Go Back   Android Forums > Android Discussion > Android Applications
Android Applications All the information you could ever want about Android Applications. Learn about apps and get help with them... all here! New apps can be found and announced in the Applications Announcements forum linked below.

Get excited for the Samsung Galaxy S5! Find everything you need and discuss it in our Galaxy S5 Forum!

test: Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old June 4th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 65
 
Device(s): Galaxy Note
Carrier: AT&T

Thanks: 24
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Do APPS use up your data?

I install windows, so I need the "best" weather apps I can get to keep me updated. So I downloaded the MY CAST WEATHER app, since it came with high reviews. I had it installed for a few hrs, then I noticed the GPS icon popped up on the top of the screen. Does that mean this app is useing up my data plan? Can anyone give me a good heads up on a good weather app? I appreciate it.
Shane

cheekys00 is offline  
Reply With Quote
sponsored links
Old June 4th, 2011, 12:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Android>Apple's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 97
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 13
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cheekys00 View Post
I install windows, so I need the "best" weather apps I can get to keep me updated. So I downloaded the MY CAST WEATHER app, since it came with high reviews. I had it installed for a few hrs, then I noticed the GPS icon popped up on the top of the screen. Does that mean this app is useing up my data plan? Can anyone give me a good heads up on a good weather app? I appreciate it.
Shane
All weather apps use data. If you don't want to use data, you can't use a weather app.
Android>Apple is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old June 4th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
wayrad's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Long Island
Gender: Female
Posts: 1,178
 
Device(s): Galaxy Nexus (JBSourcery v5.2), NookColor (CM7.2.0)
Carrier: Verizon

Thanks: 69
Thanked 147 Times in 119 Posts
Default

GPS per se doesn't use data. However, once your phone gets a GPS fix it is undoubtedly using data to report your location and retrieve the appropriate weather forecast.
wayrad is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to wayrad For This Useful Post:
cheekys00 (June 4th, 2011)
Old June 4th, 2011, 02:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Member
Thread Author (OP)
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 65
 
Device(s): Galaxy Note
Carrier: AT&T

Thanks: 24
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Alright. Thanks, no need to get uppity, just did not know.
cheekys00 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old June 4th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
barqers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 754
 
Device(s): Samsung Galaxy Apollo (3) I5800
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 20
Thanked 74 Times in 70 Posts
Send a message via MSN to barqers Do not have.
Default

Depends also if you have wifi on. If you have wifi on it'll use that connection, otherwise it'll use your 3G connection. Might be obvious to most people but just in case.
__________________
Google Nexus S - Rooted - MIUI - Trinity TEUV88 MIUI Kernel
Viewsonic GTablet - Rooted - Flashback 7.2 HC ROM
Samsung Galaxy Apollo (3) - For Sale
CUSTOM SG3 Minimal Matte Theme
Want to contact me? Send me a PM. Or check me out on: http://francoforr.blogspot.com/
barqers is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to barqers For This Useful Post:
cheekys00 (June 5th, 2011)
Old June 4th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: SoCal
Posts: 972
 
Device(s): Droid X2
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 64
Thanked 93 Times in 83 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to AngryHatter
Default

On My Cast, you can manually enter your location rather than use GPS.
AngryHatter is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to AngryHatter For This Useful Post:
cheekys00 (June 5th, 2011)
Old June 4th, 2011, 11:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 15
 
Device(s): Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 6
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Default

Your best bet is to take a good look at the applications security settings when you install. An app that needs to use data of any kind will request access to the internet.

Bear in mind, this means accessing a network of SOME kind. Be it wifi or your carrier's network, the app doesn't care. It'll take the connection to the net from wherever it can get it.

Also, for the record, I use Weatherbug for my weather needs.
ABCDawg is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to ABCDawg For This Useful Post:
cheekys00 (June 5th, 2011)
Old June 5th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Android>Apple's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 97
 
Device(s):
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 13
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Default

I wasn't being uppity I was simply stating that you can't use a weather service without using data. Like the above poster said, you can get GPS signal without data however a weather app is constantly checking for weather updates at regular intervals and that will always use data. If you are in range of WiFi thats not a big deal but if you aren't, then you will use data constantly.
Android>Apple is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old June 6th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3,354
 
Device(s): Motorola Droid
Carrier: Not Provided

Thanks: 0
Thanked 286 Times in 242 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cheekys00 View Post
I noticed the GPS icon popped up on the top of the screen. Does that mean this app is useing up my data plan?
No. It means your GPS receiver is being used. Whether you rapp is using data or not is an entirely separate matter and has nothing to do with the GPS icon. Not all GPS apps use data but a weather app most certainly will as it has to retrieve the weather data somehow.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cheekys00 View Post
Alright. Thanks, no need to get uppity, just did not know.
Be careful assuming that you can read tone from text.
takeshi is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Go Back   Android Forums > Android Discussion > Android Applications
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:12 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.