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GPS support for Android apps? [duplicate]

asked 2013-12-28 17:15:52 +0300

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updated 2014-07-12 02:18:31 +0300

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Am I doing something wrong or is it so at the moment that GPS is not supported for Android apps?

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answered 2013-12-28 18:01:28 +0300

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One thing you can try is to start (native) Maps first, wait to get a fix there and see what happens inside the Android app. All the apps I tried to use have worked this way (though I have not tried so many)

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This helped! Thanks a lot!

tj ( 2013-12-29 16:07:36 +0300 )edit

pls consider accepting the answer and closing thanks

stezz ( 2013-12-29 18:22:00 +0300 )edit
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answered 2013-12-28 17:20:48 +0300

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OSMAND and Skobbler (both maps/navigation) do work with GPS, but I have at least one Android app, that is infinitely long waiting for GPS fix.

So I would say, it works, but not for all apps. We need to discover when/why some apps do not get GPS data.

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Ok, I also have one app that is not navigation related, that uses GPS, but it wont work.

tj ( 2013-12-28 17:33:53 +0300 )edit
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answered 2013-12-28 17:38:48 +0300

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Well, all applications that I've used that need location did work correctly (Facebook, Google+, Tinder, Foursquare, and maybe others).

However, in the case of Foursquare, I get a red flag saying that I should turn on all location settings.

My guess is that the GPS support is enabled, but the apps cannot have a fine-grained control of it, and most of all, they think it's a poor-quality location info, even when the GPS has correctly fixed.

Thus, if some application expects the "maximum" location info, it might wait forever.

Another explanation based on the Android API would be that some application use a GpsStatus Listener instead of just using a LocationListener, but only the Location events are forwarded, instead of the Gps events.

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answered 2013-12-28 17:43:07 +0300

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There is already a question concerning this matter: https://together.jolla.com/question/4606/bug-information-about-gps-satellites-not-put-through-to-dalvik/

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I tried to search any related questions but didn´t find any, thanks for the link!

tj ( 2013-12-29 16:01:54 +0300 )edit

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