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Managed to get Blue & Me message reader working with Android (And WP)...

Discussion in 'Blue and Me' started by Emsworth, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. Emsworth

    Emsworth Timido

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    Yeah, that's right. The pleasure of having real estate spam read out while driving is no longer restricted to Windows Phone 7.x/8 users. Android users can also have messages read out over their B&M connection (Though strictly speaking, it's the phone that reads stuff out, not B&M)

    I recently switched from WP7.8 to Android and one of the things I missed about MS's oh-so-promising-but-not-quite-there platform was the SMS reader that worked fine with Fiat's Blue & Me.

    First, all the Windows Phone users out there, you can also reply back to texts using Blue & Me. Actually, to be completely honest, the B&M reader isn't used for this, but rather, the Windows Phone Text-to-Speech and Voice Recognition which thumbs a ride over the B&M system. Of course, in the real world, it works better than the B&M reader (the option of replying; more lifelike; and as seamless as B&M)

    Now, Android users, you've got an option too. I just installed SMS, My Car, and Me ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.bulling.smstalk&feature=search_result ). This can be configured to launch manually, with a car dock, or when a specific BT connection is activated (In our case, when the B&M 'My Car' connection is made). No root required.

    The app reads out messages (You can switch between auto / check first) and can also store predetermined texts that you can select ("Reply Number One..."). What I do miss is that it can't transcribe our reply like the WP reader would. However, this apparently also works with E-mail, FB Messenger, Whatsapp (Root required), and KakaoTalk.

    Tasker: Any Tasker gurus out there? (Or any people with programming experience?) I'm quite sure that given Tasker's rather awesome capabilities, we could easily come up with a proper Android voice-controlled message read-and-reply system. Come on folks, make it happen!
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  2. Does it work with steering controls
  3. Emsworth

    Emsworth Timido

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    I don't think it does - However, I'm gonna mail the developer of this app to find out if he can add this in future releases.

    What this app does on my phone is:

    1. Launches whenever the Blue & Me connection is made and stays in the background
    2. Whenever any SMS comes in, it asks me if I want it read out (this all is done over the B&M link - any music being played is paused)
    3. If I confirm, it reads out the message and asks if I want to send one of three preset replies
    4. The app also claims FB Messenger, Whatsapp, email, etc. can also be read out - however, I haven't tried these.

    Now, it seems to be a passable solution for people using Android phones - however, I do miss the ability to reply (like my Windows Phone would allow). But given that Tasker (another app available on the App Store) lets you configure all four factors involved: SMS storage, Bluetooth link, Voice Recognition, and Text-to-Speech, I'm sure a Tasker solution can be found. For any people with programming experience, this should be a breeze. (You can head over to About - Tasker Wiki for more info on Tasker)

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