Two General Android GPS Apps: GPS Test and GPS Status

Sometimes, you just need a quick display of GPS satellite status and current position. GPS Test and GPS Status are two handy Android apps for just that, with additional functionality as a bonus. Application Name: GPS Status Description: GPS satellite status and coordinate display. Publisher’s website: Eclipsim Cost: Free (ad-supported); €1.49 euro donation removes ad. […]

Measure Distances, Heights And Direction With Your Android Phone Using Smart Measure

Application Name: Smart Measure Description: Measure object distance, height and direction. Publisher’s website: Android Boy Cost: Free Version/date reviewed: v.1.1.1  /  9-6-10 Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.1 Android market link (mobile app only)Android Market (browser) Smart Measure uses your Android’s orientation sensor, camera view and some simple trigonometry to figure out how far away and […]

Which Way Really Is North – Magnetic Declination Info For Compass Correction On Android

Compasses don’t point towards true north, the geographic north pole. Instead, they roughly point towards the magnetic north pole, which is well south of the geographic north pole in Canada. But since the lines of magnetic force aren’t uniform, the actual direction a magnetic compass points (“magnetic north”) can be […]

Snaptic Compass: Direction With Data Export

Application Name: Compass Description: Digital compass with geodata export to Catch Notes. Publisher’s website: Snaptic Cost: Free Version/date reviewed: v.2.0  /  10-1-10 Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2 Android market link (mobile app only)Android Market (browser) Snaptic’s Compass app is no secret – from the download stats, it appears to be the most popular compass app […]

Graphic Local Elevation Displays With AltitudeProfiler

Application Name: AltitudeProfiler Description: Displays elevation profile graph in one compass direction, graphic display in all directions. Publisher’s website: AndroidPit Cost: Free, but with daily data limit; paid version gives you data priority, and supports the program. Version/date reviewed: v.1.02  /  2-28-11 Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2 Android Market (mobile app only)Android Market (browser) […]

Locus, A GPS Mapping Application – Part I: Interface

Application Name: Locus Free Description: Display online/offline maps for your position; GPS track/waypoint display and recording; compass; more. Publisher’s website: Locus Cost: Free ad-support version; Pro version ($5.50) removes ads, and add some minor additional functionality. Version/date reviewed: v.0.9.28  /  3-15-11 Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2 Android Market (mobile app only)Android Market (browser) I’ve […]

Locus, A GPS Mapping Application – Part II: Maps

Continuing on with my review of the Locus GPS mapping app for Android (Part I on the interface is here), today is map day. Locus has a strong selection of standard online map sources, roughly 30 vs. roughly about 20 for OruxMaps. Some are worldwide, others regional. These mapsets currently […]

Simultaneous Large Compass View and Map With Urban Scout

Application Name: Urban Scout Description: Displays large compass view along with Google Maps display Publisher’s website: Cogi Systems Cost: Free Version/date reviewed: v.1.9  /  3-25-11 Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2 Android Market (mobile app only)Android Market (browser) Lots of apps have a large compass display, invariably filling the whole screen (like the excellent Compass app). […]

Petit DF – A Direction Finder

Application Name: Petit DF Description: Rhumb line and great circle direction finder Publisher’s website: inda3 Cost: Free Version/date reviewed: v.2.7  /  4-17-11 Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2 Android Market (mobile app only)Android Market (browser) Petit DF (stands for “small direction finder”) shows the direction to a user-selectable destination. And it works, but with quirks. […]