Setup your rugged Android for all things GPS ?

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  1. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Great question, with a changing answer:

    If you're happy with your current application, just keep using it until the hardware breaks. The operating system will be unsupported eventually, but the app will still be working as it always did. If/when you upgrade to a newer piece of hardware (used is always fine) with the latest version of android, just push your Locus or Osmand database over to the new device and you loose no data in the process.

    Shorter answer: about 3-4 years depending on the device. Mainstream (high sales!) devices get more updates.
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  2. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    Still lurking and planning on using the phone you loaded up for me in Moab this spring. Still need to get proficient with the software
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  3. DeepSea

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    Ohgood, I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 (tablet). Is this a good candidate?

    Thanks,
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  4. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    The specs show it has aGPS (don't let hte 'assisted' confuse you) and GLONASS according to gsmarena ( http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_2_7_0_p3100-4543.php ) so it should be ok for gps duties. I would hesitate to put something that big on an offroad bike, where would it fit ? This is only a question, not a final answer or a defeat :)

    Do a little testing first to confirm what gsmarean says, use airplane mode and see if the gps is still fast n snappy. I'm betting it is.
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  5. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    If the gps works.
    figure out where you will mount that big sucker and go with it.
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  6. DeepSea

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Unfortunately I don't know what "gsmarean" is. :dunno

    Size isn't a problem. I occasionally run it in an otterbox on top of my tank bag (using Osmand). I also have an app to read all the sensors on my KTM via Bluetooth. Very handy at times. There is no cell service set up but the WiFi works.

    I've also been considering using it in my CJ-5 when out with the family. Old school merging with new technology. :clap

    Steve
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  7. Davidprej

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    I just found this link today. I've been trying to figure out how to plan a route on a PC and download to smartphone. Unfortunately I have an iPhone. However, I'm not an off-roader so would be willing to buy a new, small droid tablet for navigation. I read all the links but it seems I missed where you mentioned what apps you are loading. I'd like to do it myself as I would learn more about it that way, as one poster said.
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  8. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    bah! I typo'd ! my bad!

    gsmarena dot com has info about a lot of devices. it's usually right, and a decent resource for checking out the hardware before buying.

    check out the jeep forums for specific ways to mount them and ask that stuff. they're really helpful folks. or ask here, someone likely can help ;-)
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    the iPhone crowd likes motion-x, Galileo, and Gaia.

    the android apps that seems to have the best development are osmand, locus, backcountrynavigator, oruxmaps, and similar.

    the part where you said " I'd like to do it myself as I would learn more about it that way, as one poster said." is awesome! please do and tell us what you find, or need help with. we'll learn stuff!
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    No worries, I wouldn't have known what it is even spelled right. :lol3

    Thanks, I'll check it out.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    here we go again...
    20160108_173347.jpg
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  12. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    I was looking for your youtube locus vids to review them.....I looked at the thread to see if they were in here, just not seeing them. Would you post a link?

    Does the update I see that they released improve things?
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  13. ohgood

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    The two things that stand out in the latest update are:
    on screen guidance user interface overlay (what can i call it, i dunno?) which is pretty

    taking a picture (or importing a picture / scan of a PAPER MAP from somewhere) can now be geo-referenced IN THE LOCUS APP, and when saved it's converted to a kmz (google earth usable) map overlay / image overlay. this is very handy for park maps, trail maps at OHV parks, orienteering (where you are not supposed to use gps, but it's nice to ahve the map for after events), and anything that might have been a last-minute made up map for an event. you can bluetooth/wifi/email that KMZ file to anyone, and they can import it to their google earth (desktop) or handheld (locus/others) and view that georeferenced overlay while they're exploring. this is really neat, to me.

    there were some bug fixes also, but i would expect the next bugfix in another week or so since thiswas a pretty large update.

    my cobbled together videos, in a playlist:
    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMIfhAkQqxR0pcCk4lkyndhlB5L3VGIqh
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  14. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    Thank you
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  15. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    usa map image = 3.4Gb
    autorouting data = 2.1Gb
    locus = 20mb with intialized database / settings / pref's

    So basically I could zip one file you
    1 download,
    2 extract to sdcard,
    3 and install locus from those extracted files
    there is no step 4, besides getting on your motorcycle

    OK, I need to check redistribution permissions for locus, the mapsource, and graphhopper. If it's allowable to do that, we could skip the mailing of things part, and you would be done in as-fast-as-your-network-connection-is minutes.

    Interest ?
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    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    That's of interest. Would there be any option for Europe maps?


    Tim in Burien, WA
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  17. trout'r

    trout'r Been here awhile

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    hi ohgood,
    just rec'd my galaxy s4 and ready to send out to you.
    pm'd for further info.
    many thanks.
    trout'r
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  18. DeepSea

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    I'm interested.

    I really should learn how to install it myself. :cob

    Thanks,
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    I'm interested.

    Thank you
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  20. bigfoot2222

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    I m in that same boat.

    Pm sent.

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