How to use the browser, take notes, or play music while on a call with your Android phone

How to use the browser, take notes, or play music while on a call with your Android phone
We've all been there - suckered in the customer complaint calling system of our credit card provider, or simply stuck in a boring conversation with a yappy relative. Alternatively, we all have moments when we need to get in the browser, and check something online quickly while in a call, jot down an address, or maybe play that new favorite tune to the caller on the other side.

While some interface overlays have separate note-taking option in the call screen, for instance, a lot of them don't. Plus, we still want to do much more with our handsets while phoning, than taking notes. Fret not, as it is pretty easy to multitask with any Android handset while in a call, here's how:

1. Perhaps you didn't know, but you can still use the home key (physical, capacitive or virtual), while in a call, and get to your phone's interface, where you can do business as usual. The active call itself, is now conveniently tucked into the status bar at the top of your screen. You can do whatever you need to do with your phone, then pull the bar down, and return to the call, end it, or turn the speaker on/off, depending on the individual interface.

2. There are some apps out there that take multitasking one step further than having to fiddle with your status bar, which is not even visible in some apps. Blimps, for instance, is a new floating app, that lets you end the call, or turn the speaker on and off, regardless of what you are doing with your phone. It features a two small circular buttons, that "hover" above anything else underneath, so you can juggle quickly between speaker and earpiece modes, or end the call when you are done, all the while you are perusing the phone as usual. 

If the buttons get in the way of a specific section in an app interface, you can freely move them around, and the developer promises more features are on the way. It's a fresh new floating app, that swiftly grows on you while in a call, so check it out with the download link below, if you are interested to take it for a spin.

Developer: Curly Y.Download: Android
Category: CommunicationPrice: Free

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9 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

How to play music while on a call? I miss this feature which I used to listen to the songs on my N72.

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Orrrrrrr, you can just hit the home key and control the call from the notification centre -_-

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

If you have not figured this out already, multitasking may not be right for you.

6. Sauce unregistered

If you have not figured this out already, http://www.gadgetreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/d-link-phone.jpg may be for you.

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Have to agree with this...this isnt already known by many?: 1. Perhaps you didn't know, but you can still use the home key (physical, capacitive or virtual), while in a call, and get to your phone's interface, where you can do business as usual. The active call itself, is now conveniently tucked into the status bar at the top of your screen. You can do whatever you need to do with your phone, then pull the bar down, and return to the call, end it, or turn the speaker on/off, depending on the individual interface. I thought this was common knowledge....especially for those that use GPS and might need to take a call or do something else...or looking up somethign for someone while on a call...

4. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

listening to music during calls was awesome feature of Symbian phones. i miss my N8

5. mrfwy

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Very interesting, Thank you Daniel. Sometimes is useful to browse for some info while calling or switching not to audio playback only but to a recording audio app if needed.

8. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Its easy.. Press home button. do your work.. Why such an article??

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Someone need to make quota, or something?

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