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Bluetooth Helper improves iPhone AVRCP support

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Monday, February 8, 2010
News Categories: Apps + Games


Eventual Innovations has released an application that aims to improve upon the limited AVRCP capabilities in the iPhone and iPod touch. Apple first introduced support for stereo A2DP Bluetooth accessories in iPhone OS 3.0, however AVRCP remote control capabilities over Bluetooth were limited to only starting and pausing playback. Bluetooth Helper is a third-party application that provides additional playback controls including next track, previous track and seeking within tracks. Users enable Bluetooth Helper by starting their music within the iPod application and then starting the Bluetooth Helper app to allow access to the additional playback commands. Bluetooth Helper is available on the App Store for $1.

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The price is now $4.99 for the app… the reviews seem positive.  It’s not clear, but it seems that it doesn’t actually enable the forward/backward buttons, but rather repurposes the play/pause button(s).

There’s a solution for jailbroken devices that uses the volume controls on the iphone/touch for skipping tracks.  You double-press the home button while at the lock screen to get to the music info mode, and this repurposing of the volume controls takes effect.

Posted by Gert on May 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM (PDT)

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