Application Name: GeoPicker

Description: Gives you latitude/longitude coordinates for a selected point, plus supposedly reverse geocoding (address from coordinates/position).

Publisher’s website: Android Life

Cost: Free

Version/date reviewed: v.1.2  /  6-25-11

Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.3


Android Market (mobile app only)
Android Market (browser)

GeoPicker is a simple, easy-to-use geographic utility for determine latitude/longitude coordinates for a location. It also may have a killer feature for most of you: reverse geocoding for a point (address from coordinate position). But more on this in a bit …


App fires up the GPS automatically, but defaults to a position in the middle of the US.


Select “My Location” from the menu to go to your current GPS location. Tapping on the coordinate display toggles between degrees-minutes-seconds (boo) and decimal degrees (yay). As in standard Google Maps, pinch to zoom, or tap on the map and use the +/- zoom controls; touch and drag to scroll.


As you scroll, a red “X” appears under the final pin Code location. Stop scrolling and …


… the pin drops into location.


From the app Menu, you can copy the current coordinates into your phone’s clipboard, for pasting into another app. Other options include getting driving directions from your current position to the selected point, toggling between Google Maps/Satellite views, and searching for landmarks and addresses.

The app also has an option for telling you what the nearest address to the current pin location is (reverse geocoding), but unfortunately this caused my Droid X to force-close the app every time. From the App Market comments, this appears to be a common problem with Motorola Droid phones; other phones may not have this issue. You can do something similar in Google Maps, albeit with less precision – a long press on a location in Google Maps will bring up the closest address to the selected location as a pop-up balloon. Tapping on that popup balloon will take you to a page with additional options like directions, Street View, and local search. However, there’s no crosshair for positioning in Google Maps, so you have to zoom in very close to be able to place your finger in the right spot.

Final thoughts: Handy utility for picking up arbitrary position coordinates, especially if you need to copy/paste them into another app. If the reverse geocoding works for you, that’s an added bonus.

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