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HasanH007

July 28th 2014 8:00 am

Concurrent Bluetooth capabilty

Hi guys.

I had a question about the bluetooth feature. So the watch connects to the phone via bluetooth - that I get and I assume I leave my bluetooth on and connected all the time (4.0 shouldn't drain the battery) but what happens when I get in my car and want to use the car speakers for audio? Would I have to turn the watch 'off' when I get in my car so it can pick up the car bluetooth or I could I have it run concurrently, with audio for calls and music to run through the car, and push notifications to continue through the watch? Then when I switch the car engine off it goes back to audio control through the watch?

Any one have any thoughts based on current smart watch use?

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TgD

This isn't 100% helpful, but back when I had a Pebble and a Nexus 4 I had the same questions which nobody answered, so I had to do my own research.

First, I believe it depends on the phone's support for multiple bluetooth connections. My Nexus 4 had it, but after I bought the pebble, I discovered a major flaw in the way the bluetooth worked on the Nexus 4

When in my car, my phone would frequently switch between my car stereo and my pebble, and not truly be connected to both at once. So either I would be getting notifications on my wrist, with the audio cutting out, or car audio with no notifications going to my wrist.

It would suffice to say that it was an unusable situation for me.
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HasanH007

Thank you for the detailed reply TgD, good to know. That's what I picture the situation being with the Moto as well but time will tell I guess. Hopefully it's something that's been taken into account.
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Nighto

Here on my Moto X, I can use two bluetooth devices (a headphone and a keyboard) at the same time.
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HasanH007

thanks Nighto - I can understand that being the case if you are pairing/connecting them both manually. But at the moment without a smart watch and bluetooth on my phone all I need to do is start my engine and the phone auto connects.

I assume with your Moto X you connect one, then connect the other - and both use different bluetooth protocols so that makes sense. But if the 360 is using both protocols, is there a way for my car to override or take priority for audio only? But I'd also need the push protocol for my phone book to be synced with the car...
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Nighto

I assume that if you use your watch to receive a call, it would drop the sound from the car stereo, the same way that when you use a headphone to play music, and you receive a notification, the phone plays the notification through the headphone and its speakers. But can't tell for sure.

But I suppose that it'd work in the same way that the current LG and Samsung available models works. Just have to know someone who already have them to answer this :)
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HasanH007

haha yes a current android smart watch user would be ideal to answer this!

I guess in that scenario though you would want the call to come through your car, not the watch for obvious reasons (safety, sound quality etc)
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Nighto

Just asked a friend on twitter who attended the Google I/O and is the happy owner of a Samsung smartwatch, let's see if he can help.
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indyroid

I use a Samsung gear 2 neo concurrently with my car bluetooth and both work absolutely well. The watch and the car bluetooth remain connected and continue to receive notifications. I usually glance at my watch to see who is calling and then decide to take the call on the car bluetooth. So you can take calls on either device. I also use a pebble watch and though you cant take calls on it, pebble continues to show me notifications and if I hit answer on the pebble it would play out on my car bluetooth. Or I may answer the call on my phone and it would play on my car bluetooth. Though I havent noticed the same on the gear2. So I guess the call can be played out on a single device at a time usually the one that you answer the call from.

I use a Jabra car bluetooth system and Samsung galaxy s4/5.

Hope this helps.
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HasanH007

Very helpful - thanks indyroid!
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dstew40

Hello, I just received my Moto 360 and found that it worked perfectly even with my HTC One concurrently with the bluetooth in my car. Worked flawlessly.
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