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I think you answered your own question ;) Navigation uses a lot of power: it needs constant use of GPS along with reading the map and processing text to speech. Throw in another power-intensive activity like bluetooth or the phone's speaker (or calling, or data, etc), and it's very conceivable that it would drain power faster than it can pull it from a ...


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Typically, the phone knows whether it has been docked by the placement of a magnet on a certain area on the back of the phone. You can therefore create your own cheap dock using a magnet and some sort of stand. Here is an example with the Droid.


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The "power" button on Android tablets does not behave like that on a computer. It is really a control for whether the display is on or off, not the tablet, which is generally always on. You may be able to get what you want by setting the "Stay awake while power is connected" setting under developer options, and setting the screen timeout to a short ...


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Some Android phones, like the Nexus One, have special contacts that tell the OS when the phone has been docked. The Desire actually doesn't have these so can't automatically detect that it has been docked. Car Home can still be launched manually. Another option is to look at an app like Tasker. You could configure Car Home to be launched when certain ...


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I have tried to do this in my own car - here's my experience with it. From a "hearing the person" perspective, the headphone jack into the car's speaker system works great. What's even better is that the person doesn't (generally) hear themselves talking either (no echo or feedback). This is using an original Moto Droid, so your mileage may vary. The ...


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It's possible to use it this way but the quality of the results are going to depend on your phone, the car and how loud you have the speakers. I have done something similar with my Moto Droid 1 and will share my experience: The only difference between my configuration and the one you are inquiring about was that instead of plugging directly into an audio ...


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Sorry I can't give you any help with the root part since I've never done it but I could let you know what to look out for if you want this action to occur with another app. Pretty much when you plug the phone into the car dock... an Intentis created. If an app like Custom Car Home or another other associates itself with that Intent then the user will ...


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There are programs like Tasker, and llama that can automate things like that for you. But the problem here is how to tell those program that you are inside your car. If the conditions were like time of day, location or battery percentage you could easily use those programs to accomplish such task. In programs like Tasker and Llama, you can create task so ...


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You may get what you want, if you find a model that includes this functionality already (like e.g. the older Archos G9 tablets did) but it will not work out of the box for most models. There's the autopatcher project (thread on XDA) that enables 3G dongles for modem-less tablets (but it is limited to certain custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, AOSP, rooted Google ...


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Turning the device off when you leave your car is possible: There are various apps, for example tasker, that can react to events on your phone, for example when the external power supply is switched off. Also, there exists a command reboot -p that shuts the device down. (But it needs root I think.) Tasker is able to run such a shell command, see here(Just ...


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It's a built-in bug report feature. http://rootzwiki.com/topic/16019-keeps-asking-me-to-email-bug-report/#entry410481 This is built into Android. It is a debugging tool that lets you send a bug report. It sends to you because you manually triggered it. It is very easy to trigger it, even accidentally. If you press both volume buttons and the ...


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You can test that the triggers work like they should with Dock Simulator (Market link). Run it and try "Car dock" to see what should happen when you dock the phone. If nothing happens, it might be a problem in your triggers. Otherwise, it's the dock or your phone's magnetic sensor. Try dialing *#0*# and selecting Magnetic to access a self test of the ...


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This might just be a nonsense story but here is a start. Some 'chargers' don't supply enough power to fully and quickly charge the device. A car charger might just not give enough power to charge faster then the applications are using the battery. Ever noticed a computer cable charging slower then a wall socket charger. There is a difference there.


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I have some experience with this on the developer side of things (I'm the developer of Car Dashboard). Basically, the application has to support the CAR_DOCK intent. Then, when you dock your phone in a car dock, the phone will go into car mode and it will automatically launch the application. The very first time it launches, you will be presented with a ...



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