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dimdem
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Audio Focus

Let me apologize upfront for my limited knowledge of Android. What I'm about to ask may not make much sense. However, what I'm wanting to be able to do is to pause and restart a podcast, or start playing the next episode, up to several hours later. More specifically, I want to do this via the controls on my Bluetooth headphones. What seems to be happening is that at some point DoggCatcher is losing "audio focus" to another app, at which point the controls no longer work. (No other app starts playing when I use them; they don't do anything.) From what I'm reading online, my impression is that at some point after losing focus DoggCatcher unregisters BroadcastReceiver so that it isn't listening for the controls any longer. If this is at all coherent, do you have any tips? If there is some way to figure out what app is taking focus I can simply delete it. If not, is there a way that I can force DoggCatcher to keep BroadcastReceiver registered?

WayneC
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The current versions of the

The current versions of the Android OS on newer devices, Android won't let us see what app is causing this issue... just that another app is requesting audio focus, except for phone calls, DC is designed to pause when placing or receiving calls. DC is also designed not to take focus from other apps & only respond to user input or settings input from the user (Example "Play Audio when headset is connected" in DC's "Audio Player" settings), but even then DC shouldn't override when another app is being used.
Try deleting the pairing from your vehicle/headset BT device and your mobile device, then re-pair again & rebooting your device

dimdem
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I'm still testing, but I may

I'm still testing, but I may have a fix. My MP3 player app had an option deep in its setting to make it the "preferred" app for BT controls. I unchecked that box (and rebooted). After that, I've had good luck being able to restart DC via my headphones. It's silly, but I listen to a podcast to help me get back to sleep when I wake up during the night. It's nice to be able to just slip the headphones on in the dark and hit the play button to restart an episode that I had previously paused, as opposed to having to start it playing on the tablet. Thanks.

WayneC
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You're welcome

You're welcome