I am using an Android phone and would like to simply have the app play a sound per event. Searching around, others asking the same question are given the answer to use 3 or more third part apps to do what should be handled within the one app. I am really hoping I’m overlooking something because this is unacceptable.
Task to accomplish:
- Phone plays custom alarm/siren when the system is armed and a sensor is tripped
- phone says (voice) when a specified door is opened (when in the shop, I would like a notification in my earphones/plugs when my wife opens the door. I saw a solution to change the overall notification sound… this will not suffice)
text message (why? there’s an app that should be perfectly capable of self containing the solution)
3rd party apps (see above)
Temporary/current solutions I have seen:
big talker, tasker, lannouncer, sharptools
I have tried a combination of these apps with much frustration. Big talker would be great… but the option to use the phone itself as the talking device isn’t an option. I understand there is supposed to be a way to use it with lannouncer but the process seems pretty convoluted.
I have tried sharptools + tasker with limited success… the main issue is figuring out what the strings need to be.
The sites themselves have instructions, but seem to have gaps and are outdated.
I am open to this as a temporary solution… However, these features should be in the app.
Overall, I’m very disappointed with this app and system. I see great potential, but it seems you have to go through a ridiculous process in order to accomplish basic and what should be standard procedures. I think it’s great that this is open for development by users and third parties… that’s a major strength. However, it shouldn’t feel like you need to reprogram the thing in order to set up the basics. This is way more involving than it should be. It feels more like a hobbyist project than a home product.