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Old December 28th, 2009, 11:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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After traveling this holiday season, I am curious whether or not an application exists.

My mother is a complete worry wart. Because of this, I was wondering if there is a way I can broadcast my location, using my Droid, and provide her with a link that can show her where my car is located as my wife and I are traveling home.

Before you go thinking my mom is a psycho - this isn't anything she requested, or something that I think is necessary - I was just thinking of ways to let her know I am OK, without her having to call me every 30 minutes while I am on the road.

I did a search for "my location", "broadcast location", "mytrack" in the app store and came up with nothing of any value. Does anyone know of anything that can help?

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Google Latitude.
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I've been told that apps like these kill your battery because they require your GPS to stay on... any truth to this?
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I use Latitude and can not tell that the battery drains any faster.
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Thanks! The answer was right there on my phone the entire time.

For those curious and stupid like me : on Google Maps, glick the "menu" button at the bottom of your phone (what is that button called, the one right next to the home button?) and then click "Join Latitude".

http://www.google.com/latitude
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I've been told that apps like these kill your battery because they require your GPS to stay on... any truth to this?
From what i can tell - if your GPS is turned off, your phone uses the cell tower you are connected to to determine your location. So, even if you aren't using the GPS - the phone can still approximate your location to the 1/2 mile or so (it's been that accurate so far).
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That's good to know... does the GPS indicator stay displayed in your notifications area... like when you use the "Maps" app?

Edit: Thanks Brettus... didn't see your post before I submitted mine.
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I used latitude, when your not using the GPS/maps it does log based on cell tower. You can go into the google latitude web site and turn on history and see, it will bounce your location around several towers around your area.
I put mine in the car dock and opened the map app and lit logged my trip and when I came back I could see the history.
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When not using GPS/Maps, how often does your phone broadcast your location via cell tower? I opened the Maps app nearly an hour ago, but the map for my location doesn't seem to be updating... however, I haven't moved. The map currently displays "52 minutes ago" for my location. Do I need to move for it to update?
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When not using GPS/Maps, how often does your phone broadcast your location via cell tower? I opened the Maps app nearly an hour ago, but the map for my location doesn't seem to be updating... however, I haven't moved. The map currently displays "52 minutes ago" for my location. Do I need to move for it to update?
I think it refreshes every minute or so. So when you open the maps application and go to latitude, let it sit on that screen for a minute or so.
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Every few minutes. Here's Monday Dec, 7th. I was sitting in my office all day.

10:16 AM Columbus, OH
10:26 AM Columbus, OH
10:36 AM Columbus, OH
10:45 AM Columbus, OH
11:14 AM S Old State Rd, Columbus, OH
11:23 AM Columbus, OH
11:52 AM Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH
12:02 PM Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH
12:32 PM N High St, Columbus, OH
12:41 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:24 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:33 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:43 PM N High St, Columbus, OH
1:53 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
2:03 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
3:39 PM Newmills Ln, Lewis Center, OH
3:49 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH

Notice how it bounced all around even though I never left my desk, those were the towers it was locating to. Now I would assume if your in an area with less towers it may update less since it won't change towers as much. I was going to attach a screenshot but the attachment button doesn't seem towork
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Yep, mine seems to be working. One thing I can't seem to figure out is why profile pics aren't showing up on my Droid map. They are showing up fine on my fiance's Droid, and also on both of our iGoogle accounts. Any thoughts?
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Every few minutes. Here's Monday Dec, 7th. I was sitting in my office all day.

10:16 AM Columbus, OH
10:26 AM Columbus, OH
10:36 AM Columbus, OH
10:45 AM Columbus, OH
11:14 AM S Old State Rd, Columbus, OH
11:23 AM Columbus, OH
11:52 AM Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH
12:02 PM Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH
12:32 PM N High St, Columbus, OH
12:41 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:24 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:33 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:43 PM N High St, Columbus, OH
1:53 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
2:03 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
3:39 PM Newmills Ln, Lewis Center, OH
3:49 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH

Notice how it bounced all around even though I never left my desk, those were the towers it was locating to. Now I would assume if your in an area with less towers it may update less since it won't change towers as much. I was going to attach a screenshot but the attachment button doesn't seem towork
I've been looking for a post on how this refreshes and is there a way to force a refresh. My SO went to Virginia this weekend and on her way, I spoke with her and brought up Latitude. She was near a town that was 15 minutes from her location. It never moved from there the entire time.

Now on her way home, she was in a town about an hour away when I first looked, 45 minutes have past and it still shows the same location. Not getting it.
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If you have it set to do location via the network and there are not many towers it could be just sitting on the one tower.
It won't update the location via GPS unless you have the map app up and running.
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I've been told that apps like these kill your battery because they require your GPS to stay on... any truth to this?
but if you're in a car, wouldn't you be using the car adapter anyways if you were using the GPS? I would be...
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If you have it set to do location via the network and there are not many towers it could be just sitting on the one tower.
It won't update the location via GPS unless you have the map app up and running.
I don't think it works very well. She had the GPS on and Maps loaded, but running in the background. It still didn't update.
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I found too that if I set my location manually from my computer is syncs that setting down to the phone and I have to click on the latitude icon, then my name, then edit privacy settings then set it back to automatic. So hers could have gotten turned off.
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I found too that if I set my location manually from my computer is syncs that setting down to the phone and I have to click on the latitude icon, then my name, then edit privacy settings then set it back to automatic. So hers could have gotten turned off.
Checked her phone, it's set to auto. Last question, does the map app need to be in the foreground or just running? My head hurts from trying to figure out. Thanks for your help.
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Yeah I fought this exact problem for a while when they first came out. I have two of them and I can't get Latitude to work right at all. I have tried EVERYTHING. You can get a decent idea +/- 20 miles where someone is but that is about it. I have tried leaving the map app up, tried leaving the GPS on, etc but I never could get it to work. I eventually gave up.

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I know where you are and were dispatching police units to your position.

I have heard that PDs were able to track fugitives using software similar to the GPS enabled ones on the droid
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Yeah I fought this exact problem for a while when they first came out. I have two of them and I can't get Latitude to work right at all. I have tried EVERYTHING. You can get a decent idea +/- 20 miles where someone is but that is about it. I have tried leaving the map app up, tried leaving the GPS on, etc but I never could get it to work. I eventually gave up.

Good luck.
You have to turn off the location by network otherwise it puts your location at the nearest cell tower. You should see the big blue circle around your location on the map when its doing that letting you know that the accuracy is low. When I turn off the network location (aGPS) mine is spot on. I can zoom in and walk around the fence in my back yard and see my location on the satellite map showing me in the exact corner I'm standing.

Here is zoomed in on a GPS location, with aGSP turned off. Notice there is still an accuracy circle and it shows me in the yard instead of the house, I'm inside the house so there is some signal blockage, its even more accurate if I stand outside.
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You have to turn off the location by network otherwise it puts your location at the nearest cell tower. You should see the big blue circle around your location on the map when its doing that letting you know that the accuracy is low. When I turn off the network location (aGPS) mine is spot on. I can zoom in and walk around the fence in my back yard and see my location on the satellite map showing me in the exact corner I'm standing.

Here is zoomed in on a GPS location, with aGSP turned off. Notice there is still an accuracy circle and it shows me in the yard instead of the house, I'm inside the house so there is some signal blockage, its even more accurate if I stand outside.
Where do you turn aGPS off? I thought all I needed to do was turn the GPS on..
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Settings, Location & Security settings, then uncheck use wireless networks.
Down side to that is you won't get any latitude updates unless you remember to turn gps on for a big, I just hit the maps for a little bit when i want mine to update. but I figured having to let it update is still better than the inaccurate locations I was getting from the cell towers.
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You can use PhoneLocator. Allows you to receive periodical phone position by sending a SMS message to the phone.
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Settings, Location & Security settings, then uncheck use wireless networks.
Down side to that is you won't get any latitude updates unless you remember to turn gps on for a big, I just hit the maps for a little bit when i want mine to update. but I figured having to let it update is still better than the inaccurate locations I was getting from the cell towers.
Thanks Eugene, After your post I remember setting that switch on when I got the phone, but I could not find it anywhere.

Reset and we'll see how it works.
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Yep, mine seems to be working. One thing I can't seem to figure out is why profile pics aren't showing up on my Droid map. They are showing up fine on my fiance's Droid, and also on both of our iGoogle accounts. Any thoughts?

ditto, i cant get my profile pic to show up on either droid or igoogle

anyone know what we r doing wrong
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It seems to take a while for the pic to replicate
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I used gps status. I just send an email using gps status and my father-in-law gets an email with the google maps location.
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How often does that e-mail the location?
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How often does that e-mail the location?
If your talking about GPS status then it doesn't do an auto email. You do that yourself. Its nice since you dont have to worry about using your gps all the time.

Also I haven't figured out how to share google latitude with someone. It wants the other person to install it to their igoogle page and most people dont have an igoogle page.
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So you have to manually send an e-mail while driving down the road?
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No. I do it whenever I stop or my does it. On a long trip with my wife and dog we stop ever 2-3 hours.
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Settings, Location & Security settings, then uncheck use wireless networks.
Down side to that is you won't get any latitude updates unless you remember to turn gps on for a big, I just hit the maps for a little bit when i want mine to update. but I figured having to let it update is still better than the inaccurate locations I was getting from the cell towers.
Since GPS automatically overrides aGPS when used, I leave both "Use wireless networks" and "Use GPS satellites" checked to have the best of both worlds.

This way, people can get a decent idea of where I'm at ALL the time, and when I want my location pinpointed, I just open the Maps app, and GPS locks me in.
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Problem with using aGPS was it bounced me around from tower to tower so much it made it impossible to keep track of. Maybe its because there are a glut of towers near me but it just made so much noise it was useless. You can see the log I posted earlier, just sitting at my desk at work every 15 minutes I was bouncing around a couple miles.
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You could try out the application "glympse" its free and you can send texts with a link to google maps and the location you sent the message at, i do believe
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Problem with using aGPS was it bounced me around from tower to tower so much it made it impossible to keep track of. Maybe its because there are a glut of towers near me but it just made so much noise it was useless. You can see the log I posted earlier, just sitting at my desk at work every 15 minutes I was bouncing around a couple miles.
I agree. I had to explain this to family members who use this to keep track of me that I'm SOMEWHERE within the big circle... I'm not necessarily where my picture is. I tell them that when I'm displayed with a big circle, to zoom way out. This way, it doesn't appear that I'm moving around when I've just been sitting at my desk all day.
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You would have to zoom really far out to the point where your showing the whole state in the view to keep it from moving around
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i love this idea and wanted to share with the wife, so i installed lattitude on my droid and her BB 8330. then after it not working and some research, i found out verizon blocks the GPS chip in the curve and it can only be accessed by VZ navigator(for a monthly fee). there was a software update to allow the BB maps to work but no other 3rd party maps will work. just the man keeping us down again.
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I ride a motorcycle so I can't call my wife when I am close to home to start dinner.

I use InstaMapper - Free Real-Time GPS Tracking and have a website where she can see my location and it updates it every 10 seconds.
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Actually, I just noticed something while playing with my History page. It seems that some cell towers have more range than others.

When I'm at my office in the suburbs, the circle around me is about a 1/2 mile in diameter. According to my History page, there are 2 towers that I bounce between when I'm at the office. A 1/2 mile diameter is pretty small when zoomed out, so when I'm at the office, I don't appear to be moving around at all.

However, when I'm at home (an hour outside of the burbs), the tower diameters on the map are MUCH larger. Some of them display circles that are around 5 miles in diameter. That makes a huge difference, but can still be minimized when zoomed out.

Another thing I noticed from the History page is that I plugged my phone into the charger last night at around 10pm. From that point on, my circle was reduced from the huge 5 mile diameter circle that surrounds my neighborhood to a circle that's only 500 feet in diameter. It looks like it bounced between the 500 feet circle and a 2,000 feet diameter circle throughout the night, but the center point really didn't move much. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but is the broadcast location more accurate when the phone is plugged in?
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This is the locations logged just for one day while I was at work. I work in the small area bordered by 750, CR RD 10, Lazelle, and Sancus, see there are 4 pins in that general area, its a big office building with 10,000 employees so it quite a lot of space. If aGPS would get that close I'd be happy. The pins like the on on the other side of 71 aroud polaris/orion, or the one on 23 the ones stacked on worthington-galina road are all around 1.5 miles be the scale that map was drawn in. Those make aGPS nearly useless since I was no where near any of those points that day.

If the ones at or past 71 and the ones over by 23 and worthington-galena were eliminated so the accuracy was better I'd be happier with aGPS. Imagine if I were at work one night late and no one else around and dialed 911 from my phone and it said I was on the other side of 71 like that. To give a little more perspective, inside that oval road inside those 4 streets is the parking lot and a building that is 1/2 mile long. then over to the left between polaris and gemini is another oval going around a parking lot and mall, the mall building s also a 1/2 mile walk from one end to the other. not to mention all the other office and retail buildings around, they would never find me. So when someone said you shouldn't turn off aGPS this is why, its info is worse than none at all
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Every few minutes. Here's Monday Dec, 7th. I was sitting in my office all day.

10:16 AM Columbus, OH
10:26 AM Columbus, OH
10:36 AM Columbus, OH
10:45 AM Columbus, OH
11:14 AM S Old State Rd, Columbus, OH
11:23 AM Columbus, OH
11:52 AM Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH
12:02 PM Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH
12:32 PM N High St, Columbus, OH
12:41 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:24 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:33 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
1:43 PM N High St, Columbus, OH
1:53 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
2:03 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH
3:39 PM Newmills Ln, Lewis Center, OH
3:49 PM Gemini Pkwy, Columbus, OH

Notice how it bounced all around even though I never left my desk, those were the towers it was locating to. Now I would assume if your in an area with less towers it may update less since it won't change towers as much. I was going to attach a screenshot but the attachment button doesn't seem towork

just wondering were you went to get the history? is it accessible thru the computer or the phone or both?


disregard, found it :-)
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google home page, my account, latitude, do more with your latitude location, google location history, then enable if not already, then view and manage history.
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I am working on such an app , if you are interested to test it , let me know.
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