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Re: [gpsd-users] Android tablet w/o GPS

From: Fred Hillhouse Jr
Subject: Re: [gpsd-users] Android tablet w/o GPS
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2018 08:58:07 -0500

For closure, I have it working. After seeing someone's comment about "mock location", I found an application that will create a server on my phone and a client on the tablet. The tablet has to have "mock location" enabled. The Android application is "GPS Tether". It isn't quite ideal yet since my phone has to share rather than having a network GPS. But, it is a start!

Thanks for the ideas!

Best regards,
Fred N7FMH

On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 11:36 AM Fred Hillhouse Jr <address@hidden> wrote:
I haven't considered an extra GPS yet. I do have my GPS/Wi-Fi device is made up of an USB GPS connected to an ESP01. I can connect with USB-on-the-go and try that GPS and see what happens. If it works, I could just get a second one.

Part of me says that one GPS in my vehicle on the LAN should be enough. A person with two clocks doesn't know what time it is. I feel that way about multiple GPS receivers. I won't know where I am. ;)

My only experience with USB-On-The-Go is on my Samsung Galaxy S5. If using it, the phone does not charge. If I am travelling, it is nice to keep everything powered/charging. I haven't tried it on the tablet.

Waze is one of the applications I am using on my phone that I would like to use on the tablet instead.

As I understand it, the tablet probably already runs GPSd, but getting it pointed to a source outside of whatever it is currently using is currently beyond me.

Regarding Chris's question about "location", I am not sure if it is in reference to "location" in the Android system. In one of the applications I use, I only use GPS since it is more accurate. I have found the Location setting which uses the GPS, tower, networks, etc. to ping me around whenever explicit location is used. It seems that Waze, Maps, etc., keep me on a road rather than place me where I actually am. I also live in New England where travel outside of network is very easy. A GPS is very useful in most of those areas.

I could just buy a new tablet with a GPS but I am a big fan of Re-use. I use old commercial radios for amateur radio projects. This tablet is a similar fine project for re-use.

Thanks for your help!

Best regards,

On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 7:50 PM Adam Heller <address@hidden> wrote:
Yep, USB on the go support is built into Android.'s a question of if your version of Android has the drivers for the specific GPS device you'd be attaching... Or just use a blue tooth device.  Iirc, blue tooth devices may actually mount as devcies (like /dev/ devices) on Android. You could point gpsd to it in that case.

If you don't actually need nmea, and just want a location (so that when Android queries for Fine Location the device gets used), I'm sure there are 3rd party devices that will work over Bluetooth.


On Mon, Dec 3, 2018, 15:07 Gary E. Miller <address@hidden> wrote:
Yo Fred!

On Mon, 3 Dec 2018 12:24:16 -0500
Fred Hillhouse Jr <address@hidden> wrote:

> I have an ASUS tablet (Android 5) without a GPS. I would like to run a
> application that requires a GPS on it.

Why not just attach a GPS to the tablet?  You can either connect
with USB or Bluetooth.  There are many Android programs that can use
either of those.

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Best regards,
Fred N7FMH

Best regards,
Fred N7FMH

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