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Boyd
Looks like there will soon be a bunch of new "Laptop GPS" apps…

https://chrome.googleblog.com/2016/05/the-google-play-store-coming-to.html

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we're bringing Google Play (the most popular app store in the world) to Chromebooks. This means you’ll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline -- or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans. The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Boyd
Looks like there will soon be a bunch of new "Laptop GPS" apps…
The capability will undoubtedly make some Chromebook users happy. But not as many as you might think. There will be limitations on what apps will actually work, at least initially. For instance, as far as I know the Chrome OS does not support any of the functions necessary to access a GPS, regardless whether it's built in or connected by USB or Bluetooth.

...ken...
Boyd
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
as far as I know the Chrome OS does not support any of the functions necessary to access a GPS, regardless whether it's built in or connected by USB or Bluetooth.
Didn't realize that. I got some conflicting results when I did a search just now. You'd think they would want their operating system to integrate with Google Maps.

Personally I have no interest in this - I would rather run tablet apps on a tablet, and have no interest in a stripped down laptop that is completely dependent on internet connectivity and Google's servers.

But since this is LaptopGPSWorld, I thought maybe there would be some new navigation options coming to a laptop computer.
Boyd
Come to think of it, I don't believe Android even supports Bluetooth GPS devices. That is why we need to enable mock locations in the developer menus and use the "Bluetooth GPS" program. It is a very simple hack that just reads data from the GPS and writes it as a mock location.

So many Android apps (aside from navigation) use your location, it's hard to believe they wouldn't provide some way to access a GPS. When I made the mistake of buying a tablet without an internal GPS I was surprised at how many apps would not even install.
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