you that it's doing something. I wonder how many things are running that aren't telling us. I don't know...from what I can tell, this is actually less intrusive than previous "built in functionality" and you don't really need to activate any of the suggested smart actions.

    Some of it is actually good stuff - for instance, my Droid 2 had a "nighttime saver" battery mode that I used pretty frequently since I tend not to charge at night and don't need background data running, etc. On Droid 4, this isn't there but there is an option "smart action" to enable it. I haven't noticed it using any amount of battery in comparison to all of the other processes that are running and when it does launch a smart action there is no lag so I don't think it's lagging any of my other apps.

    Just my $.02 - to each his/her own. Remove ALL the things!!! :biggrin:
     
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    I hope you complete this new option soon. I greatly encourage you all to do so. Every app should have an "off switch", if you will. A way to disable it. Stop it. Clear it out from memory. IMHO, that's a pretty reasonable expectation.

    Right now, I have your app using up 8.1MB of memory, and running one process and two services, for nothing.
     
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    Well, I see it more as its reminding me that its running, but doing nothing useful for me.

    I do agree on the concept of using various triggers to shutdown (battery sucking) hardware you don't need at that time. But there are other, and IMHO better, programs that do the same thing. I use one of those, previously on my Droid 3, and now on my Droid 4, and I am quite pleased with it. I have no need to change to using Smart Actions, which I would consider a step backwards.
     
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    This might seem like a silly question, but does the constant turning off and on of the data waste more battery? For example:

    I've set up my phone in time frames to turn off the data, wifi, gps, and sync, when the screen is OFF and NOT charging. So at certain times of the day it turns on the data, so I can get emails and such. And whenever I turn the screen on the screen it searches for the network so I get full functionality back. But does this constant turning on and off of the data waste more battery since it "searches" for either 3g or the 4g network every time I turn the screen off and on?

    I can't say that I've noticed much battery improvement from doing this, as opposed to not having any smart actions on. But the only way to make sure is to be sure I use the phone the same way when testing this out.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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