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GPS app for Android

Postby arpwalker » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:14 pm

Hello everybody,
I wonder if there is a reasonable application for Android phones (I have Motorola Droid MAXX HD) that could be used as a backup GPS even in areas where there is limited tower signal (is this phone equiped with true GPS chip?). I saw very informative discussion in the recent past on this forum about Iphone products but I'm not sure if that applies to the Android.

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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby 14RBND » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:19 pm

ALLSPORT GPS FREE App works good on my android Samsung. I got it through Play Store. Backpacker GPS Trails also had a great topo in there but confused the hell out of me.
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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby tlerunner » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:36 pm

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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby arpwalker » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:08 am

Hey guys,
Thanks for the advise. I will try to experiment. On the related subject: is there any app that would combine some existing trail maps of 14ers with GPS?

Re: GPS app for Android

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:13 am

Backcountry Navigator Pro

$10 well spent.

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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby djkest » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:17 pm

That looks really cool, do you know if it's possible to export the data as people do on handheld standalone GPS units? I guess the biggest concern is that the battery life on most phones probably won't allow for GPS tracking for 8 hours on a single charge- but maybe it will.
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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby jdorje » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:57 pm

No, the technology to export data from a smartphone into a simple, open format like GPX is decades away.

Battery life is a concern, as is durability. I recommend a spare battery or portable charger (I currently use this). Airplane mode, turning off wireless, and disabling background processes also helps a ton.
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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:27 pm

jdorje wrote:No, the technology to export data from a smartphone into a simple, open format like GPX is decades away.

lol
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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:32 pm

djkest wrote:That looks really cool, do you know if it's possible to export the data as people do on handheld standalone GPS units? I guess the biggest concern is that the battery life on most phones probably won't allow for GPS tracking for 8 hours on a single charge- but maybe it will.


I just use it to check where I am on routes here and there, so I'm not tracking my entire route on it. I keep everything off on the phone and just flip on GPS when I want to check where I am then turn it back off. Went through an entire 4 day Chicago Basin trip and still had 40% left on the battery at the end using it like that.

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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby jdorje » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:48 am

If you only turn the phone on occasionally, then a cheap and fairly lightweight solar charger can keep it running indefinitely. Pretty neat.

Personally I like having those GPX tracks. For day trips I'll always keep the track running constantly.
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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby dfrizzle » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:32 pm

+1 for Backcountry Navigator Pro
$10 very well spent

Add to that GPS Airtime and Runkeeper or something similar. GPS Airtime is a cool app that let's you leave your phone in airplane mode (to save battery) and kicks the phone out of airplane mode only briefly enough to trick/help the phone acquire GPS signal. Runkeeper let's me record tracks and export gpx file pretty easily.

I recently upgraded from the original Droid Maxx to the newest Droid Maxx and battery life is not an isssue...Hiked recently in RMNP for 5 hours with no cell signal but and still had 88% battery life when I got back to Estes Park. Left home nearly 3 hours before starting on the trailhead too. Love having a phone with such incredible battery life!
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Re: GPS app for Android

Postby jwildman16 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:28 pm

I have a Moto G that I bought for $50 just to use for WiFi and GPS, because battery life on my daily driver is atrocious. We honeymooned in Ecuador and Peru; I used Google MyTracks to log the entirety of our four-day, ~25 mile Inca Trail trek and still had over 30% left when we finished. I did turn the phone off overnight. Just keep the phone in airplane mode and don't use the screen much and you'll be surprised how long your battery lasts.
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