The world of geography-related Android topics, hardware and software, is already huge, and will likely grow even faster in the near future. On the AndroGeoid site, I’ll try to cover that world as best as I can, looking at apps and techniques to help you make the most of your Android hardware and software in exploring, measuring, recording and mapping your world. This will include obvious, classic geography-related topics, like:
- GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
- Map displays
- And so on …
But the website’s focus will range well beyond that, to topics that encompass some of Android’s more unique capabilities;
- Geographically-related Augmented Reality
- Location-linked online information resources
- Crowd-sourced data collection
- Measurement apps that take advantage of Android’s sensor suite (accelerometers, orientation, magnetic field)
- Applications for recording full sets of information linked to location: Coordinates, direction, orientation, notes, photos, videos, sound, panoramas, augmented/virtual reality, …
- … and as much other cool stuff as I can squeeze in…
The Android world is currently dominated by smartphones, connected wirelessly via 3G to the Internet, and I’ll cover apps that take advantage of that. But the ecosystem is likely to expand very soon to models that only come with WiFi connections, and even with smartphones there will be times when no connectivity is available. So, I’ll also cover apps that work with non-connected stand-alone Android devices.
And the name, AndroGeoid? Well, GeoAndroid was already taken ;-). But AndroGeoid works for me: the geoid is:
that equipotential surface which would coincide exactly with the mean ocean surface of the Earth, if the oceans were in equilibrium, at rest, and extended through the continents …
So sayeth the almighty Wikipedia. In other words, all things geo-related to Android will flow downhill to the AndroGeoid, and you should definitely follow ;-).