12-09-2010 03:06 PM
as i understand it and from todays webcast the GPS will be on the device and should not rely on having a phone. and currently there are no API's to connect to other BlackBerry phones through bluetooth or any other way. we're still waiting for details on that. As for testing the GPS they are working on a way to do GPS testing without requiring actual GPS data and set up "dummy" values.
12-09-2010 04:58 PM
Thanks Rab. It was me that asked the GPS questions they answered in the webcast. I had posted this forum question before they did. Hopefully they will add GPS support to the PlayBook simulator soon so it uses ficticious GPS data similarly to the BlackBerry simulators.
12-09-2010 06:25 PM
I think they said that possibly the best they can do in the simulator is to set a lat/lon, so moving updates might not be possible. Would be nice if it could take a XML script to simulate updates. Something like:
12-09-2010 06:29 PM
following that you might be able to create a function to "simulate" moving updates. it'd involved a series of event listeners and timers but should get the job done.
01-10-2011 08:46 AM
With respect to compass support, there have been no official statements made regarding compass support. In fact, whether there's even GPS support should still be considered an open question, given that there have been no official RIM statements regarding the matter.
The only sensors that (I believe) are official, apart from basic audio/video stuff, are the multitouch screen, the accelerometer, and ... well, nothing else that I'm aware of.
A GPS was mentioned by some of the developer support staff in one or two of the webcasts, but I still say the way they said it leaves open the possibility they will just point to the tethered BlackBerry and say "that's where the GPS is".
And so we wait. I really expected an announcement at CES with more on this, but now I have to think there may still be real uncertainty about how much they can pack in there and maintain sensible battery life, or maybe it's about price.
01-10-2011 01:23 PM
That was the impression I got too. I have been finding it difficult to get definitive information on any location based functions be it coarse location, fine location or compass. I don't think much of my chances of being able to build a location based app for the PlayBook because even if these functions are accessible there does not seem to be any information from RIM about how to implement them.
Please prove me wrong RIM, if the PlayBook API has GPS, cell tower or compass classes let us know how we can get at it so we can build some stunning apps.