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Method to automatically enable speaker phone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234557D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jan-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jan-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

Lenovo

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CALIENDO, NEAL: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

Phone calls that interact with a voice menu on a mobile device require touch input via soft keypad/keyboard (e.g., "Press 1 for appliances"). These calls typically involve an awkward movement of the device toward and away from the user's ear, as the user listens to prompts and then provides the requested touch response. Moving the phone back and forth in this manner can be annoying. Moreover, it's very common to miss a portion of the voice menu while the phone is being moved toward the user's ear.

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Method to automatically enable speaker phone

  Phone calls that interact with a voice menu on a mobile device require touch input via soft keypad/keyboard (e.g., "Press 1 for appliances"). These calls typically involve an awkward movement of the device toward and away from the user's ear, as the user listens to prompts and then provides the requested touch response. Moving the phone back and forth in this manner can be annoying. Moreover, it's very common to miss a portion of the voice menu while the phone is being moved toward the user's ear.

  Existing solutions for "car mode" automatically answer the mobile device in speaker mode while driving. However, these solutions do not automatically detect the voice menu scenario and respond accordingly.

  A mobile device can easily detect when the user is entering touch input during a phone call and the speaker phone is turned off. When this scenario is detected, the device can automatically switch on the speaker phone to assist the user in providing input while still being able to hear the voice prompts. In addition, the device can detect when the user moves the phone back to his ear, and automatically turn off the speaker phone.