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Can AutoVoice be used with Android Auto?  I'm using Tasker + Autovoice to control my home automation stuff.  I already can do things like "Okay Google, turn on the kitchen light."  

I'd be nice if I could do that via #AndroidAuto as well...  (Press the voice button and use a command like "open my garage door"?)
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What doesn't work about it? :) Unfortunately I don't have Android Auto myself, so I don't really know how it works. Thanks
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This reminds me of the many "snake oil" scripts you'd see in android (usually by script-kiddies on xda-developers)... The ones promising to make apps run faster, make your battery last longer, and cause world peace.
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AOSP appears to have broken  bluetooth MAP.  In particular, the TEL element of vCards that are part of bMessage's send from the phone to a MAP compatible client.  I've worked out a fix in an #xposedframework  module (linked.)  

I'd submit a bug and patch to AOSP, but I'm really sick of seeing my reports and gerrit submissions completely ignored for dozens of versions of android, and then having them rejected because they'll no longer merge.

I'm hoping the +OmniROM folks (+Andrew Dodd, you reading this?) pick up the needed fix from the source linked.  On the other hand, I couldn't care less less if the commercial (for profit) AOSP based projects pick it up or not.

The details:

According to the vcard 2.1 spec:

"This property specifies the canonical number string for a telephone number for telephony communication with the vCard object. The value of this property is specified in a canonical form in order to specify an unambiguous representation of the globally unique telephony endpoint.  This property is based on the X.520 Telephone Number attribute."

In other words,any US phone number would start with "+1" followed by 10 digits.  

However, AOSP is just blindly copying the phone numbers from a user's contact list, without checking the format (or fixing the format.)  The real irony is that in that same function, the properly formatted phone number is being passed as a parameter (and used to find the proper contact.)
I've found that bluetooth SMS messaging doesn't interact too well with some car head units. In particular, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep "uconnect" systems have issues understanding SMS originators with many kitkat phones. The reason is simple: "uconnect" (and other head units, I suppose) expect bluetooth ...
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So long, +Samsung Mobile USA.  I've finally become annoyed enough with your policies of locking down boot loaders and making life miserable for developers, that I've moved on.  My wife is using an LG G2, and I'm now using a HTC One M8.  My last Samsung phone went into the recycle bin last night.

While +LG USA Mobile seems to be locking down boot loaders, at least they don't (yet) prevent users from reverting to an exploitable loader.  However, I'll admit they aren't as developer friendly as HTC...

+HTC actually invites users to unlock their phones with a trivially easy web page, and has good fastboot support.  Sure, the One M8 might have some shortcomings, but it's a good solid device and NOT locked down.

(Of course, for a really open device, Nexus devices can't be beat!)
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Took you long enough...  Although HTC isn't much of a step forward.  Sanitizing out ALL comments from kernel source (even upstream ones) is a gigantic "fuck you" to community developers.

It could even be argued that doing so violates the "preferred form" clauses of the GPL.
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Dear HTC - I'm enjoying the new One (M8), but there's this one little thing that is really starting to annoy me...

I don't like your weather widget.  I don't like the home screen widget, and I don't like the lock screen widget.  As well, #accuweather  is usually NOT very accurate for my area.

For most of my phones, this isn't a problem, as the device is running Android.  I can normally just remove the things I don't like and put on things I do like. However, for some reason that I simply can't understand, you decided to lock me into your silly lock screen widget.  That's right - you've decided to disallow users the ability to delete your widget, and have locked it into being the primary lock screen widget.

Sure, I could root the device and use a hack to get rid of that lock screen widget, but even then it still pops up when I get a phone call.  WHY?!  This is MY device and I paid quite a bit of money to get the "developer edition" so I wouldn't be locked down.

PLEASE, fix the #HTCOneM8  firmware so I can choose the lock screen widgets that I want...
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Go ahead and search.  You'll find, as mentioned in my post, a way to disable the lock screen widget.  However, it's an incomplete solution as the silly weather widget STILL pops up when you are on the lock screen and get an incoming call.  The purpose of my post was to complain about this to +HTC so that, perhaps, they could fix their firmware to allow removing the widget properly (without hacks, work-arounds, etc.)

I've always believed that the BEST solutions can be had at the source.  HTC is claiming that they are developer and user friendly these days, so I'm telling them about a problem so they can fix it.

I certainly didn't intend to jump down your throat with my reply to you, +Trey Rush, though I can see how my response could be seen that way.  For that, I apologize.
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Issue with HTC One M8: the lockscreen widgets don't appear.  I've checked them in the widget size selection screen, but they aren't available as lockscreen widget options.  I can add other lockscreen widgets (such as dashclock) just fine.

After trying various combinations, this appears to be an issue with the older (pre-beta) HD Widgets (3.x) as well on this phone. 

Lockscreen widgets work perfectly on my LG G2, however.

I've sent an email to the "feedback" link from the play store.
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Thanks for letting us know. I'm going to see if I can get my hands on an m8. Themes first though :)
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Rural #ingress  is a slightly different game then what those in heavily populated areas play.  

Downtown:  In an hour of walking around, you can hack 30-50 portals

Rural:  In an hour of DRIVING around, you can hack 2 or 3 portals

Downtown:  At level 1, you can create dozens of links and control fields.

Rural:  You need to be at least level 2 to make a link and level 3 to enclose a control field (due to the much greater distances involved.)

Downtown:  Because of the large number of available portals for hacking, it's easy to collect a large store of resonators and XMPs.

Rural:  Take whatever numbers of items you might get downtown and divide it by 10 -- less portals mean less items.

Downtown:  10,000 AP takes 30 to 60 minutes to earn (depending on the number of unclaimed portals, number owned by friendlies and numbers owned by The Other Side.)

Rural:  10,000 AP might takes days (and hundreds of dollars in gasoline money.)  Once all the "local" portals are claimed by the one person playing in the area, it's impossible to gain anymore AP.  (I'd get my wife to play against me if I had another invite code...hint)

Downtown:  You sometimes have to go someplace odd to hack a portal (or bomb a resonator) and people look at you like your some kind of street bum.

Rural:  The "odd" locations are safer, as you only have to worry about black bears attacking.  The not-so-odd ones are very dangerous (no joke) as either the backwoods cops arrest you for "hacking the post office with your pocket computer" or the owner of the property chases you with a shotgun.  (At least I know those particular portals are safe from the other side.)

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A suggestion:  rural players don't always have an option to drive for an hour (or multiple hours) to play downtown... so perhaps give them some accommodations such as:  If the portal a person is hacking (or linking) is in an area that has very few other portals, increase the items from hacking and AP from links/CFs.  Use a limited multiplier that decreases as the players level increases.  (So a level 1 might see a very slight increase in a suburban area and all but the very high level would see an increase in rural areas.)  That limit might even be an inverted curve based on the greatest link distance a person can create by themselves.  (It's hard to find other portal players when you live in the middle of nowhere.) 

#ingress  +Joe Philley +Brandon Badger 
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Here's what rural ingress looks like. https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2sglkTKxxiQMVFwYXZnMUs5bFE
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Just got a Pioneer 8100NEX for my car, and will be playing around with Android Auto.  Any chance the Rocket Player will support Android Auto anytime soon?

Google's own "play music" has the massive shortcoming (IMO) that playlists are limited to only 1000 tracks. :(
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+Gary D  When there are more requests for Android Auto and the platform grows we'll certainly be looking into this! 
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To the women out there:

Please don't ask your husbands, boyfriends, or otherwise male-like associates to get you makeup or makeup like stuff for xmas - unless you give them an EXACT part or model number.

Why?  Imagine a stereotypical blonde female trying to buy a muffler in an auto parts store as a gift.  The desire would be for a $20 muffler, but that blonde will likely end up being sold a $800 gold plated muffler with God only knows what kind of mark-ups built in.  As well, it probably won't fit the car.

Well, it's not much different with a guy in a make-up store.  After spending too much money, I decided to ask a couple of the women at my work why the total was much more than I expected.  It turns out that what I asked for in the store, and what I ended up buying, were very different things.  (How in the world am I supposed to know the difference between eye "liner" and eye "shadow"?  Both are signs of age, right?)

Now I have to go BACK to the that traffic and parking nightmare known as The Mall, and return almost everything I was sold.

 
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This is why I just give Amazon links to everyone at this point.  (With rare exceptions - in which case it's a link to an esoteric niche online store...)
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+AT&T is beyond clueless.  If it weren't for the fact that they basically have a monopoly where I live, I'd be LONG gone for any other carrier.  Perhaps I should go invest in two cans and a piece of string.

I've been on the phone with them for almost an hour now, and I've yet to speak with anyone who speaks English fluently, has a clue what I'm talking about, and/or has the ability to pull up my account and read the simple notes that are there.

The most amusing part is that after each person I speak with, I get a canned text message telling me that they have free app that I can manage my account with.  During one of my stints on hold, I downloaded it.  I tried to use it to cancel service, but it tells me that I have to call their 800 number.  duh.
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My 10 year old daughter... Before and after #minecraft.

Taken and edited on a HTC One M8, combined with G+ manual awesome. 

#htconem8, #autoawesome
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Seems that portals keys are now very rare.  In tests done in my area, people are finding that the chance to get a portal key is between 2 and 8 percent.  Assuming an average of 5%, that implies you'd have to hack a single portal an average of 20 times to get ONE portal key.

Quite honestly, this turns the "rural" version of ingress from a difficult game to a nearly impossible game.  With multi-hack now fixed (even for the version 1.0 client), it means that the odds of getting a portal key are less than 10% if a person is patient enough to sit around a portal for 20 minutes to perform all 4 possible hacks before burning out the portal.

If it takes 20-30 minutes to get to the portal to begin with, and the result is ZERO keys to take to the next portal for linking, there's very little incentive to even bother getting to a further portal.  Even if a single key is obtained, it won't be possible to maintain the portal with a key to recharge with.  It would be unreasonable to ask a person to make a 30 minute drive just to recharge a portal.

That doesn't even mention the ecological irresponsibility of making all those excessive road trips.

At this point, I think I'll just let all my rural portals decay (and won't even bother recharging them.)  Perhaps if ALL rural portals were allowed to decay throughout the world, Google/Niantic will get the message.

Perhaps not...

#ingress  +Joe Philley +Brandon Badger +Niantic Project 
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I hear you, +Gary D.  I'm on Long Island, and portals are usually miles apart (which makes linking difficult for an L1/L2).  And, now with the lack of Portal Keys, creating links/Control Fields is very daunting.  Of the 5 portals I hacked on the way to work (two of which were hacked twice), I only got 1 key.  Now, I will have to spend even more time on my way home tonight to try to add to these links.

At least I'm getting some AP and XMP's for my trouble.  I need one more Control Field to be L4.  Maybe that will help me get rid of the L4 #enlightened  Portals by my house.  ;-)
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