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2021/08/31 03:32:17 (permalink)

Suggestion: Provide a sound prompt when an ad pops up

While we are listening to a book with screen locked, @Voice pops up full-page ads periodically.
 
But since the screen is locked, we do not realize that an ad has popped up. The ad does not have any sound, and pops up without any announcement. So it creates a wrong impression that @Voice has paused suddenly, and we try to press the button of the headset to play ahead. But this does not work.
 
It would be good if there is a distinct sound assigned to an ad, so that we realize that we have to unlock the screen and deal with the ad. 

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    Re: Suggestion: Provide a sound prompt when an ad pops up 2021/08/31 04:55:56 (permalink)
    The app is programmed to not show any full screen ads, if the screen is off or if something else is showing on the screen (be it the lock screen, or Android home screen or another app). It just continues reading in such cases. I tried today very hard to reproduce this problem, and cannot. The full screen ad shows ONLY if the screen is on and the text the app is reading is visible, and the app is loading the next chapter of an ebook, or the next article on the reading list.
     
    Please answer this question precisely: when you think that the app stopped reading when the screen was locked due to a full screen ad, what EXACTY do you see IMMEDIATELY AFTER unlocking the screen, and before touching anything else on the screen? Also, on which Android device are you using @Voice app, and what is the Android system version on it?
     
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    Re: Suggestion: Provide a sound prompt when an ad pops up 2021/08/31 05:59:33 (permalink)
    Thanks for the response!

    I will have to observe this in future, and report the precise behavior here.
     
    [Edit] But I do face another type of pause from time to time: @Voice halts mid-sentence randomly. None of the factors in your sticky post are applicable.
     
    Whenever the pause occurs, I hear a typical short noise pulse, like the typical squelch noise on a walkie-talkie.
     
    Those pauses are very frequent, and happen with all documents (pdf and epub).
     
    That is why it is difficult to make out that this is an ad-related pause. 
    post edited by Narayan - 2021/08/31 06:09:25
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    Re: Suggestion: Provide a sound prompt when an ad pops up 2021/08/31 09:40:41 (permalink)
    Is the screen on and you follow the text the app reads on screen, when it stops? Or does it stop only when the screen is off, or even on, but something else, not @Voice app is visible on the screen? It's important to know this before giving the correct answer. Let's cover both:
     
    1. If the app stops when screen is off or something else, not @Voice is visible on the screen, your phone kills apps working in background to "save battery". Please visit https://hyperionics.com/atVoice/stops.html, press there on the type of phone that you have, read the next page THOROUGHLY and implement the suggested settings.
     
    2. If reading stops when screen is on and you observe the text @Voice reads on the screen, you are probably using Google TTS voice, and don't have the latest data downloaded, that Google needs to generate speech locally. Therefore they send each sentence to their servers, generate the speech there and send speech data over the Internet back to the phone to produce sounds. This breaks when the Internet connection slows down or breaks, or when Google servers get overworked. To download the necessary data (or update the data), connect the phone to a good and fast WiFi network, then start speech in @Voice. Google downloads this data automatically when you try to use any such voice, but ONLY on WiFi.
     
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    Re: Suggestion: Provide a sound prompt when an ad pops up 2021/08/31 09:45:37 (permalink)
    Yes, I have gone through all your suggestions in the sticky post, and confirmed that they do not apply.
    The screen is always off (in fact, I keep the phone in my shorts pocket as I walk).
     
    My ASUS ZenFone 5Z had a little different setting, but I could find PowerMaster through main settings > Battery setting.
    The Clean up in suspend option was already turned off.
    But the Auto deny apps from auto-starting option was on. I turned it off.
     
    I will check now and will report.
     
    Thanks!
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    Re: Suggestion: Provide a sound prompt when an ad pops up 2021/08/31 11:58:12 (permalink)
    Thank you, let me know. The "battery saving" is a huge problem for developers. Original Android versions and Google Pixels after some small adjustments behave well, but other makers aggressively kill apps that work in background to "save battery" and then brag in their ads about the "great battery life" that they devices have. They often have internal lists of apps that should be allowed to work with screen off, like popular music players, but if you're not on their list - bad luck. For both developers and users. More info: https://dontkillmyapp.com/problem
     
     
     
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    Re: Suggestion: Provide a sound prompt when an ad pops up 2021/09/01 00:37:49 (permalink)
    While I am monitoring (this will take a couple of days, as I have to monitor it for long time to confirm this either way ("still exists" or "resolved"). 

    But then I realized later that I can resume the play by clicking once with my headset. That means the app is only paused, and not killed!
     
    So probably we need to look for other causes...

     

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    Re: Suggestion: Provide a sound prompt when an ad pops up 2021/09/04 17:54:16 (permalink)
    Maybe the headset sends a random "pause button pressed" event to the app? Could you verify if this happens only when you listen through your headset, or also when the headset is completely disconnected and you listen through the phone's speaker? Or with another headset?
     
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