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05-10-2010 08:23 AM
I am really frustrated with the GPS issue I am having on the Verizon BlackBerry. After becoming a member of the Verizon Community as posted in the knowlege base:
I posted the issue on their forum and the reply I got was autonomous or standalone mode is supported. I am trying a test app got from the examples provided with the JDE on 2 Tour devices with 5.0 and above. Obviously I am signing the build before installation but really not been successful yet.
Guys please help me I get a response from Verizon that KB2 article is more than 2 years old & needs to be updated.
05-10-2010 08:40 AM
What exactly is the issue you're encountering? For the Tour devices, you don't need anything from Verizon to get Assisted or Autonomous modes to work and with OS 5.0, it's even easier to get a location provider...
BlackBerryCriteria gpscrit = new BlackBerryCriteria(); gpscrit.setMode(GPSInfo.GPS_MODE_AUTONOMOUS);
BlackBerryLocationProvider lp = (BlackBerryLocationProvider) BlackBerryLocationProvider .getInstance(gpscrit);
05-10-2010 11:02 AM
Thanx for the quick response but the issue is that I am building for 4.2.1 devices and higher. I wonder how google maps and foursquare work on older devices too.
05-10-2010 11:34 AM
Yes, these are exactly the devices I'm talking about. The 8330 was originally shipped with 4.2.1 and I would venture to guess that 80% of these devices still run this OS level.
AFAIK, Verizon did not unlock autonomous mode until 4.7.
Google maps does not rely soley on the on-device GPS - they utilize their own cell-tower database. However, they probably also have PDE info to access the Verizon LBS.
05-10-2010 11:52 AM
I totally agree with all the details mentioned but the problem is if after 4.7 autonomous mode is supported i still do not get a GPS location. This problem comes only on verizon devices.
05-10-2010 12:03 PM - edited 05-10-2010 12:03 PM
Autonomous works fine on newer VZ devices even without PDE.
Please do a forum search, there are a few posts providing the exact criteria you have to use to get autonomous fix. Pretty sure RIM also has a list of criteria mappings somewhere in the knowledge base.
Keep in mind, the initial Autonomous fx can take a while to get, 4-5+ minutes in not so great conditions.
05-10-2010 03:10 PM - edited 05-10-2010 03:10 PM
Agree with dnepr - autonomous first-time fix might be 3-4 minutes or more, and if you are indoors, maybe never.
Try outside with a clear line of site to the sky.