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From "Andrew (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CB-620) Phonegap needs a way to detect the state of the iPhone mute button (unsure about other platforms and if they have mute buttons)
Date Tue, 01 May 2012 20:16:54 GMT
Andrew created CB-620:
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             Summary: Phonegap needs a way to detect the state of the iPhone mute button (unsure
about other platforms and if they have mute buttons)
                 Key: CB-620
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CB-620
             Project: Apache Callback
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Andrew



So, I am using sound effects as part of my interface. Currently I am playing clicks when the
user touches one of the buttons, however I have some other stuff I may add soon. I am using
the Media object and media.play to do this (perhaps there is a better way I am simply missing).

I noticed that my Phonegap app still makes the clicks even when I click the mute button, so
I looked for details on how to fix this. As far as I could see, from numerous posts about
this, there isn't a way. This seems bizarre to me. I couldn't find an answer to the problem.
Someone posted a 1-sentence reply and a link to a Stackoverflow answer that was completely
in Obj-C, so I don't what they were talking about.

I even found one post that said that in version 1.0 the mute button DID work, but people complained
that audio wouldn't play when the phone was on mute, so the behaviour was changed. Which is
craaaaaaaazy. Someone from Nitobi wrote "If sound is critical to your application then it
should ignore the state of the mute switch", which again is craaaazy.

I love Phonegap because, up until now, everything I've tried with it has seemed like an actual
native iOs app, and I haven't had those "ugh, ____ feature doesn't work and it makes this
look like a cheap kludge" moments I've had with every other alternative to Obj-C that I've
tried. This, however, is one of those things.

iPhone users are used to clicking the mute switch while using an app to turn the sound off,
perhaps to talk to someone or whatnot. I do it all the time. If I did it, and the interface
kept making sounds, I would instantly hate whatever app I was using, and probably look to
replace it immediately. Not having a way for Phonegap developers to mute their app is bizarre,
and, while I'm not going to complain to Apple about it, I can't believe they're approving
apps that exhibit this behavior, it seems like the EXACT kind of reason they rejects apps
for. I have never read the HIG rules as far as muting sounds goes however, because it's SUCH
a standard thing, 100% of native apps just do it, it's not even an issue. 

So, what can be done? Is there something I'm missing? I guess right now I'm going to have
to leave sounds out of my interface, but that's lazy, and as someone who cares deeply about
having a polished, professional interface, adding audio cues is something high on my list
of must-haves. I'm not too happy about just giving them up because there's no event to detect
the mute button.

I sure hope I am making a fool of myself and have missed something easy, and that there's
a simple solution to this!

Andrew T.

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