Moving Stored Tracks from Phone to GPS -- Is it possible?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Stumpy Pete, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Stumpy Pete

    Stumpy Pete Semi-Regular Guy

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    I have a GPS V that will store 10 tracks. I'm comtemplating a trip for which it'd be nice to store more than 10 tracks, like maybe 20 or 30. It seems like I should be able to store tracks on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone and send them to my GPS V. (These tracks wouldn't be created by the phone, just uploaded to and stored on the phone's SD card.)

    Is there an app for my phone that'll let me store tracks on my phone and send them to the GPS V as needed? Or is this something that's just never gonna happen?

    Thanks!

    Stumpy Pete
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  2. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Most likely answer is, it's not going to happen.

    Your GPS-V only supports Serial Data Transfer (In/Out). So, your Android phone would need to have a Serial Data Transfer application that could interface with the Serial-to-USB Cable you'd need from Garmin to physically connect your GPS-V to your Android phone. You might be able to find the cable (there was one) but you'd spend much less time and maybe money, by purchasing a new GPS.

    Cheers,
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  3. worwig

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    No software. No easy serial interface. For practical purposes, impossible.
    It is so easy to use the that phone as a better GPS, so I'm not sure I see the point.
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  4. Stumpy Pete

    Stumpy Pete Semi-Regular Guy

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    Thanks, DRTBYK!

    The hardware seems easy enough. The GPS V has four pins on the back. Two are for power, two are for data. Beyond that, I know very little about how that data gets into the GPS.

    I figured the bigger problem was that the phone doesn't normally (if ever) send data through its USB port. My computer can receive data from my phone, but the computer has to "ask" for it. The phone can't initiate the transfer. The phone is passive during the transfer. The GPS is the same; it can't initiate a transfer, either.

    I know just enough about this stuff to imagine things I'd like to do and ask questions. Maybe someone who knows lots more than I do will teach me something.
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  5. Stumpy Pete

    Stumpy Pete Semi-Regular Guy

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    My phone makes a good GPS in a car, to find a certain kind of store, or to go pick up a bike I bought on eBay, but it doesn't work at all on most trails, and it doesn't let me build routes and upload them. Even if it did, I wouldn't use a relatively expensive phone in a dirtbike environment to do something a $200 GPS can do at least as well

    I don't need more than 10 tracks very often, but if there was a way to move tracks from a phone to a GPS V, I'd keep at least 100 tracks on my phone and have them whenever I might want them.
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  6. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    More than a couple years ago, there was a guy who was making a data transfer interface from an old Compaq iPaq to a 2610 or 2720. A friend had one of his rigs and intended to use it on the TAT.

    But short of that, I've not seen anything else that would hook up directly short of a computer.

    I do have a USB to serial adapter (somewhere) that I could use with my laptop and the old III+ that I had years ago. So, if you were able to get your info from your phone to a laptop or netbook with Mapsource on a thumb drive, and had the means to go from that to the GPS V, it might be doable.
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