Got a new car (Citroen C3 Picasso) before Christmas and just trying to get round to sorting out the bluetooth, but am having problems.
I have paired the phone succesfully, the car recognises the phone straight after I start the engine, I have been able to access the directory and can make calls with no problem. However, every time I receive a call it goes straight to voicemail - which is not a lot of use! Signal at the time was good. Somebody else paired their Nokia phone with the car and it made and received calls fine, so I don't *think* it's the car, although I did notice it also comes up with an option under the "source" menu in the car to "Play" - presumably music (I've not put any music on the SD card yet).
There don't seem to be any suitable settings in the SF menu to do anything else - but I did notice that "make device discoverable" is only activated for 2 minutes, although I can't see how this would only affect receiving calls.
Does anyone have any ideas, or is there an app I can get to control bluetooth better? I'm running the SFG as out of the box, no mods/roots just a few apps downloaded. I'm fairly new at this lark!
TIA for any help
There are lots of things in play here.
"Bluetooth" is not one package that does everything, always.
The phone needs drivers to talk to different sorts of things - like a headset and a keyboard, for example.
These device-class drivers are called "profiles".
But even there its not clearcut. For example, keyboards have different layouts, and headsets don't always have the same set of buttons.
Your car audio manual, should list what version of Bluetooth, and what profiles it requires.
It sounds as though it is trying to completely control phone and media-player functions. I'm kinda amazed that you could display the phone's Contacts list on the car's display (if that's what you have done).
I wouldn't have expected the Blade/SF to manage that!
I do know that Android's internal paranoid security has prevented some obvious functionality. Even with Android 2.1 (SanFran out of the box) Android does not allow voice-dialling from Bluetooth. This is (in principle) fixed in 2.2 ("FroYo"). But 2.2.0 (our latest, stable option) has a daft bug that reboots the phone when an attached Bluetooth device is switched off after using the amazing app Vlingo ... That is said to be fixed in Android 2.2.1 but we don't have that working properly on the San Fran - not just yet anyway!
Even with 2.2 (Jellyfish 7), my basic Jabra headset button does not seem to 'wake' the phone to attentiveness to voice commands with Vlingo (which is said to work for some headsets and some Android 2.2 phone models).
Then there's the matter of what profiles the San Fran actually has installed. I've not seen this documented. But I do believe that 2.2 has more functionality than 2.1 ...
In the Bluetooth area, the San Fran reveals itself as a cheap phone, NOT a high end megastar.
And Android is still evolving in this area.
So it IS improving. (And quite quickly, right now.)
For now, I'd suggest seeing if you can turn OFF some of the car's gee-whizz functions. See if you can make it behave like a basic hands free headset, and then build up from there.
But the very first thing I'd be trying was to see what happened with the San Fran on-charge in the car (so it was guaranteed to be fully awake when the test call came in, even if the screen was off).
And when I tried it, I'd be watching closely to see what the screen does when the call comes in. (Does the phone notice it? Is it a phone reception, rather than Bluetooth, problem?) With an ordinary Bluetooth headset, the screen would be lighting up on an incoming call, ringing as usual, and, if I remember correctly from 2.1, only after answering (on the phone) could the call be transferred to my headset.
Certainly, with 2.2 (Jellyfish 7), an incoming call does ring both
at the phone and headset, AND the call can be answered just by tapping my headset button.
So, something well worth trying, when you become confident about how easy it is to 'mod' the phone, would be to try running Jellyfish 7, or its successor. Get modding!