Android: auto connect to Bluetooth speakers

I have two bluetooth speakers at home. One is a Jawbone Jambox and also a Creative D100. The Jambox speaker looks for a bluetooth device when I switch it on that makes connecting a synch but the D100 does not. That necessitates clicking the Bluetooth Android notification and tapping the D100 device to connect. A small inconvenience I grant you but one nonetheless.

This is where Bluetooth Auto Connect comes in. As the name suggests, this app automatically connects to other bluetooth devices. After installing it I selected the Creative D100 so that device will auto connect. When both speakers are switched on it connects to the Jambox which is fine by me. The D100 now connects whenever I switch bluetooth on!

Finally, I wanted to enable bluetooth if I fired up Podkicker to listen to some podcasts but only if I was at home. Llama Profiles to the rescue! I created a new event that checks if Podkicker is running, if wifi is connected to my home network and the phone is charging. If all conditions are true then it enables bluetooth. Bluetooth then connects to whichever speaker is active and I get nice pleasant wireless sound.

It might be a pain if I’m downstairs and my speakers were on in my office upstairs but that’ll teach me not to waste electricity while I’m afk won’t it? If I ever get an NFC tag I could do something with that and my Nexus 7 to do something similar but more localised!


I bought an app: Podkicker Pro

I use the free version of Podkicker, a free podcast player for Android every day so when I saw there was a pro version I immediately bought it.

It has a vastly different UI and it somehow detected my original Podkicker subscriptions (I presume from the cloud?) but did not detect my already downloaded podcasts so it looks like I’ll be using the free version for a while. The UI will take some getting used to too as it’s so different but I wanted to support the author as I like the free version so much. Here’s a great review of the pro version if you’re interested.

Related: I don’t buy apps (some great comments in that thread too)


Charlie Chaplin’s Kerry Accent

Charlie Chaplin, the star of silent movies of a bygone era spoke with a Kerry accent. Well, he did when he spent time in the town of Waterville in that county of Ireland. So his daughter says in this RTE documentary called “Kerry and the Tramp”.

It’s a wonderful documentary to listen to, especially as they interviewed his family and people who met him who all had their own stories about the actor.

I did not know that he was practically forced out of the United States because the authorities there suspected he was a communist. They let him back in the 70’s, but only for 15 days. He joked that they were still afraid of him!

I installed the RTÉ DocOnOne app but it’s stuck on the “Loading” page so best to not use that if you’re on Android. Does the iPhone version works better?
Then I was left wondering how do I subscribe to an itunes podcast without itunes but thankfully searching for “documentaries on one” in Podkicker worked!