Mic sending sound through earpiece
Can someone verify this - that the phone sends sound picked up by the mic back through the earpiece?
The simplest way I've found to test it is when you're on a call, run your finger back and forth over the mic on the bottom. When I do it, the rubbing sound is very clearly being transmitted by the earpiece.
Do I have a defective phone, or is this intentional? If the latter, does anyone know if it's a software issue or an inherent part of the functioning of the phone? And if so, what could possible be the reason for this? (admittedly a rhetorical question).
Hearing my own voice repeated back to me as I talk is incredibly distracting and annoying. There's no reason a phone should be designed to re-transmit what it's own mic picks up through it's own earpiece. I have another ear to pick up ambient sounds, thank you very much. Does this still happen with a bluetooth headset?
So far, my experience with this phone has really been abysmal - from the poor antennae strength, to the poor battery life to Verizon's bloatware and meddling and now this. I'm really trying to like this phone, but as it stands now, there's a 80% chance it's going to be returned.
- 09-25-2010, 09:34 PM #2
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- 09-25-2010, 09:45 PM #3
Personally, I find the level distractingly high, when I first got the phone, my wife kept asking what was wrong when we'd talk over the phone. She said I was talking different, quieter.
I completely agree with you that the hardware of the phone is outstanding (save for the battery life). The bloatware is unfortunate, but like you say, mostly addressable. It just leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth since the biggest reason I left the iPhone was because so much of the experience was dictated and I was forced to void my warranty (by jailbreaking) just to configure the phone to my liking.
- 09-26-2010, 08:56 AM #6
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Instructions on gaining access to the service menu on the Fascinate:
I don't have my Fascinate yet to see what is in this menu (it should be in early this week, YAY), but it's worth a look to see if this menu allows you to adjust Sidetone similar to how it's adjusted on the Captivate mentioned earlier.
- 09-26-2010, 09:51 AM #7
Ivisi, That service menu is for manual programming the phone.
In regards to an advanced menu for the sidetone adjustment, I found an .apk .HWCodec while adding a custom activity through ADWLauncher.
Within .HWCodec there was a .HWCodec.Sidetone.
I'm trying to figure out how to gain access.
I also went into system/app and found the .apk but its already installed.
I'm no pro with this, so many someone else can step in..
[tapatalk on android]
Yea, the instructions in that thread show how to enable the service menu, but that code, **772 brings up the service *mode*, which I suspect is different from a service menu. The thread I found about the Captivate talks about a menu with options, one being sidetone.
I found the .HWCodec too, but I can't figure out any way to do anything with it. I made a custom shortcut to the sidetone activity, but when I click it, it just says "application not installed" or something like that.
- 09-26-2010, 03:52 PM #9
- 09-26-2010, 08:06 PM #10
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In this respect, there's really little material difference between Android (as provided by the carriers (or at least Verizon)) and the iPhone. We just have some faceless corporate department making decisions for us as opposed to a single flamboyant CEO like Steve Jobs.
I'm not criticizing the Android OS itself, but the reality is that the carriers (again, particularly Verizon) do strip much of the "openness" out of it and place roadblocks in the path to openness.
- 09-27-2010, 12:13 PM #12
Ok, so lets get back on track here..
According to Android platform code, secret codes are in the form of *#*#<code>#*#*
Using Root Explorer I decided to 'view' HwCodec.apk.
I opened 'AndroidManifest.xml' and found at the bottom this:
So, I'm trying to dial *#*0002*28346#*#*
I tried *#*0002*28347#*#*
So, I'm figuring either one of two things is going wrong.
1) I'm not getting the dialing code right, or out of order.
2) Secret Codes are in the different dialing form- not *#*#<code>#*#*
I will play with it some more..
I'll keep an eye on the forums for what people discover, but my phone is being returned. I made a few calls this morning and found the sound quality to be really lacking. The sidetone was just too loud for my liking, and there was an obvious buzz/distortion through the earpiece. On top of all other issues, I just can't live with that for the next 2 years.
If enough is fixed with an update, maybe I'll return, but for now, I'm going smart-phone-less for a while. I can still use my de-activated iPhone with Skype on wireless networks available almost everywhere.
- 09-27-2010, 12:30 PM #14
- 10-05-2010, 01:39 PM #15