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  1. AZeno

    AZeno New Member This Topic's Starter

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    My wife and I have both started using the Motorola Droid and was wondering if there is an application that would allow us to use the GPS feature of the Droid to locate each other on a map.
     

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  2. Cuda13

    Cuda13 Well-Known Member

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    I believe you can use the Latitude feature in maps to do this. There was another thread about this a couple of days ago.
     
  3. buff12db

    buff12db Well-Known Member

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    I'm not trying to talk down to you or anything, but why would you want this? I just have a difficult time trying to understand why anyone would want to know where someone else is at all times or why someone would want to let others know where they are at all times.
    Again, I'm not criticizing. I'm just trying to understand why people want this. I can see how this would be valuable for a parent looking for their child.
     
  4. regression

    regression Well-Known Member

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    I don't want to be tracked all the time, but here is one scenario I would like to use it for: When I drive 6 hours from my house to my parents house, I would like my dad to be able to go to a map and see where I am.

    The best I have come up with is InstaMapper, but it requires the GPS to be running all the time. This is OK when I'm in the car since I can leave my phone on the car charger, but if it isn't plugged in, the battery would drain pretty quickly.

    InstaMapper - Free Real-Time GPS Tracking

    One thing I don't like with Google Latitude is it doesn't update very often.
     
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  5. Cuda13

    Cuda13 Well-Known Member

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    A guy in another thread used it to navigate over to his wife whose car had broken down. I think as long as you can contol when it's on and who has access there can be useful purposes.
     
  6. Fadelight

    Fadelight Well-Known Member

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    My father and I are both couriers for the same company. We travel to separate areas of the state, and our call time (The time we have to be at our pickup) is the same. We use tracking apps just so we can hassle each other all night. We know when the other one is at stops and when they aren't, so we don't try calling them while they are in one of their stops. We can pick on each other about who gets done first... things like that. On the more serious side of things, we can also keep tabs on things like breakdowns, which happen frequently when you put on more than 250 miles in one single night. If it happens, I can just pick up the phone and say "I'm broke down". I don't have to give him directions on how to get over to me or anything like that. Or in even more serious events... if he isn't answering his phone, I can check to make sure he wasn't involved in an accident or anything like that.

    The other big use I have for it is so my friends can monitor where I am while I am on vacation. (When I go on vacation, I take 2 day - 8 day trips to various parts of the country to go hiking and crap.) I set my updates for once every 10 minutes, so they can look at a map on my website and see roughly where I am. It's just a fun way to share the experience with others. Not to mention the fact that often times I use my tracker to pull GPX files so I can geotag my pictures.


    Most tracking apps are not simply "always on", so you aren't tracking people ALL the time. You just turn the trackers on and off when you want to use them. This has nothing to do with spying or jealousy or anything like that... trackers are just REALLY fun (and quite useful) in many situations you may not have thought of yet.




    To the OP - I've gone through a lot of apps, and my favorite is "GPS Tracker" by instamapper. It is a free app, but it requires registration on their website. You can set the update interval, and it updates your position to your account on their website. You regulate who can see it through links and turning sharing on or off. There isn't actually an integrated map in the app that you can use... it is all web based. That is the only real downfall. What my father and I do is bookmark the mobile shared page from the other persons phone in our phones browser. Then when I want to check to see where he is, I just open my browser and click the link.

    InstaMapper - Free Real-Time GPS Tracking



    Google latitude is a complete fail as far as I am concerned. It only updates your position if you are actually using google maps and have it in the foreground. The second it is closed or another app is opened over it, it stops broadcasting your position. Even when it is broadcasting, it only updates every 7-10 minutes. If you want "Real time" tracking (Which google says latitude will do... lol) then this isn't the app for you.

    There are also a hand full of other apps in the market which work with text messaging. Again, for me it wasn't an option. I don't want to have to send texts to get a location. Not to mention the fact that half of them don't return it as a position on a map. They just text you with an approximate address.

    There are two apps in market which are essentially a lowjack for your phone, but I don't like any app which can be activated by remote. If I want my tracker on, I'll turn it on.



    Actually, not true. You can set the update frequency. Anything over a certain time, and your gps/data goes into sleep mode. It will only come on long enough to update your position, and then it goes right back out again. You set the interval in seconds.


    Here are some snippets from their website FAQ.


    This is how it breaks down...

    Line 1: This is where you enter in the key you are assigned when you register your account.

    Line 2: This is where you set your update frequency. Anything over (I think) 200 seconds, and your phone goes into sleep when it is not updating. As you can see from the screenshot, my GPS is not active during the picture, but the app is running.

    Line 3: No idea. Never screwed with it.

    Line 4: Self explanatory.

    Line 5: I believe this is the accuracy at which the app will consider itself connected. My average accuracy when I am outside or in a car is usually within 30 feet.



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    And this is what the other person will see in their browser when they track you.

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  7. chyau.00

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    Google Latitude.

    It's "part" of Maps.
     
  8. buff12db

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    Thanks Fadelight! I haven't really thought of the business application of Latitude. I guess I was thinking more in terms of jealous significant others keeping tabs on each other.
    I don't plan on using it, but at least now I can understand why other people might.
     
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    See my above post.



    Yeah, I saw that was what you were thinking. ;)
     
  10. pavirotten

    pavirotten Well-Known Member

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    Another app you may consider is wavesecure.
     
  11. Fadelight

    Fadelight Well-Known Member

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    Again, as per my first post... Wavesecure allows remote activation. Most likely not what he is looking for. It's also a bit of a pain in the butt to casually track people with it.
     
  12. cookiemonster79

    cookiemonster79 Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at Glympse

    Glympse for Android - Social
    Glympse - Share Your Where

    In summary, it allows you to share your location for a certain time ( up to 4 hours I think ). I think it is really to share your location to a user on a regular computer (via webpage you pull up).

    I don't know if this exactly matches what you are looking for, but I think it is pretty neat. My problem is I can't get my wife to be willing to sit at the computer and watch the screen so I can play with my new apps on my Droid.
     
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    Fadelight Well-Known Member

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    That's a new one to me. I'll be playing with that one tomorrow night. Thanks!
     
  14. regression

    regression Well-Known Member

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    I just played a little with Glympse. It looks like you have to manually send out your location for it to update on the recipient's computer, correct?
     
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    mrqs Well-Known Member

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    is there an app that sends out your location on request, rather than updating it on set frequency?

    something that runs as a service doing nothing until someone goes on a computer and asks to see the location of person x
     
  16. cookiemonster79

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    Actually no. You are basically having Glympse send out a web-link that the person visits. When they visit that link they see your location (automatically updated) for as long as you allowed (up to 4 hours I think).

    If I recall it has a few other nifty features:

    1) Shows your speed
    2) Shows estimated time of arrival if you put in a destination
    3) In addition to GPS, it can use Skyhook wireless which is not as accurate as GPS but still pretty neat
     
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    regression Well-Known Member

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    Ah, cool. I'll have to try that out again. I thought it was just a one time thing. Thanks for the info.
     

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