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    Is running background service possible in WP8?

    Is running background service possible in WP8, that can be auto started when the phone boots up - that can capture long press (3 sec) of camera key - send SMS - or make http calls... sending its GPS location to some back-end server etc?
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    Re: Is running background service possible in WP8?

    The capture camera key part is not supported.

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    Re: Is running background service possible in WP8?

    and neither sending sms (the best it can do is open a sms editor for you...but you have to send it manually)

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    Re: Is running background service possible in WP8?

    Can we capture - long press of any hard key on the device - volume key, camera key or power key, and signal the background service to start sending its GPS location over a http connection ?
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    Re: Is running background service possible in WP8?

    Quote Originally Posted by im2amit View Post
    Can we capture - long press of any hard key on the device - volume key, camera key or power key, and signal the background service to start sending its GPS location over a http connection ?
    The latter is a possibility I think, although a little scratchy with the background process (atleast I felt so) while the former does not seem very possible (I may stand corrected if there is something new of these kind in WP8 though)

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    Re: Is running background service possible in WP8?

    Please suggest - how to get it done for a Windows phone!

    We need to program Lumia to help any person in 'case of emergency' !

    Where a single button press/hold - can launch a app Or give signal to a background running Location Services - to start broadcasting the distress signal along with this person's GPS co-ordinates -who needs help- to public/others who can give help.

    As use of Hard-key (like power/camera/volume) as Emergency key makes more sense - rather then unlocking the phone and pressing an icon on touch screen for this purpose - please suggest if it can be done, if yes - how ?
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    Re: Is running background service possible in WP8?

    Hi.
    Maybe you could use a nfc tag to launch your applciation? And use a background agent to check position every X minutes?

    Nfc is readed when lockscreen is displayed, too.

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    Re: Is running background service possible in WP8?

    Quote Originally Posted by yan_ View Post
    Hi.
    Maybe you could use a nfc tag to launch your applciation? And use a background agent to check position every X minutes?

    Nfc is readed when lockscreen is displayed, too.
    I like this idea - of using NFC tag to launch my app?
    Is it true that it will work - "Nfc is readed when lockscreen is displayed, too."
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