jol333, Feb 20, 2019 : Feature: Auto-respond to incoming calls Who are the users? Businessmen, sales person etc. who receive numerous calls daily. Women who are afraid to pickup calls from strangers. Students who don’t want to wakeup early in the morning just to pick a call. People who travel a lot, especially in 2 wheelers. People who don’t want to talk directly to certain contacts (ex-bf, stalker) Anyone who are not in a situation to take their mobile and respond to calls. What is the proposed function? In India, most of the telecom services providers don’t have a voice mail feature. So whenever I am busy, I have to keep my phone in either silent mode or airplane mode. Afterwards, when I check the call history, all I could see is a bunch of missed calls from various numbers. Then I have to call them back or wait for them to call me again to know the reason. Also, we get so many spam calls from various unknown numbers, mainly regarding credit cards and personal loans. So I tend to ignore calls from unknown numbers. Due to this, sometimes I miss some important calls also. The proposed feature is a functionality to respond to incoming calls with a pre-defined audio message. This can be a computerised voice (text to speech) or recorded human voice. After the playback of this voice message, the phone will record the caller’s response. Later on, user can listen to this recorded audio from their call history. Based on that, the user can decide to call back, ignore or mark the number as a spam. User can set the number of rings after which the call will be auto-responded. User can pick the call before it goes into auto-respond mode. Even during the auto-respond time, user can pick the call. User can enable the auto-respond feature for all calls, calls from selected contacts or all unknown numbers. There is an additional option to enable this feature only during particular time of the day. User can quickly enable or disable the auto respond feature from Android Quick Settings tray instead of going to the Settings page. This feature can also be included as a part of ‘Do not disturb’ mode. Auto Respond to calls will be enabled automatically in ‘Do not disturb’ mode. What is the user value? Reduce the fear of missing out (FOMO). No more getting anxious about a missed call. No need to pickup the calls when not in a mood or busy. No more answering to spam calls. Avoid missing an important message just because you couldn’t pickup the call. If there are existing comparable functions in the smartphone industry, how is your proposed feature superior? Google has introduced Call Screen feature last year which I think is an amazing functionality. But sadly, it is only available to English speakers in the United States who have Pixel 2, 2 XL, 3, or 3XL devices. Ref: https://support.google.com/phoneapp/answer/9094888 https://support.google.com/phoneapp/answer/9118387 This Auto Respond feature can be considered as the first step towards reaching this end-goal. I searched around for a 3rd party app to pickup the calls automatically & play a pre-recorded message, and also record the response from the caller. All I could find was these apps which was far from useful: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.different.personalvmail https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid YouMail looks like a promising voice mail app, but not available in India. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.youmail.android.vvm Logic behind this product and how you want it to be implemented Workflow: Goto Settings > Utilities > Auto Respond to Calls Step 1: Enable Auto Respond Step 2: Mode of Response: Select ‘Computer Voice’ > Type the message > Select voice set > Listen to the typed message in selected voice. or Mode of Response: Select ‘Recorded Voice’ > Record the message > Listen to recorded voice Step 3: Enable auto-recording of caller’s response. Set maximum recording duration Step 4: Call pickup settings Set number of rings before auto-pickup of call Pickup calls from: All numbers/All unknown numbers/Selected contacts Step 5: Schedule: Enable auto respond feature only during certain time period of the day It will be handy if we can enable & disable the auto respond feature from the Android Quick Settings tray. Step 6: Listen to recorded response from Call History Default Settings: Mode of Response: Computer Voice Message: “The person you are calling is currently busy. Please leave a message after the beep” Record caller’s response: Enabled Maximum record time: 30 seconds Auto-respond after: 5 rings Auto-respond to call from: All Numbers Schedule: Not set (Full time) Note: There is no personal info in the above screenshots. They are dummy information just for demonstration purpose.