Some users may not get a response when calling out the trigger word, please try:
Following these steps should help your app respond to you. If you have a non North American accent it may be less responsive.
A loud environment can sometimes accidentally trigger the app to responsd. Changing the input phrase to something more complex or adjusting sensitivity can help prevent this.
All applications that run services in the background will consume some battery (e.g. GPS, accelerometer, or the microphone).
During testing we left the app running on several phones throughout the day, and over nights to perform tests on battery drain and did not see a significant impact. This may vary for users, however full day battery should be very achievable when running Marco Polo on your phone.
Unfortunately developers currently have no control over the red status bar at the top of the screen. This is a visual indicator that Apple forces when it's using the microphone. We cannot change the color, size, nor can we hide it. All other apps on iOS behave the same way.
We understand that this is frustrating for some users and we hope that Apple changes their policy in the future and grants us more control over this. We are not big fans of the bar either and will work hard to affect this policy.
At this time you must turn OFF Marco Polo to hide the bar. This will stop the app from responding to your voice.
This is only possible if the app is set to OFF as described above. When Marco Polo is off it will not respond to your voice.
Please ensure you launch Marco Polo and that it is ON. Keep the app running (do not remove it from the multitasking view). This should ensure that it responds to you even if you are using another app or your device is in sleep mode.
When the app is ON, some notifications and sounds will get silenced. Your device does this automatically when using the microphone. Phone calls, calendar alerts, and clock alarms will continue to make sounds.