Hands-free Pleco flashcards

BenJackson

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I'd like to be able to do flashcards "hands free" (or at least not holding/looking at the phone). The main thing that I'd need is some method of remote control. A bluetooth keyboard? A bluetooth media controller? Voice commands? Is there anything like this that Pleco would respond to (e.g. via keyboard shortcuts, or bindings for media controls)?
 

mikelove

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Not reliably at the moment, though we're working on a solution for that. However since you're on Android you might be able to find a utility that would map Bluetooth media controls or other things to specific screen locations / buttons and simulate taps on them. (I haven't researched this so I don't know of the names of any particular ones, I just know this is theoretically possible on Android and therefore very likely to exist)
 

BenJackson

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Looks like that kind of app is called a "remapper". Simulating touchscreen actions requires rooting your phone, unfortunately. Simulating keypresses looks to be easier, so having keyboard shortcuts in pleco would be handy for that.
 

mikelove

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It shouldn’t require root, actually - accessibility services can do it without rooting. (We use one ourselves for Screen Reader, though we don’t currently take advantage of its tap simulation support)
 

mikelove

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They backed off of that a few months later under user pressure. (Good thing, too, or we would have probably had to limit our Screen Reader feature to people downloading Pleco outside of Google Play)
 
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