04-22-2011 03:14 PM
I read that there is a 4 in 1 chip in the Playbook that includes wifi, bluetooth, fm, and GPS. Question for you though do you need an antenna to enable the GPS function?? Maybe RIM didn't put an antenna inside because they were going to put one in with the 4g model to receive cellular reception. No point in putting one in only for GPS then 4g afterwards...
I wonder if the FM Solution is functional or just there because it was already part of the chip. From the TI website, it appears this chip has Transmit and Receive capabilities. FM tuner/transmitter? NFC? Speculate!
04-22-2011 03:27 PM
04-23-2011 12:45 PM
How can you be so certain that gps will function on the wifi version. Can you tell us that RIM told you specifically about gps after you bought yours??
Not that this hasn't been previously answered in this thread...
So could you please all stop speculating. GPS is there, but seems to have some software issues right now...
04-26-2011 12:37 PM
My app doesn't get GeolocationEvents reliably from AIR... It initializes just fine, says the device has a working GPS and is not muted, but the GeolocationEvents just never show up (well I did get one). I wonder if this is QNX to AIR issue. Anyone try this on one of the other SDK's?
For reference, my code looks like this:
import flash sensors.Capabilities;
public var geo:Geolocation;
// Initialize the GPS sensor
geo = new Geolocation();
// Check to see if it's a PlayBook or the VMware simulator
if (Capabilities.manufacturer.indexOf('VMware') == -1)
// Its a real PlayBook and the user has the rights to use the GPS
// register to receive geolocation events
// its the simulator, start the simulator driver
private function geolocationEventHandler( evt:GeolocationEvent) : void
// do stuff but it never gets callled.
Now one thing that has occurred to me (that I haven't yet had the opportunity to check) is that I'm also using Google Maps and have set the sensor parameter to TRUE there... so perhaps THAT'S highjacking my events. For now, I suspect that's the likely culprit but hopefully, I'll find it soon.
04-26-2011 05:30 PM
04-27-2011 10:20 PM
I tried the GPS in the Playbook using the Bing Maps software. For the GPS to work, I had to use the Playbook in the tethered mode to the Blackberry phone, and also be outside so that the Playbook was in site of the satellites. It took about three minutes to achieve GPS lock.
I installed a free compass program. It worked very well. When I was waking the compass showed me the direction I was traveling in. Both the map software, and the compass software showed the Lat and Long, and also the altitude above sea level. In the WiFi or Bridge mode, I found the GPS operation will not work properly. But, the mapping software will work as a standard mapping program.
Because of the size of the screen the Playbook makes for an excellent GPS display. It is also very good for using the mapping feature.
05-02-2011 02:29 PM
05-02-2011 03:03 PM
05-02-2011 03:08 PM
I would be interested to know how the Playbook using the BING maps was able to find me within about 30 feet everytime I tried it? Or was this a coincidence?
In the advertized spec sheet, there is indication the Playbook has a GPS.
• 7" 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
• 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1" x 7.6" x 0.4" (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
• 1 GHz dual-core processor
• BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
• MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
• Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV)
• 1080p HDMI output
• Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
• 1 GB RAM memory
• Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
• GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
• Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
• Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
• Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support
There are hundreds of sites that published the same specs about the Playbook...