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Template Subscription Buttons

Template Subscription Buttons

This guide shows you how to subscribe and react to "subscription" buttons. Subscription buttons are used to detect when the user has interacted with buttons located in the car's center console or steering wheel. A subscription button may also show up as part of your template, however, the text and/or image used in the button is determined by the template and is (usually) not customizable.

In the screenshot below, the pause, seek left and seek right icons are subscription buttons. Once subscribed to, for example, the seek left button, you will be notified when the user selects the seek left button on the HMI or when they select the seek left button on the car's center console and/or steering wheel.

Generic - Media Template with subscribe buttons

Subscribing to Subscription Buttons

Please note that you can only successfully subscribe to certain buttons depending on your app type. Audio-related buttons can only be used with the MEDIA app type and navigation-related buttons can only be used with the NAVIGATION app type.

Button App Type RPC Version
Ok All v1.0+
Preset 0-9 All v1.0+
Search All v1.0+
Play / Pause Media only v5.0+
Seek left Media only v1.0+
Seek right Media only v1.0+
Tune up Media only v1.0+
Tune down Media only v1.0+
Center Location Navigation only v6.0+
Zoom In Navigation only v6.0+
Zoom Out Navigation only v6.0+
Pan Up Navigation only v6.0+
Pan Up-Right Navigation only v6.0+
Pan Right Navigation only v6.0+
Pan Down-Right Navigation only v6.0+
Pan Down Navigation only v6.0+
Pan Down-Left Navigation only v6.0+
Pan Left Navigation only v6.0+
Pan Up-Left Navigation only v6.0+
Toggle Tilt Navigation only v6.0+
Rotate Clockwise Navigation only v6.0+
Rotate Counter-Clockwise Navigation only v6.0+
Toggle Heading Navigation only v6.0+

The play/pause, seek left, seek right, tune up, and tune down subscribe buttons can only be used if the app type is MEDIA. Depending on the OEM, the subscribed button could show up as an on-screen button in the MEDIA template, work as a physical button on the car console or steering wheel, or both. For example, Ford's SYNC 3 HMI will add the play/pause, seek right, and seek left soft buttons to the media template when you subscribe to those buttons. However, those buttons will also trigger when the user uses the seek left / seek right buttons on the steering wheel.

If desired, you can toggle the play/pause button image between a play, stop, or pause icon by updating the audio streaming state as described in the Media Clock guide.

Note

Before library v.4.7 and RPC v5.0, Ok and PlayPause were combined into Ok. Subscribing to Ok will, in v4.7+, also subscribe you to PlayPause. This means that for the time being, you should not simultaneously subscribe to Ok and PlayPause. In a future major version, this will change. For now, only subscribe to either Ok or PlayPause and the library will execute the right action based on the connected head unit.

sdlManager.addOnRPCNotificationListener(FunctionID.ON_BUTTON_PRESS, new OnRPCNotificationListener() {
    @Override
    public void onNotified(RPCNotification notification) {
        OnButtonPress onButtonPressNotification = (OnButtonPress) notification;
        switch (onButtonPressNotification.getButtonName()) {
            case PLAY_PAUSE:
                <#PLAY_PAUSE subscribe button selected#>
                break;
        }
    }
});

SubscribeButton subscribeButtonRequest = new SubscribeButton();
subscribeButtonRequest.setButtonName(ButtonName.PLAY_PAUSE);
sdlManager.sendRPC(subscribeButtonRequest);

Preset Buttons

All app types can subscribe to preset buttons. Depending on the OEM, the preset buttons may be added to the template when subscription occurs. Preset buttons can also be physical buttons on the console that will notify the subscriber when selected. An OEM may support only template buttons or only hard buttons or they may support both template and hard buttons. The screenshot below shows how the Ford SYNC 3 HMI displays the preset buttons on the HMI.

Ford - Preset Soft Button Menu Button
Ford - Preset Soft Buttons List

Checking if Preset Buttons are Supported

You can check if a HMI supports subscribing to preset buttons, and if so, how many preset buttons are supported, by checking the system capability manager.

Integer numOfCustomPresetsAvailable = sdlManager.getSystemCapabilityManager().getDefaultMainWindowCapability().getNumCustomPresetsAvailable();

Subscribing to Preset Buttons

sdlManager.addOnRPCNotificationListener(FunctionID.ON_BUTTON_PRESS, new OnRPCNotificationListener() {
    @Override
    public void onNotified(RPCNotification notification) {
        OnButtonPress onButtonPressNotification = (OnButtonPress) notification;
        switch (onButtonPressNotification.getButtonName()) {
            case PRESET_1:
                <#PRESET_1 subscribe button selected#>
                break;
            case PRESET_2:
                <#PRESET_2 subscribe button selected#>
                break;
        }
    }
});

SubscribeButton preset1 = new SubscribeButton(ButtonName.PRESET_1);
SubscribeButton preset2 = new SubscribeButton(ButtonName.PRESET_2);
sdlManager.sendRPCs(Arrays.asList(preset1, preset2), null);

Head units supporting RPC v6.0+ may support subscription buttons that allow your user to drag and scale the map using hard buttons located on car's center console or steering wheel. Subscriptions to navigation buttons will only succeed if your app's type is NAVIGATION. If subscribing to these buttons succeeds, you can remove any buttons of your own from your map screen. If subscribing to these buttons fails, you can display buttons of your own on your map screen.

Subscribing to Navigation Buttons

sdlManager.addOnRPCNotificationListener(FunctionID.ON_BUTTON_PRESS, new OnRPCNotificationListener() {
    @Override
    public void onNotified(RPCNotification notification) {
        OnButtonPress onButtonPressNotification = (OnButtonPress) notification;
        switch (onButtonPressNotification.getButtonName()) {
            case NAV_PAN_UP:
                break;
        }
    }
});

SubscribeButton subscribeButtonRequest = new SubscribeButton();
subscribeButtonRequest.setButtonName(ButtonName.NAV_PAN_UP);
sdlManager.sendRPC(subscribeButtonRequest);
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