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Using your Smartphone as GPS source for Laptop
alleninbc
I have a Samsung S3 which is GPS - Glonass ready. I use an app called ExtGPS it will send the GPS - Glosnass Bluetooth signal to most Laptops or Tablets that don't have GPS. In the house I get up to 15 satellites out of 20 viewable.

Remember you need a minimum of 4 and the more Sats accuracy usually goes up - with 15 Sats I get 9 to 10 ft.

I assume the same goes for later Iphones with the appropriate app.
tcassidy
It is unclear from your post that you are actually seeing these numbers on a laptop/ tablet and not your phone. Maybe you could tell us what software you are using on your laptop to obtain these numbers.

It does seem to be an expensive way to obtain a GPS signal but GLONASS aware GPS devices are still fairly rare so this might be helpful in some situations.

Terry
Ken in Regina
It's really cheap, Terry. Free, actually, if you were getting the phone anyway.

...ken...
tcassidy
I guess if it can work in the background while you are using your phone for whatever you normally use your phone for! Sounds like a great deal for those Android people.

Terry
SpadesFlush
Is the app free?

How does it "send the signal" to "most laptops"?

How does the laptop process the signal (if it does) so that it can be used in programs such as Streets and Trips and Street Atlas?

Sorry, but I am having trouble visualizing how this works for Windows-OSed laptops and programs designed for them.
tcassidy
I would assume it puts the signal out of the phone on BlueTooth and the laptop BT recognizes it as a COM port. That is how I visualize it anyway not having an Android device.

Terry
Ken in Regina
There is a standard "bluetooth gps" device protocol in the bluetooth stack. The app on the phone just acts like a bluetooth gps as far as the windows computer is concerned. The pc needs a bluetooth radio of course.
SpadesFlush
OK, thanks guys.

My current mobile provider just upped my service fees 50% and reduced my service package. This might encourage me to shift provider and maybe up-grade to a smarter phone (Android/Iphone) that and can deal with this sort of thing. I am still leery of this 21st century stuff, however.

I am in Africa right now creating a GPS trail in AutoRoute which I expect to be able to convert to a GPX file that I can open in Tyre to see where I've been from the satellite point-of-view. It is not my responsibility to navigate but I do use Google maps to create proxy directions for my private cognizance.
tcassidy
When you already have a good GPS BT or dongle, or built-in GPS, it is not reasonable to consider this approach as a reason to upgrade to a smart phone. However, there may be a lot of other good uses that can help make that decision!

Terry
SpadesFlush
I have a BT GPS but I have never been happy with it and it is growing mold in a drawer somewhere. And my UMPC with the built-in GPS works fine in most situations, such as here per the above.

But I have my laptop here, too, under my hammering fingers, as I usually do on extended trips and my mobile phone, too. So, the thought of one less bit of kit (the UMPC compact as it is) to lighten the load when every ounce counts seems worthy of consideration.

I am sure there are other collateral benefits to owning a proper smart phone but I haven't yet reached Malcolm's "tipping point" on that one. I am sure it is out there somewhere and I hope that I have the acuity to see it and act on it appropriately.
tcassidy
If you are used to the small screen on your UMPC, you might benefit from a half decent navigation program on a smartphone. That would save you the problem of using the smartphone to provide GPS data to another device.

Terry
Ken in Regina
Yes. I'm using ALK Copilot on my Android smartphone and finding it quite useful. I also have an app called GPS Essentials that is kind of a Swiss Army Knife. Among other things it's a data logger that lets me create tracks and save them as KML or GPX files. If I have a data connection it will display them on a Google map.

I've been hiking around in the mountains in the Palm Springs area the past few days. I just turn on the GPS and the data logging in my smartphone to capture my track and leave the dedicated GPS behind.

...ken...
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
Yes. I'm using ALK Copilot on my Android smartphone and finding it quite useful. I also have an app called GPS Essentials that is kind of a Swiss Army Knife. Among other things it's a data logger that lets me create tracks and save them as KML or GPX files. If I have a data connection it will display them on a Google map.

I've been hiking around in the mountains in the Palm Springs area the past few days. I just turn on the GPS and the data logging in my smartphone to capture my track and leave the dedicated GPS behind.

...ken...
GPS data logging on the Android device sounds cool and useful.

I guess another nudge towards modernity.
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