Sound to Speaker / Bluetooth?

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Sound to Speaker / Bluetooth?

Postby thebackroad » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:04 pm

I'm trying to figure out how the "sound to speaker" function works.

Using an Android (Galaxy S3) if I have checked the "Route Sound to Speaker" button and if the phone is communicating with my bluetooth radio will the navigation info "punch through" whatever is playing on the radio? Or is this a radio-dependent issue?

Does it matter what input the radio is set for? The choices are:
- Tuner (the usual as I am an NPR junkie)
- Aux "(which might be what I need but I thought that was just for a mini-plug connector if you're using one)
- USB (I could connect to the Android via USB but I'm usually charging my phone via the 12 volt socket
- XM Tuner

I fear that unless I am set to Aux I'll not hear the navigation. But if so what is the Bluetooth doing for me (other than answering phone calls).

This may be as much an Android question as a Waze query but who knows, maybe someone has the answer.

Thanks.
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Re: Sound to Speaker / Bluetooth?

Postby TurboLed » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:34 pm

Android users; to achieve what you want (hear directions when radio is off/listening radio) you should try an app on Google Play called "AudioBT", this uses the Bluetooth incoming call channel for routing audio from any application.
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Re: Sound to Speaker / Bluetooth?

Postby Venatius » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:01 pm

I've been having some confusion with bluetooth audio myself. When I'm streaming music via BT off of my phone, Waze does the following:

Route to Speakers off: Waze meekly talks through the music without turning it down/pausing it, and is largely unintelligible.
Route to Speakers on: Waze pauses the music to... say nothing at all.
Prefer Bluetooth: Doesn't exist. Route to Speakers is the only thing in there.

This is one of the relatively few things other GPS apps seem to have a leg up on, so it's frustrating to see such minor imperfections chafing at the experience.
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Re: Sound to Speaker / Bluetooth?

Postby Venatius » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:44 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
gerben wrote:Isn't the Prefer BT an iOS only option?

I honestly do not know. Why would this be an iOS-only option? (semi-rhetorical question)


Regardless of why, it starts to appear it may be. As for hardware, I'm running a Galaxy S3 (T999). The behavior seems to have changed though. Route to Speaker now causes the music - and directions - to suddenly snap to the phone speaker rather than bluetooth speakers when directions are given. Their volume is unchanged.
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