05-26-2011 03:15 PM
05-26-2011 05:41 PM
05-26-2011 06:04 PM
@vic__tor, I'm not sure why you just marked @vanawful's answer as the solution, but I wish you'd "unaccept" that one... it's simply wrong. The only sentence in his answer that's correct is the very first one.
There is a GPS chip, and it does work without WiFi. The issues are elsewhere, and by marking that one as the answer you're just going to continue the spread of misinformation on this topic.
I agree with this 100%. I really wish that @vic__tor would reconsider his choice of a "solution". Please do not give this false rumour new legs.
The GPS function that I have been testing for the last two weeks on my as yet unreleased app must be voodoo or something in the absence of a chip. My PlayBook gives all the appearances of really having a aGPS chip - and it seems to be working quite well.
05-26-2011 09:35 PM
05-27-2011 08:16 AM
01-02-2013 01:26 PM
Magellan app does work, it needs internet conn to get maps, but GPS does work 100%. The thing is, playbook was poorly designed, it has a gps receiver placed on bottom right corner, plus it does not have some external antenna that would boost "received" signal... Generally what you need to do is: reboot the device, turn on magellan, and rotate 180 deg to the left, so the bottom right corner is now on upper left side, and wai for 2-3min. You will see that it will show your current location... Cheers.
01-02-2013 09:53 PM
Compass works great...the pb does not need wifi to spit out coordinates...Also VCMS is a wonderful app that needs no wifi but will tell you speed direction and coordinates...
Someone really needs to write an app that uses offline maps...or the ability to store tiles....I know there are a few out there but none seem to work very well...
01-02-2013 11:44 PM
I find it interesting that jtegen says "Google does not allow applications to store or cache information," because in my experience the complete opposite is true. Google Maps should cache the one of the lowest quality (zoomed pretty far out) maps for your 'default location'. Both my Android phone and my PlayBook do so, so that when you first open the maps app, either the last place you looked at or your default location (usually a zoomed out look at the city or postal code you live in) shows up immediately.
My GPS has always worked incredibly well -- as good or better than my HTC Android phone. Of course it can take a second for it to download the satellite location data from the internet, but otherwise I've found that it gets my location in a minute or less %90 of the time. I live in a basement apartment with cement walls covered in drywall and I get a GPS reading in here in under a minute as well. I often use Google Maps on my PB while on the local transit buses here in my city, and even when you're not near a window it gets a lock quickly. As others have mentioned, the GPS seems to be pinpoint accurate -- it seems to average between 1 meter and 10 meters in the 'accuracy' reading. My phone ranges from 5-100 meters usually.
Also, the Compass app has always worked excellently for me. It gives me true or magnetic north VERY accurately and again the GPS coords show up quickly.
I love my PlayBook! (if you couldn't tell)
01-03-2013 05:28 AM
Osmand works well. You need wifi to download the intial programme and maps using your wifi connection. It can then be used as gps only. Allow some time outside for the gps to locate on first time use. Some members have waited up to 30 minutes for gps to set. I waited 5 minutes. Thereafter, it will find within 30 seconds. For your information, I paid for and installed Magellan Compass and never got it to work off-line.
I do not have a Blackberry mobile.
Hope this helps.
01-05-2013 10:36 AM
Why not use the Bridge connection then?
Buddy used it to video chat with me recently whilst in his car
PlayBook needs the wifi or a signal of some sort; ie turn off radio on BlackBerry and try to use Google Maps or something similar. won't work