Enable bluetooth from ongoing-call UI.

asked 2014-02-15 15:38:40 +0300

Milo gravatar image

updated 2014-08-29 01:05:40 +0300

Add a bluetooth icon to the ongoing-call interface to enable bluetooth and therefore switch to bluetooth headsets super easily and quickly.

Currently the fastest method of launching bluetooth while calling: requires you to swipe yourself out of the phone application, launch settings, tap bluetooth icon. and after that you probably want to return to the call UI. so another swipe and app selection has to be made.

I haven't seen this in other phones, but I think this would be a major improvement on handsfree accessibility and usability. Get a call while driving, answer it (and tell the other guy to hold on a second), press the bluetooth button, grab your bluetooth headset and start it.

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Just to clarify, you have Bluetooth turned completely off (not merely invisible) in this scenario?

Because as long as you have BT on (doesn't need to be visible), most if not all headsets attempt to connect when you power them up, and if you do that during an ongoing call the call audio will be automatically transferred to the headset when the connection is complete.

hmallat ( 2014-02-24 15:43:11 +0300 )edit

Your "answer" isn't really an answer. Yes, I keep my bluetooth completely disabled (just like many others), because 99.9 % of the time, bluetooth just wastes energy, even if you set it to invisible mode.

Milo ( 2014-03-03 15:32:52 +0300 )edit

Sorry, slip of the mouse; was supposed to be a comment.

hmallat ( 2014-03-04 09:20:32 +0300 )edit

I would hope that when driving you'd have enabled bluetooth and switched on your handsfree set BEFORE setting off. For safety sake I don't think you should be fiddling with your phone touchscreen at all.

aegis ( 2014-08-29 02:49:54 +0300 )edit

@aegis, You still have to touch the screen to answer the phone, since buttons are not working (at least not for all handsfrees) with Jolla. This doesn't make that part any less safe or risky. It is too late to say "you should have done this BEFORE..." after the phone call has already been received, where you should have been using your handsfree. It is very easy to forget and especially if you don't need to use them much. This minor change wouldn't make the phone UI any more bloated, but it could allow a safer way to enable handsfree when you have forgotten to turn it on before.

The main problem with handsfrees is the fact that you are not expecting calls most of the time and yet you are expected to go through this parade (toggle bluetooth on and turn on your handsfree) every single time you get into your car (mostly for nothing). Bluetooth is always a potential security risk and it drains battery even if you don't use it.

Milo ( 2014-08-29 10:18:32 +0300 )edit