Mobile audio has a long way to go

Strange though it might seem I think handling of audio is one of the weakest features of every SmartPhone I have ever had.  These are some of the things I want to do:

  1. Listen to music or Podcasts, with automatic bookmarking so I don’t loose my place.  While listening I want to be able to interrupt my flow and without touching my phone (but I don’t mind pressing a button on my headset) I want to be able to:
    1. Answer calls and pause my music
    2. Make calls using voice recognition and pause my music
    3. Listen to GPS instructions and pause my music
    4. Take a voice note and pause my music
  2. While on a call I want to be able to:
    1. Be heard on a windy day or when there’s other background noise
    2. Mute and un-mute that call without touching the phone, but again I don’t mind pressing a button on my headset
    3. Record a segment of the call
    4. Conference someone else into the call
  3. While writing an email I want to be able to:
    1. Record a voice note and email that instead of writing on the tiny keyboard

This article also provides some interesting future scenarios for audio, concentrating on the hardware and sharing of audio.  This article links to it and has a good comment thread.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

1 Response

  1. That would make a nice phone!

    Shame you haven’t mentioned any of the really needed features; sexy look, touch-screen, camera, need I go on! 😉

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