CallShare

Have you ever wanted to quickly create a note as you engaged in a phone conversation, or perhaps setup a calendar event right there mid-call? CallShare is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to do that and more.

Available for download from Cydia’s ModMyi repo, CallShare lets you create new messages, emails, calendar events, notes and reminders directly from the stock Phone app. To see how CallShare works in action, please watch our video walkthrough that appears after the break.

Once you install CallShare, there is a preference panel for the tweak available in the stock Settings. I noticed that not all of the preference sections seemed to be populated with information—Reminders and Events were the two perpetrators—but some of the settings available were valid and did make a difference on the tweak’s usability.

In the Overall section of CallShare’s preferences, you’ll find an option to auto trigger the iOS keyboard upon invoking CallShare. This is an option that I recommend enabling, since most of the time at least, you’ll be typing some information when opening up a new note or a reminder.

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To invoke CallShare, start a phone call and tap on the contact’s name or phone number near the top of the Phone app interface. This will bring up a sheet from the bottom of the screen with the CallShare buttons. Tapping any of the available CallShare buttons will cause a specific section to be displayed right on top of the Phone app interface. You can then do things like send messages, type notes, and setup events—all while a caller is on the line, and without leaving the Phone app.

CallShare is a decent tweak; its options are a bit peculiar and the idea doesn’t exactly add tons of additional usability to the basic Phone app experience, but I could see some jailbreakers finding the tweak useful. You can, obviously, do all of things that CallShare does without a tweak—you’d just need to exit the Phone app in order to do so.

I’m not convinced that many will find CallShare useful enough to justify forking over $0.99 for the privilege of using its features, but I could be wrong. CallShare places five app shortcuts directly within grasp, essentially allowing you to multitask while you talk. Sound off below with your thoughts on the matter.

  • 3rd Degree

    Callbar + Tap To >

    • Sung-hun Park

      what do you mean??

  • hkgsulphate

    beautiful icons!

  • John Sklikas

    I know all these are possible. However, all I can say as the dev, is that this tweak took me 3 months to make! (Yes 3 months). So free wasn’t an option and I do need some money as a uni student 😛 Otherwise, these 2 menus are empty, just to encourage the users to send me feature requests about them, as they can be customised. And they won’t be empty for much longer, don’t worry 🙂

    • Jonathan

      Very impressed! What language was it, Objective C? I’d love to create iOS & jailbreak apps eventually. I’ve already got themes nailed down. 😛

      • John Sklikas

        Thank you 🙂 Yes it’s in Objective C, like all of my tweaks. I would be glad to help you, in contrast with other devs I am glad to help, guide and welcome new developers. Follow on me Twitter (@isklikas) and I will follow back, help you and DM you on your way to become a good developer 😉

      • Jonathan

        Awesome! Thank you so much! 😀
        I’m currently learning HTML, but Objective C and a few other languages are on my list before college. 🙂
        Which would you call easier to make? An iOS App, or a jailbreak tweak? I know it can vary, like a 3d game compared to a tweak that changes volume HUD color, but take a normal tweak and a normal app.

  • longterm

    I really like this tweak and expect that I’ll use it a lot, especially the reminders and events.

    Two little things: I’m not seeing my calendars listed, so I have to create a new Event in the Default calendar. Fortunately, I can use one of my iCloud calendars as the default, but I’d like to be able to see all of the calendars listed so that I can choose which to use.

    Second, I don’t always want an alert for every event that I create; that should be an option in preferences.

    Other than that, I’m very impressed and am glad to contribute to the cause.

    • John Sklikas

      Hello, well to answer your question, iOS doesn’t grant access at the first use. Quite interesting, if you go in, then back, then back in the calendar menu again they will all be there. I know, trust me 🙂 For your second request, I am planning on making an Alert menu as well, just like the stock menu, but just a bit later. I’ll now concentrate for my exams, as this is my senior year 🙂 But, expect that in late May 🙂

      • longterm

        Thanks for the reply; yes, focus on your exams, and congratulations for getting to the end (college, I assume).

        I did try several test calls but the calendar list wasn’t populated; I’ll try a respring and see if that helps…

        Thanks for a very cool tweak.

      • John Sklikas

        No worries, I’m happy to help my users. And I’m glad that you like my tweak 🙂 Yeah, do so and if you still need support, contact me through my Cydia email. But have you granted access to Calendar for sure? And nope, I am a High School student, it’s just that I want to do Medicine and in the UK, this is so competitive that you just can’t imagine my workload :/ (And as you’ve probably guessed, making this stuff is a hobby for me and it will also be a nice source of income when I get into uni 🙂 )

      • longterm

        Well… I just resprung, but it’s still not showing any of my calendars. Is it because the only ones I use are on iCloud?

        Not a huge thing; I have my default set, so it uses that category (which is an iCloud calendar, by the way)…

        Anyway, no big thing. Wish I’d started programming in high school!

      • John Sklikas

        No, not really all of my calendars are iCloud calendars and they all show up properly. Instead of respringing, why don’t you just tap calendars, tap back, then tap Calendars again?

      • longterm

        Sorry, I tried it… didn’t work. The calendars don’t populate…

  • Razick Rilshad

    Cool

  • Tommmy

    Wow, how simply… Useless! Do you people realise, that you can press a home button during a call, and it will run on the background while you launch any other app? What is more, the dev charges money for THIS. Scam much.

  • Karolas Janvier

    JGTweaks call free users of their free tweak “trolls”. They should be stop behaving rudely to free users.