Turn Your Android Into A True Handheld GPS With OruxMaps – Part II: GPS Functionality

GPS Functionality Figure 1: One feature I was excited to see OruxMaps had was integrated support for an external Bluetooth GPS unit; as I’ve posted about before, this has significant advantages for extending battery life and improving position accuracy. Unfortunately, I was unable to get it to work with my Bluetooth […]

Turn Your Android Into A True Handheld GPS With OruxMaps – Part I: Interface

Application Name: OruxMaps Description: Provides most of the functionality of a dedicated handheld GPS unit. Publisher’s website: OruxMaps Cost: Free (donationware) Version/date reviewed: v.3.27  /  11-27-10 Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2 Android Market link (mobile app only)Android Market link (browser) In the very first post on this website, almost four months ago, I argued that Android […]

Creating Offline Maps For Android Apps With MOBAC – II

Continuing on from the previous post, I’m going to create a map set atlas using Mobile Atlas Creator (MOBAC) for offline use with a compatible Android application. An “atlas” can contain multiple map sets of data from different sources, covering different areas, and with different data resolutions. I’m going to create an atlas […]

Bing Maps Goes Native On Android

Application Name: Bing for Android Description: Interface for Microsoft Bing services, including Bing Maps. Publisher’s website: Bing Community post Cost: Free; currently only available for Verizon customers (coming “soon” for others) Version/date reviewed: v.1.01  /  8-30-10 Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2 Android market link (mobile apps)Android Market (browser) A number of apps have had unofficial […]

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 […]