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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:

  • GPS
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Map displays
  • Compasses
  • 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 more.
  • 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 ;-).

For posts/articles on GIS, GPS, Google Maps/Earth, neogeography and more, visit my other site: Free Geography Tools.

Leszek Pawlowicz

Photo by Tom Bean

My name is Leszek Pawlowicz (pronounced leh-sheck pah-vloe-vitch), and I’m the blogmaster of the site. I’ve lived in New York, Brazil, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, and Arizona, and currently make my home in Flagstaff, Arizona. I have a bachelors in physics and astronomy from Wesleyan University, and an MIT Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, neither of which sees much use in my current job as a computer consultant and shovel bum (aka archaeology field worker). Interests include hiking, mountain biking, skiing, geology, paleontology, and archaeology of the American Southwest, with a special interest in rock art. Oh yeah, maps and geography, too.

In my not-so-secret alternate super-identity as Quiz Show Boy, I have appeared on the following TV quiz shows:

  • Jeopardy! – October 1991 – 5-day winner (maximum allowed at the time)
  • Jeopardy! 1992 Tournament Of Champions – November 1992 – winner
  • Win Ben Stein’s money – August 1999 – winner of all of Ben Stein’s money
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – August 1999 and February 2000 – no winnings (d’oh!)
  • ABC’s 20/20 news magazine – January 2001 – segment on game show champs
  • HistoryIQ – May, June 2001 – second place in Tournament Edition.
  • Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament Of Champions – February 2005 – lost in the first round.
  • Grand Slam – August 2007 – Quarterfinalist (won my first round, lost the second)

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