- 07-08-2013, 02:56 PM #1
So it doesn't look like any of the slated updates will be supporting the ability to do notification or alert profiles (LIKE EVERY OTHER PLATFORM OUT THERE).
This question is for the devs out there, Is there any limitation that would PREVENT someone from writing an app that would perform this ability? Can an app be written that would sit as a background task and monitor for incoming texts or email addresses and then execute a user defined action or sound?
I understand the limitations of WP OS as far as precluding background apps, but I'm just spit-balling here. I'm desperate for a solution. (I'm a first responder so being able to distinguish when I get a first responder text/email vs anything else is pretty important. I've already been late to calls since I didn't hear a notification for a first responder type text.)
If MS isn't going to do this, can't we as a community come up with something? Or is the limitations of the OS just going to prevent this from being a reality? Thanks all.
07-08-2013, 04:18 PM #2
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As far as I know, it's locked out by the OS so I think that's something MS needs to address.
Everyone should go and vote it up some more though so maybe they will finally do something about it:
Custom sounds for SMS, MMS, Email, Notifications etc
It's already #1 but it never hurts to raise it up even more.
Last edited by Ali Babba; 07-08-2013 at 04:36 PM. Reason: clarification
- 07-08-2013, 05:03 PM #3
- 07-08-2013, 06:22 PM #5
Ok maybe I'm missing something here. I hear a tone or feel my phone vibrate with texts and emails. I set it up that way and have never missed a message. Why are so many other people missing theirs? Do people need flashing LED's that bad? Fill me in!
- 07-08-2013, 06:40 PM #7
The other issue I have with WP is that the lack of a good notification tone combines with the lack of separate volume controls and no app-based automation control to conspire to have me miss SMS notifications. When I'm in the office or when I'm on a bus listening to music I turn the volume down, but often forget to turn it back up again = missed notifications.
So if you're not missing your notifications, maybe you just lead a quieter life than me.
- 07-08-2013, 08:29 PM #8I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
- 07-08-2013, 08:47 PM #9
I hear you Oz, (pun intended). I imagine that more distinct control over notifications will help & everyone is different, I am just a little amazed by folks who consistently miss messages. Hope it gets better for you!
07-08-2013, 09:11 PM #10
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- 07-08-2013, 09:44 PM #12
Android has this and apps like lightflow where you can get really fancy with notifications... Only they weren't all that reliable. I can't count the number of times I missed calls, texts or emails because I didn't get the alert.
Anyway, here's to hoping MS gets this out sooner than later. Doesn't affect me as much as the op, but as an ex android user, I'd appreciate the functionality.
- 07-08-2013, 09:54 PM #13
It is pretty ridiculous at this point. Before I had a smart phone way back, I had some of those LG feature phones (LG Dare, LG Envy), and you could set custom ringtones with those, plus custom alarms from your own mp3s.
I mean, really now. Isn't WP8 supposed to be a smartphone OS, but it's getting out-featured by dumbphones?
- 07-08-2013, 10:09 PM #14I have a Nexus 4, an iPhone 5, and a Lumia 520, and I like them all. Is something wrong with me? (I really should edit my signature sometime. I have only 1 of these 3 phones anymore, and even that one is mostly unused because it's been superseded by its big brother!)
- 07-09-2013, 02:10 PM #16
@tgp... I knew you were being sarcastic!! Keep up the good work!!
Stupid omission. Once we get instagram and some other functions, this will be the thing Android and iPhone fans will point and laugh at next as to why WP is a weak OS.
And you know what? On this one, they will be right."Life is hard. But it is harder when you are stupid."
- 07-09-2013, 02:55 PM #17
The key is to be able to diffenentiate WHAT I am receiving based on a DIFFERENT sound. Hope that makes sense.
- 07-09-2013, 03:47 PM #20
Yeah, custom sounds and a notification center are by far the two biggest needs.
The ESPN Scorecenter app is a good example. When it updates me with a game score it's just the stupid old generic tone that comes in for everything else, while on iOS or Lamedroid it plays the ESPN tone. (It then also goes into their notification center unlike Windows Phone where it disappers forever and you'll never know what came in if you miss the toast.)
Custom SMS tones would be nice. The default ones on the 928 are pretty boring. I usually use an R2D2 or the Old Spice whistle. Both high pitched enough that I can hear them in louder situations.
For me they are not deal breakers, but it just shows a lack of polish on an otherewise kick **** OS. I expect 8.1 will add a lot of that stuff.
- 07-09-2013, 05:09 PM #21
- 07-10-2013, 01:40 AM #24
I understand what you're saying biker. Being able to differentiate can help & I'm sure MS will address notification issues soon enough. I'm a nurse & have an ex wife and am just glad my life isn't nearly as complicated as yours. I wish you the best.
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