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How to connect external GPS receiver to Android tablet
Larry-TVI
Did anybody try to use BU-353 with an Android tablet? I have a Toshiba tablet with built in GPS receiver, but it works very bad, to say the least.

Larry
malaki86
I *think* you would need a Bluetooth GPS receiver for a non-Windows PC, mainly because the tablet more than likely doesn't have a connection to hook a USB device to it. I may be mistaken, but I've never seen one.
Larry-TVI
I guess, you are right. The only way to connect an external GPS receiver is via Bluetooth. Which make the whole idea very expensive and impractical.
By the way, Toshiba Thrive tablet which I own, has a full size USB port. But it does not help much. As far as I understand, in Android world there is no drivers as such, it must be an app, which handles an external device. I could be mistaken though.
Thanks for the prompt reply.
Larry
SpadesFlush
What really needs to happen is for Microsoft to create Android/Ipad apps so that people can use S&T and AR on these new tablet devices.
tcassidy
If you want to run S&T on a tablet why not get a Win7 one. Microsoft Store has the q550 on for $699 and its 10" 1280x800. I'm sure S&T would look good on that, maybe even in portrait mode!

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Terry
Boyd
It runs fine on my HP Slate 500, but I don't like S&T so I removed it after testing. The user interface didn't feel very tablet-friendly to me, but my version is a couple years old so maybe that's changed?

Heh, since Larry thinks a bluetooth GPS puck is too expensive, a $700 tablet probably isn't the solution he's looking for. But if he is, the Slate 500 (1024x600 9" screen, Win 7 Pro, 64GB SSD) is going for $500 these days at B&H: HP / Hewlett Packard 64GB Slate 500 Tablet PC XT962UA#ABA B&H
malaki86
For a touch-friendly tablet, I'd say go with CoPilot v8 for the laptop. I know they're going to be releasing a new laptop version sometime, but no idea as to when that might be. Everything that you need to do on CoPilot can be done with the tip of a pen tapping the screen. I use CoPilot on my 7" touchscreen (hooked to the laptop) and it works great.
SpadesFlush
Terry, I was thinking about those who already have an IPad or Android tablet and do not want to add a Win7 tablet.
malaki86
Yup - there's other options as well for those platforms, such as Sygic. Streets & Trips is not made for a touchscreen environment.
tcassidy
Unfortunately, these lead back to the original problem. Finding some way to use an external GPS if the internal one is not acceptable. BT may be the answer if a suitable driver is available

Terry
Larry-TVI
It seems to me it's the only way for an Android device. It’s a source of a whole bunch of specific Bluetooth problems – pairing, sending data etc. Inconvenience of charging one more battery in BT GPS receiver and carrying one more charger.
Most navigational Android apps are compatible with BT receivers, but, like I said the more complicated the connection between a BT GPS receiver and an Android device, the more things which might go wrong.
At the moment I decided to try to live with my tablet built in GPS receiver, despite its poor locking abilities. If it really gets me than I go the Bluetooth route. As I figured out the BT receivers are not THAT expensive after all.

Larry
tcassidy
While not familiar with Android, I'd have to say your concerns are overblown. If the device can use a BT GPS, the other items fade into nothingness. Pairing only needs to be done once per device and data connections between 2 BT devices are very robust in my experience; Especially with the low data transfer speeds needed for GPS. And for charging...just connect it to the tablet!

Terry
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