Droid/Android suggestion for report trap.

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Steps to report a trap (such as live police) on my Droid

1 - Press Menu button
2 - Press "Report Trap"
3 - Choose trap type
4 - Confirm/Reject

Suggestions

1) Allow me to "double tap" the main screen to bring up the report trap menu, bypassing step #1 and #2. If I am driving I don't want to focus on pressing small keys.

2) For step #3, the trap types should be listed in order of how commonly they are used. Also, the "Live Police" option should be default selection after 10 seconds or so. To me, that is the one people will use most often while on the move.

3) The "Confirm" option should be automatic after around 10 seconds. Also make these buttons larger.

vojimen

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Stefanie, Marketing & Social Media

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Great suggestions. We appreciate the feedback. I sent your ideas to the "powers that be" :)

Sean

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Thanks for the suggestion!

Trapster is constantly evolving to become the best driving application. We really appreciate valuable insight from our users, and weigh your opinions heavily when updating the application.

FASTEDDIEIII

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i cant log into my account on my droid. ne help out there

Stefanie, Marketing & Social Media

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To get your account information please visit: http://www.trapster.com/account-infor...

Thanks,
Stefanie

vojimen

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Update to my original idea:

I have already had a few situations where I wanted to submit a "Live Police" trap but didn't due to having to do so many steps.

Make a button at the top for a quick "Live Police". The user presses the button, a "Cancel" option comes up that times out after 10 seconds. If the user does not cancel, it automatically marks "Live Police" at the location the user was at when they first pressed the button.

Dave Finlay, QA

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Vojimen-

Good idea. We are working full steam ahead on Android. I will be pushing for an upgraded reporting mechanism.

Dave

vojimen

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Can you provide any insight into what features are coming to the Droid? Maybe even a hint at the order? I think it is good to share with the user community ...

Dave Finlay, QA

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Vojimen-

At the moment, no, because we don't know. We are working on improving speed and stability at the moment.

Dave

BOXERWORKS

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Anything you can do about battery life? My Droid will eventually run out of battery even with it plugged into a charger while running trapster

Dave Finlay, QA

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BOXER-

You might want to check what your charger's output is rated at. I've seen some of the less expensive models under perform quite a bit.

Also, disabling Patrol will help out.

Dave

BOXERWORKS

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ah...good idea. I do have an aftermarket charger for the car. i will look into it.

bikerval

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Double Tap to go directly to the Report Trap screen is a good idea.
Thanks box automatically going away after a few seconds is a good idea.

But defaulting to Live Police after 10 seconds is, well, I'd worry that somebody could accidently leave a bread crumb trail of Live Police reports because their phone is in their purse repeatedly looping thru the DblTap, LivePolice, Thanks cycle with no actual human intervention.

Not sure what the solution is... perhaps DblTap to Invoke, the hard Search button for Live Police, then quick timeout of Thanks. Can Trapster use the Search button on the Droid for its own purpose? (<-- a hypothetical question to which I do not need an actual answer. Ha-ha!)

Mikebinok

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Maybe it is possible to limit the Live Police button to one report per user in a ten minute period? Other time limits might be used of course.

Heath, Moderator

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Mikebinok,

Thanks for the suggestion. Only problem is that sometimes in a 10 minute period, you can come across more than one live police, especially if you're on the highway. Trapster does have fail-safes in place though to trap any possible abuser though if that is what you are concerned about.

xEmTx

Dave Finlay, QA

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Bikerval-

Thanks for the suggestions!

Dave

Arash

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This is exactly my issue too. All the other phone platforms (iPhone, blackberry) have touch keys already.

Any estimate when this upgrade will be published?

Dave Finlay, QA

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Arash-

What upgrade? Also, what "touch keys"?

putzmeister

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Arash may be thinking of the Android upgrades, maybe?

"touch keys", No idea.

I would be happy with bigger icons for the choices I do have to make,
A double click would be GREAT!!!

Anything that can be done to streamline the process and make it easier to pick out the place on the screen you WANT to click would be fantastic!

Dave Finlay, QA

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Putz-

Yes, I agree with you. I must have misread what he typed.. been a long day. Touch keys threw me off. Anyway, we are working on it. I'd love to give a solid date, but I don't have it.

Dave Finlay

tjd12c

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Sometimes when I try to report a live trap, it doesn't let me confirm anything until it force closes! This morning I couldn't report a speed trap until i was already 5 miles away! I know you are working on stability but I just thought I'd let you know.

Also, it seems that the program is typically unresponsive as you're moving. If I press menu or anything, the movement of the GPS location seems to override any selections.

Platform: Android 2.1 Update1
Device: HTC EVO 4G

tjd12c

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I discovered a trick on being able to report on HTC EVO while driving (If this works on other phones let us know). Most of the time when I select "live police" the app basically says "Ok that's nice, anyway, this is where you're located". Once the app ignores you, press the back arrow as if you're going to exit the app, the placement marker asking you to confirm or cancel should show up. It worked twice this morning.

Platform: Android 2.1 Update1
Device: HTC EVO 4G

Thurjf

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This works for me on the G1!

Ornery_Pirate

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On My HTC EVO, running Android 2.1 Update 1, the Trapster blue dot locator moves per my position, but the map does not refresh as I love off of the map. Can I change this map behavior to be relative to my location and update on the go so I don't have to swipe my finger across the screen as I drive?

tjd12c

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Once you move the map it will stay where you left it, you have to press "Locate Me" from the Menu for the map to "follow you"

Michael Rosen (SU2)

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I like this idea. I was driving on the Baltimore beltway the past two nights and saw a mobile speed camera but couldn't report it. I actually got alerted but apparently to a nearby speed camera nearby, off the highway. I wish I remembered the exact location so I could report it from home, though I don't know how often it's actually there.

Paul

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After using Trapster for several months now I find that the biggest drawback is the driver involvement required, which is to the point it is a distraction at best and a driving hazard at worst. This is because of the number of steps needed and the distraction this causes for a driver, fine if a passenger is using it but dangerous for a driver. Not only is it the number of steps but also the distance from the driver's face to read the screen, i.e. in most locations it is placed almost at arms length near the windscreen similar to a GPS. There needs to be a minimum of steps to report or confirm live police and I feel mobile camera should be added to this i.e. live police/mobile camera as most other can be done on a computer.

Heath, Moderator

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Paul,

Thanks for the feedback. Trapster is constantly working to find new ways of making the application as safe & easy to use across all platforms.

xEmTx

thegogmagog

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Neat idea with the photo. I'd be hesatant to point at a cop looking at me and snap a photo. I've heard too many stories of people being harrased or charged with something. As a company it may add a level of liability.

Photos of the hiding spots or cameras would be holpful though.

mealexme

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maybe you could have the option to chose a shortcut to put on the map, so you could press it without having to go through the menu. For example, if the most common thing around you is mobile cameras, you can have a mobile camera shortcut open on the map and press it when you see a camera.

Dave Finlay, QA

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Thats a good idea, thanks! We do need to come up with some quicker ways. It's really easy on BlackBerries because we use the keypad for quick reporting.

thegogmagog

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Agreed on quick reporting, perhaps a gesture "c"?

on a different note, could we get options to add posted speed and our current speed (15 second averages to ignore spikes if needed).

Audible announcements for speed changes would be nice too.

/first post (just started). I will see where to post ideas but didnt want to cover old ideas with a new topic.

Dave Finlay, QA

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Thanks for the ideas. We've been looking into something like this.

nvr2fast

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Some of us are driving at considerable speeds when we attempt to report... anything that can be done to make reporting and voting easier, is very helpful.

Taking our eyes off the road for more than a few seconds can make all the difference... especially if we're trying to tap small buttons and such.

Dave Finlay, QA

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Gestures are something that would be very interesting.

RIght now reporting is a 3 click process, hopefully we can get that down.

Voting we have made easier in 3.0.3 on android. After you vote, it takes you back to the main map automatically. There are some other improvements we are looking at.

Dave

Michael Rosen (SU2)

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What about dropping "seeds" that are like a reminder to go back and report on when you are safely stopped? They would not be live on the system but act as reminders in the app. I am often trying to report on traps on a slow speed street but I can't stop on the side of the road because there are cars coming behind me.