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Do not lock or turn off screen while Maps show directions

asked 2013-12-30 00:45:03 +0200

Artem gravatar image

updated 2014-08-08 13:20:48 +0200

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Otherwise it's a bit of a problem when device is locked while you are driving and it takes at least four taps and a swipe to see directions again. Touching your phone while driving is also illegal in some parts of the world such as [I've heard] California.

The ideal solution sure would be more intelligent, e.g. Google Maps-like that can dim screen (but not lock it) when you are on a long section of the route and bring it back to full light when you close to making a turn.

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@redge73 is that an answer? @Artem actually in android it does lock, except that the nav is shown above the lock, which means that if i want to drag down that status bar to see a missed call, i have to put into background, unlock, check who called, then reenter the running nav

AL13N ( 2013-12-30 01:55:34 +0200 )edit

@AL13N I definitely remember this Google Maps behavior with clever dimmin-undimming from somewhere (it impressed me a lot so I remembered), but I switch phones regularly... maybe it was Google Maps on iOS. Useful (and as for me very impressive) feature anyway.

Artem ( 2013-12-30 01:57:39 +0200 )edit

@Artem it could be android, i only saw maps on a 2.3 and it handled like that.

AL13N ( 2013-12-30 18:15:02 +0200 )edit

It's not just droids that do this. I have an old Nokia C6-01 with Nokia Here maps and during navigation - especially driving - the screen will turn off completely until like 10 minutes before the next turn when it turns back on and usually says something. I agree that this is extremely useful.

2Ti ( 2014-11-09 16:07:38 +0200 )edit

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answered 2013-12-30 18:25:35 +0200

gabriel gravatar image

I think the issue here is that we don't have proper turn by turn navigation yet...

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Yeah, that could be it :-)

AL13N ( 2013-12-30 18:45:55 +0200 )edit

Getting a proper turn-by-turn would have been great, but it's for longer future and even "maybe", while just not turning screen off when showing directions would help me already tomorrow.

Artem ( 2013-12-30 18:49:29 +0200 )edit

true, though i'd rather them spend time on the nav than the show directions... except that afaik apello makes the maps (and thus likely the nav too)

AL13N ( 2013-12-30 21:15:09 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-12-29 09:25:39 +0200

spiiroin gravatar image

After update 10 the maps application keeps display on when the app is in foreground and tracking current position.

Unfortunately that does - at least for now - apply to show directions view. As a workaround while driving you could connect the phone to a car charger and use settings -> system -> display -> "keep display on while charging".

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Is that workaround a option only? I can't find it in (which I prefer)

Roundhouse ( 2014-12-29 15:27:13 +0200 )edit

@Roundhouse: The toggle in the settings ui is available >= update9. But the option itself has been there from the start and can be manipulated also in older releases from command line:

  • mcetool --set-inhibit-mode=stay-on-with-charger
  • mcetool --set-inhibit-mode=disabled

To install mcetool, run "pkcon install mce-tools" as root.

spiiroin ( 2015-01-08 12:41:33 +0200 )edit

Nice thanks man!

Roundhouse ( 2015-01-09 00:23:29 +0200 )edit
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