[pulseaudio-discuss] Proposal for a new API and usage of Bluetooth HSP and HFP profiles on Linux

Denis Kenzior denkenz at gmail.com
Thu Dec 19 01:03:12 UTC 2019

Hi Pali,

> Yes, I see. Also there are devices without HFP support, only with HSP.
> pulseaudio support also these devices and pulseaudio is not going to
> drop support for them. Last time when I looked at ofono, it has no HSP
> support. Is ofono going to add support for HSP?



> But would you accept patches which exports DBus API e.g. for displaying text
> on HFP headset with embedded display? Or patches which implements 3
> different way for reporting battery level status of HFP headset? And API
> for sending "computer battery level" to HFP headset? Or implementing
> setup of SCO sockets (via RFCOMM layer) for custom codecs? Or exporting
> uinput linux device for button press events? Because all these

So which roles are we talking about here?  Your Design document shows 
hsphfpd registering for both HFP AG and HFP HF roles, but maybe this was 
not the intent?

If you're talking about extending oFono APIs when it is acting as the HF 
connecting to the AG, then codec setup APIs, etc are definitely 
something that would be welcome.

If you're talking about AG role, then that is different... In general, 
if the oFono is in an AG role, then there should be nothing to configure 
and there are no APIs for this role.  Things like reporting AG battery 
level to HFP headset are done directly using plugins.  See 
ofono_emulator_set_indicator and how this is done by upower.c for 
example.  I happily take patches for any additional features (codecs, 
etc) you want to support here.

But... oFono upstream has no interest in accepting forwarded AT commands 
from some external daemon if we're in AG role.  We rejected such a 
design years ago and nothing has changed.

AG role is already quite tricky to implement without additional 
complexity introduced by having multiple applications and IPC.  "Its 
your funeral" as the saying goes if you want to go that route.


> I disagree here. Primary purpose of HFP for desktop users is ability to
> use bluetooth's microphone. And not telephony stack and its complicated
> features like call hold and others, which are in HFP used and
> implemented probably only in car kits.

So your primary goal here is to have the desktop play the role of the 
AG, purely so you can forward the audio from a headset out to whatever 
it is that you want.  And you want oFono (or some other daemon) to 
(optionally) handle the call related AT commands in the HFP AG role.

Such a design will get a NAK from me on the oFono side.  But don't let 
that stop you.  You can simply invoke oFono APIs directly from your 
daemon.  No need for any changes in oFono itself.  As mentioned above, I 
wouldn't recommend it, but... :)

>>>> Also for using ofono with HFP profile is not possible on desktop
>>>> computer which do not have any modem as it is hooked to some active
>>>> modem.
>> This statement is not true at all.  You can use oFono without any 'real'
>> modems attached.  It can happily manage only HFP devices (or modems as we
>> call them.)
> Ok, can you please provide exact steps how to do it, including
> activating of bidirectional audio stream?

So again, which role?  If we're the HF connecting to the AG, then things 
just work without a modem.  If we're the AG, then yes you need a modem 
to be driven by the AG connection.

>> You must be thinking of the oFono HFP AG implementation...
> Yes! For connecting bluetooth headset you need HFP AG implementation.
> And I guess this is the reason why simulator is needed. HFP headset acts
> as a "client" for modem. Therefore on desktop / laptop you need to
> implement "modem server" which will be used by HFP headset "client".
> And phone simulator is doing exactly this "modem server", it is
> simulator of modem.

Okay, I see now.  Yes, the above is correct.  My comments about not 
needing a modem device hold true only if oFono is in HFP HF role 
connecting to an AG.


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