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  1. jeffchapik's Avatar
    I will give it that my Garmin is much more stable, and the integration with W10 desktop is very good, but damn I miss tiles and my phone reading messages in the car (I am in the Beta for Cortana on Android, not the Alpha that supposedly does this).
    I found an app named HFT that reads incoming texts and allows you to reply to them hands free. It also breaks in over FM radio like Cortana and doesn't require your phone to be selected as the current audio source.

    It doesn't allow you to initiate a text hands free, but most of mine are incoming anyway.

    I've just installed Android Auto which will also allow me to respond to an incoming text over BT, but I don't know yet if it will break in over FM. I'm getting ready to try it shortly.

    Update - Android Auto does not break in. You must be listening to the phone over BT to hear the announcement. This is such a basic thing, and HFT proves it can be done. I can't understand why Android doesn't do it. Maybe Microsoft has a patent on it.
    Last edited by jeffchapik; 04-17-2018 at 09:40 PM.
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    04-17-2018 04:56 PM
  2. sporosarcina's Avatar
    What gets me is that the hands-free text reading/response is such a no-brainer that I cannot imagine why Android and Apple haven't baked them in yet. MS had this feature down cold and I never realized how much I missed it till I didn't have it. In general I think MS was light-years ahead in voice assistant usage, when used with a headset I could do pretty much anything on my 950 handsfree, Android definitely does not have that feel.

    Notifications are another area I think Android fails. The fine grain control is missing.
    fatclue_98 and jeffchapik like this.
    04-18-2018 10:34 AM
  3. fatclue_98's Avatar
    What gets me is that the hands-free text reading/response is such a no-brainer that I cannot imagine why Android and Apple haven't baked them in yet. MS had this feature down cold and I never realized how much I missed it till I didn't have it. In general I think MS was light-years ahead in voice assistant usage, when used with a headset I could do pretty much anything on my 950 handsfree, Android definitely does not have that feel.

    Notifications are another area I think Android fails. The fine grain control is missing.
    Agreed, Cortana is much more efficient as a voice assistant. BlackBerry 10's virtual assistant was quite good for hands-free commands but it didn't read texts. But you could easily compose and send an email, text or make a phone call without once looking at your phone.
    04-18-2018 02:43 PM
  4. Amirk365's Avatar
    I'm very confused by the app crashes that people are talking about in here. I have used a Galaxy S5 and now an Honor 6X and have yet to face an app crashing on me. Only the S3 mini, my first phone, crashed on me.
    04-22-2018 06:35 AM
  5. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I'm very confused by the app crashes that people are talking about in here. I have used a Galaxy S5 and now an Honor 6X and have yet to face an app crashing on me. Only the S3 mini, my first phone, crashed on me.
    You’ve lived a charmed life indeed. I have a Galaxy S8+ and I get app crashes. I’m not talking about 3rd party apps either, it happens with core Google apps like Messaging, Play Store and others. Sure, it’s not like in the days of FroYo or Gingerbread but it does happen.
    04-22-2018 09:05 PM
  6. Amirk365's Avatar
    Exceedingly strange. I use a mid-range phone and it doesn't crash.
    05-05-2018 08:12 AM
  7. TgeekB's Avatar
    You’ve lived a charmed life indeed. I have a Galaxy S8+ and I get app crashes. I’m not talking about 3rd party apps either, it happens with core Google apps like Messaging, Play Store and others. Sure, it’s not like in the days of FroYo or Gingerbread but it does happen.
    I haven’t used Android for a couple of years now but I don’t remember it being an issue.
    Sure, every OS has occasional hiccups, but it wasn’t a frequent thing.
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    05-05-2018 08:27 AM
  8. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I haven’t used Android for a couple of years now but I don’t remember it being an issue.
    Sure, every OS has occasional hiccups, but it wasn’t a frequent thing.
    I think the furor over updating every few months has affected all OSes. Call it boring or whatever you want but iOS was always rock solid. Now you’re seeing random freezes and battery issues sporadically. Android was always a victim of bogging down after a few months but you’re seeing the same random issues as iOS even on brand new phones. Windows of course is not immune to this except it’s magnified by a factor of 100.
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    05-05-2018 11:08 AM
  9. TgeekB's Avatar
    I think the furor over updating every few months has affected all OSes. Call it boring or whatever you want but iOS was always rock solid. Now you’re seeing random freezes and battery issues sporadically. Android was always a victim of bogging down after a few months but you’re seeing the same random issues as iOS even on brand new phones. Windows of course is not immune to this except it’s magnified by a factor of 100.
    You could be right. I don’t see rebooting apps or anything with iOS but they’ve had other issues. Other than security updates you wonder if all the “pretty” updates are really worth it or do more harm than good.
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    05-05-2018 11:12 AM
  10. nate0's Avatar
    I think the furor over updating every few months has affected all OSes. Call it boring or whatever you want but iOS was always rock solid. Now you’re seeing random freezes and battery issues sporadically. Android was always a victim of bogging down after a few months but you’re seeing the same random issues as iOS even on brand new phones. Windows of course is not immune to this except it’s magnified by a factor of 100.
    I blame Solar flares and emp..
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    05-10-2018 07:44 AM
  11. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I blame Solar flares and emp..
    EMPs don’t have that type of effect on phones. El Niño is another story.
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    05-14-2018 08:45 PM
  12. nate0's Avatar
    EMPs don’t have that type of effect on phones. El Niño is another story.
    True...but an EMP generator vs iPhone 7 and other electronics is still interesting to watch...

    Older phones seem more resilient or resistant to EMP.
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    05-15-2018 09:36 AM
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